race

Interracial marriage. Also, she's a bit older than he is (about 3,000 years). AND she's his cousin.pl. n. races; adj. racial
1. in common usage, a theoretical set of genetic attributes offered to explain ethnic differences; mainstream science, in particular Anthropology, has concluded that human racial categories are social, and not biological, constructs; from Middle French razza “breed, lineage”; c. 1500.
2. in a fantasy milieux, one of a number of independently-created sentient humanoid species; examples include Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Halflings, and Men. See demi-human. Also peoples.
3. in science fiction milieu, sometimes syn. of “intelligent species”; also alien races, alien peoples.

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rag

pl. n. rags
n., in gamerese, a particularly badly-abused role-playing character sheet.

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Mike Fortey

RAI

abbrev., “rules as interpreted”; the rules of a game as they are understood and implemented by a particular gamemaster or player group. Compare with RAW. Also house rules.

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Kunochan

raid

At least I have chicken!pl. n. raids; v. to raid, raiding, raided
1. in general usage, a sudden assault or attack, sometimes with the connotation of looting or pillaging; from Middle English raide, Old English rad “expedition” (lit. “ride”): c. 14th century.
2. in MMORPGs, a mission in which a large number of players, usu. guild members, attempt to kill a boss mob, usu. in a specially-designed instance; usu. reserved for high-level characters, the raid produces powerful loot if successful; the boss of a raid is the raid boss.
3. in RTS computer games, a fast attack in which the attacking forces do as much damage as possible to enemy units before retreating to a previously defended position.
4. n. 40-man raid, in World of Warcraft, the largest possible raid party; also generally, any large raid party.

 

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railed

A railgun in Quake Live.also v. to rail, railing
adj., killed in one blow. Ex: Bob got railed…the dragon just maxed-out the damage roll. See also vorpal.

Addendum: From the effect of railguns in id Software’s computer game Quake.

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Mike Fortey

railroad

v. to railroadrailroading; railroaded
v., the act by a gamemaster in a role-playing game of limiting player choices so that characters are forced into rigid, pre-planned encounters, or a linear storyline; usu. disparaging. Ex: The party wanted to explore the Forbidden Caves, but Dan was railroading us into his stupid Elven Revolt storyline. See linear game.

GM: “Okay, you’ve defeated the Rakasha. The stairwell leads up into the Wyrm’s Lair.”
Player: “Actually, I’m looking at our map, and we can avoid the Wyrm’s Lair completely if we cut a hole in this wall. I’m gonna cast Stone to Flesh, and create an opening in the wall.”
GM: :Okay. The wall collapses on you, and you die.” (to others) “Now, what’s your party order as you enter the Wyrm’s Lair?”

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rain spell

Well, that looks uncomfortable.pl. n. rain spells; EverQuest-ism
n., a type of spell that “rains” damage upon its target or targets, usu. doing direct damage to everyone in the AOE; from MMORPGs.

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rakshasa

Rakshasas -- ladies love 'em!

pl. n. rakshasas; also rākṣasa; f.n. rakshasi, pl. rākṣasī 
1. in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, a race of evil spirit beings, dark and ugly creatures with prominent fangs and claws; they are warriors, magicians, illusionists and shapechangers; from Sanskrit राक्षसः rākṣasa “injurer.” See also cynocephaly.
2. in Dungeons & Dragons, evil demi-human monsters with tigers’ heads; their palms are on the backs of their hands; they are powerful magic-users and shape-shifters; one of the original D&D monsters; c. 1974. See also gnoll.
3. in fantasy gaming milieux, magical tiger-men, usu. based more on D&D rakshasas than on the Hindu variety.

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Ral Partha Enterprises

The Ral Partha booth at Origins 2010; the line is owned by WizKids.p.n., Cincinatti, Ohio-based manufacturer (1975-2001) of lead miniatures for use with tabletop wargaming and RPGs; now known as  Iron Wind Metals, which still produces some of the old Ral Partha lines. See Ral Partha woman.

Addendum: the writers of the television show Andromeda named a fictional planet “Ral Parthea” in honor of the company.

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Kunochan

Ral Partha woman

Ral Partha "Slave Girl."pl. p.n. Ral Partha women
p.n., a scantily clad or nude woman, usually in a fantasy setting; so named in honor of all the nude female miniatures made in the early days by Ral Partha. See also chain mail bikini.

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Brian Wade

random roll system

n., a role-playing game in which character stats and abilities are generated by die rolls. As opposed to point system.

Addendum: Random roll systems were the method used to generate characters in all early games. It has since become less popular as it creates characters of widely varying ability, and newer games tend to use some form of point system. Older games such as AD&D and Palladium Games still use the random roll method.

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randomize

v. to randomize; adj. random, randomized; adv. randomly
1. n., in general usage, relating to, having, or being elements or events with a definite probability of occurrence; v., to select, assign, or arrange in a way relating to elements or events with a definite probability of occurrence; c. 1926.
2. v., in gamerese, to use a die roll to determine success or failure; or determine the outcome of an event. Ex: “So, are we gonna make it through the Old Forest without any encounters? I need EP.” “Okay, let me randomize some wandering monsters.”

Addendum: Some gamers ain’t so bright when it comes to randomizing with dice. They don’t seem to realize there’s a significant difference between, say, rolling 2d10s versus 1d20; or that 3d6 won’t produce “8” as often as “10.” It’s all about the math, folks.

Dice stats chart.

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Kunochan

ranged

Saw another opportunity to use a pic of Lucy Liu using a ranged weapon (see "crossbow"), took it.adj., usu. ranged weapon, ranged attack
adj. descriptive of any weapon, combat maneuver, or magical/psionic effect that causes damage over distance, such as thrown weapons, bows and arrows, or handguns; as opposed to hand-to-hand. Ex: In Diablo, your Warrior is gonna get creamed by the Goat Bowmen, unless he’s got a ranged defense.

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ranger

A ranger. Up a tree.pl. n. rangers; D&D-ism
1. in general usage, the keeper of a British royal park or forest; c. 1350.
2. in the works of JRR Tolkien, common name for the dispossessed Númenórean heirs of the Gondorian throne, who traveled throughout Gondor and Arnor during the Age of the Stewards protecting rural communities beyond the reach of the law; at the time of the War of the Ring, their leader was Aragorn son of Ararthorn.
3. one of the original character classes from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons; a variant on the standard fighter class, but with sylvan-based skills and magical abilities; based on the rangers of Tolkien.
4. any character in a fantasy RPG similar to the rangers of Tolkien; combination fighter-mage characters with hunting and tracking skills.

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RAW

abbrev., “rules as written”; the rules of a game as they are specifically laid out in published materials, as opposed to RAI.

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real-time strategy game

A StarCraft 2 tournament in England.pl. n. real-time strategy games; abbrev. RTS
in computer games, a strategy simulation that is not turn-based; most often a wargame or combat simulation, players make command decisions in “real-time,” and the speed with which they make decisions and input commands is an important factor; the first RTS game was Dune II, and other famous examples include the Warcraft series and Defense of the AncientsStarCraft and StarCraft II, the Command & Conquer series, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II, and many others.

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red dot

Get to da choppa! I know, wrong movie.n., an indication a player is about to be targeted by the DM or an NPC with lethal damage and/or unreasonable tenacity. See bling. Ex: DM: “Jim, the dragon looks at your character, grins, and licks its reptilian lips, ignoring the rest of the party.” Neal: “Suddenly, a red dot appears on your forehead.” Jim: “Shit.”

Addendum: From the red laser dot used for targeting with sniper scopes. In movies, the doomed character always gets a moment with the dot on his forehead before buying it.

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Bryan Fagan

referee

A referee miniature for Blood Bowl.pl. n. referees; also abbrev. ref, refs; v. to referee, refereeing, refereed
1. n., a person to whom something is referred, especially for settlement or decision; in this thing called “sports,” an official supervising the play; an umpire.
2. in gamerese, a super-generic term for gamemaster.

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Kunochan

resolution

pl. n. resolutions; v. to resolve, resolving, resolved
1. n., in general usage, the act of coming to a definite decision; from Middle English, Latin resolūtiōn; 14th c.
2. in games, esp. wargames and RPGs, the determination of the success or failure, or other result, of an attempted in-game action or series of actions, often a combat action or a combat scenario, through the completion of a game mechanic, often involving die rolls, throws, card plays, etc. Also combat resolution. Ex: It took us four hours to resolve the combat because Tony kept running to the bathroom.

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resource management game

Fiddly bits.n., a type of board game often characterized by a large number of markers, i.e. chits, cubes, meeples, or counters, used to denote resources gathered in order to build game elements. Examples: Settlers of CataanStone AgeLords of Waterdeep, Agricola.

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Paul Ang