Metagaming: How a Frustrating Problem Can Be Really Fun

Metagaming is a hot topic in every TTRPG because it is always something the GM and players should be wary of. (Metagaming is when a player uses outside knowledge to determine his actions, this can include familiar game mechanics or story elements.) Once everyone has a feel for each other’s playstyle it’s usually not a big deal, but metagaming should be . not be avoided in its entirety. There are some benefits of metagaming that can improve the game and overall fun. Do not worry; I will go through everything. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression – a combination that isn’t ideal for a journalist or game master juggling seven different players in a six-hour Dungeons & Dragons game – I understand it can be difficult to take a stand. to take in 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 Do not disturb tips hub), I’ll discuss when metagaming can help improve the game and even increase the understanding of some characters.