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 4 Board Game Terms in this directory beginning with the letter D.
D6-D20
[Game Term] This refers to various types of dice used in a game. "D" is a reference to a single die. The number after the "D" is a reference to the number of sides that the die has. For instance, a D6 is your standard 6-sided die. Sometimes, a number will precede the "D". This is a reference to a quantity of dice. For example, if you must roll 2D6 in a game, then you are rolling two 6-sided dice.
Submitted by: Paul Shapiro

Dexterity Game(s)
[Game Style]

A game where the major skill needed is a physical action, such as flicking (Crokinole), balance (Topple), or deft manipulation (Jenga).

Submitted by: BoredGameTable

Dice Drafting
[Game Mechanic]

A game mechanic where players acquire dice by selecting them from a common visible pool.

This mechanism is similar to card drafting, except that the dice pool is usually reset each round.

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Dungeon Crawl(s)
[Game Style]

A type of scenario in fantasy role-playing games in which heroes navigate a labyrinthe environment, battling various monsters, and looting any treasure they may find.

Some bored games such as Gloomhaven and Descent have adopted the theme.

Submitted by: BoredGameTable/Paul Shapiro


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