1: n. A person who plays tabletop RPGs and seeks to make the most powerful character possible, often in the form of assigning 'useless' stats such as 'charisma' very low values. Any advantage this player they can get, they are likely to take. It is not uncommon for such players to ask to start with rare items their character could or would not have obtained.
Powergamers are different from twink
s in that a powergamer generally seeks to have the most powerful character without regard to the rules, while a twink seeks to manipulate the rules to gain a powerful character.
1: "God damn it ralph, you're such a powergamer, and NO, you can't start the game with a Sword of World Destruction. No. No. No... Go away!"
A player of a game that seeks to use the system to dominate and frustrate other players.
This is typically not a problem when dealing with games that encourage competitive playing, but swiftly becomes a problem when the objective of the game is not to defeat your opponenet, either real or perceived, but to co-operate and socialize with other players.
As such, power-gamers are the bane of certain role-playing games, social games and online games like MUD
s and their ilk, and games where not everyone wants to make you their bitch.
However, certain games suit powergamers well -- games like Monopoly and the (now discontinued) Paranoia RPG setting by West End Games.
Well, yeah, Fabian is a power-gamer... he's a wonderful person to be with, and very accommodating, but never, ever, play against him -- you'll just end up hating him.
(online specific) Referring to a player of MMO
s who goes to great lengths to maximize the amount of experience points (xp
) they get in the smallest amount of time. They are obsessed with xp
efficiency over all other things, including their own bladder status. Typical behaviors are inordinate amounts of time spent playing the game, getting the best equipment at all times for their character, and "farming
" areas for the best loot and xp
(typical powergamer quote) "Get out of my group. You'll ruin my XP."
A gamer who learnes the rules of a game inside and out to perfection in order to become the best at that game. In games such as D&D
a power gamer might sacrifice role-playing
in favor of more power for his character, although most do not. Power gamers often make the game less fun for the rest of the playing group for the reason that their characters usually become far more powerful then all other characters in play.
Power gamers are often wrongly known as munchkins. A munchkin
gains power by cheating while a power gamer gains power by knowing and using the rules of the game to his advantage.
Wow, that damn power gamer's character is way too strong for his level. That's just not fair.
A) A person who frustratingly attempts to win by all means at tabletop role-playing games.
B) A person who seeks to accomplish everything possible within a videogame - meet all secret goals, get every item, unlock every secret, etc.
A) "Last I heard, he had given himself a man-sized sword. What a powergamer."
B) "You bought and upgraded every 200 cars in that game? Man, you're a powergamer."
A gamer who uses the rules of the game to be the best at winning, sacrificing the enjoyment of play and any possible role-playing. See also Ben
Damn, that Ben is such a power gamer
Powergamers will use any dirty cheat they can think of to win at all costs. Tactics such as hording power-ups and fragging n00bs to score some cheap wins are common tactics used by powergamers in online games. They also beg and plead to start the game with cheat codes or ultimate weapons to start the game. Powergamers also won't let n00bs join their team,party, or squad in fear that the n00b may make mistakes and ruin their win percentages.
Jim and Ralph are powergamers they try to start the game with the class 1 zillion sword of world destruction and will horde power ups whether they need them or not to make sure the other players don't get `em.