Hiding Places

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Places in games that allow people or things to be hidden.

Many games have activities which depend on players or things not being easy to find. One way to support this is through Hiding Places which function either through having rules defining things as hidden within them or through working as Hiding Places in the way Hiding Places work in non-game contexts.


Hide-and-Seek is a typically example of a Children's Game that makes use of Hiding Places.

Vegetation in games such as the Battlefield series, the Far Cry series, or the Left 4 Dead series make it possible to hide from other players. While the vegetation may help against AI controlled enemies also, it typically doesn't do this in the same way as against players, i.e. not based on how much visually the players' avatars blend into the environment.

This War of Mine provides players with Hiding Places in the various buildings and ruins that they can send their characters to.

Using the pattern

Secret Areas are one way to create Hiding Places if the Secret Areas are unknown to some other players, Agents, Enemies, etc. Obstacles can also work if they hinder observation (e.g. through blocking line of sight in games with First-Person Views or by causing Fog of War). Given that Sniper Locations should be difficult to detect they are also good Hiding Places.

While the main purpose of providing Hiding Places in games are typically to support Conceal and Stealth goals, the pattern can also be used for other related purposes. The presence of Hiding Places make Reconnaissance and Scouting goals more difficult and existing Safe Havens can be made into explicit Hiding Places. The number, frequency, and placement of Hiding Places typically also affect all these things, so Hiding Places not only allows Stealth to be possible but also modifies how easy or difficult it is to do.

Diegetic Aspects

Hiding Places can be either diegetic or systemic, i.e. they are good hiding places because it is difficult for players or Algorithmic Agents to observe them or because the rules state that one is hidden when in them (and cannot be attacked, etc.). The first one makes finding (and detecting) Hiding Places into a player/Agent skill while the latter avoid this. The later can however cause issues with Player/Character Awareness Consistency. It is possible to combine the two approaches (if one must find Hiding Places both as a player and as an Avatar for example) but this still leaves the issue with Player/Character Awareness Consistency.


Hiding Places allow players to attempt Conceal and Stealth goals by providing places where one can avoid detection. This implies that others (players, Agents, Enemies, etc.) do not know where the players' Avatars or Characters are so Imperfect Information follows naturally from having Hiding Places in a game also.

Given that others are likely to have difficulties attacking or otherwise causing problems for those in Hiding Places, the pattern is also likely to create Safe Havens.


Can Instantiate

Conceal, Imperfect Information, Player/Character Awareness Consistency, Safe Havens, Stealth

Can Modulate

Reconnaissance, Safe Havens, Scouting, Stealth

Can Be Instantiated By

Obstacles, Secret Areas, Sniper Locations

Can Be Modulated By


Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With



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