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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.
any NPC member of the party whose sole purpose in combat is to give the monsters something to chew on besides the PCs.
a knowledgeable character, usually older than the others, who helps the PCs with research.
to live temporarily outdoors, in a place usually away from urban areas, where tents or simple buildings are erected for shelter.
- Monster money
treasure carried by creatures, usually random encounters, despite having no logical reason to possess such items.
- Gamer widow
a non-gamer who has little opportunity to spend time with his or her gamer spouse.
- Chipping pixels
the act of doing relatively light damage to a very powerful enemy.
a character who derives his powers from the introduction of drugs into his system, usually a combination of powerful ability-enhancing pharmaceuticals.
- Plot dump
the act of an NPC explaining clues or story elements to characters when their players haven't been paying attention or couldn't figure them out.
keeping the character's knowledge distinct from the player's knowledge, so that the character's behavior isn't influenced by information they wouldn't have.
- Fetch quest
a mission to find a specific item which will be necessary to advance the storyline.