The authors of Characteristics of Games – George Skaff Elias, Richard Garfield and Robert Gutschera – began their text book with the statement that they weren’t going to define the term “Board Game”. What a board game is defined as isn’t as important as what a board game is comprised of. Not being as wise as those creators, I will offer up my definition of board games… in another essay. For today, I want to focus on what a game isn’t. Specifically, a game is not a puzzle.