Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Matthew Weiner


philosophy, games, metas, social deduction games, philosophy of games, tabletop games


Metas are patterns that arise from playing a game multiple times. Metas may form if players have each played a given game previously or if the same group of individuals plays a particular game together multiple times. Social deduction games, a class of tabletop games in which players try to deceive each other, easily lend themselves to the construction of metas over time. This thesis focuses on the metas of social deduction games, using anecdotes from individuals in the UVM Games Club to analyze different elements of metas and assess the extent to which meta formation is beneficial or harmful to the gameplay experience. This project aims to contribute to the growing field of the Philosophy of Games, which has yet to fully discuss metas as a concept.

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