The Board Gamer’s Glossary

The world of board gaming comes with its own crazy lingo. The terminology can be confusing to newcomers and veterans alike—if not entirely ambiguous at times. This will serve as a living, breathing glossary where I will attempt to define board game related lingo and buzzwords.

This living glossary is a collaboration between Paul Shapiro and BoredGameTable. We will continue to add definitions.

There are 2 Board Game Terms in this directory beginning with the letter #.
18xx
[Game Style]
18xx games is a genre of complex board games concerning 19th century railroad companies (18xx usually represent a year) involving route building, and stock buying/selling and market manipulation. The goal of the games is to earn as much money as possible, despite railroad companies having their own, separate wealth. Most 18xx game are either based on 1830 or 1846. In terms of rules, 18xx games are often distinguished by either being full or partial capitalization.
Submitted by: Paul Shapiro

4X
[Game Style]

4X is a genre of strategy-based video and bored games in which players control an empire and "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate".

The term was coined by Alan Emrich in his September 1993 preview of Master of Orion for Computer Gaming World.

Submitted by: BoredGameTable


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