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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.
- "...and with your free hand?"
comment, usually from the GM, indicating that the player is trying to have his character accomplish too many things at once.
the sound of damage being deflected (such as a knife glancing off armor), or a small amount of damage inflicted during an attack.
- Open-ended rolling
(also: exploding dice) a system for rolling dice, in which an exceptionally high or low natural roll allows one to roll again and add or subtract the results, for as long as one keeps rolling a high or low number.
- "Somebody set us up the bomb!"
humorous way of saying that you were set up for disaster; quoting the game "Zero Wing".
- Targeting laser
(also: plot stick) what a player is hit with when the plot centers around their character, generally putting them at great risk but also giving them an opportunity to earn unusually large rewards.
(also: player killer) players, often munchkins, who delight in unfairly killing off newbies.
- "...and looked good doing it"
phrase referring to a character's phenomenal success when performing an action.
"big f*cking gun", one of the largest handheld weapons available in a genre, almost always acquired through illegal channels or taken off of a respected enemy.
a sourcebook devoted to a particular facet or fictional faction in an RPG; splatbooks usually provide additional background details and rules options for archetypes, races, or classes within the game.
a well-placed or well-armed attack that has no effect at all.