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Merlask
12-24-2006, 05:09 AM
Afraid of looking like a n00b? Do you hold your tongue when someone in game spouts off a term that is utterly foreign to you? Consider this your safe haven for the land of things that folk are too lazy to type out/say in full.
This installment of Grouping Tips is designed for the person who's too shy or proud to ask what the meaning of common DDO slang is. Slang is a way of life here (as it is in most MMO & internet communities) and thus a comprehensive list of gamespeak benefits even the most experienced players. Those familiar with the terms, feel free to add any that may have been missed! This list is ever expanding, and alphabetical. (More additions to come, it's 5am here my brain's only halfway functional atm)


Dungeons & Dictionaries Entries:

Double Parinthesis (( - Appears in text done by roleplayers to specify times when they are talking out of character. Example: Varro says: I must leave I fear, I sense trouble in the waterworks ((sorry guys gotta go to bed

Asterix * - A way to clarify action and emotes from spoken word in forums. Also used for times when an emote occurs in the middle of something being said. Example: Varro says: I've never been like that *sheepish smile* have I?

2hr - Stands for Two Hander. Any weapon or object that requires the use of both hands.

AFH - Stands for Away From Headset. The act of being unable to speak in game and unable to hear what is said over voice chat.

AFK - Stands for Away From Keyboard. The act of being unable to type.

AOE - Stands for Area of Affect. 1. Term derived from Pen and Paper D&D refering to spells or abilities that can target a region rather than a single target. Also used in reference to spells that can target mutiple targets. Example: Wall of fire, whirlwind attack, cleave, Web, Cloudkill, Fascinate

Assist - noun. A person in the group whose targets are also to be targeted by the other party members. verb. The act of helping a specified group member.

BIC - Stands for Back In Character. 1. Roleplaying term for specifying that you're done talking out of character.

BIO - verb. The act of stopping to take a potty break. Thaaats right, I've just dropped the level of testosterone on the forums by 25% via the use of the term potty break.

Blind Invite - (see also entry under Annoying) - The act of sending an invite to someone to join a party without attempting to /tell first to ask if they would be interested.

CC - (see also Crowd Control, OMG DONT TOUCH THAT) Verb - short for Crowd Control, the act of temporarily neutralizing mobs from harming the party for a duration of time. Example: putting them to sleep, charming them, hypnotising them etc.

DV - Stands for Divine Vitality. An ability of some characters to recharge a certain amount of spell points for other characters without the use of a shrine.

Fleshy - Adj.- non-warforged. noun - any character that is not a warforged

IC - Stands for In Character. 1. Roleplaying term refering to a state of acting out your character persona.

IRL - Stands for In Real Life. Refers to any person, place, thing, concept that is outside of the game.

LFG - Stands for Looking for Group. Infrequently stands for Looking for Guild. 1. A state of actively looking to join a group. 2. A symbol above someone's head that indicates they are looking to join a group

LFH - Stands for Looking for Ham. The act of looking for some ham. An emote available in game. In some areas, used in lue of an AFK symbol.

LFM - Stands for Looking for More. 1. A state of actively looking to recruit more members into a party.

Newbie - (see also n00b, nub, newb, noob). Noun - A person who is unfamiliar with something. Adj. - inexperienced

NPC - noun - Stands for Non Player Character. 1. creatures in game that you can open dialogue with and accept quests from. 2. When used in roleplaying, refers to characters not intended to be reoccuring, such as random barkeeps, townsfolk, or other vague persons needed for 'filler' material in a story.

NR - Stands for No Rush. The act of taking a dungeon slowly and exploring rather than barrelling through it. Used frequently in conjunction with the term RP.

OOC - Stands for Out of Character. Refers to a state of acting in a way that is not considered part of the setting, or making reference to real life situations/things. Example: talking about your spouse being mad at you for being on the computer still.

OOM - (see also OOS, OOSP) Stands for Out of Mana. Refers to a state when a player has no more available spell points.

OT - Stands for Off Tank. Refers to a person who assists in fighting a portion of the mobs along side the Tank in order to reduce the likelyhood of the tank perishing.

OOS - See entry under OOM

OOSP - See entry under OOM

PK - Stands for Phantasmal Killer and also Player Kill. 1. Phantasmal Killer - a spell for offensive purposes useable against mobs as well as players in PVP. 2. Player Kill - the act of killing another player in game.

PnP - Stands for Pen and Paper. Refers to 'traditional' Dungeons & Dragons that is played using books, dice, and maps while sitting at a table with the other players.

PUG - Stands for Pick Up Group. Refers to any group you start or join where you have not previously adventured with a majority of the party members before hand.

Pull - (see also Range Pulling) verb. The act of causing a mob to aggro on you, and then running back to the rest of your party in order that the mob will come into range of the party attacks, without the need for the entire party to enter an area. Typically the purpose is to bring smaller quantities of mobs. Example: Rather than have to risk getting the attention of the whole room, pulling will bring one mob, sometimes two, rather than the whole room.

PUR - Stands for Pick Up Raid. Refers to any group you start or join, with more than 7-12 players, where you have not previously adventured with a majority of the party members before hand.

RP - (See also IC) - Stands for Roleplay, Roleplaying, and infrequently Roleplayer. RPer is more common for Roleplayer. 1. verb - acting out your character person and/or writing stories about that character. 2. noun - refering to players who prefer their gaming to be done in an in character manner.

Shield Block - The act of holding the block key (typically shift) while wielding a shield, and standing in the path of a mob, in order to prevent it from moving past you. Usually used in conjunction with doorways and with more than one person.

SP - Stands for Spell Points. The amount of points you have available to use to cast magic.

Spot Heal - verb. The act of doing small amounts of healing to suppliment times when the main healer might not have the ability to heal. Example: If the cleric is held by a spell, the spot-healer can heal small amounts until the cleric is free once more.

Spouse Aggro - When your significant other is requiring your attention away from the game. Example: "you've been on that %&@# computer for 4 hours!! Get out here and take out the trash!"

Tank - (see also Main Tank, fighter, meatshield, muscle) noun - The person in a group who is able to absorb greater quantities of damage and can deflect blows more effectively than the other members of a party. 2. verb - the act of drawing mobs to yourself to fight with.

Vent - (see also Ventrillo, Teamspeak) a software program that allows large quantities of players to use voice chat at one time.

WF - Short for Warforged. A race of character available in game, but that require a different type of healing known as Repair.

More to come, I'm just dead tired atm.

Ganak
12-26-2006, 11:09 AM
Great idea for a post.

To add a few common terms:

Aggro - Stands for aggression, i.e. gaining the hostility of an enemy so they are attacking you.

BRT - stands for "Be right there."

DD - stands for "Disable Device."

Mana - Stands for spellpoints. In DDO, spell points is the correct term, but mana is often used.

OMW- Stands for "On my way."

Squishy - A caster or other character with low hit points and Armor class, i.e. they can be killed easily.