I need to find the right word for a situation I am writing. The idea is that as your score increases, you automatically gain more points on top of this. The goal is to avoid reaching the maximum, but as you increase your score, it becomes easier to accrue these points.

The phrase I currently am using is:

Embracing becomes easier over time, where it becomes dangerous and risky to try and collect more.

I feel that "easier" is the opposite of what I want, because collecting the points towards your score is easier, it's not what you want to do; making it more dangerous as your score increases.

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    Blackjack ..... – Lawrence Aug 27 '19 at 2:09
  • Parrondo's Paradox – 0.. Aug 27 '19 at 2:17
  • So—to be clear. If you lose when you have 1,000 points, are you saying that it's easier to go from 500 to 550 points than it is to go from 0 to 50 points? Is point collection itself actually easier the more you have—or is it just how easy it is to lose because you're closer to the 1,000? (If it's both, there was a Doctor Who episode with that principle . . .) – Jason Bassford Aug 27 '19 at 2:18
  • I don't know a word, per se, but I know an idiom: "slippery slope" (e.g., As you gain more points, the more you step on to a slippery slope to maxing out and losing.). – Benjamin Harman Aug 27 '19 at 2:19
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    @BenjaminHarman Yeah. If there isn't a "word", I'd go with a phrase, like that. – Ben Aug 27 '19 at 2:21

I think the concept you are addressing is akin to acceleration, i.e., "In physics, acceleration is the rate of change of velocity of an object with respect to time." So specifically, positive acceleration. If I'm understanding it correctly, you're talking about, as @Lawrence pointed out, a game of Blackjack — but a very specific game of Blackjack, i.e., one where every card is higher/larger/of greater value than the last (as opposed to "standard" Blackjack, where cards could be bigger or smaller).

One possible rephrasing, below, substitutes 'increase of (rate) increase' and bolds other key terms on which the definition hinges.

[Accelerating Score]

Your goal is to get the highest score possible without surpassing the maximum, or you lose. Note as your score increases, the rate at which it increases increases; as you accrue points, you automatically gain even more points on top of the points gained.


Embracing becomes easier over time, where it becomes dangerous and risky to try and collect more.

Personally I think it is not a word you need but a total re-write with some poetic license thrown in! Try

Scoring becomes easier as your tally becomes larger, but annihilation awaits as your score races towards the brink of oblivion.

or something similar you could use accelerates instead of races but personally I think most people would get the drift.

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