# Where does the term "Elfgames" come from and what specifically did it refer to?

"Elfgames" seems to be occasionally used to refer to fantasy RPGs that are perceived as generic or escapist.

Where does the term come from and what was it originally used for?

• Could you include a quote, example of use or something? Just curious - I have never heard the term used myself. Jun 9 '16 at 10:03
• Not really. I've always only seen it mentioned in passing in a way that seems to assume that everyone knows what it means. I think it's used with the implication of a game being simplistic and trivial, but I'm not even sure that this is actually intended.
– Yora
Jun 9 '16 at 11:17
• Twitter has one guy using #elfgames in an RPG context. Can't determine the meaning from that though :) Jun 9 '16 at 11:25
• Do you want its origin and original use, or do you want its actual current use? I'll note that "it refers to generic escapist fantasy RPGs" is only a half-complete summary of its meaning. The actual current usage makes me suspect finding an accurate origin is relatively unlikely. Jun 9 '16 at 13:30
• Yes, some context or examples would help. My own reaction to the question is that I thought it was a meme fairly concentrated in one (albeit large) RPG discussion forum; some examples would give potential answerers something concrete from your impressions to work with, not just their own. Jun 9 '16 at 15:18