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How to prevent metagaming induced by trying to not metagame?

We have a lot of questions on how to prevent metagaming on this tag. But usually the metagaming is something like Using player's knowledge to optimize your character's actions. Now, I've ...
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Suggestions for decreasing metagaming and increasing player immersion?

This question is posed in a great way over on the Paizo boards, where I hang out since I play/run a lot of Pathfinder. Immersion is one of the key parts of the RPG experience to me, so I loved the ...
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How do you discourage “player knowledge” as a GM?

As a trivial random encounter is winding down, a player thinks "That was too easy... The GM wouldn't give us an encounter that doesn't give XP," and starts searching for hidden bad guys or other clues....
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How can I avoid metagaming when I know things my character doesn't?

One common problem I run into, as a player, is having to feign not-knowing things my character doesn't but I do, be it rules about certain creatures ("Hmm that rock golem sure looks weak against [...]"...
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How do you tell your PCs about something that only one of them senses?

I'm trying to determine the best way to deal with keen observers vs. unaware back-seaters. Maybe there's really nothing to do though. Ex 1. A rogue loots a corpse but doesn't want to split the gold. ...
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How do I create a “mole”-ish campaign? [closed]

Mole: n. A spy who achieves over a long period an important position within the security defenses of a country. =Sabatour One of my friend saw me playing solo D&D on school (on my computer :p) ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of sharing personal dream sequences with the party?

First time Storyteller here. Woooooo. There's a dream sequence that I'm writing for one of my characters and I'm not sure if it's considered kosher to share that (basically read it aloud) to the ...
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How to handle skill checks between players?

We have a party of several players and there are some things that are not clear from the rules. Can you guys help? Do other party members always know if one of them steals an object from an NPC, or ...
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How can players who are playing doppelgangers secretly coordinate with the DM and each other while at the table?

Two of my players' characters have been replaced by doppelgangers who want to steal money from adventurers (while letting them get into most of the danger), with the eventual object of escaping with ...
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How to prevent metagame in betrayal/PvP scenarios?

Context/Research Often the metagaming problem is about how the DM presents the things to the players. We have lots of questions and good answers in the metagaming tag. Most of them are about ...