We’ve all had our fair share of struggles, especially the couples out there who were forced into LDR due to pandemic restrictions and closed borders. Fortunately, technology has made communication and connection much easier, especially for long-distance couples. Most of us have learned to cope through video chatting or playing LDR online games with our partners.
While most online games can provide lots of fun and entertainment for both parties, card games are especially useful for LDR as they can be taken anywhere from business trips to family gatherings. Here are some games you should look into.
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity isn’t your traditional card game, but it’s become a pretty famous icebreaker known for its intentionally outrageous and hilarious fill-in-the-blank mechanics. Both of you will first draw ten white cards and randomly select a black card with a question phrase on it, such as “I drink to forget…”. Both of you will select an answer as best you can from your deck. “Balding” and “Poor life choices” are two example answers from the deck that can work, depending on your sense of humor. The two of you can pick a winner for the round, and even track points to give the loser a fun punishment.
Surprisingly enough, poker— though usually played in groups of 6 to 8— can also work for two players! This variation is called heads-up, and doesn’t differ much from the regular rules of poker. In heads-up, however, the dealer is the small blind, and the other player posts the big blind. At the start of the game, the person who draws the higher card from the deck gets to deal first, or ‘gets the button’. Both you and your partner take turns being the dealer.
It’s better to play heads-up cash games over tournaments, and there are a couple of reasons why. First, blinds do not rise, so you can play indefinitely without having to adjust. Second, poker chips are unnecessary, unlike tournaments that use chips to ‘color up’.
Blackjack is another card game that can be easily played by two people with a 52 card deck. In blackjack rules, the dealer gives the opponent one card face-up and another face-down and repeats this for themselves. Both players peek at the value of the face-down card and add it to the value of their face-up card. Jacks, queens, and kings are all worth 10 points, aces can be worth either one or 11 points, and all other cards stay the same. Depending on how close you are to 21, you can decide to “hit” or “stay”, which entails getting another card added to your total, or keeping the score you have. The winner is the player whose total gets closest to 21 without going over.
We’re Not Really Strangers
Like Cards Against Humanity, this isn’t your typical card game. We’re Not Really Strangers (WNRS) is a card game designed to help us know ourselves, and in this case, our partner, a little bit better through the power of communication. There are three carefully crafted levels of questions and wildcards; perception, connection, and reflection. You’ll get to ask each other questions like, “What was your first impression of me?”, “How are you, really?”, and “Why do you think we met?”. The game also has several expansion packs, including a dating pack and a quarantine edition.
The main objective of war is to collect all of the cards in a deck by playing the highest card in a series of faceoffs with your partner. You start out by having 26 cards each, face-down. Each round is played by turning over the top card from their piles simultaneously. Whoever gets the highest card wins the round and collects both cards, which are then placed face-down at the bottom of the player’s pile. When cards of the same value are turned over, both of you enter into a war by taking three cards from your pile and uncovering a fourth one. Eventually, whoever has the highest card collects all ten cards from the war.
Bonding Through Play
Connection and communication are some of the most important foundations of LDRs. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to pair entertainment. As you can see from the article above, it’s pretty amazing how a pack of cards and a video call can add so much despite the distance.
If you are look for more activities to do long distance with your partner then check out this bucket list for long distance relationship couples.