GM Dictionary: Nautical Terms #16

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 term used for direction, this can refer to the movement of the vessel or of an object coming towards the vessel.

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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