My Personal Terminology Appendix
Last week I hit up a bunch of friends via gchat about indiegame/storygame terms that came to mind. I asked this because I’m thinking about building a glossary of terms I know I’ve used that may have confused folks.
My niche in the roleplaying essayist blogosphere is, I think, to straddle the conventional and storygame worlds and to cross-pollinate the best ideas of both. At least that’s been my back-of-my-mind goal this whole time. So as a result, I think a lot of folks who read me stumble across terminology I’ve picked up along the way.
The ultimate goal would be to write this up as an appendix to a someday Indie Game Reading Club printed collection.
A few notes:
* This is by no means an effort to be comprehensive. These are just terms I’ve used, referenced, or thought were useful. I know there are lots of terms I’ve left off. That said, if one pops into mind, post in comments and I’ll think about adding it!
* This is by no means going to be definitive or prescriptive. The best I can do is provide explanations for how I personally use these words, phrases and ideas. I know in some cases I’ve drifted them. Nobody owns language. Don’t be a dick.
* I’m not claiming authorship or ownership of any of these.
Anyway, it’s just for me, they’re just words, nobody freak out. But yeah, if I forgot any big or interesting ones, toss ’em into the list.
Author (Authorial, Authority)
Broken Stair (see also Safety, etc.)
Creative Agenda (see also Big Model)
Cult of the GM
Economic Cycle/Reward Cycle
Fiction First (follow the fiction)
Forged in the Dark (FitD)
GM-driven (see also Player-driven)
Holding Environment (A Magpie/Mark term, taken from a discipline of group mechanics study called Adaptive Leadership.)
Hx (also Strings, Bonds, etc.)
Indiegame (ownership and distribution vs community)
Lines and Veils
Narrative Authority (see Author(ity))
Player-driven (as opposed to GM plot/GM driven)
Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA)
Railroading (as a pejorative)
Roses & Thorns
Safety/Safety Tools (X Card, Flower, Script Change, etc.)
Say Yes (…or roll the dice/ Roll the Dice or Say Yes)
Session 0 (where did that start? TBZ?)
Shared Imaginary Space (SIS)
Stance (Author, Actor, Audience, ??)
X Card (see Safety)