GM Dictionary: Nautical Terms #8

So this month I wanted to brush myself up on terms I “know” but I use that term loosely. These are things that I would like to be more familiar with and be able to recall with more confidence that I am using them right. This month features nautical terms, many of them are basic and you may know most of them. I wanted to provide a baseline for myself, and this series, though. In a future month we will look at more obscure terms.


The method by which a ship sails into the wind. Maneuvers back and forth in a zig-zag pattern at an angle to the wind to gain an overall forward direction.

This is a mini-article series featuring short explanations for words more commonly used in RPGs (or potentially so!) than normal conversation. Each month will hold a different theme and each weekday will have a different word. Note: these are personal, simple breakdowns and not perfect. Please tell me if I am mistaken and I will work to correct it! For anyone looking for a collected work please check out our Patreon. All patrons get a PDF collected copy each month!

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