Every week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!

The gaming definition this week is a term that is applicable to many well know games: Abstract Strategy

Abstract strategy: A strategy game in which the theme is not important to the game experience of playing. Some of the oldest games are abstract strategy games. While they with may have a light theme associated with them, such as in Chess, the theme is not essential to the game.

Chess Set
Chess Set

Abstract Strategy games are often for only two players, and have streamlined rules. They also do not use shuffled cards or dice to create random chance. Without the random element Abstract Strategy games, as their name indicates rely exclusively on the players using strategy to win. Typically, these games also have an infinite number of alternating turns until the win condition is met.


Examples of Classic Abstract Strategy Games:

  • Mancala
  • Chess
  • Checkers

Examples of Modern Abstract Strategy Games:

  • Tak
  • Onitama
  • Hive

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You can also look at our other video game definitions from previous weeks here!

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By Linda Wrobel

Managing Editor: Board Games Mother, Educator, and Board Game Editor.

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