Geeky Game Terms

For your reference, terms that might appear from time to time in this blog.


Abstract generally a very simple game with no theme or story. Generally have no elements of luck or chance. Backgammon is an abstract game.
Chit a counter that represents some sort of value in a game usually made of cardboard
Con abbreviation for convention. A common example is comic-con.
Cooperative game in which players work together as a group and win or lose as a team instead of individuals. Castle Panic is an example of a cooperative came.
Crib Sheet also called a reference card. A tool, usually distributed to each player that gives quick access to rules or stages of a game. The card that shows the 10 phases in Phase10 is a crib sheet.
Drafting games games in which players primarily choose the cards that go into their hands. Phase10 is an example of a drafting game.
Expansion an addition to an already existing game, sold separately from the original to supplement the game.
German-style also called euro games or designer games. Type of games, originating in Germany, that usually have simple rules, don’t take long to play, don’t eliminate players and have a quick pace. Carcassonne, Power Grid and Dominion are examples of German-style games.
Hex allows for many hexagonal shaped pieces to be put together to create the board game. This allows for the board game to have different patterns. Settlers of Catan is a hex game.
Replay Value a game has “replay value” if a gamer thinks the game will remain fun and entertaining after it has been played several times.
Role Playing Games (RPG) games in which the players create a changing storyline. Dungeons and Dragons is an example of a RPG.
Strategy typically these games have a high level of abstraction and a low level of detail to depict conflict. Such a game depicts an entire war or a major campaign. Not surprisingly, Stratego is a strategy game.
Variant using modifications or alternate rules that are different than the written rules to any game.

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