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For example, the set of players playing individually in a card game. The word 'team' doesn't sound good as it implies that they should help each other. I considered 'gang', 'bunch', 'circle' etc. But none seems to fit.

Background: I'm designing a card game and want to introduce a 'team' concept where a moderator can establish a --- of a set of players. This ---- can engage in a game interactively at suitably planned time slots.

Edit : Thanks all for the answers/comments. So, it looks like that there is no obvious/common word that I missed. I think I will go with the term 'circle' or 'gang'.

  • Partners (or partnership), perhaps? – Mick Nov 7 '16 at 12:24
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    It's not really clear what the status of the "set of players" is, but perhaps the neutral group will do. – Andrew Leach Nov 7 '16 at 12:59
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    In poker, this is termed the table. – Dan Bron Nov 7 '16 at 13:14
  • In the card game of Bridge, it's partner. However, there are only four players in Bridge. – Lambie Nov 7 '16 at 14:21
  • Maybe a "crew", "faction", or "contingent"? – generalcrispy Nov 7 '16 at 15:24
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Perhaps cohort works.

businessdictionary.com:

cohort
Group whose members share a significant experience at a certain period of time or have one or more similar characteristics .

ODO:

cohort NOUN
2 [treated as singular or plural] A group of people banded together or treated as a group.
‘a cohort of civil servants patiently drafting legislation’

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How about players or competitors?

Player Noun A person taking part in a sport or game

Competitors Noun A person or group of people who take(s) part in a sporting contest.

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