GAME JARGON AND OTHER SILLINESS
compiled by Amy Luther
CONVERSATION OVERHEARD DURING CHARACTER GEN ONE NIGHT
PC - How much is it for one of those cigar cutters? GM - How fancy do you want it to be? PC - Not very. GM - Okay, a plastic one will run you five bucks. PC - Can I cut off someone's fingers with it? GM - No. You might be able to break them, though. PC - Okay, then I'll just buy a wrench instead.
MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM OUR VERY FIRST ALIENS GAME
PC - Can I put the flamethrower down the ladder and torch it [the alien]? GM - Not without hitting Adam. PC - It's that inaccurate? GM - No, but since it uses napalm, the fire will spread. It's got him by the leg, and it's pulled him halfway down the hole. PC - Yeah, but I figure the fire will burn it off him.
GM - Okay, Gabe, its tongue lashes out at you. Do you want to dodge? PC - No, I'll fry it. I've got boots on.
PC1 - I wonder what this thing's reaction would be if I bit it? PC2 - Uh, you'd get a mouthful of molecular acid?
GM - The thing about Aliens is, you have a lot of firepower, but you're in such close quarters that the acid kills you. So, next time we do this-- All - We play Predators!
FAMOUS LAST WORDS, FROM THE SAME ALIENS GAME
"Hey, guys, could somebody turn that Calypso music down?"
MEMORABLE QUOTES FROM OTHER GAMES
PC1 - I have seen the light. PC2 - Of course, with that flare comp, it's not as bright as you thought it was.
PC - Are there any shrubberies out there? GM - Sure, dying ones. PC - Any that would break my fall?
NPC - You need to go to a hospital, Nicky-boy. PC - I can't go to a hospital! They report gunshot wounds to the police! NPC - Tell them you were cleaning your gun or something. PC - Five times?!
NPC - Okay, boys, you know the drill. The helicopter's waiting, and time is short. PC - Secret covert government operation, take two.
PC - I check my room. GM - It's a little messed up, like someone's been searching for something. PC - I pack.
A couple of slang terms which have cropped up in our group:
Game Weasel, the Munchkin God (n) - Causes GMs and players to commit unspeakable acts. Symptoms:
GM - "You open the door and sixteen Dragoons run out."
PR - "I can take them. I've got a 14 REF, a BOD of 16, a +11 Rifle ..."
GTL (n) - Abbreviation for Gun-Toting Lunatic.
Any character who totes around a huge arsenal of weapons or dangerous equipment.
party foul (n) - Generic term for player mistakes, generally out-of-character ones. Examples include:
- attempting to be funny and failing miserably
- spilling food and/or drink on yourself for any reason, or on your character sheet
- spilling food and/or drink on someone else, or on their character sheet
- throwing food and/or drink at someone else, or at their character sheet
- failing to comprehend an important piece of information due to inattention, food, or otherwise, and having your character perform some incredibly stupid action because of it
PC glow (n) - An amorphous "glow" which identifies a player character to the other PC's.
Typically manifests when entering a room, as in:
"A man walks into the bar."
"Does he have that PC glow?"
CHARACTERS WHOSE PARENTS HATED THEM
Richard Payne. You figure it out.
Luke Scott Wagner. Prompted entirely too many bad "Star Wars" jokes.