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Handicap refers to ways to make weaker players more competitive against stronger ones. In Go, for example, it takes the form of extra stones placed by the weaker player. The goal is to make the game even and challenging for both players.

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Something that's very easy to do and explain is tweaking your starting deck: instead of 7/3 start with 6/4 or maybe 7/4. I haven't tried this so I can't say how big the handicap will be. Another … thing you can try is simply skipping your first turn. This is probably a lighter handicap. Update: I don't know why it didn't occur to me earlier, but of course you can also start by adding one or two Curses in your deck. Or swapping Estates with Curses, to keep the deck size constant. …
answered Dec 19 '10 by Jon