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Words like 'campaign', 'system', 'dX', etc. Is there a good web resource with them all on a single page?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

The best way to learn the meanings of RPG terminology is from the introduction to the specific gaming book you're reading at the time

However, there are some useful glossaries on the web that cover industry-wide terms. Be advised that there are few standards and some games play fast and lose with established practice:

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thanks. the other answers were great too, but the glossaries here are a perfect balance between specialisation and generalisation. – ixtmixilix Jan 26 '11 at 3:03

Here are some good resources I have used.

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The original comprehensive list was the venerable RPG Glossary that was hosted at the now-defunct Treasure Tables blog. Fortunately, it's been archived in the Wayback Machine:

Several other sites have roleplaying glossaries that might eventually usurp the RPG Glossary:

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