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Instantiates: [[Conflict]], [[Emotional Engrossment]], [[Transfer of Control]], [[Collection]]
Instantiates: [[Conflict]], [[Emotional Engrossment]], [[Transfer of Control]], [[Collection]]

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The one-sentence "definition" that should be in italics.

This pattern is a still a stub.

This is simply the goal to gain the ownership of a game element.

The goal of controlling a game element, either by possessing it or by controlling the use of it, is common to many games. The ownership may be a reason in itself (as for example controlling space in Go or controlling Flag points in Battlefield 1942), may be a requirement for completing a higher-Level goal, or may simply make it easier to complete various types of actions or goals.


Example: Weapons, ammunition, and power-ups are all examples of objectives for Gain Ownership goals in first-person shooters such as Quake, Unreal Tournament, or Return to Castle Wolfenstein.

Example: Othello (also called Reversi) has the goal of gaining ownership of a majority of the game pieces, and every turn in the game involves changes in ownership.



Using the pattern

Diegetic Aspects

Interface Aspects

Narration Aspects



Left 4 Dead series Tension Units Combos Enemies Predetermined Story Structures Factions Internal Rivalry Capture Construction MacGuffins Quests Vehicles Sets Props Tools Game Items Equipment Transferable Items Territories Pick-Ups Controllers Clues Strategic Locations Privileged Abilities Improved Abilities Gain Competence New Abilities Area Control Conditional Passageways Red Herrings Evade Game Element Trading Expansion Eliminate Bases Resource Locations Renewable Resources Check Points Connection Configuration Enclosure Conceal Investments

Instantiates: Conflict, Emotional Engrossment, Transfer of Control, Collection

Modulates: Delivery, Resource Management, Stealth, King of the Hill, Ownership

Instantiated by: Overcome, Ability Losses, Contact, Indirect Control

Modulated by: Goal Points, Resource Generators, Score, Chargers

Can Instantiate

Betting, Gain Information,

with ...

Can Modulate


Can Be Instantiated By


Can Be Modulated By

Betting, Bidding,

Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With



An updated version of the pattern Gain Ownership that was part of the original collection in the book Patterns in Game Design[1].


  1. Björk, S. & Holopainen, J. (2004) Patterns in Game Design. Charles River Media. ISBN1-58450-354-8.