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Chess and its relatives have been popular for centuries
Chess and its relatives have been popular for centuries

Tabletop games are games that are normally played on a table or other flat surface, such as board games, card games, dice games, miniature wargames, or tile-based games.[1][2]

Classification according to equipment used

Tabletop games can be classified according to the general form, or equipment utilized:[3]

Game category Game examples
Board games Adventure board games, Adventure gamebooks, Backgammon, Can't Stop, Chess, German-style board games, Go, Reversi
Card games Solitaire, Collectible card games, Hanafuda, Tarot card games, Poker
Dice games Bunco, Craps, Farkle, Generala, Poker dice, Sic bo, Yahtzee, Zombie Dice
Paper and pencil games Battleship, Connect 5, Dots and Boxes, Hangman, Sprouts, Sudoku
Tabletop role-playing games Call of Cthulhu, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
Strategy games Wargames, Government simulation games, Miniatures games
Tile-based games 15 puzzle, Anagrams, Dominoes, Mahjong, Mahjong solitaire, Tangrams

Games like chess and draughts are examples of games belonging to the board game category. Other games, however, use various attributes and cannot be classified unambiguously (e.g. Monopoly utilises a board as well as dice and cards).

For several of these categories there are sub-categories and even sub-sub-categories or genres. For instance, German-style board games, board wargames, and Roll-and-move games are all types of board games that differ markedly in style and general interest.

Classification according to elements of chance

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As an alternative to classifying games by equipment, they can also be classified according to the elements of chance involved. In game theory, two fundamentally different elements of chance can play a role:

Examples of the chance classification for some well-known tabletop games are given in the table below.

Full/perfect information Partial/imperfect information
Deterministic
Stochastic

Organizations

List of organizations that sponsor events featuring tabletop games:

Numerous independent, local groups run by gamers exist to play tabletop games. Additionally, many colleges have student run organizations pertaining solely to table top gaming. The Collegiate Association of Table Top Gamers is one such organization that has a few chapters at different schools.

Digital tabletop games

Main article: Digital tabletop game

Digital tabletops games are digital variations of tabletop games, which include straight reproductions of existing physical tabletop games, video games that use tabletop game principles as part of their gameplay mechanics, and tabletop simulators that provide a virtual tabletop for conducting tabletop games online.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Collegiate Association of Table Top Gamers".
  2. ^ "TGN FAQ". Tabletop Gaming News. May 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "What is Tabletop?". Amelia Con.