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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.
a strategy game system that breaks time down into measured segments for the purpose of determining the order of events. These segments are called turns or rounds and are often measured in seconds.
- 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.
- Monkey's Paw Rule
if a character gets a wish, the GM will make every attempt to pervert the wording of the wish, in order to make the result undesirable or harmful.
- "Go get her, Ray!"
phrase used to express that you think it's bad plan, or used to poke fun at somebody who talks tough; quoting "Ghostbusters".
- Smoke Nazi
a gamer who insists on his smoking preferences, and takes this insistence far beyond the bounds of propriety.
a LARPer who, no matter how charming and intelligent in real life, can't roleplay a character who doesn't seem slimy, underhanded and leering.
abbreviation for "top secret/sensitive information".
- 32-Bit plot
a standard RPG plot in which you play the leader of a small rebel band destined to overthrow the corrupt empire, on behalf of (or by the power of) the religion of "light".
- Rules rape
exploitation of a loophole or deficiency in the rules to allow for a character, or his actions, to unbalance a game or otherwise break a scenario.
- Rolling thunder
a large quantity of dice rolling across a table simultaneously, often a gratifying sound accompanying a roll for massive damage.