Archive for August 21, 2008

Metagame Rewards, or the Different Kinds of Fun

Posted: August 21, 2008 by Jay Steven Anyong in Roleplaying Games
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During the discussion on Rewards in the previous article, we touched on the idea of Metagame Rewards.  To put it simply, metagame rewards are a form of reward that encourages the players to keep coming back.  These aren’t things “in-game” that boost character stats, or represent new gear, these are the rewards that make the player himself lean back with a grin, look the GM in the eye and say, “Great Game!”

So, what constitutes Metagame Rewards?  For this, I’ll paraphrase from Amagi Games’ excellent article “What-I-Like Glossary” which goes on to discuss the different types of fun that motivate players:

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