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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.
a published adventure, usually designed and written by someone other than the GM, often containing maps, location descriptions, NPC dialog, and artwork.
(also: gothling) a young or inexperienced LARPer.
an annoying, dangerous, or otherwise harmful NPC who travels with the party, whom the party can't kill nor get rid of, because the GM considers the NPC to be "his" character.
(also: player killer) players, often munchkins, who delight in unfairly killing off newbies.
- John Crichton effect
the upsetting of a party or its plans by the introduction of a new PC in the middle of an adventure.
groups of low-powered NPCs who are there only for the purpose of being killed by the players.
- Minotaur with a crossbow
phrase used to describe any implausible trap or dungeon feature.
- Shish kebob
a character or monster that has been skewered with a spear, polearm, arrow, etc.
- Gun Fu
imagined martial art practiced by gun bunnies and IGORs, especially those who draw inspiration from Chow Yun-Fat.
a gamer, especially a wargamer, who has considerable experience with a particular game or genre, has seen that game go through many iterations, and who may often complain about new versions of, or newcomers to, that game.