#64: LOTR: The Confrontation
Loaded with theme, this Lord of the Rings two-player game takes the well-worn "Stratego" hidden-piece mechanism and breathes new life into it with special powers, board movement that abstractly echoes the story, and card play that is agonizing in its limits. LOTR: The Confrontation: another amazing design from Reiner Knizia. (There is a deluxe version planned for December of 2005 with extra characters.)Pat Korner: "A perfect example of an asymmetric strategy game, which is a genre that's been largely ignored these days. White is not nearly as hapless and pitiful as people think when they first play the game..."
Brian Leet: "Tense game of guts and bluff. Plus, there's that theme again."