What does TPK stand for in RPG games?

Total Party Kill

TPK is an acronym commonly used by RPG players, especially those who play DnD. It stands for Total Party Kill. It signifies an unfortunate event where all members of an adventuring group are wiped out.

Such incidents are rare but when they do occur, they can lead to a sudden end of a gaming campaign. A TPK can be a result of the game master’s miscalculation of the group’s abilities, or due to the group’s erroneous decisions, like choosing to fight a powerful adversary instead of escaping.

Example for using ‘TPK’ in a conversation

Hey, did you play DnD last night?

Yeah, it was intense! We had a TPK!

Oh no! What happened?

We underestimated a dragon and got wiped out. Game over.