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Terminology refers to the lingo of the trade, definition and understanding of the terms used by experts on a subject.

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What is meant by “game mechanics”?

What are game mechanics? Conceptually I think of the mechanics of the game as how it's played but the definition is a little fuzzy. I don't think rules and mechanics are the same - although I think ...
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A knight's movement

In chess, the knight moves in an 'L' shape. I have not found any additional name for this. Does this movement have a name other than 'L' shaped?
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What is the strategy called which forces opponents to discard cards?

In MTG: Arena I've built a Rakdos deck with the main strategy of making my opponent discard one or more cards—each turn if I'm lucky. I'm using cards such as Burglar Rat, Fell Specter, Davriel, Rogue ...
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What is the difference between state-based effects and effects on the stack?

Being new to MTG, I've learned that abilities from spells go to the stack and resolve in reversed order of their placement on the stack. But I haven't heard of the term state-based effects until ...
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What does BREAD stand for while drafting? [duplicate]

I was just reading What are good strategies for booster drafts?, but as a new player I'm not familiar with a lot of jargon. The accepted answer mentions that BREAD is important when drafting: "...
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What does MLD stand for?

I've seen some references to the term "MLD" but have failed to find a definition in any list of MTG terminology or slang. What does this mean?
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Blinds & Antes confusion

I'm new to Texas Hold Em. I know the difference between a blind and an ante but I'm confused as to how they are played. Please correct me if I'm wrong. An ante is put up by each player. Then two ...
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Is there a term for cards that have the same name in the same set (like basic lands) but are different cards?

It seems "reprints" is used for cards that are reprinted. But is there terminology for cards that have the same name but are in the same set? For example if there are 3 or 4 different "Mountain" ...
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What is the name of the little humanoid figure used as player token or resource in some Euro games?

I used to play a lot of games during my childhood and the "player token" had a pattern: A cylinder/cone with a sphere on top of it. Pawn, start token, player token, we used a lot of names to define it....
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Is there a standard notation for poker games?

Is there a standard notation, like there is for chess, for describing Texas Hold 'Em, poker, or other poker-like card games? I think there was a standard for Bridge because I remember they would ...
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What makes a game a Microgame? [closed]

I'm looking for help figuring out what exactly makes a game a microgame. Some considerations I have for what might make a game count as microgame include: How many 'pieces' (chits, dice, cards) are ...
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Is there a formal designation for “pure placement” games?

Specifically in the context of abstract or combinatorial games. As an example, Go and Reversi are both placement games. Although mathematically distinct (Reversi requires placement in the center at ...
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Who are “Johnny”, “Timmy”, and “Spike” and what do they do?

Often times when browsing different Magic: The Gathering sites, I will come across certain decks or cards that are said to be favoured by a Johnny, a Timmy or a Spike. Also, sometimes certain people ...
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Is there a term for defensive effects that only/primarily function for attacking creatures?

There's a category of effects in Magic that I'd like to be able to name & categorise effectively, but I've never known the proper label for them: effects which minimise risk & harm to ...
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What is the formal definition of a TCG?

What is the formal definition of a TCG? I am wondering this because it seems to be a blurry line between TCGs (Trading Card Games) and CCGs (Collectible Card Games). Aren't TCGs collectible?
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Why is being in the dummy in bridge called “on the board”?

It is customary when declarer is in the dummy to say "on the board"? Where did this terminology come from?
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Is there a term for games that use kinetics?

Is there a particular name for categorizing board games that have some kinetics? Some of the examples are Fireball Island (monster throwing fireballs), Monopoly Jackpot (push button spinner) etc.
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Forbidden Pepsi Pogs

I was looking through the Wikipedia page for POG and noticed the following under the "Sets" section. Pepsi (occasionally referred to as "Forbidden Pepsi Pogs") Despite having grown up in the 90's ...
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What is the colored part of a mana cost called?

Suppose I wanted to author a homebrew spell that would require paying just the colored portion of another card's mana cost as an additional cost. Is there a "proper" way to format that with the rules ...
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What is the origin of the term “converted mana cost”?

In Magic: the Gathering, a card's converted mana cost is the card's mana cost converted to an integer by replacing all mana symbols with 1's and summing all of it. My conjecture here is that it was ...
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Is “create a token” the same as “put a token onto the battlefield” in Kaladesh?

I'm looking at the new Kaladesh set, and there's the word "create", as in: Create two 1/1 colorless Servo artifact creature tokens. (from Servo Exhibition) Does that mean the same thing as: Put ...
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Why is “LGS” the standard term for a game store?

Why is LGS the term of choice for gaming stores? Is it to specifically refer to local gaming stores, as opposed to distant or non-local gaming stores? I have never seen DGS or NLGS, so I don't know ...
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Where does the term “cube” come from?

In Magic, a cube is a collection of cards that is handpicked to make a good draft. A cube draft is a type of limited format that uses a cube to draft from. But what does "cube" mean? Does it refer to ...
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Generic player position names for five player matches

I know in a four player game the standard terms for the players are: North South East West Now that I think about it I can just drop South for three handed games: North East West Five handed games ...
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Does Aligned Hedron Network exile creatures that enter after it does?

In conjunction to my previous question here, I created some confusion for myself. I want to know how this scenario would pan out: My opponent casts 2-3 huge creatures (say Eldrazi Devastator, Ruin ...
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Where does the term “sacred discard” come from?

In most variants of Mahjong with restrictions on when a player can complete their hand off a discarded tile (especially Japanese Mahjong with furiten), the English rules refer to the situation as a "...
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Is there a “consensus” definition of what constitutes a “strong” or “weak” deck? [closed]

In various Magic the Gathering posts, I've seen references to "strong" and weak" decks, and specifically to decks that are "too strong" or "too weak" to be "playable. Is a deck that is "too strong" ...
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What is the best way to describe the turn order in Puerto Rico?

Inspired by this question which describes the "snake turn", is there a good label to give the turn order in Puerto Rico, where the first player starts the round, then the second player starts the ...
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Is War actually a game? [closed]

There's a simple card "game" out there called War. You take a deck of cards, shuffle it and divide it into two piles. Both players reveal their top card, whoever has the higher card wins the round. ...
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What's the name of the theory that the player with the most options has the advantage?

A long time ago, I remember reading about a theory that sounds like this: Players A and B have access to options X and Y. Player A also has access to option Z. Player A is, at worst, equal to and, ...
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Cold contract in bridge

A cold contract usually means that a contract, which makes on most reasonable lines, as the cards lie. You hear people say, "He managed to find a line to go down in a cold contract". (Note: the ...
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Origin of Puppet Stayman

There are many variations, but I presume there was an initial original version of puppet stayman. Does anyone know who came up with it, and why it is named as such? (A google search has been ...
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Card game vocabulary

I am building an online version of the game of Set, and I want to get my vocabulary straight. So far, the words I have are "card", "deck", "(card) feature", "set", "player" and "dealer". I am missing ...
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How is a roleplaying game not a board game? [closed]

Let's say you have a roleplaying game with these elements: a board on the table, depicting the rooms of a castle miniature pieces on the board, representing the different characters in the game cards ...
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Is there an unofficial term for an artifact that produces mana?

Some terms have an unofficial but widely known meaning in Magic jargon. For example, a "cantrip" is a spell that lets you draw a card, and a "bear" is a vanilla 2/2 (with "vanilla" having its own ...
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What is an LCG (Living Card Games)?

What is an LCG? I was looking at Lord of the Rings board games and came across Lord Of The Rings: The Card Game. I saw that all of the expansions were marked with LCG. I've done some Google searches,...
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What is a Gateway Game?

Before joining the B&CG community, I had never heard the phrase "Gateway Game." The quintessential examples of Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne gives me a rough idea but Googling ...
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Where can I learn the lingo of Go?

I'm only a beginner at Go, but have been reading the questions in the go tag with interest. However, this game seems to have rather more special terminology than most. What do joseki, shimari, high-...
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What is the meaning of 'karai' and how is it applied?

A Western insei recently wondered about the term "karai": Japanese players call black 57 "karai", which is a term which I haven't heard used in western go at all! The meaning appears to be ...
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How many points are won/lost during this exchange?

$$ six=two $$ -.a..... $$ -....... $$ -...OOOO $$ -4....XO $$ -1OOOOOX $$ -XOXXO.X $$ -2X5.XX. $$ -3...... $$ -------- White territory around a is safe. Move 2 and 4 can be swapped for identical ...
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What's a cantrip?

In discussions of Magic cards, I've heard a card called a cantrip on several occasions, but I haven't been able to find a definition of what that term means for MtG. Is a cantrip a particular card, a ...
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In Power Grid, what are the phases and what are the steps?

My copy of Power Grid has an strange reversal of terminology between the cards: ... and the rules: Obviously this isn't a huge deal, but I just wonder which is correct in terms of the other editions ...
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What is the name of the following chess opening? What are its pros and cons?

At some point, when I was young, I learned an opening that involves the following moves: possibly after moving queen's pawn to the centre (d4), move out king's knight to above the bishop (Nf3), move ...
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What's the difference between a tactic and a strategy?

Some people consider tactics and strategy to be distinct (as they apply to boardgames), while I regard them both as "structured methods and plans to win". Are they distinct? And what are the ...
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In Chess what is the Queens or Kings Indian?

In Chess what is the Queens or Kings Indian, and why might it be useful?
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What's the difference between ante and blinds?

What is the difference between an "ante" and a "blind" in poker?