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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.
synonym for multinational corporation, from the Japanese word meaning "industrial conglomerate".
- Talent tree
(also: talent progression, talent chart) a game system where talents can be added to a character only after prerequisite talents have been added. In some systems, a minimum level of advancement or experience is also required.
to do an incredible amount of damage, often in a single combat action.
- "Oh my God, they killed Kenny!"
exclamation uttered when a party member, often a Bob or redshirt, gets killed; usually followed by "You bastards!" from another party member; quoting "South Park".
- Sword of Casual Dismemberment
generic term for a ridiculously powerful magic item.
- Party Compulsion Rule
a PC never leaves the party after they join it, unless they are killed.
describing something that seems strange or creepy, but you don't know why; originates from the RPG "Werewolf: The Apocalypse".
- Bag of Holding
a device which allows PCs to skirt encumbrance rules, and carry more gear than is possible according to real-world physics; often a magical leather bag that is much larger on the inside than on the outside.
- Smoke Nazi
a gamer who insists on his smoking preferences, and takes this insistence far beyond the bounds of propriety.
- Skill monster
a player who is obsessed with a game's skills system, and regularly spends all his points on as many skills as possible, regardless of whether the resulting character has any hope of survival.