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But is it meta?

Postby MeatPopsicle » 07 Jun 2018, 07:23

Have a hypothetical question about meta-gaming.

Suppose you're in a game, and you have a premium account, and you investigate the player ranking of someone else in the game. That seems fine to me so far -- you just know who you're playing against, right?

But then ... suppose you promote an alliance *based* on that information?

This is probably a really old question, and I apologize for the repetition. But it is generally considered "fair game" to point out to your allies that an opponent is a highly ranked player (who -- wouldn't it be great -- get knocked down a few pegs)? Or does that cross the line of "cross-game information sharing"?

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Re: But is it meta?

Postby duckling » 07 Jun 2018, 08:23

Lots of people on this site know each other, and adjust their play to what they know.
Seeking out alliances with people you know or trust is technically meta-gaming, but not considered cheating, AFAIK.
(You’re not guaranteed they will go with you)

Trying to ally against them, to secure a win or draw, isn’t a problem either. (I can’t win against X alone, better get some help)

But you indicate that you would do so to hurt the player, not win the game.

In my book, that’s beyond reasonable use of information since your goal is now outside of the game.
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Re: But is it meta?

Postby sinnybee » 07 Jun 2018, 12:16

Besides pre-arranged alliances, which are a huge no-no, the leadership here only really has pushed to remind of a 20% rule, which is a limit on how often you should generally ally with someone in the long-term.
There isn't really a hard rule against being enemies with someone.
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Re: But is it meta?

Postby nanooktheeskimo » 07 Jun 2018, 14:21

It’s debatably skeevy, and frowned on by some, but it’s not against the rules to ally against a player because they have a high rating. As long as you don’t point to specific games of theirs as reason to ally against them, it’s allowed.

On a personal level I would say don’t do that, it’s a crappy way to play the game. But on a mod level, yeah, it’s not considered cheating.
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Re: But is it meta?

Postby Pootleflump » 07 Jun 2018, 15:13

*learns new word*

adj. Sleazy, disgusting, distasteful, shady, gross, creepy, icky. This slang word was popular in Brooklyn, NY, USA in the 1950's and 1960's. It comes from the Italian word Schifo; meaning, 'disgust'.

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