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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.
an annoying, dangerous, or otherwise harmful NPC who travels with the party, whom the party can't kill nor get rid of, because the GM considers the NPC to be "his" character.
- Captain Kirk
used to describe games that are so difficult, that even with advance knowledge of everything in the mission, you still get massacred every time.
a pseudo-profane expletive; originates from "Battlestar Galactica".
- Flying god
something that seems like a good character quirk, which seriously interferes with the game in ways one never thought possible.
- Butt break
a brief get-up-and-walk-around break taken late in a game session, for the purpose of recharging energy and restoring feeling to certain parts of the body.
- "It's all in the reflexes"
spoken by a PC who has just done a seemingly impossible feat, usually involving physical dexterity, to the amazement of onlookers; quoting "Big Trouble in Little China".
- Dark Dungeons
an anti-D&D pamphlet published by the notorious Christian cartoon company Chick Publications.
an imaginary meter that floats above the heads of all creatures in a game world, seen only by the GM and PCs; it reveals specific knowledge of the creature's physical condition.
- Bilbo thumper
a Tolkien enthusiast who takes the spiritual and mythological aspects of the Middle Earth mythos much too seriously.
a warrior who fights while frenzied, is not concerned for his own survival, and who may be a danger to allies.