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Roleplaying Games Glossary
This glossary is comprised of gamer slang, RPG terms, common quotes and cliche "rules" that apply to a wide range of systems. There are currently 815 entries.
the act of fleeing while being chased by a group of foes.
"spielleiterficken", the act of a player garnering significant advantage in a game by charming or having sex with the GM.
relating to, or describing, psionic or mental powers and abilities.
- "Can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?"
phrase used to offer facetious and unhelpful advice; quoting "Galaxy Quest".
- Short Round
a character which exists solely for comedic effect, often a child.
someone who plays a game to amass as much power and as many kills as possible, whatever the costs to roleplaying, storyline, fairness, logic, or the other players' fun; often a powergamer who creates exceptionally unrealistic characters and is disruptive, fatal to party cohesion, and dependent on his parents for money and transportation.
a samurai or a samurai-like character; named after Toshiro Mifune, a Japanese actor in many samurai epics.
- "You all meet in a tavern..."
a generic, clichéd way for a lazy GM to start a fantasy game.
- Rite of the pants
to magically shield the character's clothing from the otherwise-destructive effects of shapechanging, so that he's not naked when he reverts to human form.
- Red shirt
a character who exists for the sole purpose of getting killed; originates from "Star Trek" TOS.