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Board Games Mechanics (3/6)

Board Games Mechanics (3/6)

Hello GiaBOXers!

Following our previous posts here and here, we bring you today another eight types of board games mechanics. This classification will help you know which mechanics do exist, to identify them when you play games, and finally to actually know which ones are your favourites!

Remember, nowadays most of the games fall into several categories, and only a few would only be considered into a single one.
Let’s start!

17. Route/Network Building:

In this mechanic, you connect different areas of the board using linear elements in the game (trains, for example, in Ticket to Ride), to try to get the longest route or to achieve certain objectives.

An example of this category is Terra Mystica.

Terry Mystica

Terry Mystica

18. Roll/Spin and move.

This is a well-known mechanic: you roll a dice and you move following the result. Monopoly is a classic example. It is probably the most extended mechanic in the board games world.

A good example of a modern board game using this mechanic is Camel Up:

Camel Up

Camel Up

19. Role Playing:

This mechanic is the closest you will find to the classic RPG. Board games using this mechanic incorporate some of the aspects of the role playing games, in which you need to develop and evolve your character along with the story.

An example of this mechanic is Battlestar Galactica:

battlestar galactica

Battlestar Galactica

20. Rock, Paper, Scissors:

The main feature in this category is its players can defeat each other player´s meeples (or any other playing pieces). It is a “rare” mechanic that is less seen in this world.

Civilization is one of the most known board games in this category:

Civilization

Civilization

21. Press Your Luck:

In Press Your Luck games,  players can take as many actions as they want, at their own risk and benefit. You will balance the pros and cons of taking more or fewer actions, and you choose when to stop playing your turn.

Codenames is a perfect example of this category:

Codenames

Codenames

22. Point to Point Movement:

In these board games, you can only place your game elements at certain points, and you can only move these elements between points that are connected by lines. So, even if the points are close to each other, if there is no line connecting them, you won’t be able to move them there.

A popular example of this mechanic is the board game Pandemic Legacy:

Pandemic Legacy: Chapter 1

Pandemic Legacy: Chapter 1

23. Player Elimination:

This is a classic mechanic of many of the two-players games, including Chess, where your goal is to eliminate your opponent. It is therefore usually combined with any of the other mechanics.

Examples of this category are Chess and A Game of Thrones (Second Edition):

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

24. Pick-up and Deliver:

In these games you carry goods, meeples or any other items from one area of the map to another, obtaining benefits for doing so, which will help you to obtain the victory over the rest of the players.

An example of this category is Istambul:

Istanbul

Istanbul

This is our third post on board games mechanics. We will bring you a few more mechanics in our next update!

Keep tuned!

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The GiaBOX Team.