Seven Core Concepts for Smart Gamification

1. Know who’s playing — design for their social style
2. Build Positive Emotions (PERMA) into your core activity loop
3. Build a system that’s easy to learn and hard to master
4. Design for Onboarding (Tutorial), Habit-Building (Grind), and Mastery (Elder Game)
5. Use Progress Mechanics to “light the way” towards learning and mastery
6. As players progress, unlock greater challenges and complexity
7. Deliver intrinsic motivations like Power, Autonomy and Belonging