Archive for August 21, 2008

Metagame Rewards, or the Different Kinds of Fun

Posted: August 21, 2008 by pointyman2000 in Roleplaying Games

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: