- noun What you get when players are given the ability
to make textual changes to The Land. It comes from the first
time wizzes were allowed to add objects of their own devising,
when dozens and dozens of red 'baloons' were seen floating
around. Players are notoriously bad at spelling, yet assiduous
in spotting spelling mistakes, and therefore baloons are
regarded as a Bad Thing that deals a serious blow to any
pretence of mystique a MUA may have. "We can't let mortals
decide their own descriptions, we'd get baloons". See blank.
- noun Metaphorically, any suggestions or additions
which would ruin a game's atmosphere, such as semi-automatic
pistols in a piracy scenario or a large desert in the middle of
a forest. "If you put in a Roman centurion it'd be as bad as
baloons". Plodders often make such suggestions. See
castle in the air.