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Re: Actual chicken soup for the soul
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2019, 12:20:23 pm »
Oh yes video games can be good escapism indeed and I too like a good RPG - I've heard of strategy games, but not Grand Strategy Games; is there a difference?

There are different types of strategy games; TBS = Turn Based Strategy, think old-school stuff like Risk or even Chess; RTS = Real Time Strategy, all players play at the same time in real time, stuff like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, etc. fall under that category.

GSG, or "Grand Strategy Games," are typically realtime games, but the difference is the scale, hence 'Grand' in the description. Most RTS games take place on a small map, with a handful of players and/or AI opponents, and might last between a few minutes to a few hours depending on the game in question and the skill of the players.

'Grand' Strategy Games, by comparison, are much slower and much larger; space-operas where you conquer an entire galaxy of several thousands stars, filled with dozens of human or AI opponents, or historical simulations with dozens of rulers and hundreds of playable vassals would fall under the umbrella of GSG's, for example. Most "4X" games are classified as GSG's.

A typical GSG run might involve dozens or even hundreds of hours of playtime, not unlike some RPGs. Most people don't actually play to 'win' in these games, they play to tell a story, the story of a particular empire, nation, etc. For example, "Crusader Kings" is a popular historical GSG where you play as a particular dynasty from medieval Eurasia, and try to keep your dynasty, culture, and religion alive for seven centuries, through various historical events including the titular crusades.

GSG's tend to have large role-playing communities and be less competition driven than other types of strategy games.
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