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A strategy game is a game in which the player's decision-making influences the outcome significantly. They are usually board games, computer or video games, card games, or another type of game. Several games include strategy extensively, while others to a lesser degree, complicating demarcation. It is sometimes more accurate to say that some games have strategic elements, rather than being a strategy game; however, this depends on the game. The deciding factor separating strategy game from other genres is that there is either no or relatively less chance involved. Usually, the only physical element is the interaction with the game pieces, although there are exceptions. Players have similar starting positions or sitiuations, but use strategy to gain advantages over others. Strategy, as well as tactics, is dissimilar to luck in that chance-based games rely more heavily on probability. The word "strategy" is used by the military, and refers to high-level planning. Strategy games often deal with small-scale situations. Tactical games, a type of strategy game, deal with military planning, though also on a smaller scale than the military.

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Age of Empires III (also called AoE III) is the sequel to Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, and the third title of the history-based real-time strategy Age of Empires series of computer games. The game was developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft, and was officially released on October 18, 2005. The game covers the European colonization of the Americas, whilst its expansion mainly covers the decolonization of the New World between approximately AD 1500 and 1850.

The game has made a number of innovations both in the series and the genre, such as the addition of the Home-City concept, which combines Real-time strategy (RTS) and Role-playing game (RPG) features, and an advanced real-physics engine which specially animates battles, making them more realistic. An expansion pack named Age of Empires III: The Warchiefs has also been released, introducing new features such as playable Native American civilizations and the option to revolt.

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A game of Go
Credit: Kanō Eitoku
In many East Asian cultures, Go was considered one of the most important skills a civilized person could learn. This screen showing Chinese men wearing Ming Dynasty robes was made by Kano Eitoku in the 16th century.

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Wilhelm (later William) Steinitz (May 17, 1836, Prague–August 12, 1900, New York) was an Austrian-American chess player and the first official world chess champion. Known for his original contributions to chess strategy such as his ideas on positional play, his theories were held in high regard by such chess players as Aron Nimzowitsch, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Emanuel Lasker.

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