Point Salad Games
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After the bare minimum effort of searching I haven't found any geeklists about point salad games so I'm going to go ahead and assume that no other human beings have had this highly original list idea.Recommend
If you don't know what "point salad" is it refers to the relatively recent school of design in which there are such a wide variety of ways to get points that it actually becomes difficult to take actions without getting some amount of points as compensation. These games are often derided as being "unfocused" but I like to see them as "open-ended" and would like to get more of them (hence looking for a geeklist on the topic in the first place).
What point salad doesn't refer to are games that provide a variety of ways to get points but are otherwise very focused. Carcassonne is not point salad since all of the different types of scoring fall under the same general idea. Similarly Egizia isn't really point salad even though it has roughly five ways to score since three of those ways are variations on "spend resources to build things for points," the fourth thing is endgame scoring as a result of one of the ways to build and the fifth thing (moving down the food track) is minor enough to not come into play very often.
Please add your own entries to the list since I am likely to run out quickly. Also feel free to add games that you do not think are point salad games as long as you point out that they are not and explain why you think they might be an interesting topic of discussion here. Arguing over whether or not a game is point salad or whether or not point salad is delicious is encouraged.
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