Word of the Week: BALDERDASH

Balderdash originally, back in the 1590’s, described a jumbled mix of liquors like milk and beer, beer and wine, etc. Later in the 1670’s it described a senseless jumble of words.
In games you always have one guy at the table, sometimes the actual player, but in most cases, it was the PC that had a little more liquor than they should, then they get caught talking really stupid and getting us in a bunch of trouble. Quite often this table talk was just Balderdash, but sometimes it can be quite entertaining. Amazingly, even if such behavior gets you in a bind, that good old d20 rolls a natural (20), and we get to walk away scott free, even if you are bluffing up a storm. Balderdash; tons of it happens around the game table, but that is why I play RPGs. And yes I am thinking of Paul (balderdash) Miller.

“We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms…. Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash.”
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Gail has been gaming for 19years; somehow, she has always avoided being the GM, recently, I convinced her to start blogging about RPG stuff.


  1. I know when I am at a convention and someone is playing a different game system near me, close enough for me to hear their table banter, I think balderdash; because I don’t know what the heck they are talking about even though they all seem to be understanding each other.

    Good pick Gail.