August 11, 2022

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Metagaming: How a frustrating problem can actually be fun

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Metagaming is a hot topic in any TTRPG because it’s always something that the GM and players have to be wary of. (Metagaming is when a player uses knowledge from outside of the game to determine their actions, this can include known game mechanics or story elements.) Once everyone gets a feel for one another’s playstyle, it’s typically not a big issue, but metagaming shouldn’t be shunned in its entirety. There are some benefits of metagaming that can improve play and overall enjoyment. Don’t worry; I’ll go over everything. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression — a combo that is less than ideal for a journalist or a game master juggling seven different players in a six-hour Dungeons & Dragons game — I understand that it can be tough to take a stance on metagaming situations, especially as a player.

In this week’s column of Tabletop tips from an anxious GM (all of which can be found on our DND tips hub), I’ll be discussing when metagaming can help improve play and even further the understanding of some characters.

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