Beer-and-pretzels games are casual, fun, socially oriented games. Beer-and-pretzels games can be seen as one end of a spectrum occupied by very dramatic games at the other. A beer-and-pretzels could be more or less immersive. The distinguishing feature is the overriding goal of social friendship over some kind of art. A successful beer-and-pretzels game can nonetheless be very successful in achieving a high level of excitement.
The term comes from beer and pretzels, a traditional casual snack of the college-age crowd, commonly available at bowling halls, frat houses, or any other casual dive.