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DEVIL'S DICTIONARY FOR GAMERS

Settlers of Catan: A game so perfect it has spawned a hundred variations that attempt to make it more so.

German Game: Family friendly game rarely played by families. 2. A game that offers innumerable strategic paths to certain defeat. 3. A game that rarely allows a player to be mercifully eliminated before the bitter end.

Mechanics: The basis by which a game can be shown to be broken.

Winner: The cheater who wasn't caught. 2. The gamer whose luck beat your strategy.

Loser: The cheater who was caught. 2. The gamer whose strategy was beaten by your luck.

Review: A declaration by the reviewer that he has an advance copy of a desired game and that you don't.

Session Report: A declaration by a player that he has a group to play games with and that you don't.

Broken: A game that at least one person hates.

Variant: An amateur's brilliant modification to a professional product that for some reason no one wants to adopt.

Minimum Number of Players: At least one player less than the declared minimum.

Time to Play: The declared length of time you should probably suffer through the game before demanding to quit.

Tile Laying: A mechanic that forces you to build a game because the designer was too lazy to create a proper board.

Rules: An unsolvable puzzle that allegedly tells you how a game must be played.

Errata: The rules the designer held back just because he could.

Rating System: A statistical way to state to what degree other people are stupid for not liking the games you like.

Non-gamer: Eligible spouse.

Board Game: A game with all but one loser.

Roleplaying Game: A game where everyone loses.

Dice: A device that makes your misery feel more random and less fated.

Expansion: A clever addition that makes a bad game worse.

Party Game: An ingenious way to hurry along the process of losing your friends.

Knizia: Designer of many much-loved games that he himself never plays.

Filler: A time-wasting game played to avoid having to play a game you can't stand the thought of wasting your time with.
 
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Devil's Dictionary
Publisher: Person who removes the designer's best rules

ToysRUs: Anti-game retailer

Monopoly: 1.One game to rule them all. 2. Pure evil in game form.
 
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Ambrose Bierce

For those unfamiliar with Ambrose Bierce, this Devil's Dictionary for Gamers is based on his Devil's Dictionary (for regular people, I presume), variations of which you can find on the web. He has a very particular style of humor. Some people describe it as "cynical," but that's much too cheery of a term to apply to his work. I obviously pinched his style in when making up the DDfG and if I think I did an okay job at approximating it, but then, I find this sort of thing very funny.



 
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