Prophet of the profane (She/Her)
Yeah. I used to just call the hobby "D&D" when talking to people outside of it, but then I realized that, well, if they don't care, then they don't care. You can call it sublustrum for all it matters.What I do is refer to what im actually playing. Which is often Traveller, Call of Cthulhu, or Pathfinder. When folks ask, "what is that?". I just say a role playing game. If they ask if its "like D&D?", I say kind of. If they inquire any further, I'll explain the differences. Folks will either care or they don't. I just dont want to refer to games I like as D&D when they are not.
If they care, and are interested in hearing about your hobby, then "I'm playing tabletop roleplaying games" is more on point and not really any harder to parse.