A fixed direction relative to the world at large, rather than anything within the game. By convention, the absolute directions are denoted north, east, south and west, although you can fix them to any convenient landmark. For example, in backgammon it is conventional to have the light source to one side of the board, which is then denoted east, so that the players sit to the north and south.
Used at the end of the game to decide who wins. You can use tokens, peg board or pen and paper to keep track of victory points. Victory points are accumulated during gameplay but are not compared until the end of the game.