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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.
- "...freakish lab accident"
a typical superhero character background from a player who puts very little time into such considerations; often used sarcastically in reference to backgrounds which are only marginally more developed than this one.
- Total party kill
(also: TPK) what happens when, in the course of an RPG adventure, the entire party of PCs gets killed; while many games permit other PCs to resurrect deceased comrades in some fashion, a TPK usually results in the players making new characters or the end of the campaign.
- Packrat Rule
the party will eventually be sent to find an odd magical item or seemingly useless trinket.
- "That's no moon!"
phrase used to describe an imminent encounter with something that is much more deadly than previously assumed; quoting "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope".
"to hit armor class zero", a character must roll higher than or equal to this number on a d20 in order to hit an opponent with an armor class of zero; originates from the RPG "Dungeons & Dragons".
(also: PBP, PBMB, play-by-message-board) a game play style where each round, action or scene is posted to a web-based forum on the internet. In an RPG PBP, players write in the personas of their characters, usually in the third person perspective, and each consecutive post continues the story.
- "...but that would be showing off"
phrase uttered by powergamers after they have explained what they could’ve done if they really abused the game system.
- Black brigade
a collective noun for the black- and period-clad vampire LARPers who march around conventions trying to look cool and moody.
- Stand for the roll
a tradition in which everyone at the table stands while a player rolls dice in a critical situation, usually during an attempt to succeed at an almost impossible task (especially when the results will greatly impact the storyline), or when someone is about to roll an exceptionally large number of dice to determine damage.
a sub-genre of horror fiction characterized by extreme violence and sexual content.