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Board Games Mechanics (6/6)

Board Games Mechanics (6/6)

Hello GiaBOXers!

Our final post about mechanics is here! This time we bring you eleven new mechanics! Now you can let us know which one is/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!

41. Card Drafting:

In board games using this mechanic, all players have access to a subset of cards or common pool. They will need to pick cards from them, following a strategy to win the game. Card Drafting means players must be able to choose the cards they pick. Games where cards are simply drawn from a pile are not included in this category.

An example of this category is 7 Wonders Duel:

7 Wonders Duel Board Game

7 Wonders Duel Board Game

42. Campaign / Battle Card Driven

In this mechanic, players will use the cards they have in their hand to perform their actions. It is a relatively recent mechanic used in wargames.

Castle Panic is an example of this category:

Castle Panic Board Game

Castle Panic Board Game

43. Betting/Wagering:

In this type of games, players will have to bet money (real or in-game) during the game. Poker is the most known game using this mechanic.

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery is a great board game we can use as example:

Spartacus - A Game of Blood and Treachery

Spartacus – A Game of Blood and Treachery

44. Auction/Bidding:

In these board games, players will have to place a bid on items in an auction of goods. Each good a player gets, will allow them to enhance their position in the game. Bids can be done with money, meeples, tokens, etc.

Power Grid is one of our favourite games within this category:

Power Grid Board Game

Power Grid Board Game

45. Area-Impulse:

This mechanic is mainly used in wargames. In these games, players subdivide turns into impulses between them and the turn ends when both players pass. Players can spend their impulses by activating a group of units or acting with them. Units activated are in an area, which exist to define scope of activation on an impulse.

An example within this category is Twilight Imperium: Third Edition:

Twilight Imperium - Third Edition

Twilight Imperium – Third Edition

46. Area Movement:

In games that use this mechanic, board is divided into areas. These areas can be of different sizes and players can move through them as long as the areas are adjacents.

An example of this mechanic is the board game Small World:

Small World Board Game

Small World Board Game

47. Area Enclosure:

In games using this mechanic, players place or move their meeples, pieces, etc with the aim of enclosing as much area as possible to gain points.

One of the most popular games within this category is Agricola:

Agricola Board Game

Agricola Board Game

48. Area Control/Area Influence:

In games where this mechanic is used, the aim of the players is to put together as many meeples or pieces as they can in an area to gain more points than their opponents.

Carcassonne is a good example of this category:

Carcassonne Board Game

Carcassonne Board Game

49. Action Point Allowance System:

In AP games, each player have a certain number of points to spend in their turn. Players can spend these points as they prefer on the available options until they can´t make more actions.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 is a good example of this category:

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

50. Action/Movement Programming:

In board games that use this mechanic, all players must secretly choose their actions for the next round. Each round can have several turns depending on the game. Once all of the actions are locked in, all players execute the actions they planned. It may occur that a player can´t perform any of their actions because another player´s action executed block it.

An example within this category is Mombasa:

Mombasa Board Game

Mombasa Board Game

51. Acting:

A mechanic where players will have to act using mime or gesticulating to communicate with other players. It is a mechanic mainly used in party games.

A good example within this category is Spyfall:

Spyfall Board Game

Spyfall Board Game

Hopefully all our post about mechanics help you to know more about board games 🙂
Stay tuned!

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