American-style board game

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American-style board games are a loose category of tabletop games that generally feature a prominent theme, encourage direct conflict between players (even in some co-op games such as Dead of Winter), and have a significant degree of luck. They are distinguished from Eurogames (German-style board games) in that American-style games often have longer playtimes and mechanics designed to suit the theme.[1] Not all games from the United States fall under this category; party games and family games with simpler rulesets are usually not included.

These games are sometimes referred to as Ameritrash, which is used occasionally as a term of affection by some people, and a pejorative by others. The terms Amerigame and Thematic Game do not carry negative connotations, and are preferred terms. [2] BoardGameGeek cites "Axis & Allies, Dune, Cosmic Encounter, Talisman, and Twilight Imperium" as classic Ameritrash titles.[3]


  1. ^ "Ameritrash" on the BoardGameGeek wiki, BoardGameGeek contributors. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "German recreation: An affinity for rules?" The Economist, August 28, 2008.
  3. ^ BoardGameGeek glossary, BoardGameGeek. Retrieved March 16, 2016.