Gaming catchphrases, expressions, and idioms--what are yours?

Andrew D. Gable

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I'm gonna give him some lovin'.
Said jokingly when attacking as a mockery of what an ex-PC always said in the same situation.

Wiggity wiggity wack or My eye....b-----!
Said...well...anytime. From songs, natch.

AND FINALLY.........


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Renaissance Man

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"Gnome bard" - a euphemism for an utterly useless character. (Sorry to all you gnome bards out there. If it's any consolation, mine was the prototype for this expression.) :D

Admiral Ray

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"Get in the bag."

Wind Walk, Teleport, and similar spells don't affect that many people, so we use bags of holding/portable holes to store other party members until we get to where we need to be.

This is usually said when one or two people want to go, but others don't. Example:

PC1: *points* "Get in the bag."
PC2: "We're being hasty. I don't..."
PC1: "In the bag!"
PC2: "I think..."
PC1: "In da bag!"


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Talath said:

3. Thats What She Said.

Sometimes one of us says something which can be taken the wrong way (for example, "take that out of your mouth") and then one of us will say in response, "Thats what she said".


[composing self] Um, er, it's funny.


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"Darklord in a can"

Came from a Ravenloft game in which a character, through an incredible series of dice rolls, trapped a ghostly darklord in an item similar to an iron flask. They carried it around for a while, but couldn't leave the domain with it, so they left it at the domain border (they weren't dumb enough to let it out).

Now when someone has a really dangerous one-shot item (like say a scroll of "meteor swarm") they refer to it as a "darklord in a can".

Originally from a Shadowrun campaign, I use this term to indicate that player has failed to overcome a monster's DR. This is usually followed by the following exclaimation from the player "Ping? What do you mean ping? I can't hit it any harder!"


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Trevalon Moonleirion said:

EDIT 2: But wait, there's more!
This is from when Fayredeth was DMing. I was playing my rather ugly cleric of ...oh I can't even remember the god or godess in his world. Anyhow, I solve a puzzle in this maze and Fay describes various things while I'ms till wandering around. He seems to be gettting frustrated but I'm not really sure why. He then jumps up and says "[INSERT GOD NAME HERE] appears in front of you, bitchslaps you and tells you to get out of the ****ing maze!!!"


Now that's really funny!


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Earlier in our campain: Said by our monk, "I need to taunt the orcs into chasing me." Said by me (DM), "What exactly do you do?" Monk, "I run to the door, kick it open, and swing my willy around in a circle and run away." [It worked very well.]

In the Pool of Radiance module, said by our monk, "I attack the naked guy with a flurry of blows."

When anything else homo-erotic happens we always refer to our sexually confused monk.



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I played a mage in a Warhammer campaign a few years ago. Any time I blasted somebody with a fireball I called it giving them terminal sunburn.


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1) We had been playing 3e with a new player, we were about to enter a cavern when the new player said, " Just a sec, I look in the cavern with my Intelligence."

2) "FOR GREAT JUSTICE" A paladin used to run around saying this constantly. He used it as a battle-cy initially, but now whenever one of us crits we say Great Justice.

Me (DM): Ok, as you stroll over the crest of the hill you see some demons talking below you.
Ranger: How many?
Me: 78.
ME: *Checking Notes*
Me: I mean 2.
Now whenever I or anyone else isnt sure of a number, they say 78.

4) Pinch his ass
One time, we needed to distract a guard so our thief could get by easily, the sorceror of the group used a cantrip on the guard. Cantrip: Pinch, the guard turned to see what the hell happened and our thief got past without incident. Now whenever we need to distract something we tell the sorceror to pinch its ass.


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Skill: Mangina

The ranger in our group was a cowardly person. His character was not supposed to be this way, but the guy playing him was always getting nervous. (He had already died twice) So any time a situation may have the possibility of getting bad, he was always the first to suggest the party run away. One time, the party rogue said, roll your special Mangina check. That was it, it stuck.


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"I swing my weapon heroically!"
Said by any player who misses on his/her attack roll: "I step up to the Orc Chieftain and... (die roll) ... swing my weapon heroically."

"Waist-high one-eye"
As part of the back-story for one of the characters in my campaign, one of the players gave his dwarf fighter a huge head-scar from a severe axe-strike, resulting in blindness in one eye. He randomly rolled up his height, and ended up being pretty short. Everyone in the party refers to him as waist-high one-eye.

Vallejo fish
A PC named Vallejo, in a particular encounter, jumped into an underground pool to look for some goodies at the bottom. He ended up being captured by nixies, and the other party members began calling him Vallejo fish (i.e. fillet-o'-fish).


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"Whats the weather like?"

In an old MERP game, we had a large party (about 12 PC's) and we were travelling through the countryside when one of the rangers asked "Whats the weather like?" Anyway the GM proceeded to determine weather randomly and proceeded to make a huge open-ended high roll (400+) - we got a cyclone so immense it hadn't been seen in Middle Earth for many an age. The party got totally scattered - hit by fly trolls, trees, lightning...

Since then its been a common phrase whenever a party goes out into the wilderness - and it follows by people hiding under the table in fear of the result.
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There's a guy in our group (Spider_Jerusalem) who seems to have a habit of coming up with quotes for his characters that get copied by books/films/games etc about a year after he said them. Example:

His Star Wars character:
"They didn't teach us that at the academy!"
Appeared on an Young Jedi Knight card about two years later (one of the bravo fighters)

"He did not know who he was f@ck?ng with!!!"
Another SW character, a trandosh jedi who had just literally snapped a dark jedi's neck. Quoted by Blade in Blade II, about 6 months after the guy said it.

Those are just two of many...


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"We can take these bears"

Originally said by my character to the PC I was sharing watch with. The point was the Mages needed their sleep to get their spells back, so I said "Don't wake the others, we can take these bears." This was rapidly proved incorrect.

It is now regularly used when we're speculating about a fight we don't think we can win.

Oh, and while this one isn't a recurring phrase, I just thought I'd share with you the daftest thing I've ever heard a player say:

"Using simple sign language, I tell them my friend has gone to question their houseplant."


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Well. Some of these are fantastic. Here's my contribution.

I was playing an archer who was pretty well designed around archery. On a particular roll, I scored a 43 once all the buffs and attack modifiers were factored in.

So I asked "Does a 43 hit?"

The DM replied: "Yeah, a 43 hits..." then he added, under his breath "Jesus Christ".

Of course, we immediately strung that together into a single sentence.

Thus, Jesus Christ has an AC of 43.

So now, if anyone mentions his name, the answer is 43.

Likewise, if anyone rolls a check of 43, all the players will immediately chorus "Jesus Christ".

"He did not know who he was f@ck?ng with!!!"

Yeah, I was stunned when it cropped up in the film. Scared the bejesus outta me.

But you gotta understand that my jedi said this in a moment of utter... uh... rage... it doesn't happen all the time... honest... he's not blatantly going darkside!... why won't you believe me?... uh... I'll shut up now.



wolff96 said:
So I asked "Does a 43 hit?"

Something similar happened in Sagiro's game.

"Do I hit the orc with a 36? That's..." roll roll "40 points of damage from the sneak attack."

"Ummm.... you just killed his family, too."


We've got a summoner in our game and one of the house rules he scrounged up to try and make his celestial badgers more useful was that instead of just the monsters on the list, he could summon any equally templated version of a given creature provided it was the same CR.

For instance instead of a celestial dog, an earth dog. Or instead of a fiendish dire ape, an air dire ape. Well, unforseen by me was the utility of a creature with Fly 100 ft. (perfect) and as much strength as a dire ape.

Soon, any time there was a chasm to cross or a cliff to climb. Poof. There's the air ape. Then, *groan* they began asking the summoner for it.

"Can you ape me across?"

"Can you ape me up there, I want to check something out."

Besides many evil looks, I also started saying if they kept this up the FedEx Gorilla was going to start scanning and charging them for these deliveries.


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The Good Ol' Days...

I remember when I used to play with a couple of friends back in Puerto Rico we used to come up with all sorts of colorful phrases we turned into running jokes. Some of these loose their comedic value in the translation from Spanish. Nevertheless here are some of the ones I remember...

1. Eatin' Popcorn - Used when a player is doing absolutely nothing in the game session because his/her character has been taken out of comission or is out of the picture. "Hey guys, I'm seriously eatin' some popcorn here!!! Come get my character!!!"

2. Toweling (Toallazo!!! in Spanish) - When the DM saves a character from certain doom by grace alone. Derived from the boxing term "throwing in the towel".

3. When a character is not contributing to the action in the game we say that he/she was looking at his/her genitals (kinda rough and obscene).

4. The Hammer Drop (el "marronazo" in Spanish) - When the DM begins to rail the characters into certain situations by fudging dice rolls and manipulating the outcome of events. "Hey...I know I made that save vs. paralization! I'm feeling the hammer drop on me dude!!!"


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Gamer's Famous Last Words

There are many, and here are the ones my gamer friends have coined...

I loot the body.

I punch the demon.

Oops, my bad. (said by my character the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist. You can guess what happened from there)

We can take him. (a common catchphrase when presented with a very high-powered NPC/monster.)


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