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Here is an old article that explores this question more thoroughly than I could hope to in this comment:

http://www.brettspiel.co.uk/2010/02/game-vs.html
 
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I tend to use both: two words for the noun, one for the adjective (as in "my weekly boardgame Meetup group").
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I find both to be perfectly acceptable.

However, I definitely prefer the latter form because "boardgame" can easily be modified to make other forms, such as "boardgaming", "boardgamer", etc...
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robigo wrote:
I tend to use both: two words for the noun, one for the adjective (as in "my weekly boardgame Meetup group").


And the verb?
 
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Scorpion0x17 wrote:
robigo wrote:
I tend to use both: two words for the noun, one for the adjective (as in "my weekly boardgame Meetup group").


And the verb?


Definitely one word as the verb.

"I boardgame quite a bit."
 
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If you think that as a verb or other modified form, one word makes more sense (boardgaming, boardgamer), what about roleplaying games?

Before I was a boardgamer I was a roleplayinggamer. gulp

Before I was a board gamer I was a roleplaying gamer. cool

(But of course I often use "boardgaming" as a single word too...)
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xipuloxx wrote:

Before I was a board gamer I was a roleplaying gamer. cool


Before I was a boardgamer, I was a roleplayer.
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MWChapel wrote:
xipuloxx wrote:

Before I was a board gamer I was a roleplaying gamer. cool


Before I was a boardgamer, I was a roleplayer.

Of course I do refer to myself as a roleplayer. But that can have other meanings too...

Besides, if you refer to board games as boardgames, it's logical you should refer to roleplaying games as roleplayinggames.

Actually, maybe we should refer to "roleplayers" and "boarders".

 
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There's no such thing as a role playing game. It's just role playing.
 
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Scorpion0x17 wrote:
robigo wrote:
I tend to use both: two words for the noun, one for the adjective (as in "my weekly boardgame Meetup group").


And the verb?


...To play?

Edit: I find rather amusing to create a verb to the act of playing boardgames...
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I use both and search twice on craigslist...
 
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War Game or Wargame?
 
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stemcider wrote:
War Game or Wargame?


No question there. 'war game' can be taken to just mean a game
about war, whereas wargame is clearly a game which essentially
defines a hobby. I'd say the same with boardgame, if there is
indeed a distinguished boardgaming hobby - but I'm not sure
that there is one, apart from those who play board games.
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Bored Game. As in bored gamer. snore
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xipuloxx wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
xipuloxx wrote:

Before I was a board gamer I was a roleplaying gamer. cool


Before I was a boardgamer, I was a roleplayer.

Of course I do refer to myself as a roleplayer. But that can have other meanings too...

Besides, if you refer to board games as boardgames, it's logical you should refer to roleplaying games as roleplayinggames.

Actually, maybe we should refer to "roleplayers" and "boarders".



No, it's not logical. One is shoving two nouns together, which we do all the time.

One is shoving an already shoved together noun and verb in with another noun.
 
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calandale wrote:
stemcider wrote:
War Game or Wargame?


No question there. 'war game' can be taken to just mean a game
about war, whereas wargame is clearly a game which essentially
defines a hobby. I'd say the same with boardgame, if there is
indeed a distinguished boardgaming hobby - but I'm not sure
that there is one, apart from those who play board games.


This is interesting in context with this thread. So a board game would be a game played on or with a board. So a card game (Citadels, Jambo, Battle Line, etc.) can be a boardgame but not a board game (and Battle Line could also be a war game, not a wargame, and a boardgame, but not a board game).

 
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stemcider wrote:
So a card game (Citadels, Jambo, Battle Line, etc.) can be a boardgame but not a board game (and Battle Line could also be a war game, not a wargame, and a boardgame, but not a board game).

:D


Certainly BGG seems to treat them that way.

And eurogame would be a style of game, rather than any game
devised (or about?) europe.

I just know that I want the word I'm used to, wargame, to correspond
with the activities of that hobby which distinguish it from other
kinds of gamers.
 
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PSchulman wrote:
Scorpion0x17 wrote:
robigo wrote:
I tend to use both: two words for the noun, one for the adjective (as in "my weekly boardgame Meetup group").


And the verb?


...To play?

Edit: I find rather amusing to create a verb to the act of playing boardgames...

But "play" is too vague for some purposes. If you want to specify that you're playing board games as opposed to any other sort of games, you need another word.

Example: this Saturday I'll have a roleplaying session, and on Sunday I'll have a board gaming (boardgaming) session. If I want to distinguish between them I can't just say I'm "playing" both days.



(Edit: added smiley in case anyone takes me too seriously)
 
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I choose "boardgame" as it simply feels better to me. And lets remember that the etymology of a word stems from how it actually came to be used. That's why some words have multiple acceptable spellings. So as we're the community that will ultimately decide, I vote "boardgame".
 
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