Meta-gaming is what happens when people take an online game outside of the game. Typical examples are clans setting up forums to discuss their devious tactics and strategy outside of the game. Wiki’s containing player’s tips and tricks and a deeper insight into the game, or even inventing a zombie language dictionary for example. A second facet which is quite interesting is when players start role playing in the meta gaming universe and start publishing detailed character bio’s of their game characters or writing fan-fiction based on the game.
Urban Dead is a free zombie apocalypse game which I’ve been playing for a while now, and this browser-based game has a huge amount of this additional meta-gaming information outside of the game. In fact, the wiki is probably the main resource for any beginning and advanced player of the game. Some of the players got into some of that fan-fiction writing I mention in the form of a webcomic, but this one I recently ran into really tops it.
It’s a mini-graphic novel based on the UD game but you don’ t have to play to game to be able enjoy it. The graphics are simply pro-level and the story unfolds nicely. I’m sad to see there are only 2 chapters so far and I can’t wait to read the rest. If you’ve played the game you’ll definitely dig this comic. If you haven’t, but like zombies and some graphic violence, this could be right up your alley.