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Categories of Games (Weapons)
Here is a list of applicable games based on weapon type.
|Grenade||Party / Casual Games||A game that qualifies for the Grenade category is designed to be played as a casual entertainment at a party-style gathering. These games will typically include six or more players and be simple card or dice games, sometimes with simple boards or other play aids. Casual games require very little setup, and are often humorous or lighthearted in theme.
BGG keywords often associated with Grenade category: card game, party game, trivia, word game, humor, music, real-time.
EXAMPLES: Cards Against Humanity, Munchkin (multiple versions), Scene-It! (multiple versions), Twister, and Zombie Dice.
|Disruptor||Family Games / Traditional Games||Disruptor games are found on nearly every family game shelf. These games can be children’s games—Chutes & Ladders, Operation, and Mouse Trap—or adult games like Monopoly, Scrabble, or Mille Bornes. If the game is a children’s game (suggested age of 12 or less) or a mass-market family game, it belongs in this category. Most games by mass manufacturers like Milton Bradley would belong here. These games are usually a bit more involved than a party game, and take a bit more attention than a party game would because of more complex rules or the normal attention span of the children demographic. These games tend to be lighter in rules and subject matter than those found in any other category save Grenade.
BGG keywords often associated with Disruptor category: children’s game.
EXAMPLES: Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Checkers, Chess, and derivatives.
|Flechette Gun||Tactical Board Games, CCGs, Deck Building Games||These games are board games in which the players control a single person or a small group of people. Combat may occur, but it is not the focus of the game. These games also do not typically have the sort of individual unit detail as a war game, with more abstraction in the game design. For example, both X-Wing and Battlestar Galactica handle space fighter combat. In X-Wing, each fighter’s precise movement and distance are the focus of the game. In Galactica, the
fighter’s locations are generalized and their maneuvers are abstracted. The latter style of game design is appropriate to Flechette Gun, not Pistol.
BGG keywords often associated with Flechette Gun category: Various, but war game is a clue the game goes in Pistol or Rifle.
EXAMPLES: Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Dwarven Dig, Dungeons & Dragons Adventure System games (multiple), Poker, Blackjack, and traditional card games.
|Pistol||Aerospace/Naval Wargames||The Pistol category covers all war games, whether board or miniature, which have subject matter primarily dealing with terrestrial navies, space navies, and aircraft. This category is identical to the Pistol category in the navy marksmanship program, and a list of approved games that apply to both systems can be found there.
BGG keywords often associated with Pistol category: war game, aviation/flight, miniatures, nautical, pirates.
EXAMPLES: Ace of Aces, Broadsides & Boarding Parties, Crimson Skies, Saganami Island Tactical Simulator, Star Frontiers : Knight Hawks, Star Wars: Armada, and X-Wing.
|Rifle||Ground-based War Games||The Rifle category covers all war games, board or miniature, which have subject matter primarily dealing with ground or combat. This category is identical to the Rifle category in the navy marksmanship program, and a list of approved games that apply to both systems can be found there.
BGG keywords often associated with Rifle category: war game, any specific war, miniatures.
EXAMPLES: Melee/Wizard, Battletech, and Star Wars: Imperial Assault.
|Grenade Launcher||Roleplaying Games||All roleplaying games, or RPGs, fall under the Grenade Launcher category. Most RPGs will self-identify as such on the box or cover. The category also covers live-action RPGs, or LARPS. Role-playing games are categorized as games in which each player takes on a single persona and attempts to portray that character verbally or actively to collaboratively tell a story. The most famous game of this category is Dungeons & Dragons, but myriad games with many themes exist.
BGG keywords often associated with Grenade Launcher category: These games will be found on BGG’s sister site, RPG Geek.
EXAMPLES: Dungeons & Dragons, Shadow Run, Savage Worlds, Marvel Superheroes, Boot Hill, and RIFTS.
NOTE: The SCA is specifically not a LARP by designation of the FLA, as the purpose of the organization is more “society” than “game.”
|Tribarrel||Strategic-level War Games||Tribarrel games are board games in which the players control a large number of units across a wide area. Combat may occur, but it is not the focus of the game. These games typically involve a large amount of abstraction, and deal much more with diplomacy or economics than warfare. Games that are continental, global, or even interstellar in nature would be classified as Tribarrel games.
BGG keywords often associated with Tribarrel category: various, including strategy game, political and economic, but war game is a clue the game goes in Pistol or Rifle.
EXAMPLES: Axis & Allies, Fortress America, Conquest of the Empire, Pandemic, Cosmic Encounter, and Twilight Imperium.
|Plasma Carbine||Tactical Multiplayer Computer Games||Plasma Carbine games are electronic, video, or computer games that cover tactical subject matter. Vintage arcade and console games, as well as pinball and other coin-op attractions, fall under the Plasma Carbine category by default in most cases. Only games of this vintage that are explicitly strategic in theme, such as The Blue and The Gray or Nobunaga’s Ambition, are not included under this heading.
Tactical multiplayer games, and single-player games organized into a game day or tournament, give credit toward the Plasma Carbine qualification.
EXAMPLES: All MMORPGS at the single-character or tactical level, Rock Band, Sid Meier’s Gettysburg!, World of Tanks, Neverwinter Nights, Shadow Run Returns, and Artemis Starship Bridge Simulator.
|Plasma Rifle||Strategic-level Multiplayer Computer Games||Computer or video games of a strategic theme are included in the Plasma Rifle category. Empire-spanning games or recreations of world wars in electronic format would fit here. These games are almost always inherently multiplayer in nature, though exceptions may exist. When these exceptions occur, the games could still qualify if a game day or tournament situation is organized.
EXAMPLES: All multiplayer computer games at the strategic level, Sid Meier’s Civilization, Master of Orion Series, Star Wars: Rebellion, and Defender of the Crown.