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A Brief Introduction to the MMORPG Dictionary
The following is an alphabetical list of words, abbreviations, common terms and the jargon and shorthand we use in MMOs / MMORPGs. The list contains many of the most frequent and essential additions. It is intended to help new players.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you happen to see that I am missing something of great importance that will enhance this dictionary, then leave a comment, please.
The MMORPG Dictionary by Randall Jonas
AFK = Away from Keyboard
AH = Auction House: Where you buy and sell items with players in game.
AoE/ AE = Area of Effect: Spells that cover an area and usually hit multiple targets.
BFF = Best Friend Forever
BoE = Bind on Equip. When a BoE item such as a weapon or piece of armor is equipped, then it is yours only. You can't sell it to someone else or give it away.
BoP = Bind on Pickup. When a BoP item such as a weapon or piece of armor is picked up, it is "bound" to you. It is yours only. You can't sell it to someone else or give it away.
Bot, Botting, Botters = A "bot" is a program players use to automate their character to gather materials or kill monsters. This is one way people cheat. Players who use bots have a very unfair advantage as they gain money while not playing.
BRB = Be Right Back
Buff / Buffs = Any bonus that gets applied to a character from spells, potions, consumable foods or otherwise.
Camp = When a player or players stay at the spot where a rare monster will appear to kill it and get the items and gold it drops. Or when players stay in a specific area waiting to kill other players in PvP.
Cross Realm, Cross Realming = When a person has another account and rolls up a character as the enemy to spy on them. In games where you have two or more factions, you "cross realm" when you play both sides to do espionage and gather information to aid your own side.
DoT = Damage over time, like spells that do damage over time (instead of all at once) to a player or monster; poison or anything else that continues killing a player or monster over time.
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DPS = Damage per Second: the rate at which you damage a player or monster.
EPIC = Excellent or fantastic. Example: "This is an epic guild."
EPIC FAIL = Doing very poorly in an extraordinary horrible way.
FAIL = To lose or do poorly at something (or everything). Example: "Oh that was a fail dungeon run."
Farm, Farming, Farmer = When you "farm" you are gathering items in an area to gain money. "Farming" is the act of playing the game in an area for the purpose of gaining wealth. A "farmer" is the player who does this action.
FFS = For F--k's Sake!
G8 = Great
Gank = When you sneak up on another player who is occupied fighting and kill them in PvP.
GG = Good Game
GJ = Good Job
Gold Farmers = Gold farmers are players who sell in-game currency illegally. They play the game to collect gold and sell it to a company that sells virtual currencies. It is against the rules but happens in almost all games.
Griefer = Players who kill weak players that are many levels below them. Griefers may cause other players problems by ruining their quests, etc.
GTFO = Get The F--k Out!
Heals1 = The healing classes such as a cleric, priest or monk.
Heals2 = The healing class or need for healing. Healing classes are clerics, priests and monks among others.
l337 = LEET (Elite)
Leet = Elite
LF = Looking For
LFG = Looking for Group
LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off
LOL = Laugh Out Loud
Loot = Loot is treasure dropped by monsters. To "loot" a monster is to pick up what it drops after it is killed.
Mob / Mobs = Any monster or creature that one finds in an MMORPG clustered in a group.
MOTD = Message of the Day: In guilds, this is the message that appears in your game chat from your Guild Master.
Nerf = When the game company removes something from a class that is too powerful. To remove an ability from a class. Example: "They nerfed my strongest fire spell because it was too powerful."
Noob = A new player, an ignorant player, an idiot, a moron. "Noob" is used in a negative manner and is an insult.
Nub = Noob
OMFG = Oh My F--king God!
OP = Overpowered. When a class is too powerful and has an unfair advantage over other classes in an MMO.
Plate = The heaviest armor. Armor made from plates of metal.
PM = Private Message: When you are asked to "pm" someone it means to send them a private chat message.
PvE = Player versus Environment: when you play against the game itself.
PvP = Player versus Player: when you play against other players.
QQ = A symbol that represent two eyes with tears and means to complain and be negative in-game.
RL = Real Life
RLY = Really?
ROFL = Rolling on the Floor Laughing.
ROFLMAO = Rolling on the Floor Laughing My Ass Off.
RP = Role Play
RPG = Role Play Game
RP Guild = A guild that role plays their characters. They speak as if they are their characters.
RvR = Realm versus Realm
Sin = Short for assassin. The class is also referred to as: rogue or thief.
Sorc = The wizard or magic user class, short for "sorcerer".
Squishy = A class or character that has weak or light armor, usually cloth wearers such as magic-using classes.
SRY = Sorry
Stack = When an in-game item you collect or craft is placed on the auction house or in your inventory in multiples. A stack of iron, for example, can be 100. Example: I gathered 5 stacks of wood and sold them on the Auction House.
Tank = Warrior class that fights up front and absorbs most of the damage
TTYL = Talk to You Later
Uber = Powerful, great, fantastic. Example: He is an Uber player.
W8 = Wait
WB = Welcome Back
Woot = An expression of joy, happiness, accomplishment.
WTB = Want to Buy
WTS = Want to Sell
WTT = Want to Trade
XD = This is a face and used to indicate something is positive, it can be used in so many ways. There are many combinations of letters used to indicate emotions. Standard emotes people use are: : - ) , :- (.
Please remember that I did not know how to run a legion or even how to play when I started off in 2004; I learned some of what I know from playing in other guilds—and some it from the very best types of guilds. It was only after many years that I was able to make a name for myself online and I did not do this alone. I had many friends, officers, assistants and just great people who helped me.
And without all of these people and my own personal experiences of what I like about certain guilds and what I absolutely hated about others, I would never have come up with something I am happy about.
Thanks for reading!
© 2014 Randall Jonas
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Dianna Mendez on August 15, 2014:
This is a very useful post for gamers. I learned something today just looking at the terms. Fascinating and interesting.