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Welcome to the Board and table games WikiProject. We are a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of board and tabletop games.

If you would like to help, check out our to-do list. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them on our talk page.

Scope and goals[edit]

This WikiProject seeks to unify the article formatting on all articles relating to notable board games, tabletop games, board game designers, and publishers.

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

  1. Further refine the style guidelines for articles under this project's scope.
  2. Ensure that all articles under this project's scope adhere to the guidelines and Wikipedia policies, most importantly WP:NPOV and WP:NOR where appropriate.
  3. Create a notability guide with more specific criteria for inclusion of board and table games.
  4. Ensure that all notable subjects under this project's scope are covered on Wikipedia.

Tasks[edit]

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You don't need to be a member to help, but feel free to join. These tasks would be helpful to the cause of this WikiProject. Kindly consult the guidelines before editing to avoid unnecessary work.

Here's what you can do apart from what's in the box:

  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.

Every edit counts! Thank you very much for helping.

Style guide[edit]

Structure[edit]

Game articles under this project's jurisdiction should at least have the following information:

  • History of the game (release date and publisher info for commercial games).
  • 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 relying on reliable sources. 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.
  • Major awards won by the game (e.g. Deutscher Spiele Preis) are points of notability and should be listed in the article.
  • Where appropriate, an infobox created using Template:Infobox_Game

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 and Rules[edit]

It is best to avoid listing out the game's parts or other specifications (such as the distribution of number tokens in Settlers of Catan). Such exacting detail is rarely necessary to give the reader a good general idea of how the game works. In most cases, detailed "Rules" or "Components" sections would violate WP:GAMEGUIDE.

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.

Gameplay[edit]

Wikipedia is not an instruction manual. For this reason and for copyright reasons, please do not include:

  • The complete rules of a proprietary game.
  • Detailed phase-by-phase instructions.

There are many board games, but most of them follow the same sets of basic principles with only slight variation inside the particular genres. Therefore, it is often sufficient to include:

  • A brief synopsis of the rules that highlights the notable aspects of the game that distinguish it from other similar games.
  • Links to verifiable sources where appropriate.

Expansions[edit]

When writing about expansions, consider covering the general changes in the game mechanics rather than providing detailed change logs. If there are several expansions that merely add "7 new landscapes" or "50 new cards" each, they probably deserve one sentence along the lines of "Expansion1 and Expansion2 were subsequently released, adding more cards and a variety of landscapes to the original game."

An expansion warrants a separate section in the article if it introduced significant new game mechanics that were covered in verifiable sources (e.g., Catan's Cities & Knights).

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.

If you would like to share more extensive information, consider Wikiversity, which hosts the Simulations and Gaming Archive and has a Portal called Game design for people who want to develop open educational resources outside the scope of Wikipedia.

External links[edit]

Consider adding these links to games articles:

  • 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.

Participants[edit]

If you want to participate in this WikiProject, feel free to do so, and add your name to this list. Consider mentioning your core interests and areas of expertise when it comes to board games so that we all know who to turn to in case of specific questions.

You can add our userboxes by putting {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Board and table games/Userbox}} in your own user space to let others know that you are a member. In addition you may wish to make use of {{User card-games}} if you are a card game enthusiast as well (see next section below).

  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. Bermicourt (card games)
  14. Bgplayer
  15. Bill.Albing
  16. bibliomaniac15
  17. Biker488
  18. Bryce Carmony
  19. BurnDownBabylon
  20. Can
  21. CaptainIron555
  22. Caseylf
  23. CHCSPrefect
  24. Chicgeek
  25. Chunky Rice
  26. ctgreybeard
  27. Dancingturtle8205
  28. Danjel
  29. Dave6
  30. Davichito
  31. DDStretch
  32. ddyer
  33. dkonstantinos
  34. Elocina
  35. Ericdn
  36. Esquivalience
  37. FDJoshua22
  38. Fivepast
  39. gamov
  40. Greroja
  41. GundamMerc
  42. hakko504
  43. Hannu-san
  44. Hans Adler
  45. haosys
  46. Hkbusfan
  47. Humbersi
  48. Imperative
  49. ihardlythinkso
  50. JackWilfred
  51. Jake34567
  52. Jarmihi
  53. JocK
  54. JudgeGregg (Eurogames, Agricola, Catan)
  55. kelvSYC
  56. klellingson
  57. KSJ
  58. Leutha
  59. lexprod
  60. LithiumFlash (chess, and chess variants)
  61. Locutus
  62. Ludophile
  63. M3TAinfo
  64. Marasmusine
  65. MarkZusab
  66. Mathman1550
  67. Mattiasr
  68. McGeddon
  69. Michaelarick
  70. mikechen
  71. Morganfitzp
  72. MrKent
  73. NetJohn
  74. NightBear
  75. NightFalcon90909
  76. Nwlaw63
  77. OdinFK
  78. OldestManOnMySpace
  79. Percy Snoodle
  80. PokitJaxx
  81. Queendiva627
  82. Rindis
  83. Robo37
  84. Rray
  85. Ryanminier
  86. Saxifrage
  87. Sbalfour (Hex, Shannon's, Chess, 3M bookshelf, Stratego, Risk, TwixT)
  88. Schoop
  89. SColombo
  90. SenatorSteve
  91. sillybillypiggy
  92. semper fi 45
  93. SMcCandlish
  94. Smiloid
  95. Smuckola
  96. Some P. Erson
  97. Stellmach
  98. Sverre
  99. Tetobigbro
  100. tetron76
  101. Tezakhiago
  102. The Mid
  103. theprosperonight
  104. TheWikiCorrector
  105. Thursamaday
  106. Timotab
  107. TomasBat
  108. Turbine2k5
  109. Val42
  110. Vampyrecat
  111. Warden
  112. Warpozio
  113. WiiWillieWiki
  114. WikiUserTJL
  115. Wilhelm meis
  116. willy11009
  117. Most Serene Wikipedian
  118. ggofthejungle
  119. StefanSong
  120. Noid83
  121. xgamerms999
  122. Hobbes543
  123. domesticenginerd
  124. Hippychickali
  125. Nwlaw63
  126. Ungulates
  127. AndrewofMillerton
  128. Shayday~enwiki
  129. Wessmaniac
  130. Mondopiri
  131. DyPeMaP
  132. Animelib
  133. Michael james campbell (Chess and Risk).
  134. Gameinfirmary
  135. William kohler
  136. Countakeshi
  137. Drymantini

Userboxes[edit]

Userboxes relevant to this project are:

Crystal Project Package games board.pngThis user is a member of WikiProject Board & Table Games
Aceofspades.svgThis user enjoys playing card games.


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