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karl paulsen

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What's a good single term for games that encompasses Eurogames, Ameritrash, German, deckbuilders, etc. and yet differentiates them from more mainstream games like Trivial Pursuit, Sorry, Monopoly, and their ilk?

I realize that "mainstream" is a shifting thing since you can find good games at Target and similar stores, but surely there's a good term that would let attendees to my planned game night know they're in for something better than Monopoly.
 
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Jason Brown
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You'll typically hear them called hobby games or modern board games while the others are referred to as mass market games.
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Bryan Thunkd
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Have you considered using "Good" and "Bad"?
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The Germans have a word for everything; how about "Kennerspiel"?
 
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Designer Boardgames
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I´ve also seen the term "designer boardgames" being used, because modern boardgames almost always have the designer name visibly featured on the front of the box, and you can expect certain themes, mechanics and/or overall quality if you are already familiar with the designer.

Mass market games tend to be published just under the name of the company, with little to no recognition to the creator (which also says a bit about how those games are created and marketed in the first place).
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Actually, with recent news, you might just be able to use the one word Asmodee (as opposed to "Hasbro")

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karl paulsen

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Thanks folks!
Until recently I'd been calling them all eurogames, but my collection has moved beyond that and it was never totally accurate anyway.

I like "designer boardgames". It sounds just a touch snooty, but it's probably a good descriptor and a useful term.
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Some spend their money on designer clothing. Here, we'd rather have designer board games. I actually refer to my games as "snooty board games" sometimes.
 
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Designer and Hobby games are the terms I hear the most.
I have issues with Designer games as a term, makes me think of designer babies, like it is something you customise yourself.
Where as Hobby games is nicely descriptive, they are games you go out of your way to play as a hobby, not the trivial pursuit or monopoly people generally pull out of the cupboard when there is nothing else to do
 
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When I briefly explain this hobby to those that aren't familiar with all the great gaming choices out there beyond the familiar "classics" that you find on the shelves of the mass market merchandisers and supermarkets... ie Monopoly, Scrabble etc... I use the term "modern boardgames".

Obviously there are some actual great older games as well... Go, Crokinole etc... but "modern boardgames" I think helps to convey the shift in design sensibilities that has occurred in the last ~25 years.
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I'm on the 'modern' bandwagon if I have to choose, I usually don't add a descriptor at all. Saying 'designer games' would make me barf a little in my mouth, but does embody the culture of the present, unoforuntately.
 
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I like the term "boutique games".

It takes that "barf a little in my mouth" pretentiousness to it's ridiculous conclusion.
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karl paulsen

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darthain wrote:
I'm on the 'modern' bandwagon if I have to choose, I usually don't add a descriptor at all. Saying 'designer games' would make me barf a little in my mouth, but does embody the culture of the present, unoforuntately.


Hmm, "Modern" does separate them from the "Classics" that most folks are familiar with while not sounding snooty. I might go with that.
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