An acronym for "role playing game" (the following definition is for the console-specific version). Originally known for their overhead views, they've since expanded into three dimensions and have taken on more forms. RPG's consist of players taking on the personas of in-game fictional characters. The games feature adventure elements (talking to people in towns) with diverse storylines. RPG's also include battles with enemies in different fashions as well as a point system for increasing your characters' abilities. They may or may not contain magic. There are generally three main types of categories most RPG's fall in, though some games use a mix of these or completely unique elements instead.

The Action RPG usually consists of talking to people and battling enemies. Enemy battling is different however. Like an action game you hit the attack button and hit the enemy in real time; no complex battle systems involved (usually). These games also tend to not include a point system for the most part, but at the very least, it's there for Health Points, though they may not be called Health Points and Magic Points. Examples include the Secret of Mana series, the Mystical Ninja series, Brave Fencer Musashi, and the .hack series. The Legend of Zelda could also be called an Action RPG, although many people argue that it's not an RPG at all. Most PC, online RPG's, and MMORPG's are Action RPG's.

Even though the Action RPG's were the first RPG's, they're not considered the traditional style. The Traditional RPG is known for its complex battle systems, most especially the turn based system. The battle systems also use menus in some form or fashion. Traditional RPG's also make massive use of the Point system and magic. Examples include Chrono Trigger, the Final Fantasy series, Skies of Arcadia, the Grandia series, and the Golden Sun series. Panzer Dragoon Saga, the Mario RPG series, and the Mega Man Battle Networks series are also traditional, though they are a bit more interactive than standard traditional (PDS and MMBN are practically Action RPG's in a Traditional skin).

Strategy RPG's are the last main type. Not many games exist in this format. It's a traditional RPG with a strategy-type game's battle system; you must position your characters and attack depending on how close you are to the enemy, what kind of weapon you have (short or long range), and the layout of the land you're fighting on. Examples include the Shining Force series and Final Fantasy Tactics (Original and Advanced).
"Panzer Dragoon Saga is better than Chrono Trigger? You're jackin' me, Steve!"
by Jarel Jones December 27, 2003
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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