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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.
- Spell tree
(also: spell progression, spell chart) a game system where spells can be learned by a character only after prerequisite spells have been learned. In some systems, a minimum level of advancement or experience is also required.
- Rambo Rule
characters with higher strength do more damage with guns.
a laminated card containing the description of an IC item, such as a weapon.
- Vancian casting
a fire-and-forget magic system, in which the spellcaster memorizes a spell and then forgets it after casting it once.
- Pulling a Lloyd
refers to a character dying in a spectacular, stupid way because the player assumed the GM could read his mind.
- Make big legs
to flee or run away.
- Spawn of Fashan
the semi-legendary "Worst RPG of All Time"; a post-apocalyptic fantasy RPG published in 1981 by "The Games of Fashan Collective" and distributed in very small quantities.
- "It just so happens that your friend here is only mostly dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead"
phrase spoken by players of characters with first aid, physician, or magical healing skills after reviving someone from near death.
- Pixel bunny
any sexy female video game or computer-generated character.
- Pet Class Rule
every RPG system has one character class or race that is inherently more powerful than the others.