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The githyanki have been a fixture in Dungeons & Dragons ever since they showed up in the original Fiend Folio in 1981. (Look! Right there on the cover!) Like drow, githyanki had mixed parties of different characters, featuring both front-line warriors and support casters. One of the specialized githyanki types was the gish, who was essentially a ...


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In a large number of RPGs, the GM is positioned as the controller of the world, its NPC inhabitants, the items in the world, and their essential natures. They are also often positioned as the final arbiter of rules, and thus hold considerable authority. Hopefully, a GM imbued with such power will remember: with great power comes great responsibility. That ...


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Definitions We all have our limits and boundaries. Lines and veils are different ways to handle those boundaries in play. A line is, well, a line — a hard limit, something we do not want to cross. Lines represent places we don't want to go in roleplaying. "There is no torture in the events in our game. We don't do it, NPCs don't do it to us or ...


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In the githyanki language, apostrophes (which are not pronounced) separate different morphemes which have been combined into a single word. For example, gish'sarath combines the word gish, or "skilled," with sarath, or "sergeant." Githyanki who have trained with great heroes add the prefix gi' ("student of") to their trainer's name. – Githyanki, ...


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TV Tropes calls this situation mean character, nice actor (and vice versa). It's quite common in the drama world but doesn't seem to have an established term beyond acting. You sometimes hear playing against type for this, although that's more about a difference from your previous roles, not your own personality. The specific case of an opposite-sex ...


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Planescape: Torment is based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition from the 1990s. THAC0, for example, only exists in that edition and a couple contemporary D&D editions (very late AD&D 1e and Basic supplements) - it's not a term found in other games. Armor Class doesn't work the same across D&D editions, let alone other tabletop ...


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Fiat comes to English from the Latin Fiat, which is the third-person passive subjunctive of Fiere (to do), basically meaning "Let it be done". It is used in English usually to mean a decree or judgement, so a "GM Fiat" is essentially a way of saying "The GM says this is the way it is, so this is the way it is, no arguments."


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I don’t think there are any “commonly-accepted” definitions of the term. Some (e.g. SevenSidedDie in the linked comment, AceCalhoon in a comment to Jonathan’s answer) make a distinction between the two terms, while others (e.g. Jonathan himself, leokhorn in asking the question, and mxyzplk in a comment to Jonathan’s answer) make no distinction and feel that ...


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So far as I've seen them used, they both mean the same thing. There is at least a commonly accepted definition of fluff: everything that has no influence or substance in the mechanics. Fluff can be removed altogether or replaced with no consequence to the workings of the system, and usually comes in the form of story and description. Its counterpart, ...


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A general consensus abbreviation book list is here; A forum glossary is here; and A general concept glossary is here. All of these links have been derived from the complete collection of character build links.


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There has been a lot of talk in role playing communities over the past few years about lines and veils. Coined by Ron Edwards in his game Sex and Sorcery, lines and veils are our personal and group boundaries when role playing - what we are and aren’t comfortable in sharing and exploring with those around us in a role playing setting. – "What ...


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In general, a Hack seems to be understood to be the taking of a system and tweaking it to use the system for something that was not necessarily originally intended. In general, these are partial changes that do not include a full ruleset, but instead the relevant portions to make it work (though these are sometimes repackaged- sometimes even commercially- ...


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Well, the word "Imbuement" would be the most applicable for what it sounds like you're asking for. An item has an imbuement or is imbued. Perhaps this is too simplistic but it sounds like that's the direct response to your question. You could also consider "Endow" as the operative verb (endowment/endowed), and "Suffuse" sounds fancy enough without being ...


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THAC0 and AC are terms very specific to some version of D&D. AC means Armour Class and lower means less probabilities to hit. THAC0 means To Hit AC 0, that is the number needed to be rolled in a d20 by the attacker to hit a defender with AC 0. If the defender had bigger or smaller AC the number needed to hit would be adjusted accordingly. Answering ...


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Neither of these terms are explicitly defined anywhere. However, we do see some precedent for such things in other communities. If one takes, for example, 1km1kt, the term "hack" is used to describe someone turning a system or game away from its usual intent/genre/style. As 1km1kt is a community for free and/or openly licensed games, hacks are not unknown. ...


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Terms, first. I'm going to refer to the character that places a mark as the Marker and the target of the mark as the Marked. This might get a little confusing/redundant because they're so similar, but bear with me. Second, mechanical considerations aren't the focus of this. It doesn't sound like you're having trouble with the mechanics of a mark, just ...


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The most layman's terms of social contract is this: We show up as a group and we have expectations of how we're supposed to treat each other. That's our social contract. When people have mismatched expectations ("Well, I thought I could just miss a few games, no big deal, it's just a game, just play without me") you have problems. Or, when someone ...


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We called it "the Devil's Advocate" character, after the euphemism. One of my friends is really popular with this archetype. He ran a character who rolled such a bad charisma score that he decided to make him a cowardly warrior who couldn't stand the sight of blood. Obviously, while not a great character for combat situations, the gameplay was brilliant and ...


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Fiat in Latin means "let it be" or "let it be done". It roughly means to make a decree. DM/GM Fiat in particular is generally considered the act of a GM arbitrating things not covered by the rules, declaring house rules or creating a rules clarification that does not exist in the pre-written material.


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I think you could use the word empower quite well, or maybe ensorcell (which, despite being underlined in red by Google Chrome's spell-checker is a real word), although it might cause confusion with regards to the sorcerer class. Bewitch might be problematic for much the same reason - players might conflate it with Witches. To change these to nouns, you ...


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THAC0 stands for "To Hit Armor Class 0" which means how much you have to roll on d20 to hit target with armour class 0. So as your character getting more and more experienced in chopping things with his battle axe, his THAC0 is getitng lower. If i remember, THAC0 depends on character level and specialization in weapon. Second thing which also worth to ...


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The manual, which can be found here or here does have a section on Armor Class. It's rather short, however. This number shows how tough you are to whack with a melee weapon (like a pointed poniard or a big spiky club) or pincushion you with arrows. The lower your armor class (usually abbreviated as simply AC) number, the more difficult you are to ...


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Brian Ballsun-Stanton has really great links you should check out in his answer. But, just so people don't have to go combing through lists if they don't want to, I wanted to add that the acronym in question "AV2" refers to "Adventurer's Vault 2". It is a sequel (obviously) to the "Adventurer's Vault" resource book. Both add loads of gear for use in your ...


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Every mark will look different depending on the nature of character which made the mark, I would say taking into account at least his Power Source is necessary. If the marker (as in person who laid down the mark) uses the X Power Source: Martial :: it probably looks like he's getting in his face constantly or always at his back ready to strike if the ...


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As others have mentioned, "railroading" means taking normal, reasonable options out of the players' hands, and forcing them down a specific choice/path - like being stuck on a railroad. There's two ways this can go, one is good, the other is bad. Participationism The players know that this is how the game is going to go, and have no problem letting the GM ...



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