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Although "Weight" isn't precisely defined, the game pages now reference a "complexity rating" which they define as "Community rating for how difficult a game is to understand. Lower rating (lighter weight) means easier." (Source: the ? next to Weight on game pages)

For different people weight means different things, usually a combination of things like:

  • How complex/thick is the rulebook?
  • How long does it take to play?
  • What proportion of time is spent thinking and planning instead of resolving actions?
  • How hard and long do you have to think to improve your chance of winning?
  • How little luck is in the game?
  • How much technical skill (math, reading ahead moves, etc) is necessary?
  • How long does it take to learn the rules?
  • How many times do you need to play before you feel like you "get" the game?


BGG uses a 5-point Weight scale:

  • Light
  • Medium Light
  • Medium
  • Medium Heavy
  • Heavy

Weight is part of the rating system.

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