RPG stands for "Role Playing Game," and refers to any of several types of interacive games in which the player assumes the role of a character in the game. There are two main types of RPGs: Videogames and Table-top.

RPG Videogames follow a set story, and are usually layed out in a similar fashion. Your character and comrades that you meet along the way fight badguys and monsters together, meet people, help people, uncover plots, and usually end up having to save the world. The scope of most Videogame RPGs is almost comically large. Battles are usually fought in a very unrealistic, menu-based manner, in which a certain number of your comrades (usually three) takes on a certain number of enemies. These battles normally happen at random intervals while traversing hostile territory. Personal statistics, like attack power, defense, and life, are displayed as numerical values on the screen. Once all of the enemies are defeated, the battle ends. An RPG videogame is like a novel: its replay value is based mostly on the player's desire to wittness the story unfold again.

Tabletop RPGs are much different. They are played by a group of people who take on different identities for the game. There is usually one person, the Game Master (or similar title) that creates a story and provides the narration. Battles are fought using rolls of dice, or other means, which represent unique attacks and abilities created by the players. Characters in tabletop RPGs have stats as well, and just like in VG RPGs, their attributes increase numerically with their conquests.

Example RPG videogame: the Final Fantasy series
Example Tabletop RPGs: Dungeons and Dragons
by Daniel Joseph November 17, 2005
Top Definition
Rocket Propelled Grenade, you roleplaying geeks.
If you're in a combat situation and someone yells "RPG!", you're not supposed to take out and roll your dice.
by Elgeoharris December 15, 2003
Short for "Role-Playing Game"; a game in which the player takes on the persona of a fictional character and has adventures with other characters in a world created by the Game-master, a sort of referee. Can be played with other people ("Face-to-Face" or "table-top"; also called "Pen-and-Paper"), or over the Internet ("Play-by-E-mail" or "Play-by-Post" games; this category also includes games played on IRC or via a chat site)

Not to be confused with computer RPGs, which are a different kettle of fish altogether.
I've been playing RPGs for the past ten years.
by The Gamemistress August 27, 2003
(1) Rocket Propelled Grenade. Used in combat situations.
(2) Role Playing Game (tabletop). Game in which the player takes on another personality to have fun.
(3) Role Playing Game (video game, turn based). A game that is frowned upon by fans of FPS for it's strategical approach. More easily described as a "Playable Anime".
(4) Role Playing Game (video game, active battle). Fast paced, can appeal to even FPS fans. I have personally proved this in 5 cases.
(1)The RPG should be used in military purposes only.
(2) Dungeons and Dragons is an RPG.
(3) Final Fantasy is also an RPG.
(4) Kingdom Hearts and Legend of Zelda are also RPG's.
by DeathDonut July 30, 2004
RPG stands for Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomyot

Translated, that means handheld anti-tank grenade.

The RPG does fire a rocket propelled grenade, but that isn't what the acronym stands for.
"Back when I was in army training, I learned how to blow up a tank with my RPG."
by ireadwikipediafofun March 07, 2006
RPG does not actually stand for Rocket Propelled Grenade, the abbreviation actually comes from the Russian phrase for "hand-held anti-tank grenade-launcher": Ruchnoi Protivotankovye Granatamyot.
Incoming RPG! every one, get down!
by lozza24490 February 26, 2007
When talking weapons, and RPG is an explosive projectile weapon. The RPG can fire self-destructing or destruct-on-impact rounds. It is commonly called a "Rocket Propelled Grenade", but this is incorrect; it's a Russian Acronym for Ruchnoi Protivotankovye Granatamyot(Handheld anti-tank launcher)
The helicopter was shot at by two RPG rounds last night.
by Andrew3456 January 22, 2006
Rocket Propelled Grenade. It can effectively destroy any light to medium (maybe) armored vehicles. It is used by many countries that bought the blue prints from the soviets during the cold war, same story as the AK47.
Many RPGs are still in use by African and Muslim countries to this day.

It was the weapon that downed the Black Hawks in the Somalian incident during Clinton's mandate.
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