Pathfinder - How to Play - Appendix 2 - Player Glossary
BAUS: Pronounced "Boss". Beautiful And Unique Snowflake.
While every character is unique, some characters are a confusing mishmash of too
many confusing plot points which make the character largely indecipherable to
anyone but the creator. Your character should be unique and interesting, but
no one wants to read a novel to get to know your backstory.
BBEG: Big Bad Evil Guy. Typically the antagonist of the
Box Text: Pre-written adventures often have text inside of
a box for the Gamemaster to read. Sometimes this text is very long, so many
players get distracted while box text is being read. Box text is very important,
and it is both polite and wise to pay attention when the GM is reading it, even
if it is long and sometimes boring.
Freakshow: A half-troll, a catfolk, and an albino demonspawn
walk into a bar looking for work. Because this party is a collection monstrous
creatures, they are run out of town by scared townsfolk with torches and
pitchforks. A Freakshow is a party of creatures with no business among civilized
peoples. It is often wise to have at least one normal race in the party to act as
the party's face.
GMPC: Sometimes the GM will write an NPC and make him tag
along with the party so that he can both run and play in a game at the same time.
While the temptation is understandable, do not do this. Everyone hates it, and
it nearly always leads to favoritism, player infighting, and sadness.
Gish: A cross between a martial character and an arcane
spellcaster. A Magus is an example of a "Gish".
House Rule: A rule added to the game or changed by the Game
In Character: Conversation or events which takes place inside
MAD: Multiple Ability Dependent. Some classes require a large
number of abilities, which can make them hard to play.
Macguffin: An "object" required to complete some objective.
The Macguffin can be an object, a person, or a piece of information. "The One
Ring" is an example of a Macguffin.
Out of Character: Conversation which takes place between
the real players outside of the game.
Player Agency: Absolute control over the player's own character,
their personality, and their actions. Player Agency should only be violated in
Rails: The course which the GM imagined the plot would take
when he/she wrote the adventure/campaign. Deviating from this plot is often called
"going off the rails".
Railroading: A GM who forces the party to follow his plot is
"railroading" the party.
SAD: Single Ability Dependent. Some classes only need one high
ability to be effective, which can make them very easy to play.
Sandbox: A sandbox is a game in which the world is set out
before the party, and they are expected to seek out whatever they find interesting.
Sandboxes are common in video games, but difficult to manage in tabletop games
because writing quality content is typically a veyr time-intensive endeavor.
Save or Die: An effect, such as a spell, which allows a single
saving throw to prevent immediate death.
Save or Suck: An effect, such as a spell, which allows a single
save to prevent an effect which incapacitates or disables the target.
Supremacy Caster: A spellcaster whose job is to be better than
everyone else at everything.