Explanations of RPG-specific terminology and jargon.

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What is a 'Death Spiral'?

And what does it mean for combat in a game?
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What is 'punk'?

... and how is it applied to RPGs? I´ve heard of: Cyberpunk Steampunk Clockworkpunk And I'm sure there are others. What main streams are there, and what is so 'punk' as a common denominator?
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What is 'railroading', and is it a bad thing?

What is 'railroading', and when is it generally considered to be something negative?
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What is a macguffin?

During our regular game session, everyone keeps saying,"We need to find the mcguffin!". Is this a new sandwich or something?
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What is Sandbox play?

How would you describe the concept of sandbox play? How about to someone who is used to adventure modules or adventure paths?