It’s always good to know the lingo. So here is a list of useful terms to help:

Addons: In some MMORPGs, like World of Warcraft, you can use third-party additions called Addons. Some are directed towards overall gameplay mechanics, others are focused on Role-playing. These can allow added features and additions to help with role-playing.

[   ], ((   )) and {{   }}: Brackets are sometimes used in forum, chat and mmorpg role-playing, designating OOC info.

Backstory: The background story and history of a game world and the characters, places and items in it. Also used for a player’s character history and lore.

Bluewalling, or RP Bluewalling: Borrowed from the player vs player (PvP) term for a non-combat player attacking a player who is in PvP combat mode. In RP terms, it’s a more gentle use – it’s when a role-player attempts to role-play with another role-player at random.

Character Description: How your character or a NPC would be described if seen for the first time.

Freeform RP: As the name says, role-playing that is more or less freeform, unscripted and open-ended.

IC: Short for “In Character”, for when the player is playing his role.

ICly: Short for “while in character”.

Immersion: The suppression as much of OOC as possible for a more immersive RP experience. Though not fully attainable, the more immersion, the more you can focus ICly on your character. The “holy grail” of role-playing.

GM (Gamemaster), DM (Dungeon Master) or Storyteller: Someone who acts as the storytelling “guide” for the role-playing session, mostly seen in LARPs and Tabletop/Pen and Paper RPGs.

Godmoder, Powergamer: When a character decides he is invulnerable in terms of overriding game mechanics, most normally in combat situations. Examples would be attacking without giving another player a chance to counter, or when a character avoids something with no clear reason or defense. Looked down upon in general role-play. Similar to evoking “Godmode” in computer games, where one is invulnerable and can kill anything. Note: Trying to control or lead another character without permission is a great way to be avoided for role-playing.

Griefer: Term used to describe someone who is disrupting role-playing, and/or harrassing RPers. Mostly done by A) Those who don’t understand what’s going on, and B) Those who do, and don’t care.

Griefing: The act of doing disrupting and/or harrassing RPers.

Guild: A group of like-minded or players with a similar interest. RP Guilds focus on role-playing both internally and out in the game world. Most have a backstory for their guild and a RP-influenced name, similar to historical guilds, organizations and fantasy adventuring parties.

Examples: The Iron Fist, The Redwind Explorers, League of Wizards, The Red Masks, etc…

LARP/LARPs: Short for Live Action Role-Playing Games

“Leet” or “Dudespeak”: Refers to gamer and modern day chat and texting language and smilies. Sometimes used as names, which is generally against the RP naming policies on most MMORPGs. Of course, it all depends on the game world and genre.

Levels of RP: You may hear terms like Light, Medium and Heavy (even Hardcore) as a description of RP style. These reflect the extent of immersion and overall RP focus for a Guild and/or player. Depending on the playstyle and game time, this can fluctuate. Sometimes a “Heavy RPer” needs a break, for example.

  • Light RP roughly means that the guild/player is very loosely focused in their role-playing.
  • Medium RP roughly means that the guild/player is moderately focused on Role-playing and RPs a good portion of the time.
  • Heavy RP roughly means that the guild/player is very focused on role-playing and RPs mostly while in-game.

lolore: “lol” + lore – used to describe perceived aspects of certain retcons, conflicting “canon” lore and related, or just plain errors in existing lore. Sometimes they have little impact, others can greatly change existing backstories, which may cause issues with one’s character and his/her backstory as well.

Mary Sue, Gary Stu: Idealistic characters, capable of doing almost anything and with little or no consequences. There characters know everything and can literally do no wrong. They are, in a sense, perfect. Godmoding is also not very far behind. Also looked down upon in general role-playing. Also found in may fiction books, movies and the like.

Metagaming: Using OOC information or game/rule mechanics to influence your IC roleplay or used against another player without permission. An example would be knowing a persons name you have never met.

Mundanes: Term mostly used in LARPs to define those that do not play in the LARP.

MMORPG/MMORPGs: Short for Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

Non-RPer: Another term to describe those that do not role-play.

NPC: Short for Non-Pplayer Character or characters not being played by a player. Plural: NPCs

OOC: Short for “Out Of Character”, for when the player is not playing his role.

OOCly: Short for “while out of character.

PC: Short for Player Character. The player’s “role” or persona.

RL: Short for Real Life. You know – your life, outside the game. Yeah, that thing. :)

RP: Short for role-playing or role-play.

RPer: Short for role-player.

RPGs: Short for Role-Playing Games

RP-PvP Server/Realm: A designated role-playing server which has more PvP (Player vs. Player) opportunities and rules.

RP Server/Realm: In MMORPGs, a server that is designated for role-playing and role-players. That’s the intent, though other players who do not RP flock to them for one reason or another.

Scene: A Scene is a location where a group may be rping/interacting. Mostly freeform, though some can be scripted.

“Scouts” or “Throw-Aways”: In MMORGs, these are temporary characters used to take a look at the game before making a permanent one. Sometimes helpful in finding out details about a starting area, or server/realm “first-hand”.

Scripted RP: “Set” interactions within role-playing. In Storylines, these are somewhat set in stone.

Story Arcs: A series of storylines and plots devices/series of adventures over a period of time.

Storylines: The Plot or plotlines that characters participate in.