Like most media, Tabletop Games have a number of tropes common or even specific to them.
A subindex of Game Tropes. Collectible Card Games and Tabletop RPGs, in turn, contain subindexes of this, so please put tropes primarily associated with those tabletop game forms directly onto the more specific index. See also Video Game Tropes and Gaming Stat Tropes.
Gameplay mechanics that discourage hoarding up in-game resources.
- Action Initiative
The players' in-game Initiative stat determines who goes in which order.
- Adventure-Friendly World
How the game's setting is designed to justify the gameplay mechanics.
- Competitive Balance
Players can select different roles to play in a game, with different abilities.
- Diagonal Speed Boost
On a square movement grid, moving diagonally is faster than otherwise.
Players roll these to determine or influence certain events in the game.
- Extra Turn
A rule that allows you to take an extra turn after you already acted.
- Extrinsic Go-First Rule
Who goes first is determined by something outside the game itself.
- Gameplay Randomization
Explicit randomizers (such as dice or cards) incorporated into action resolution mechanics.
- Hit Points
A stat that tells you how close your in-game avatar is to dying.
- House Rules
When the players tweak the official rules to make the game more fun for themselves.
- Luck Manipulation Mechanic
A rule that allows you to retry a botched dice roll.
- Scoring Points
Complete in-game objectives to get abstract points and win the game.
- Solo Tabletop Game
In which the rules allow a tabletop game to be played by a single player.
- Turn-Based Combat
Combat is abstracted as combatants taking turns to strike at each other.