Mechanics are the way in which a particular game process is carried out. Questions with this tag are game development questions or deal with a comparison of (game-independent) mechanics.

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Other “network building” style games, like Hackers and Illuminati? [closed]

In these games (both from Steve Jackson Games) you build a network of cards you "control" over the course of the game. The main difference between the two is that in Hacker's, the "card network" ...
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What aspects of a game are not protected under copyright?

Certain aspects of a game are protected by copyright, while others are not. You certainly cannot copy the particular expression of the rules, but the mechanics themselves aren't copyrightable. For ...
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System for secretly choosing between two options?

I have a graphics project for school and the task is to design a board game. I need to work out a system by which two players can simultaneously make a secret choice between two options and then ...
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Board Game Mechanics [closed]

I find myself always purchasing games that have similar game mechanics. I prefer worker-placement games, and railroad tycoon type games. All of these games borrow from each other in terms of how the ...
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What set of attributes can be used to describe, compare and contrast various board games?

A recent question about a good mix of board games got me thinking about how one could even objectively define "a good mix". My idea is to try and define a set of attributes that could describe, ...
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Improved wording for dealing out cards

I'm writing up the manual for a new game, and this one bit is giving me trouble. Here's what you do in this part: Shuffle the cards. As long there are enough cards left for each player to take one, ...
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Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?

All Collectible Card Games (like Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh!) I know require the players to shuffle their decks before the game begins. Also, the deck's card order is unbeknown to the players. ...
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How do you play Winter Tales (in a non-gamist manner)?

I recently bought Winter Tales and had my first two games with five friends last night. It was kinda fun, but we really felt like we were missing something or misinterpreting the rules somehow. The ...
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Where can I find examples of Game Mechanics?

I'm prototyping a game, but I'm not very schooled on board games. I'm looking for a list of game mechanics so that I can Describe my game in terms of mechanics Find other uses of the mechanics to ...
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Diminishing Returns vs Increasing Returns

I'm making a board game about constructing molecules out of elements. For example you can construct water out of 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen. When a player constructs it they take a water card worth 6 ...
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Is Dungeon! biased towards the Cleric?

My group of friends have now played almost a few dozen games of Dungeon! and we have consistently noticed that the Cleric wins. The Cleric has a target of 10,000 and works very well across all ...
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Looking for games with drop-in drop-out mechanic [closed]

When playing video games, I often prefer games that are easy to drop in and drop out of. Games like Team Fortress 2 where players are always respawning so the new player isn't set back, especially if ...
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What games have plan-moves-in-advance mechanics like Robo Rally? [closed]

I'm looking for games with pieces on a board that move and interact according to actions taken previously in the game. In Robo Rally you give your piece instructions in advance. I recall a similar ...
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Magic the Gathering lingering spell effect

I have a question about a card sequence. Let's say I play an instant card that says "all creatures who dealt damage this turn return to owners hand" in my first main phase. Then if my opponent ...
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Retreat in case of slide trap in Dungeon!

In a game of Dungeon! there is Slide Trap in Level 3 which says: Gain 1 Treasure and move to any chamber on Level 4 What happens when I encounter a monster in the level 4 chamber, attack it ...
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Mini game within a game [closed]

Are there any board games where you play a mini game within the main game? For example, imagine playing Axis & Allies where you play a quick game of Tic-Tac-Toe each round to see which side gets ...