Newbie’s Guide

We realise that a lot of the terms and abbreviations that we use in BRAWL and as gamers can be quite confusing for people who are new to us and to these hobbies, so this page will hopefully serve as a handy glossary.

What is roleplaying?

Roleplaying can be a hard beast to explain to newbies. Simply put, roleplaying is like acting without a script. Or rather, the”script” is created as you go along by you and the other players. In most games, someone called the Games Master (GM) describes the setting and the story to the players. They create the plot and the non-player characters. You decide, as a player, how the character you’ve created will react to the situation described by the GM. The rules of the game, often aided by rolls of the dice, determine whether or not you succeed at various tasks. There’s generally no way to “win” a roleplaying game (RPG), instead the goal is to follow and adventure, have fun and tell a good story. Don’t worry, it’s much easier than it sounds!

If you’ve heard of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D), well, that’s one of the most famous and popular RPGs, but they can vary wildly. Some are fantasy, some horror or sci-fi or comedy. Some have lots of rules and dice, some are rules-lite, some have no dice at all.

What is LARP?

LARP stands for live action roleplaying and is very similar to roleplaying (above), but with some differences. Instead of sitting around a table and describing your character and what they do, you gather in a room or field and dress as your character, speaking as if you are them and acting out their actions. It’s like a combination of fancy dress and improv acting.

Some LARP systems, known as contact LARPs, involve actual mock combat based on hitting your opponent with LARP-safe foam weapons. Other, non-contact LARPs, simulate combat using systems similar to those in tabletop (non-live action) roleplaying, but simplified, such as rock, paper, scissors. You might be interested in trying BRAWL’s non-contact LARP.

What is wargaming?

Wargaming is the act of playing any of the various tabletop strategy games which focus on using miniatures or other tokens to play out a fight between armies or other fighting groups. The rules of your army and the rolls of your dice decide on who wins and who loses the battle.

If you’ve heard of Games Workshop games, those (like Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy Battles) are some of the most famous and popular wargames, but there are many different kinds.

What are CCGs?

CCG stands for Collectible Card Game, sometimes known as a Trading Card Game. CCGs are games played with certain sets of special cards that can be bought, sold and traded either in random sets of cards known as booster packs or individually among players. The rules vary according to which card game is being played; popular CCGs include Magic: the Gathering, Pokmon and Yu-Gi-Oh!.

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