What is the functional difference between and ?

The latter has a well-defined excerpt and description:

Excerpt: An online or offline tool used in preparing or running a RPG.

Wiki: A device, software, online service, procedure or process used for a specific purpose in relationship to roleplaying games that is not part of the ruleset for a given rpg. Could be anything from "the Obsidian Portal campaign wiki website" to "the document called the Same Page Tool."

While the former only has an excerpt:

Physical items or digital tools that help a game run more smoothly or enhance game play in some fashion.

"Tools" also has many more questions than "game-aids". Of the existing "game-aids" questions, most seem to be about Android apps, which would seem to fall squarely in the "tools" bailiwick.

Can these be merged? Or am I missing some nuance?

If they're not merged, shouldn't the Android questions in "tools" be re-tagged to "game-aids"?

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    \$\begingroup\$ The difference appears to be that both were created ages ago, but only one actually saw lasting adoption. This happens sometimes; good catch noticing it and bringing it to the community's attention. :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 3, 2015 at 22:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ I untagged four of the fifteen questions this has, they're generally the same thing except for some cases where someone was a just looking for aid with a game (not a physical object or etc). Tools is definitely a better name. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 8:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ A significant number in either tag should also/instead be tagged with tool-recommendation. I edited a few. \$\endgroup\$
    – Wrathchild
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 16:21

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Seems like a solid case for synonymizing, and as of January 12, 2015, the community has agreed and the synonym has been made. game-aids now automatically remaps to tools.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I just cast the 4th vote - it's official now. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bobson
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 20:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ And now I've learned that synonyms definitely don't automatically merge the tag over. Good to know. \o/ \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 13, 2015 at 9:18

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