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In a turn-based game, each player's turn is based upon the turn their opponent took before them. You could say that each action taken in the game is an action based upon the previous action taken in the context of this game.

Is there a word or phrase that describes each individual action in this chain-of-events more succinctly?

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    Perhaps it's not quite right for this exact context, but a series of events each caused by or based on the preceding one can be called knock-on events. Preceded by, say, consecutive or serial if there's a risk all the events might be wrongly understood to emanate from a single "trigger" event that came first. – FumbleFingers Feb 17 '14 at 5:12
  • Subsequent, perhaps? – user60295 Feb 17 '14 at 5:16
  • The actions sound to me like "alternating responses." – Sven Yargs Feb 17 '14 at 5:23
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    Not sure whether you mean the causal link/dependency, or the position of each turn. Try dictionary searches for precursor, antecedent, prior / following, consequent, later; and thesaurus entries for these. – Leon Conrad Feb 17 '14 at 6:48
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Consider contingent

depending on or influenced by something else: Buying the new house was contingent on selling the old one

In your example, each move is dependent upon, and influenced by the previous one.

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  • So I could say "contingent move" or "contingent action"? Now I'm looking for a noun that matches this adjective. – Joey Feb 21 '14 at 18:04
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    You could say A was contingent on B. The phrase contingent move could apply to B. It also could be taken to mean an anticipatory move subject to confirmation, retraction or modification based on a subsequent move. – bib Feb 22 '14 at 16:21
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    The term response suggests an action based on a prior action or state. – bib Feb 23 '14 at 12:31
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You could say "each turn is a countermove."
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/countermove?q=countermove

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  • @ermanen what is "it" and "there" in "it has an opposition and there is no dependency."? – Sandeep D Feb 17 '14 at 7:53
  • @ermanen Are you suggesting countermove is not dependent on a previous action? :) Why do we call it counter-move? Any ideas? Apart from that, your use of aka was improper. a.k.a – Sandeep D Feb 17 '14 at 8:09
  • @ermanen reciprocation - the act of making or doing something in return – Sandeep D Feb 17 '14 at 8:35
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I think "cascade" is what you are looking for but it is mainly used in science.

cascade noun something arranged or occurring in a series or in a succession of stages so that each stage derives from or acts upon the product of the preceding

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