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  • 1337 A numerical translation for "elite" pronounced "leet," 1337 is a slang developed by hackers in the '80s used over the internet. Many words from the slang have leaked to popular culture today ("kidz" is an example; using a z instead of an s is an element of 1337). It is mostly prevalent in the gaming world online where people can interact textually.
  • AE Area Effect. Used to refer to area-effect spells or abilities. E.g. fireball, smoke grenade.
  • AFK Away from keyboard
  • Aggro As a verb, it refers to a hostile mob that has noticed a player and is actively trying to attack that player. As a noun, it refers to the amount of “hostility” the player has generated on the mob. In typical combat strategy, the fighter tries to take as much aggro as possible away from weaker players such as healers and mages.
  • AOE Same as AE. Area of Effect.
  • Bio Short for biological. Usually used to indicate bathroom break.
  • BRB “be right back”
  • BRT “be right there”
  • BTW “by the way”
  • Buff Temporary boost to character attribute or combat ability
  • Camp(ing) The act of remaining in an area to hunt a specific mob or a specific spawn, also the act of logging out of the game, introduced by Everquest, to setup camp.
  • Corpse In certain MMOs, a corpse appears where the player died. Sometimes all the player’s items and money are left on the corpse and the player is teleported back to their bind spot. Corpses typically will decay after a certain time proportional the character’s level.
  • Corpse Run The act of retrieving your corpse after you have died. This is typically a dangerous thing because people tend to die in dangerous places rather than safe places.
  • Crafting A general category of skills that allows players to manufacture objects from raw resources
  • Crowd Control - CC Refers to a set of spells / abilities that temporarily paralyze or stun other mobs or players. Crowd control is an important group support ability when fighting multiple mobs.
  • DAoC Dark Age of Camelot
  • DD Direct Damage. Used to refer to a class of spells and abilities that allow players to damage enemies from a distance. The firebolt is the archetypal DD.
  • Debuff The opposite of a buff. An offensive spell cast on enemies that weakens an attribute or combat ability.
  • Dirt Nap Slang for dead. Most corpses lie on the ground when killed.
  • DKP Dragon kill points. A fairly elaborate score-keeping system used by guilds to fairly distribute loot based on participation and contribution to the guild.
  • DoT Damage over time. Refers to a class of spells that deals damage over a period of time. These spells typically do more damage than DD spells overall.
  • DPS Damage per second. Used when figuring out weapon speed and damage.
  • Eating Grass Slang for dead. Most corpses lie on the ground when killed face down.

  • Experience A quantity gained when completing tasks/quests, killing mobs, or various other achievements in games. When enough experience is accrued, characters often “level up” and become more powerful.
  • Farm(ing) The act of accumulating currency or a specific item by repeatedly killing a mob or repeatedly performing a series of actions
  • Gank Verb. To be ganked is a term referring to one player being overwhelmed and killed by a large group. Can be either by a group of other players doing player-kill or a group of NPC monsters. Used in a sentence, "I got ganked yesterday in Fel." Typically has the connotation that the other people had an unfair advantage (in number or level).
  • GM Game Master. GM's are characters in an MMORPG who are used by employees of the game's creator company. They monitor the actions of the game world and answer the questions and complaints of the players. They have absolute control and power within the game. If the crime (breaking a law of the game, not the real world) committed is serious enough, they could even expel players permanently from the game.
  • Griefer Title for a player who enjoys inflicting pain upon other players needlessly. If you kill newbies in a PvP game when you are level 50, you will gain no experience or benefit from the victimization beyond the pure joy of knowing you have given the player “grief.” Though griefers are almost always PKers, PKers are not necessarily griefers.
  • Guilds Semi-permanent player groups. In typical games, players must use a substantial amount of capital to start the guild.
  • GTG “good to go” and “got to go” - can be confusing when context is unclear
  • Health A base attribute of characters
  • IMHO “in my humble opinion”
  • IRL “in real life”
  • Instance An instantiation of a particular dungeon for a particular group of players. Instanced dungeons are then parallel worlds such that different groups of players can explore the same dungeon in separate groups.
  • J/K “just kidding”
  • Kite To lure a mob or player around much like a kite on a string while attacking it in some capacity. A player draws agro and the mobility of the monster is reduced. The monster tries to follow the target (thus becoming the kite on the string with the target hold the string.)
  • KS Kill Stealing. When another player attacks the same creature as another player and receives the reward for the kill instead of the person who originated combat. Newer games have mechanisms for discouraging this behavior.
  • LD Link dead - when a player is disconnected from the game
  • Leet Slang variant of “elite”
  • LFG “looking for group”
  • LFT “looking for team”
  • LMAO “laughing my ass off”
  • LOL “laughing out loud”
  • Loot Currency or items that are dropped by a mob when it is defeated
  • Mana A commonly-used pool of magic potential (magical analog of health points)
  • Medding Resting in order to gain back mana in EQ was called Meditating. This is the commonly used abbreviation, also shortened to Med, as in, "Don't pull yet, I need to med."
  • Mez Short for mesmerize. A short-hand for a collection of abilities that temporarily stun or immobilize enemies. Falls into the more general category known as crowd control.
  • Min-Maxing When players attempt to create their characters as powerful as they can be by crunching statistics, planning their future routes, and any other methods in order to make their characters the statistically best character possible. Optimization.
  • MMORPG Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
  • Mob An AI controlled monster. 'Mob' originally comes from the MUD era, where it was short for 'mobile', to differentiate monsters that would patrol a set of rooms as opposed to monsters which would stay in one place until killed.
  • MOO MUD Object Oriented. Users in MOOs are able to create their own content - both static and dynamic objects.
  • MT “mistell”. Mistells occur frequently because of typing in the wrong name before sending a message. Also because of auto-reply features.
  • MUD Multi-User Dungeon, although some prefer Multi-User Domain. These were the original textual online worlds.
  • Nerf To soften or reduce an ability, item, player, or action. Usually this is a term applied when a power or ability is reduced because it is perceived to be too powerful.
  • Newbie A new player
  • Noob The pejorative form of newbie
  • NP “no problem”
  • NPC Non-player character (ie. controlled by AI)
  • OMG “oh my god”
  • OMW “on my way”
  • OOC out-of-character - used to refer to OOC chat
  • OOM “out of mana”
  • ownz Derived from the original word "own," both words have the same meaning: to defeat some other entity in battle or other form of competition. The "pwnz" origin is probably from the fact that the "o" and "p" keys are adjacent on the standard qwerty keyboard, and were used interchangeably by mistake in games and stuck around since then.
  • PB Point blank. Used to refer to a class of spells that originates in a radius around the caster. Typically, these spells are dangerous to the caster because they require proximity to the enemy. Specific spells are typically concatenated with the ability, i.e. pbae mez, pbae stun
  • PC Player Character
  • PK Player Killing
  • PKer Player Killer - a derogatory term - as in a person who primarily plays to kill other players
  • Port Short for teleport. Used as a noun and a verb.
  • Power Level When a higher level player tries to help a lower level player level faster. Most games have mechanisms that prevent power leveling.
  • Proc Short for "process" - the term given to the "chance to hit" of special abilities and effects on weapons in the game
  • Pull A standard hunting strategy where a player lures a single or a group of mobs to the group so that the group can hunt from a safe area instead of hunting in areas where new mobs may spawn.
  • PvE Player vs. Environment. Environment stands for all monsters (mobs) in the world
  • PvP Player vs. Player combat
  • pwnz same as ownz
  • Race Typically fantastical creations, such as Elves, Trolls and the like.
  • Raid A more substantial engagement involving a large organized group of players typically set in a dungeon and involving difficult mobs
  • Respec At certain high levels in some games, you are given the chance to “respec” your character. When you respec, you recreate your character from level 1 until the present level in terms of skills/powers/abilities/etc.
  • Rez Short for resurrection. Refers to abilities that revive players that have just died. Typically only available to healer classes.
  • ROFL “rolling on floor laughing”
  • RvR Realm vs. Realm.
  • Server Due to technical reasons, each server can only support a limited amount of players. Each MMORPG typically has several servers. Players cannot interact with players on other servers.
  • Shard Synonymous with server
  • Solo The act of playing alone, hunting mobs alone.
  • Spawn Mobs typically appear (spawn) on a given schedule. This is both a verb and noun.
  • Spec Short for specification. When used in games, it usually refers to the build/specifications of your character in terms of skills/abilities/magic/powers/etc.
  • Stun A typical form of crowd control ability that immobilizes an enemy
  • SWG Star Wars Galaxies
  • Tank As a noun, refers to character classes that can take a lot of damage. As a verb, refers to the act of drawing aggro from mobs before other team members strike with their abilities.
  • Twink As a verb, the act of giving currency or valuable items to a newbie. As a noun, refers to a character that is twinked. In many games, twinked characters are visually marked by their level-inappropriate gear.
  • Twisting To rapidly change from one type of ability to another where the abilities overlap momentarily. In DAOC a bard sings a song that gives a buff. By rapidly changing the song several songs will overlap due to the duration of the songs continuing for a short period of time.
  • Uber Slang form of super
  • WB “welcome back”
  • WoW World of Warcraft
  • WTB “want to buy”
  • WTS “want to sell”
  • XP experience points
  • Zerg A combat strategy where a large group of players rush in at the target. Seen as a simple-minded strategy that requires no skill.
  • Zone In games where different areas of the world are parceled out for loading reasons, different areas are referred to as zones.


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