PBEMPlay-By-EMail, Play-By-Electronic-Mail
RPGRole Playing Game
Single CharacterThe player can only play a single character at any time within the game
Multi-playerThe game supports multiple players playing the game simultaneously
Game ModeratorThe person, process or computer that runs the game
Computer ModeratedThe game is processed by a computer program
Mixed ModeratedWhile processed by a computer program, the game also has some elements of being hand moderated
Hand ModeratedThe game is run and turns are processed by a human…usually called the GameMaster
Commercial GameThere is a charge to play these type of games
Non-commercial GameThese games are typically free to play and quality and turnaround can vary vastly
Closed-endedGames that have an absolute end, either due to meeting victory conditions or a limited number of turns have been reached
Open-endedThese games have no end date. There are no victory conditions and players can play for as long or as short as they desire
TurnaroundDescribes the time-lapse between the player submitting their turnsheet and receiving the results back from the game moderator
TurnThe opportunity for the player to submit orders in the form of a turnsheet to the game moderator
TurnsheetThis is the form the player needs to complete every turn and submit to the game moderator
GameMasterIn a hand moderated game the person who runs and processes the turns and turnsheets is usually called the GameMaster
GMThe abbreviation for GameMaster
PlayerThe real-world person who is playing a position in the game
CharacterThe in-game position that a player controls
PCThe abbreviation for ‘Player Character’
NPCNon-Player Character. Characters within the game that are not controlled by players
ClassA character’s class is the term used to describe the PC’s profession
Experience PointsThese are awarded to the PC based on the outcome of their turn. Player characters advance through Class Levels once obtaining a certain amount of XP
XPThe abbreviation for Experience Points
Class LevelAs a PC advances throughout the game they will gain more and more experience in their chosen profession (class). When this happens their class level increases by 1. Class level advancement provides improved abilities, skills and powers to the PC
Monster LevelIndicates how tough and ferocious a type of monster is
Spell LevelIndicates the difficulty of a magic spell
Hit DiceThe number of dice rolled to find how many hit points a monster has, the type of die rolled used is dependent upon the creature
Hit PointsThe amount of damage a character or monster can sustain before dying
d4A 4-sided die
d6A 6-sided die
d8An 8-sided die
d10A 10-sided die
d12A 12-sided die
d20A 20-sided die
d%Percentage dice (two d10’s rolled together to produce a number from 1 to 100.