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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.
- Witchy fingers
rhythmically or spasmodically moving the fingers on each hand (while keeping the hands perfectly still), used to indicate that a magic user is about to cast an spell.
a character with telepathic or magical powers, who keeps the members of his party in constant contact.
used in response to any particularly deft or sneaky move, a party member who spends most of his time out of the action, or someone who takes the treasure after waiting for others to defeat the monsters and traps guarding it.
- "Lather, rinse, repeat"
phrase indicating that a series of actions will be repeated, usually to gain some incremental benefit towards a cumulative goal.
- Stitched up
to be conned or backstabbed in some way that is detrimental, usually used to describe players who have fallen victim of complex GM plots.
describes when one player beats another player in a particularly embarrassing or flashy way.
- Wedge attack
an attack that involves the party charging a target in a wave of excessive violence, using weight of numbers and general mindless mayhem to win the fight.
- Ass-born NPC
an NPC created by a GM out of thin air, usually in response to an unforeseen player action; often this NPC has no stats or other character information, or such information also has to be invented on the spot.
- Single serving
a two-liter bottle of soda.
- Shield monkey
derogatory term for GM, referencing his screen; often a killer GM, rules lawyer, or GM who hides his dice rolls behind his screen.