Gamer Glossary

For those unfamiliar with D&D, I’ve added a glossary to make things a little easier. I’ve also included a list of sourcebook abbreviations.

Modifier (as in [ability] modifier): The derived value from any given ability score. I have a bad habit of just asking for the ability, when I mean the ability modifier… you’ll figure it out.

AC: Armor Class
BAB: Base Attack Bonus
DM: Dungeon Master (the head honcho, the main man, the boss, the dude who has the power to say, “He’s dead, Jim.” Interchangeable used with GM)
DMG: Dungeon Master’s Guide
GM: See DM
House Rules: Modified rules that apply only to my game. Every DM has them.
Natural 20 (or Natch-20): You rolled a 20 on the twenty-sided die.
NPC: Non-Player Character (a character run by the DM)
PC: Player Character (that’s your character)
PHB: Player’s Handbook
RAW: Rules As Written (“Refer to RAW” or “by RAW” means following the written rules, no House Rules apply.)
SRD: System Resource Document (online)

BBEG: Big Bad Evil Guy (final boss)
Crit: Critical hit

AE – Arms and Equipment Guide
BoED – Book of Exalted Deeds
BoVD – Book of Vile Darkness
CAdv – Complete Adventurer
CArc – Complete Arcane
CC – Complete Champion
CD – Complete Divine
CM – Complete Mage
CoR – Champions of Ruin
CP – Complete Psionic
CS – Complete Scoundrel
CV – Champions of Valor
CW – Complete Warrior
CSW – City of Splendors: Waterdeep
CSQ – City of the Spider Queen
DCS – Dragonlance Campaign Setting
DD – Deities and Demigods
DE – Dragons of Eberron
DF – Defenders of the Faith: A Guidebook to Clerics and Paladins
DM – Dragon Magic
DMG – Dungeon Master’s Guide v.3.5
DMG2 – Dungeon Master’s Guide II
Dr – Draconomicon
Dra – Dragonmarked
DrF – Dragons of Faerûn
DotU – Drow of the Underdark
DS – Dungeonscape
EA – Enemies and Allies
ECS – Eberron Campaign Setting
EE – Exemplars of Evil
EH – Explorer’s Handbook
ElE – Elder Evils
ELH – Epic Level Handbook
FB – Frostburn
FC1 – Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss
FC2 – Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells
FE – Faiths of Eberron
FF – Fiend Folio
FP – Faiths & Pantheons
FRCS – Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting
Gh – Ghostwalk
HB – Heroes of Battle
HBG – Hero Builder’s Guidebook
HH – Heroes of Horror
LD – Lords of Darkness
LEF – Lost Empires of Faerûn
LM – Libris Mortis: The Book of the Dead
LoM – Lords of Madness
MoF – Magic of Faerûn
MH – Miniatures Handbook
MIC – Magic Item Compendium
MM – Monster Manual v.3.5
MM2 – Monster Manual II
MM3 – Monster Manual III
MM4 – Monster Manual IV
MM5 – Monster Manual V
MoE – Magic of Eberron
MoI – Magic of Incarnum
MF – Monsters of Faerûn
MP – Manual of the Planes
MW – Masters of the Wild: A Guidebook to Barbarians, Druids, and Rangers
Mys – Mysteries of the Moonsea
OA – Oriental Adventures
PGtE – Player’s Guide to Eberron
PF – Power of Faerûn
PGtF – Player’s Guide to Faerûn
PHB – Player’s Handbook v.3.5
PH2 – Player’s Handbook II
PlH – Planar Handbook
RF – Races of Faerûn
RC – Rules Compendium
RD – Races of Destiny
RDr – Races of the Dragon
RE – Races of Eberron
RS – Races of Stone
RW – Races of the Wild
Sa – Sandstorm
SaS – Song and Silence: A Guidebook to Bards and Rogues
SB – Stronghold Builder’s Guidebook
SF – Sword and Fist: A Guidebook to Monks and Fighters
Sh – Sharn: City of Towers
ShS – Shining South
SK – Serpent Kingdoms
SM – Silver Marches
SoS – Secrets of Sarlona
SS – Savage Species
SW – Stormwrack
SX – Secrets of Xen’drik
TB – Tome and Blood: A Guidebook to Wizards and Sorcerers
ToB – Tome of Battle: The Book of Nine Swords
ToM – Tome of Magic
UA – Unearthed Arcana
UE – Unapproachable East
Und – Underdark
XPH – Expanded Psionics Handbook

Gamer Glossary

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