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 currently 2 Board Game Terms in this directory beginning with the letter S.
Shelf of Shame
[Game Term]

A term used to reference a collection of games that someone has amassed but hasn't yet had the opportunity to play. They are often placed on the same shelving unit.

Submitted by: Paul Shapiro

Solo Game(s)
[Game Term]

Short for "Solitaire" Game. A solo game is a game or variant of a game that is intended to be played by oneself without other players.

Solo gameplay may take several forms with different objectives. For instance, it is very common to try and beat the score of an AI player or bot, sometimes referred to as an Automa. Another variant that is very common is where the solo player attempted to beat his or her own previous high score.

Submitted by: Paul Shapiro

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