Game Glossary

Welcome to the game glossary. While we generally try to keep jargon out of our articles and reviews, sometimes it’s difficult to avoid. And sometimes that means that readers don’t understand what we’re talking about.

In this space, we aim to define and explain as many gaming terms as possible. Check out the links below to find out more.

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Why does my board game use cards, dice, tiles or cubes?

Matt M. Casey March 26, 2015 3

Why do game designers use cards, dice tiles or cubes in their games? Each style of randomizer offers different design advantages. Here’s a summary of each. Dice Dice are great at giving players predictable

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What is a Metagame?

Matt M. Casey December 17, 2014 0

What is a metagame? The term metagame refers to any factor outside of a specific game instance that may influence choices in or around that game instance. For example, imagine a 32-player Settlers of

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What is a Set Collection Game?

Matt M. Casey November 24, 2014 0

What is a set collection game? In board games, “set collection” is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a game or game mechanic that rewards players for collecting sets of something — usually cards. The

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What is a social deduction game?

Matt M. Casey November 4, 2014 2

What is a social deduction game? In social deduction games, players each have a role which puts them on a particular team. Each team has its own goal, and most players begin the game knowing only their

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What is a Board Game Convention?

Matt M. Casey October 24, 2014 0

What is a board game convention? Board game conventions come in two major varieties: conventions where you learn about new games, and conventions where you play games. Conventions focussed on playing games tend to be

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What is a ‘Point Salad’ game?

Matt M. Casey October 9, 2014 1

What is a point salad game? The term ‘point salad’ describes any game in which players win by accumulating the most victory points drawn from a wide and unfocussed group of options. Often, these options are so

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What is a 4x Game?

Matt M. Casey September 15, 2014 2

What is a 4x game? Gamers use the term “4x game” as a shorthand for games that include four major traits: exploration, expansion, exploitation (of resources) and extermination. Exploration: 4x games tend to include some element

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What is an ‘Ameritrash’ game?

Matt M. Casey September 9, 2014 3

What is an Ameritrash game? New gamers have likely heard the term “Ameritrash” more than once and have no idea what it means. This may have a little to do with the how the term’s meaning

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This Firefly Yahtzee set is among the nerdiest press your luck games out there

What is a Press Your Luck Game?

Matt M. Casey September 1, 2014 4

A “press your luck” game (also known as a “push your luck” game) is one in which players can risk potential or actual gains to achieve greater gains — or lose it all. In

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The cards themselves heavily on symbols, as is common among euro games.

What Is a Deck Building Game?

Matt M. Casey August 27, 2014 0

What is a deck building game? The deck building category includes any game in which players use in-game methods to add cards to a personal deck so that the new cards can be used

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