What is an LCG?

I was looking at Lord of the Rings board games and came across Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game.

I saw that all of the expansions were marked with LCG. I've done some Google searches, but there doesn't seem to be anything like a Wikipedia entry for LCG.

  • Is LCG a genre?
  • How does it compare to Magic (CCG)?
  • Or Dominion (Deck Building)?

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I believe that Living Card Games is a term used (and owned) by Fantasy Flight Games.

You can read about them on their website. The basic theory is that they release a core set and potentially endless expansion packs. However unlike Magic: The Gathering and other collectible card games, each set (core or otherwise) comes complete in each pack.

This should keep the cost much less for LCG's.

  • By coincidence, I'd just read about this the other day, in a question about asymmetrical living card games. Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 22:07
  • Ah ok. So you don't have to buy packs and packs and packs to get the best deck? Is it mandatory that everyone have the core set? Or the core set satisfies everyone (1-4 players, etc.)?
    – eric f
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 22:27
  • @ericf - the core set generally comes with enough for two players. You only need more packs if you want more copies of cards. Many of the expansion sets come with multiple copies of the cards as well.
    – Pat Ludwig
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 22:33
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    @ire_and_curses that article really helped
    – eric f
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 22:33
  • @PatLudwig ok, I got it after reading that article. If you add the article link to the answer I will mark it as correct.
    – eric f
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 22:34

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