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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to board and table games. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProject and Wikipedia:WikiProject/Best practices.

Scope and goals[edit]

This WikiProject seeks to unify the article formatting on all articles relating to board games and tabletop games. This, however, excludes articles relating to these topics that are within the scope of its sister projects. This project's scope does include table action games such as air hockey, table tennis and table soccer, when they do not have their own projects.

The long-term goals for this WikiProject are as follows:

  1. Establish notability criteria for inclusion
  2. Establish a consistent style for articles under this project's scope
  3. Ensure that all conventions established under this project's scope are adhered to.

To do[edit]

Tasks[edit]

As a member (or nonmember), these tasks should be helpful to the cause of this WikiProject:

  1. Find existing articles that can come under the jurisdiction of this project, and label them with the template {{BTGProject}} on their talk pages.
  2. Label stub articles with {{board-game-stub}}, {{card-game-stub}}, {{dice-game-stub}}, or {{wargame-stub}} as appropriate.
  3. Rewrite existing articles to follow the conventions described in this project.
  4. Complete open tasks in the task box.
Tasks Open tasks for WikiProject BTG.

Edit or discuss these tasks.

Article alerts[edit]

Transcluded from Wikipedia:WikiProject Board and table games/Article alerts

Peer reviews

Related Projects[edit]

Parent project[edit]

The parent of this project is WikiProject Games.

Child projects and task forces[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Council/Directory/Culture/Games for an up-to-date list
Token and miniatures games
Card games

Similar WikiProjects[edit]

Other WikiProjects with similar scope include:

Participants[edit]

If you want to participate in this WikiProject, feel free to do so, and add your name to this list.

  1. 1redrun
  2. 2005
  3. Alai
  4. AlbionBT
  5. Aldaron
  6. Andrew Keenan Richardson
  7. Andrew Lenahan
  8. Angelbo
  9. Aquadorian
  10. Arswann
  11. Autarch
  12. Barno
  13. Bgplayer
  14. bibliomaniac15
  15. Biker488
  16. BurnDownBabylon
  17. Can
  18. CaptainIron555
  19. Caseylf
  20. CHCSPrefect
  21. Chicgeek
  22. Chunky Rice
  23. ctgreybeard
  24. Dancingturtle8205
  25. Danjel
  26. Dave6
  27. Davichito
  28. DDStretch
  29. ddyer
  30. dkonstantinos
  31. Elocina
  32. Ericdn
  33. FDJoshua22
  34. Fivepast
  35. gamov
  36. Greroja
  37. GundamMerc
  38. hakko504
  39. Hannu-san
  40. Hans Adler
  41. haosys
  42. Humbersi
  43. Imperative
  44. ihardlythinkso
  45. JackWilfred
  46. Jake34567
  47. JocK
  48. kelvSYC
  49. klellingson
  50. ±K•I•O•Z•U•K•I±
  51. KSJ
  52. Leutha
  53. lexprod
  54. Locutus
  55. Ludophile
  56. M3TAinfo
  57. Marasmusine
  58. Mathman1550
  59. Mattiasr
  60. McGeddon
  61. Michaelarick
  62. mikechen
  63. Morganfitzp
  64. MrKent
  65. NetJohn
  66. NightBear
  67. NightFalcon90909
  68. OdinFK
  69. OldestManOnMySpace
  70. Percy Snoodle
  71. PokitJaxx
  72. Queendiva627
  73. Rindis
  74. Robo37
  75. Rray
  76. Ryanminier
  77. Saxifrage
  78. Schoop
  79. SenatorSteve
  80. sillybillypiggy
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  82. SMcCandlish
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  90. The Mid
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  92. TheWikiCorrector
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  94. Timotab
  95. TomasBat
  96. Turbine2k5
  97. Val42
  98. Vampyrecat
  99. Warden
  100. Warpozio
  101. WiiWillieWiki
  102. WikiUserTJL
  103. Wilhelm meis
  104. willy11009
  105. Most Serene Wikipedian
  106. ggofthejungle
  107. StefanSong
  108. Noid83
  109. xgamerms999

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Structure[edit]

Structure conventions and notability criteria for inclusion is under development at this time. Articles under this project's jurisdiction should at least have the following information:

  • A brief synopsis of the rules, sufficient only to show what is notable about the game or to distinguish it from other similar games. Lengthy sections and separate rules articles should be avoided -- after all, Wikipedia is not an instruction manual.
  • If the game is notable for its strategies, a brief strategy section. Making this very extensive (except about the few games about which much has been published in reliable sources rather than in 'zines or user posts) would involve original research, so the focus should be on the game's most noted features (such as a particular game mechanic, or the way the game makes the players interact) and the published strategic uses of those game features. More extensive information is suitable for Wikiversity which hosts the Simulations and Gaming Archive
  • If the game has won any major awards (e.g. Essen Feather), they should be listed in the article - after all, it's a point of notability.
  • For board games, a link to its BoardGameGeek entry when it meets the criteria of WP:EL.
  • For commercially released games, a link to the official site of the game from its publisher(s), or the publisher's website in lieu of an official game site.
  • Links to any official full descriptions of the rules.
  • Links to the website(s) of any governing bodies of the game.
  • Where appropriate, an infobox created using Template:Infobox_Game

Style guide for game articles[edit]

Images[edit]

While images to illustrate a subject generally enhance the article's utility and appeal, remain aware that the components of all packaged games are subject to copyright protection. A fair use rationale is needed for any copy of such.

Note that cover art is considered fair use for the purposes of identification of and critical commentary on the thing depicted. Therefore, do not use game cover art for identification purposes only. Keep in mind that commentary must (as usual) cite verifiable sources. Assuming these criteria can be satisfied, there exists a fair use tag, {{Boardgamecover}}, specifically for this purpose.

Components[edit]

For commercially released games, exercise restraint in listing out the game's parts or other specifications (such as the distribution of number tokens in Settlers of Catan), for several reasons:

  • Saying too much raises concerns of a derivative work that could infringe copyright on the game instructions or other protected material.
  • Exacting detail is rarely necessary to give the reader a good general idea of how the game works appropriate to an encyclopedia, and...
  • Once again, Wikipedia is not an instruction manual.

A good general style guideline is to give only the detail that is necessary to understand the context of any descriptions of gameplay and strategy elsewhere in the article. Any more is extraneous.

Strategy[edit]

Observations on game strategy must not be drawn simply from the analysis or experience of the editor. To do so constitutes a clear-cut case of original research. In particular, it "introduces a theory or method of solution" to the problem of effective play. Exposition on strategy is admissible only where it provides a verifiable source. Unless the game instructions provide a strategy section, they do not constitute a verifiable source for such material.

Editors are encouraged to be diligent in correcting violations of Wikipedia's No Original Research policy with respect to game strategy. If such a section seems to be simply the conclusions of particular editors, it is proper to tag it with the {{OriginalResearch}} template. Even better, if possible, is to either provide citations to support the section or rewrite it based on such sources.

Further, despite the fact that this material may be of interest to the reader, Wikipedia is not an instruction manual. Discussion of game strategy should serve to illustrate why the subject is of interest, and not be included simply for its own sake.

Wikiversity, a sister site of Wikipedia, has a Portal called Game design for people who want to develop open educational resources outside the scope of Wikipedia.

Resources[edit]

Categories[edit]

Category:Tabletop games is the root category of the project - as the category existed before the project, the category structures also existing therein also acts as categories for this project.

Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:

Subpages[edit]

Stub articles[edit]

Wikipedia articles on board and table games[edit]

For more information on board and table games, consult the following Wikipedia articles:

Statistics[edit]

Featured articles
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Good articles

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  10. Symbol support vote.svg Once Upon a Time
  11. Symbol support vote.svg Tafl games
  12. Symbol support vote.svg Tute
  13. Symbol support vote.svg Warhammer 40,000
  14. Symbol support vote.svg Wizards of the Coast

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For more information see:

Category:Board and table game articles by quality
Category:Board and table game articles by importance
Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Board and table game articles by quality (links to detailed assessment lists)
Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Board and table game articles by quality log (bot's assessment statistics logs)

External watchlist[edit]

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Council WikiProject Council

 

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