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A Quick Guide to OCTGN Two-handed

by on May 9, 2014

Recently, a reader asked me if I could cook up a quick guide to playing two-handed on OCTGN. Two-handed solo play is definitely one of the most popular gameplay formats out there, but it can be a bit tricky to figure out how to replicate this style on OCTGN. Hopefully, this concise guide can get you playing with two decks in just a few minutes:

1) Launch OCTGN on your computer. This should open up the program on your computer. Do not log in.

2) Launch OCTGN a second time. You will see a prompt stating that there is another instance of OCTGN running and asking if you would like to close it. Press “No”, as you want two separate OCTGN windows to be open at the same time. Do not log in to this OCTGN window either.

3) Pick one OCTGN window (it doesn’t matter which), and launch a game. You can do this by heading to the tab that says “Play or Spectate”, and then hitting the green “Start” button. Hit Start on the prompt that comes up and a game lobby window will open up.

4) Now, pull up the other instance of OCTGN and go the “Play or Spectate” tab. Press the “Join Unlisted” button. It should automatically fill in the port information. Simply press the green “Connect” button.

5) In the lobby window, there should now be two “players” listed. If you haven’t changed the name, these default to “null”. Press the green “Start” button to begin the game.

6) You will now have two windows open with the OCTGN play screen. Choose one to be the first player. Load up a player deck and the deck for the scenario you want to play.

7) On the other OCTGN window, load up a deck for the “second player”.

8) You can now play the game two-handed. You can switch back and forth between windows to control each deck. However, if you don’t want to have to keep switching, there is another option. Find the window for the “first player” (the one that loaded the first deck and the scenario deck). Above your hand, you will see tabs for “Global”, “null”, and “null”. Click on the last tab (which shows you the cards for the “other player”; these will be face down). Right click on their hand, deck, and discard pile and choose the “Take control” option. You will now be able to control both decks from the same window! All you will have to do now is simply click between the tabs above your hand. Make sure you right click and change the setting under visibility so that you are able to see the cards for the second player as well.

* Note: You can also use a similar method, but actually log in to OCTGN on both windows, using a different username for each. The only advantage to this method is if you want to use goodies assigned to your OCTGN username, like the ability to change wallpapers, for example.

Good luck and enjoy! For further information about playing LOTR LCG on OCTGN, please check here.

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14 Comments
  1. Jim Beszhak permalink

    And; thank you very much.

  2. I’ve always wondered about just taking control of the 2nd player’s hand/deck/discard. If you discard a card with the delete key, will it go into the discard pile associated with the deck it came out of?

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      Hey Joe. It will indeed discard it to the correct discard pile.

      • I’m playing in the same window from now on then. 🙂 It’s just too difficult to watch the game on two or three different monitors at the same time.

      • You still need to use the other windows to move to a new turn… or is there another way besides doing things manually?

        • TalesfromtheCards permalink

          I haven’t found a way unfortunately, so I generally run things manually.

      • Daniel K permalink

        Still, while discarding works, drawing cards doesn’t. When I draw cards from 2nd player’s deck, OCTGN puts the cards in the hand of the 1st player. Additionally, when I take a mulligan while I am in 2nd player’s tab, the 6 cards from the 2nd player get discarded and go into the discardpile of the 2nd player, BUT OCTGN draws the 6 cards from the FIRST player’s deck and placing them in the 1st player’s hand.

        Any solutions for that?

        • Brian Stephens permalink

          Hi Daniel, I have the same problem, did anybody suggest a solution?

  3. Glowwyrm permalink

    Thanks for posting! Glad you’re feeling better.

    Ironically, I find playing two-handed with real cards less cumbersome than two-handed OCTGN. I’m always clicking on the wrong window, or revealing the encounter cards with the wrong player (causing a headache later), or clicking away from the game and coming back, forgetting which window has done what, etc. It has nothing to do with OCTGN, which I love for solo games and multi-player, and everything to do with my own way of managing the game.

    • TalesfromtheCards permalink

      It is admittedly a bit clunky. It would be nice if in a future update, they build in a more seamless way of controlling two decks within a single window.

  4. Mithrandir1119 permalink

    Very helpful! I just started playing on OCTGN, and have been playing one handed. Not any more!

  5. Ditto – extremely helpful – recently switched from Lackey to OCTGN (Lackey is no longer being updated with new card sets). 2 handed solo is the way that I prefer to play, this works perfectly!

  6. Brian Stephens permalink

    I have the same problem as Daniel K above; all card draws from the second player go inot the first players hand. Has anyone got a solution?

  7. sweetnesswhachacha permalink

    I know a lot of people like the ease of set up ect, but I still enjoy the tactile nature of actual tabletop games, but this is good info as this is the only way I play (2 fisted solo)

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