February 19, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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A Euro game or Euro-style game, also referred to as a German game or German-style board game, is a class of tabletop games that generally have simple rules, short to medium playing times, indirect player interaction, and abstract physical components. Such games emphasize strategy, downplay luck and conflict, lean towards economic rather than military themes, and usually keep all the players in the game until it ends. German-style games are sometimes contrasted with American-style games, which generally involve more luck, conflict, and drama. German-style games are usually less abstract than chess, but more abstract than wargames and train games. Likewise, they generally require more thought and planning than our Thursday night party games, such as Pictionary or Trivial Pursuit, but less than classic strategy games, such as chess and Go.
Examples of Eurogames:
The Settlers of Catan
Tigris & Euphrates
Examples of prominent Euro Designers:
Alan R. Moon