At its heart, Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation is a game of out-bluffing and outmaneuvering your opponent. On each turn, a player moves a piece. If he moves into a space containing an enemy, then combat is initiated. First, the units are revealed, along with their strength value. The characters’ special abilities are now resolved. Frodo, for example, can put on the Ring of power to become invisible, allowing him to retreat sideways. Next, each player prepares for battle by choosing a card from his hand and placing it face down on the table. Both cards are revealed simultaneously, combat is resolved and the dead are removed from the board. You must choose your cards wisely, since no combat card can be used again until all the rest have been played! Most of these cards are numbered, and they add to the strength of the fighting unit. Some of these cards, however, contain other powers, which can deliver an unwelcome surprise to your opponent. For example, the Fellowship’s Elven Cloak card carries the protection of lady Galadriel, so if the Sauron player chooses a numbered card to boost his character’s strength, the additional strength it would add is ignored, increasing the Fellowship character’s chance of survival.