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On BGG, 'Weight' is defined as a game's "'Complexity' Rating".
By definition, 'complex' means "a whole made up of complicated or interrelated parts" (

Factors that affect a game's weight include:
  • Amount of rules
  • Gameplay length
  • Amount of luck
  • Technical skill required (math, planning, reading, etc.)
  • Amount of choices available
  • Amount of bookkeeping
  • Level of difficulty
BGG uses a 5-point Weight scale:
  • Light (1)
  • Medium Light (2)
  • Medium (3)
  • Medium Heavy (4)
  • Heavy (5)

Weight is part of the rating system.

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