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I'm revising some rules, and I found that I'm stuck for the right term.

Discard pile has a good definition at everything2.com: "A feature in many card games, the discard pile is a pile of cards which have been discarded. In some games, these may be out of play until the deck is exhausted, but other games may allow discarded cards to return to play." And with a 111,000 Google hits, it seems to be well understand.

Draw pile has 23,700 hits, but I couldn't find a pithy definition. I'd say: "A feature in many card games, the draw pile is a stack of cards, typically face down, from which a player selects one or more cards."

And that leads me to the selection thingamajig. It's that area in a game where you have a bunch of face-up cards to choose from, with the selection dwindling over time and being replenished in new rounds. Say, in Conquest of the Empire, the area where you have Conquest cards (twice as many as players) to choose from each round. Or, in Puerto Rico, the Role cards that you choose from.

The game I'm documenting has a draw pile and a discard pile and a selection thingamajig.

So, help me out -- is there a standard term I'm just not thinking of for this pool of cards?
 
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Sounds somewhat like a "common pool" of cards...cards everyone can see and choose from.

You could always come up with your own term..."public draw pool/line" for example
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i always thought of them as "draw options."

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Can't think of a standard term.

For puerto rico, I think it's just known as 'role selection'.

With cards, 'draft area' might be a good term. Other suggestions: line-up (police or otherwise), window display, used card lot (forgive the bad pun).

I want to say some games have a theme tie in for that area, like market, for cards that can be purchased. I'm drawing a blank for an example though. (Executioner's line for guilitine? Not quite what we're talking about...)
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Found this...

Commerce group: There is a common pool of cards on the table, and at your turn you exchange one or more cards with the pool.

http://www.pagat.com/class/
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In poker they're called community cards.
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What are they called in Ticket to Ride?

What are some other games with that mechanic--maybe their rules will provide us with a consensus answer?
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Ticket to Ride and Railroad Tycoon just call them "face-up cards." That might not be as evocative a name as your would like...

Of the above suggestions, "draw pool" is my favorite, but you may be able to brainstorm for a better option yet.

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Looking at several games with this mechanic, TtR and St. Petersburg just call them card row(s). Solitaires often call cards available for play but not in the draw or discard stacks a "reserve". Thurn & Taxis calls it a "display", but this is a translation from German. I think the best solution is Cleopatra & the Society of Architects, which uses the thematic term "market" to describe the stacks of cards one can collect. (For instance, Ticket to Ride, using RR cars as cards, might use the term "rail yard"
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"Draw pool" or "Draft pool" sound like they're your best options. For example, "Draw 7 cards from the Draw Deck and place them face-up in a row, as shown in Figure X. These cards form the starting Draft Pool." If I was reading that, I would find it immediately obvious what to do.
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Go for something thematic, perhaps. I've used Library and Pool to describe the matrix you're referring to.
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sauronTHE PIT OF DESPAIR!sauron

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Do you want it to be related to the theme (or is an an abstract)?
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Thanks to everyone who chimed in -- very interesting comments.

metalchorus wrote:
Commerce group: There is a common pool of cards on the table, and at your turn you exchange one or more cards with the pool.http://www.pagat.com/class/

The draw pool I'm thinking of doesn't allow you to exchange cards with the pool -- just take them. The draw pool is then replenished after each round.

But thanks for pointing out that page - I knew of Pagat's, but missed that article -- a great resource!

MusedFable wrote:
In poker they're called community cards.

Not quite the same thing as a pool of cards, since you can't draw from them. A player removes a card from a pool, but you can't take a community card for your own.

kusinohki wrote:
Other suggestions: line-up (police or otherwise), window display, used card lot (forgive the bad pun).

*groan*

IngredientX wrote:
"Draw pool" or "Draft pool" sound like they're your best options.

Yes, I agree. I think I will use "draw pool" as the generic description but...

mr_lunch wrote:
Go for something thematic, perhaps. I've used Library and Pool to describe the matrix you're referring to.

cferejohn wrote:
Do you want it to be related to the theme (or is an an abstract)?

It's a war game. I think I will give it a thematic name and describe it as a "draw pool".

Thanks to all!

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