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Teacher Fletcher
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Okay, so a game is dry -- as opposed to what?

Wet?

Soggy?

Moist?

Alcoholic?

Although I myself have used the term, I wonder exactly what people mean when they say a game is "dry"....

Is it just a nice way to say boring?

Surely it must have a subtler meaning. Your thoughts?
 
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Hmm, as opposed to flavorful, thematic, juicy?
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I suppose a game that is dry is serious and has no room for making funny faces and shouting "YARRRRR, MATEY!!!"
 
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To me 'dry' means that the gameplay is almost clinical. The closer a game is to a pure mathematics problem, the drier it is. That's not to say that dry is necessarily BAD, it just is a way to describe what to expect when you open the box.

At least that's what I mean when I say it.
 
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Dry to me means academic, like a textbook. Oftentimes dry games can be boring, but not always. Games that may as well be themeless are usually dry in my book too.
 
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So Jason, do you call all abstract games dry?
 
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What do you guys consider the driest games?
 
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"Dry" for me is a game where there is no enjoyment; not enough theme to engage the role-playing side of my brain, and the ratio of clarity (for the analytical side) to length (for my attention span) is too low.

Recent examples (and I may be branded a heretic) are Goa and St. Petersburg.
 
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Dry games
Medici is pretty dry. I love it, but hey, you can sit there and work it out.

Princes of Florence is on the dry side.

 
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Call me a heretic too..
I guess a game could be said to be dry, when it's not dripping with theme. For me, that has to do with specifics; set in a specific time or place, pieces that look like something not just cubes, etc.. All the elements make the game evocative, lifting it from the mechanics.

For some reason Tigris and Euphrates bores me to tears. It's not that the board and bits aren't gorgeous, but they connect in no way to the so called "theme".

Games I like for theme: Princes of Florence, Samurai, St. Petersburg, and Attika.

Games I like with NO theme: Scrabble.
 
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Dan, Samurai seems like a pretty lightly-themed game for me.

Why do you think it is heavily themed?
 
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I'm always amused by people who call Through the Desert dry. That's apropos, its in the desert!
 
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For me, dry is a game that elicits almost no emotion from me when playing. I find some abstract games dry (Chess, I just can't seem to get into a game of chess) and some quite juicy (Go, Gipf). I find Hearts, Bridge, Gin Rummy and Uno dry, but Euchre and Up 10 down 10 are juicy.
 
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Look in the glossary
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/gameglossary.htm

dry - adj. Overly mechanical or lacking in thematic elements.

So, the answer to abstract strategy is: Yes, it's dry. Unless you consider primary shapes a theme.

From now on it's just best if you look in the glossary. It's on the left bar. As you can see, 50 people will give you 30 different definitions.
 
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A dry game is one that is lacking theme. Instead of having an interesting premise and a lively style, the game plays more like doing your homework or chores instead of like playing video games or reading a good book.

Some people find games with lots of rules dry. But the volume of rules is not really part of the adjective dry.
 
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Its a matter of taste
I guess it really it just a matter of taste , there can be no imperical defination of what "dry " means to you or me or her or him or them or us ..etc etc.

"One persons food is another persons poison" and other such homlies

Go get some like minded/tastewise geek buddies and use that analyze now button

 
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I think most people will tend to claim a game is dry if the group they play with isn't lively. Something like 6 nimmt, or pirates cove will have lots of verbal interaction. People will be laughing, and generally having a good time win or lose.

A dry game will have many quiet people studying the board. Not many jokes. More of an intellectual puzzle.

I like both styles at times, and can understand what others have against dry games, or overly lucky games.

I suppose with a certain group of people, any game could be considered dry, it's much more subjective than it's made out to be on BGG.
 
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Dry VS. Fruity
 
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Mark, I was much more interested in people's individual definitions and perceptions of what they meant when they used the word "dry" than a glossary definition.

To all other commentors -- thanks, you've given me a lot to think about. I find it interesting that some people could say all abstracts are dry while others apply that to some abstracts while others. I find it interesting that dryness can involve a lack of luck or theme, or both.

 
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