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Revision as of 18:02, 10 August 2016

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

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Left 4 Dead series


Chess Go

Poker Texas Hold'em

Street Fighter series

League of Legends Defense of the Ancients



Using the pattern

Diegetic Aspects

Interface Aspects

Narration Aspects



Vehicles Obstacles Balancing Effects Repeat Combos Clickability Strategic Knowledge Predictable Consequences Gain Competence Sidegrades Handles Vision Modes Puzzle Solving Auto-Aim Dexterity-Based Actions Meta Games PvP Social Rewards Social Skills Social Roles Actor Detachment Player Physical Prowess Real World Knowledge Advantages Seamful Gameplay Spectators Predictable Winner Storytelling Enactment Excluding Goals Player Unpredictability Performance Uncertainty Uncertainty of Outcome Flip-Flop Events Speedending Construction/Scoring Phase Shift Player Augmentations Player Agency Deck Building Pre-Customized Decks Middlegame Team Development Teams Illusionary Rewards Rewards Value of Effort Trade-Offs Varied Gameplay

Instantiates: Emotional Engrossment, Empowerment, Investments

Instantiated by: Competence Areas, Perceivable Margins, Trans-Game Information, Resource Management, Rhythm-Based Actions, Overcome, Experimenting, Limited Resources, Negotiation, Predefined Goals, Timing, Risk/Reward, Smooth Learning Curves, Paper-Rock-Scissors, Betting

Modulated by: , Penalties, Asymmetric Abilities, Tournaments, Red Queen Dilemmas, Player Balance, Engrossment, Levels, Symmetry

Can Instantiate

Replayability, Role Fulfillment

Can Modulate

Player/Character Skill Composites

Can Be Instantiated By

Achievements, Challenging Gameplay, Complex Gameplay, Collaborative Actions, Difficulty Levels, Extended Actions, FUBAR Enjoyment, Further Player Improvement Potential, Memorizing, Multiplayer Games, Speedruns, Stimulated Planning, Tactical Planning

AI Players together with Difficulty Levels

Anonymous Actions together with Roleplaying

Combos together with Challenging Gameplay or Complex Gameplay

Construction together with with Combos or Emergent Gameplay

Can Be Modulated By

Goal Achievements, Handicap Achievements, High Score Lists, Multiplayer Games, Public Player Statistics

Possible Closure Effects


Potentially Conflicting With

Challenging Gameplay, Difficulty Levels, Exaggerated Perception of Influence, Freedom of Choice, Luck, Player/Character Skill Composites, Purchasable Game Advantages, Randomness

Emotional Engrossment in games with Algorithmic Agents

Player/Character Skill Composites together with Character Development or Player Balance

Player Balance in Multiplayer Games


An updated version of the pattern Gameplay Mastery 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.