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Top 10 2-Player Card Games - #2

Jason Moslander
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As we look at our last two games, I wanted to give them each their own post, so that you can appreciate them in all their gaming glory. So, be on the lookout for #1 in the coming days....

#2 Lord of the Rings The Card Game
This game is also know as The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game (LCG). This has quickly become one of my favorite games. First, the game is dripping with the wonderful LotR theme. Second, it's cooperative play, which is always a plus in our house. Third, the artwork is amazing. It captures the theme, but does it in it's own unique ways. It doesn't try to copy the artwork or the characters from the movies, but actually shys away from the films, to give it a feeling all it's own.

Before all you Lord of the Ring fanatics go purchasing this game, please be forewarned, this game is not for the faint of heart. The rules and game play for the game are quite complex. You will find this out as soon as you pick up the 30-plus page rule book, numerous tokens, and cards upon cards upon cards. Although most of the games on this list are short, easy games to learn and play, this is not one of them. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing, and I am not trying to scare you away from this game, but the difference is vast.

Another thing to keep in mind with this game is that it ages like a fine wine. The game grows on you the more you play it. The first time I played I was not in love with the game play. It really took about 3 plays before I really started getting into this game Another great feature is the fact that you can customize this game and then customize it again. The game has a deck building mechanic that allows you to customize the cards that you play with. For many, this is the game within the game; building the perfect deck to defeat the evils of Middle Earth.

As my love for this game continues to grow, Mrs. Games with Two found the game less than intriguing. She loved the artwork and the Lord of the Rings theme, but the game play just wasn't her thing. I hope to get her to give it another shot, but right now the situation is looking bleak. So for me, this has almost turned into a solo experience for the time. I am searching for that gaming buddy who will be willing to break this out a couple times a month with me, but he hasn't arrived yet. That being said, this is still a wonderful two-player game and has a great amount of depth and replay ability (just be sure you know what you are getting yourself into).

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