Board Games 101: What is a 4X Game?

4X: it’s not a game mechanic. It’s not a genre. So what the heck even is it? Professor Ryan demystifies the term.

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  • How is Scythe an eXploration game but not Risk???

    Ken Landry
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • 4x? space empires 4x has the 4x!

    Syahid Ali
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • just found your channel and watched the 101 series, this content is top notch, keep it up

    Joshua Gwyn
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • A good example of a 4X game is Heroes of the Land and Sea.

    Posted July 27, 2020
  • I would argue Risk has Exploit. If you can get control of an entire continent you get a production bonus, thus position matters, it's not just about sheer number of territories. It's a very abstract representation of exploit, but it's there.

    Matthew Johnson
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • I also think that the main map part of Tapestry qualifies for 4x, although that's just a small part of the game as a whole.

    Posted July 27, 2020
  • Interesting topic. I consider a 4x game to be in the Grand Strategy dept, where the game handles most all elements, like resources, research, politics, economy, some city management and design (like designing your starships perhaps). Thanks I love this topic

    Posted July 27, 2020
  • There has been a VERY good adaptation of Sid Meier's Civilization in boardgame form with facedown tile exploration, troop combat based on the classic age of empires mechanics (infantry beats cavalry beats archery beats infantry) and featuring 3 different means to win, being a cultural victory, tech victory or military victory. You play a nation with certain benefits and have access to "leaders" and technology research.
    More recently there has been a "New Dawn" version which is more abstract. no troops, just presence, and the mechanics are more "action selection" from a set of 5 possible actions.

    Posted July 27, 2020
  • A good example of a smaller scale 3x game (missing exterminate) is Magic Maze.

    Thayne Peterson
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • Scythe and Twilight Imperium 4e are my favorite 4x games, although the map is generally visible the whole game for both.

    Posted July 27, 2020
  • I'm gonna start a kickstarter for a 5X game, then never clarify what the 5th X is

    Posted July 27, 2020
  • First time I heard about 4x. Thanks for the insight. Love the pause for "letter… E".

    Fernando Buzi
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • Really excited to see your Dead Reckoning video!

    Daniel Potter
    Posted July 27, 2020
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    Aaliyah Muhammad
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • Yo

    Evan Cheah
    Posted July 27, 2020
  • Good idea for a series!

    James C
    Posted July 27, 2020
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    Posted July 27, 2020

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