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Role-playing game terms are words used in a specific sense ( terms) in the context of role-playing games. This includes both terms used within RPGs to describe in-game concepts and terms used to describe RPGs. Role-playing games also have specialized slang jargon associated with them.
Terms used to play role-playing games [ edit ]
: A single or linked set of games. Adventure
: Area of Effect AoE
: A series of adventures. Campaign
: A Character fictional character in a role-playing game; a player character or non-player character.
: A record of a player character in a role-playing game, including whatever details, notes, game statistics, and background information a player would need during a play session. Character sheet
: The method used to create a character, especially a player character. Character creation
Critical: A type of result associated with a strong outcome, especially a critical hit or critical failure (fumble). Often related to unlikely die results, as a natural 1 or 20, doubles, and so forth.
Fumble: An unforced error when attempting a difficult task. Also known as a Botch.
: The person who runs a role-playing game and arbitrates how actions are resolved and narrated. Abbreviated GM. In many games, specialized terms are used, as such Dungeon Master for someone running Game master . Dungeons & Dragons
: a foldout cardboard-made accessory, used by the game master to hide from the players' eyes any information related to the adventure they are playing. Abbreviated GM screen (or DM screen when talking about Gamemaster's screen Dungeons & Dragons gamemaster's screens).
: The determination of who goes first and in what order declared actions are carried out. Initiative
: Using out-of-character knowledge to solve in-character problems, or to explain in-character behaviour. Metagaming
Modifier: A number added to or subtracted from a die roll.
Natural (roll): The number actually on a die, such as a natural 1 or a natural 20, indicating the die's face shows a 1 or a 20.
: A Saving throw game mechanic in which dice are used to avoid some kind of negative effect on a character.
Session: A single meeting of a role-playing group.
: The fictional world in which the game takes place. Setting
: Also, ‘’storyteller.’’ The game master of a game with a strong focus on narrative tropes. Story guide [1 ]
: The set of System game mechanics which make up a game.
: A system in which the duties of the game master are distributed amongst the players. Troupe system
Terms used to describe characters [ edit ]
: A positive or useful statistic or trait. Advantage
: Natural, in-born characteristics shared by all characters, such as Attributes physical strength or wisdom.
: Describes how many years, months, or days old your character is. Age
: A character's species, ethnicity, type, or other description of their physical and cultural heredity. Role-playing games often include Race fantasy races, mutants, robots and other non-human types.
Terms used to describe types of games [ edit ]
Free-form role-playing game: A rules-light style of game that mostly uses social dynamics for its game system. [1 ]
Fluff: The setting and ambiance. [2 ]
: A term from Gamist GNS theory describing games in which enjoyment is derived from facing and overcoming challenges.
: A System that can support a wide variety of settings. Generic
: A game that adheres to certain fictional tropes, such as Genre fantasy or science fiction.
: A type of role-playing game physically enacted in a troupe acting style. Live-action
: A type of computer game that uses role-playing game style game mechanics and tropes. Online
Rules-heavy: A game system with heavily codified mechanics, usually encompassing a wide variety of possible actions in a game. The opposite of rules-lite.
Rules-lite: A game system that uses very general mechanics, usually focused on a subset of possible actions in a game. The opposite of rules-heavy.
: A term from Simulationist GNS theory for games in which enjoyment is derived from deep immersion in a new (simulated) world.
Terms used by gamers [ edit ]
Blue booking: One or a few of the players describing activities of their characters in written form, outside of the role-playing session, creating a sort of ongoing character history and resolving actions that don’t involve the rest of the group. [1 ]
Monty haul: A pun on Monty Hall (the former host of ), when equipment, abilities, and other rewards get out of hand. Let's Make A Deal
: An immature player, especially one who is selfishly focused on dominating play, often by seeking to circumvent the normal limitations placed on characters. Munchkin
Roll-playing: A derisive term for rules-heavy games, occasionally to the point of requiring players to focus on game mechanics at the expense of role-playing. [3 ]
Rules lawyer: A player who strictly adheres to the rules as written, and enforces them among all other players.
: A player who engages in system mastery with an explicit focus of exploiting powerful abilities. Similar to powergamer. Twink
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