Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Given an ongoing game with well defined rules, a player and granted that it is their turn, how would you call the possible actions the player can perform?

These actions may include moving a piece, rolling dice, trading with another player, resigning, etc. Anything that advances the game in any way, no matter how reasonable. In particular, I would like to refer to all actions the player is able to perform, i.e. usually a huge amount.

My first thought was along the lines of actions or game actions, though I would like to avoid that term if possible. Decisions would be quite detached from a performed action.

Update: Trying to add examples

There are 5 possible actions that can be carried out by player 1.

  • Moving piece X from field A to field B, claiming field B
  • Moving piece Y from field C to field D, capturing the enemy piece Z
  • Buying card foo from the bank, reducing 1's tokens to 4, gaining privilege bar
  • Moving piece Y from field C to 1's inventory, losing field C to player 2
  • Resigning the game, moving pieces X and Y to 1's inventory, losing field A to player 3 and field C to player 2.

The distinction am I looking as seen in the final example: Resigning the game does cause them to lose all their stuff, but the important part is not the reasoning but what actually happens when they chose this action. For this reason the carried out action and all direct subsequent consequences are bundled together.

In chess, an example might be:

  • Move white queen to A7, remove black bishop from A7 and add black bishop to black graveyard
  • Move white pawn from E2 to A4, define black the winner of the game, game ends (this one is a bit far fetched)
share|improve this question
1  
Define a term, then use it. This would be part of the jargon for using the game. Without knowing the game, it is hard to tell what sort of term would best fit. I have seen "actions", "impulses", "rounds", "activations" used for this... –  Oldcat Mar 28 at 19:09
    
@Oldcat Good idea, but I was hoping for a very generic term, if it exists. Or, well, to follow through, we might call it a papp (possible action performable by player) :) –  mafu Mar 28 at 19:17
    
possibilities might fit also. –  ermanen Mar 28 at 19:34
    
I can't quite visualize what you're looking for. Could you please add an example of the context for this word (ie., a sample sentence) and explain why you're avoiding action? Because that seems like the usual game jargon. –  Bradd Szonye Mar 28 at 19:43
1  
How about simple calling them moves? The word is already used quite loosely in various forms of games (“Your move!” works fine even if you’re playing tic-tac-toe where no movement is involved, for example). I’d say a move is simply anything and whatever you do to change it from being your turn to it being the other guy’s turn. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 28 at 22:34

3 Answers 3

up vote 3 down vote accepted

These actions may include moving a piece, rolling dice, trading with another player, resigning, etc. Anything that advances the game in any way, no matter how reasonable. In particular, I would like to refer to all actions the player is able to perform, i.e. usually a huge amount.

The best word to cover all the actions described is "move". It's a fairly neutral word that describes pretty well anything the player does, which might be a tactical manoeuvre, or it might be nothing more than a standard bit of business with no particular significance. If you want to denote something that tends towards a tactical manoeuvre, it might be "ploy" or "stratagem" or "gambit".

share|improve this answer
    
+1. You beat me to it by exactly three seconds (though I only posted mine as a comment)! –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 28 at 22:35

You can consider using options.

share|improve this answer

Why not activity

any specific deed, action, pursuit, etc.

You also might consider play

(US & Canadian) a move or manoeuvre in a game: a brilliant play

share|improve this answer
    
I think play captures it very well, doesn't it? - it is an option that is (or can be) performed –  mafu Mar 28 at 22:20
    
+1 for play. Some games also use move for this. –  Bradd Szonye Mar 28 at 22:36

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.