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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.
- GM's option
when a character has taken enough damage that he would normally die, but the GM allows him to "miraculously" live; usually only allowed once per campaign.
- Energy projector
a character whose primary power is the ability to create energy blasts, such as lighting, lasers, fire bolts, and cold beams.
- At the airport
used to refer to any character who becomes sidetracked by a plot tangent, and ends up too far away to help when combat starts.
- Law of Foreshadowing
the rule that, if there is any prophecy, hint or foreshadowing a character will die, it's true.
- Dungeon master
(also: DM) a game master who primarily runs dungeon crawls.
- Black brigade
a collective noun for the black- and period-clad vampire LARPers who march around conventions trying to look cool and moody.
a magic spell, particularly one that makes a thing, place or person appear different than they are.
(also: newb, n00b, newbie) a newcomer to a particular game, often inexperienced or ignorant.
- Deck of Many Things
a magic item that, if used, will randomly destroy a character, inflict him with a tremendous curse or blessing, make him incredibly powerful, or otherwise change him in a way that impacts story continuity or game balance.
- Dark lord
a stereotypical villain who is dark, menacing, and obviously seeks the complete subjugation of everything, often without a motive or simply because he is severely maladjusted.