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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.
- Reverse armor theorem
a tendency for characters wearing less armor to be targeted less often by foes during combat, or to be injured less than armor-wearing combatants.
- Paper chase
an adventure that focuses on gathering clues to solve a mystery, named for the newspapers, official documents, and old books in which the clues are often found.
(also: goblinoids) a category of humanoid legendary creatures related to the goblin; the term originated in D&D, in which goblins and related creatures are a staple of random encounters.
- Stoic Moron Law
unless they fail a fear check, or are specifically directed by the GM, players will assume that their characters are completely fearless.
any RPG character that has an unfair advantage due to metagaming or rules manipulation; originates from the Talisman board game.
a GM who hates fielding rules questions from players, to the point where he doesn't even read or study the rules of the game he's running.
derogatory term for a gamer who tries to be sneaky or pull a fast one.
- "I made it by [#]."
phrase used by a player to tell a GM how successful he was at an attribute or skill roll, where # is the amount the target number was exceeded by.
any inept game player, a bonehead; the German word for a fool or bungler.
- Paper Clip in Socket Law
almost all players will relentlessly tinker with anything out of the ordinary, simply because the GM put it there.