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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.
- Blue elf is about to die!
phrase used to warn other players that your character has very little health left.
- "You get a phone call..."
a generic, clichéd way for a lazy GM to start a modern/sci-fi game in which the characters are mercenaries.
- Tamed Wilderness Rule
there is always a road between any two cities.
- Commanders Rule
regardless of the size of the armies, the outcome of the battle is always determined by the PC and named NPC heroes on each side.
- "What's your marching order?"
phrase uttered by GMs to tell players to arrange their miniatures, or make statements describing their character's relative positions.
- T-Rex on the plains
derogatory term for a technique of railroading, where the GM uses deadly monsters to scare characters back onto the intended path.
- Blah blah blah
an abbreviation for "Insert information that my character knows, but I don't, HERE".
- Farnsworth combat
a combat system where injury causes no negative effects until the character runs out of hit points, he fights normally until he falls over dead.
- "Mumble chant, pray incant, PRESTO!"
phrase indicating that the character is casting a spell, usually with a verbal component.
- "It's as easy as pi!"
phrase shouted by players upon entering a room with a chessboard-type floor, regardless of the method required to traverse it; quoting "Dr. Who".