I’ve had additional recent cause to reflect on some of the more well-organized domestic threats to democracy, and I suppose that just bubbled up and needed to leave my head. Better a sociopolitical comic strip than an aneurysm, right?
“Playing the metagame” is a phrase I first heard from Steve Jackson, of Steve Jackson Games, while playtesting my card game that was then in development. He meant the sort of sneaky manipulating that happens around the table when people point out things like “well, you COULD attack him and keep him from getting ahead. He’s the real threat.” It means strategic activity outside the confines of the game rules which nevertheless affects (or is intended to affect) the outcome of the game.