Ok, had time to finish the write-up, here's one more for you to read. More to come on Sunday when I'm back home again. -- I quickly play through the gladiator arena qualifying round to get everyone to level 10 (Ha, Wozarg has been immortalized in Gary's texts ) I switch equipment again to better prepare for fighting trees (fire and lava...) and also because there have been changes to skills. And boy, does the increased amount of items in shops in version 1.20 make it a lot easier to find something useful! Then it's time for The Sinister Wood Trees and spiders. Urambar uses his Elvish Insight (revealing enemy cards and giving Urambar a new card) while Shalar flings a Sizzling Bolt at the stout maple, setting the Combustible foe on fire. Urambar dashes to attack one of the spiders, hitting it with a Trained Bludgeon and parrying its counterattack. Two more blows and the arachnid is nothing but a squashed heap. The other spider runs to join the fight, its Infected Bite surprising the elf from behind. Leafstorm retaliates with a Flame Jet followed by a Force Blast. Shalar gets hit by the bigger maple's Entangling Roots but counters with a Hot Spot. The scorching lava devours the gnarly tree. Urambar continues his fight against the second spider, nearly killing the critter with two blows, the arachnid failing to Jump Back. Shalar decides to take a risk and moves closer to the remaining maples, barely managing to keep control of her Unstable Bolt long enough to get into range. Her spell does only minimal damage to the tree, its Solid Wood stopping most of the force but Leafstorm moves to help, spraying the maple with fire. The elf dances back before the enemies have a chance to strike back. Good thing the trees didn't draw any ranged attacks - and the spider didn't draw any attacks at all! The spider succumbs to the flames eating at its body, leaving only the trees to be taken care of. The wizards begin unleashing their magic on the smoldering maple, zapping it with an Unstable Bolt and a Deadly Spark. One more Deadly Spark and the tree is already staggering enough that the heroes turn their attention on the other one (the weaker tree will fall to burning) As Shalar moves to set the stronger maple on fire with Burning Fingers, Urambar runs to the other side of the hedge, ready to assault the tree. With the weaker tree burning down, Shalar and Leafstorm keep hounding the last maple. Surging Bolt, hitting only bark. Penetrating Zap. "I'm not letting you have all the fun," Urambar yells, dashing to assault the maple. Despite getting hit by the tree's Bludgeon, the elf fighter counters with Wimpy Bludgeons of his own, weakening the foe a little. The tree roars as the stony spikes rip through its roots and the flames eat at its bark, but even it cannot stand Shalar's Deadly Spark, followed by a Sorcerous Blast. The maple falls, turning the clearing again calm and quiet. Loot: Felt Boots, Cauldron Orb.