What exactly do I mean when I refer to luck and chaos in games? The distinction I tend to draw comes from where the “randomness” originates in the game:
Luck – randomness deriving from some game component itself, such as rolling dice, dealing cards, or blindly pulling tiles.
Chaos – randomness caused by the actions of other players that may or may not be predictable.

In recent months, I’ve jumped neck-deep into the world of modern “designer” board games. I’ve read all that I could on a number of blogs, listened to virtually every podcast out there, and spent hours and hours at BoardGameGeek trying to learn and understand everything that I could about this wonderful hobby. Not to mention, of course, that I’ve been playing as many games as possible this whole time. I thought that it was about time for me to “give back” a little and contribute to the wealth of information out there….