Board Game Dictionary

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A game mechanic that gives a player action points on his turn, wich he’ll spend to do actions of different point values.
(Pandemic, Hansa Teutonica, Flash Point)

4X games are strategic games in which players lead an empire and eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. They explore a formerly unknown map or territory. They expand their empire by building new cities or outposts. They exploit the ressources wich are in their sphere of influence to build or research. And they exterminate their rival players.

Twilight Imperium 3