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Fox Guide: Glossary of Chat shorthand

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Immortal Guides
#1 Posted: 2015.10.07 12:46  |  Edited by: Fox Gaden
I have been asked to put together a list of the terms used in Chat and explain what they mean. New players are often very confused by the shorthand we use.

Help me out by posting any that I have not listed yet.


Chat Terms:

LFS [Looking For Squad] This person wants to be invited to a Fire Team, Squad, or Platoon.

RF2 [Room For 2] This person has two open slots in their Fire Team. Squad, or Platoon and is asking if anyone wants to join.

x [Chat equivalent of raising your hand] This indicates that your are interested, present, or ready. It is an affirmative response. "x" is a correct response to RF3 if you are interested in joining the squad. "x" is also used to indicate that you are back in your Merc quarters if your squad has been asked to back out of a match, or if you had to reboot your PS3 and are indicating that you are back online so your squad can invite you again.

o/ [Person waving] Friendly acknowledgement of the people in a chat channel, or with a name to wave to a specific person.

o7 [Person saluting] Respectful acknowledgement of another person in the channel.

PUBs [Public Contracts] The top set of options in the battle menu. They include Ambush, Skirmish, Domination, and Acquisition game modes. Restricted to 4 man Fire Teams. Friendly fire mode is turned off, so you can't "accidentally" shoot someone on your own team.

FW [Faction Warfare] The Second option in the battle menu. Skirmish type matches. Allows 4 man Fire Teams and 8 man Squads. Friendly fire is turned on, so try not to shoot your own team members! You can earn Loyalty Points (LP) which can act as a currency in a special Faction store in the market.

PC [Planetary Conquest] Planetary Conquests matches are the ones under Corporate Contracts in the battle menu. They are matches between two Corporations for control of a district on a planet. Skirmish style. Allows Fire Teams, Squads, and 16 man Platoons. Friendly fire is turned on.
PC [Public Contracts] In my experience only newer players, or players deliberately trying to confuse people abbreviate Public Contracts as PC. Public Contracts are properly abbreviated as PUBs.
PC [Personal Computer] In DUST this abbreviation may be used when talking about possible platforms that DUST might be ported to. Used in the taunt "PC Master Race!" by people who believe Personal Computers to be superior to consoles.
PC [Politically Correct] This abbreviation is not often used in DUST.

gg [good game] or [good going] or [great game!]: Either way we want to argue it, this term means positive praise from the players who fought with you in that last match.

WTB [Want to Buy] This would be followed by the item or items the player wishes to purchase from other players in a P2P [Player to Player] transaction.

WTS [Want to Sell] This would be followed by the item or items the player wishes to sell to other players in a P2P [Player to Player] transaction.

LTB [LOOKING to buy] Same as WTB.

dced or DC'ed [Disconnected] This indicates that the person just logged back in after losing connection to the server. Usually an explanation for why they disappeared, or were not responding.

AFK [away from keyboard]: This is a term that is a borrowed term from computer gaming tell people that you are no longer at the controls. While AFC [away from controller] may be a correct technical term, AFK is the widely accepted abbreviation used in Dust.

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Immortal Guides
#2 Posted: 2015.10.07 12:46  |  Edited by: Fox Gaden
Maybe I should include a list of other shorthand as well, such as DPS and HP...


DUST and general game terms:

HP [Hit Points] A way of measuring health. DUST has separate HP pools for Shields and Armour. When Shield HP is depleted Armor HP begins to be depleted. Your clone has a small hidden pool of HP which allows your clone to be revived by a Nanite Injector if used before you bleed out.

DPS [Damage Per Second] A way to compare weapons which have different rates of fire and other differing attributes. Not to be confused with Damage Per Round. The term "Damage" usually represents Damage Per Round, but when used subjectively can refer to damage over time, which is equivalent to DPS.

Alpha Damage [The damage applied in a single hit] A Shotgun, Forge Gun, or Sniper Rifle would have high Alpha damage, while a standard HMG would have low Alpha damage, but high DPS. High Alpha Damage weapons can do a lot of damage before the target can react. A High Alpha weapon used against a weak suit can kill in a single shot. Multiple High Alpha weapons used at the same time against a single target will usually kill the target before it can react. High Alpha weapons are usually balanced by low rates of fire (Sniper Rifle, Forge Gun), or short range (Shotgun, Nova Knives).

ADS [Context dependent: 1) Aim Down Sights, 2) Assault Dropship]
1: Aim Down Sights is when you press L1 to look through the weapons' scope or along the barrel. This usually reduces sensitivity to allow for more accurate aiming, and with many weapons it reduces dispersion as well.
2: Assault Dropships are faster, more responsive Dropships with a nose turret which is operated by the pilot. Assault Dropships carry two less passengers than a standard Dropship.

FOTM [Flavor Of The Month] The weapon/fit/vehicle that the masses believe is the most powerful this month. The people who understand the math proclaim what is best, and then all the people who don't understand the math skill into that thing and use it until someone proclaims something else to be better.

FTM [For The Moment] Same as Flavor of the Month.

NPC Corp [Non Player Character run Corp] The new player Corps, and the Corps you end up in when you leave a Player run Corporation, are created by the game designers and have no player control. (Examples: Expert Intervention, Red and Silver Hand) There are 48 different new player NPC Corporations for DUST, each is based out of a different star system in EVE. There are other NPC Corporations that DUST characters will not become members of, including the Faction Warfare Corporations, and others such as Quafe (a soft drink company) and The Scope (A News Media company).

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Immortal Guides
#3 Posted: 2015.10.07 12:47  |  Edited by: Fox Gaden
And I will claim one more post just in case this gets long.

This is of course an incomplete work in progress, and I would be happy to crowd source your ideas.

I know this has been done before, so any links to old glossaries would be welcome as well.

I am putting this together as much for a mail-out to the Learning Alliance as I am for a Rookie Training Ground post.

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Immortal Guides
#4 Posted: 2015.10.07 14:37
These explanations are getting long. Maybe I should reserve one more post...

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

OSG Planetary Operations
#5 Posted: 2015.10.07 20:41  |  Edited by: Megaman Trigger
What about shorthand for suits/races and weapons? AmAss, Minja, BAR etc.

Purifier. First Class.

Legends never die

Fatal Absolution
Bleeding Sun Conglomerate
#6 Posted: 2015.10.09 08:53
Glossary*.

P

Gentlemen. It has been a pleasure. o7

Immortal Guides
#7 Posted: 2015.10.09 13:01
Arkena Wyrnspire wrote:
Glossary*.

P

Ugh
Edited.

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Seituoda Taskforce Command
#8 Posted: 2015.10.09 15:21
I'd suggest fitting shorthands. Things can be cryptic when somebody says "I always fit my Calass with at least 4 CSE and double regs" or "I love my dual-kincat Minass". Placos are also likely rather seldomly known, just like the difference between a BrAR and a BAR or a ScR and a ScP.
Kang Lo Directorate
Gallente Federation
#9 Posted: 2015.10.10 03:36
I've seen:

brb [be right back] or [bathroom break]: Quick way to say, don't start the squad match without me, or, continue the chat without me, and I'll catch up in a few minutes.

kk [Okay]: The kid-texter's way of saying, I'll go along with that, and I'm very enthusiastic about doing so.

OB [Orbital Barrage]: This is causing some confusion, because it's supposed to refer to the fire support barrage that can only be requested from a EVE player you communicate with in FW matches. But it is repeatedly mixed up with the "warbarge strike" we can call down when we earn enough points in the Public Contract matches.

EHP [EFFECTIVE Hit Points]: I think this is supposed to be the TOTAL of your dropsuit's shield HP + armour HP, added together.

DS [Dropship]: When player use this, they USUALLY mean the Transport Dropship. This is the dropship that does NOT have a gun in the nose (or chin). It carries a maximum of six passengers, instead of the max four that the ADS (Assault Dropship) can carry.

Ringer [Team Ringer Player]: This is used in PC matches. When a team plays a PC match, they never know how dangerous the opposing team might be, or what sort of proto weapons they might bring to try to win this match at all costs. If our team's leader wants to maximize her chances of winning, she might "hire" a freelance player (someone who is very experienced or has high specialty skills, who may not be part of her corp and may not even care about the corp's ideas) to fight on her team and improve their chances of winning the PC match. The freelance player is called "A Ringer".

Scammer [Scam Artist]: EVE Online has players who infiltrate your corp to steel tons of money from the treasury. Dust has a small version of this, where players use the Chat channels to trick ISK out of you, or to make you agree to trade items from your gear collection, and run off without trading you what they owe you. We call them Scammers in this game. As Dust's trading menus get more and more developed, scammers will be the biggest part of the PvE environment.

Universe of good wishes for the 49, especially CCP Eterne... No story can have life without writers and publishers.

Immortal Guides
#10 Posted: 2015.10.10 14:16
Some good stuff there CELESTA, which I will add in when I get some time.
CELESTA AUNGM wrote:

EHP [EFFECTIVE Hit Points]: I think this is supposed to be the TOTAL of your dropsuit's shield HP + armour HP, added together.

EHP also tries to calculate in things like resistances, and rep over the course of a battle. All the factors which effect how much total damage has to be expended to kill you.

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Fatal Absolution
Bleeding Sun Conglomerate
#11 Posted: 2015.10.11 08:34
Fox Gaden wrote:

EHP also tries to calculate in things like resistances, and rep over the course of a battle. All the factors which effect how much total damage has to be expended to kill you.


This is rarely done, honestly.

In DUST the average of your resistances is basically 0. Very few people bother trying to factor in regen, although I suppose more people might do that post-shield buff.

The most common usage of 'EHP' is as total raw HP.

Gentlemen. It has been a pleasure. o7

Seituoda Taskforce Command
#12 Posted: 2015.10.11 10:10  |  Edited by: Stefan Stahl
Arkena Wyrnspire wrote:
Fox Gaden wrote:

EHP also tries to calculate in things like resistances, and rep over the course of a battle. All the factors which effect how much total damage has to be expended to kill you.


This is rarely done, honestly.

In DUST the average of your resistances is basically 0. Very few people bother trying to factor in regen, although I suppose more people might do that post-shield buff.

The most common usage of 'EHP' is as total raw HP.
Correct for infantry stats, however this is very different when discussing vehicles. And a fairly important distinction to learn for pilots that didn't play Eve online before starting their career in Dust.
Fatal Absolution
Bleeding Sun Conglomerate
#13 Posted: 2015.10.11 12:03
Stefan Stahl wrote:
Arkena Wyrnspire wrote:
Fox Gaden wrote:

EHP also tries to calculate in things like resistances, and rep over the course of a battle. All the factors which effect how much total damage has to be expended to kill you.


This is rarely done, honestly.

In DUST the average of your resistances is basically 0. Very few people bother trying to factor in regen, although I suppose more people might do that post-shield buff.

The most common usage of 'EHP' is as total raw HP.
Correct for infantry stats, however this is very different when discussing vehicles. And a fairly important distinction to learn for pilots that didn't play Eve online before starting their career in Dust.


That's a fair point, actually.

I would, however, venture that infantry is by far more common to a sufficient extent that it is still correct to state that the most common usage is indeed just total raw HP.

Gentlemen. It has been a pleasure. o7

Kang Lo Directorate
Gallente Federation
#14 Posted: 2015.10.18 04:49
Straight Also saw:

gg: [good game] or [good going] or [great game!]: Either way we want to argue it, this term means positive praise from the players who fought with you in that last match.

Meat-shield [nearby Heavy player as your shield]: The game seems to be overrun with more and more loner-style new players, so this term is starting to get extinct (sadly…). But it's a tactic where a fellow player (usually a Sentinel or Commando merc) lets you intuitively duck behind her when under enemy fire, because her suit's higher ehp allows her to act as a human shield for a few seconds. Still one of the BEST illustrations of true team-spirit this game!

Fattie: [Sentinel-suit player]: The term used to be used alot by vet players,… but the new players these days grab a Sentinel suit for their own protection more than a chance to shield others----when you say "Fattie" to them, they think you're making an inuslt about the Sentinel's plus-size. Shocked!!

NPC [Non-Player Corporation]: These are the Dev-controlled "corporations" that we players can't own or influence. They are Lore-driven, and about the only thing you can voluntarily do with an NPC is resell the gear you salvage from your matches. When you first create your merc character, the first agency name you're given by default, is actually an NPC.

"Sell" [Sell to a Player] : Dust is opening up its trading component much more, so some terms are becoming very specific. Selling is when you give and item to another Dust player for ISK in return.

"Trade" [Swap with a Player]: When you give an item to another player to get an ITEM in return. Not money.Straight

"Re-sell" [Resale to NPCs]: When you sell your item back to the NPCs (or to a Resale Agent like Jara Kumora) for ISK. You're NOT selling to another human player.



Eve Capsuleers (pilots) in our Chat channels can add to the confusion too. But they have a really disciplined set of terms they use in combat. Some of those terms I see still pop up in conversation, and apply to our Dust fights:

"neut" [Neutral Asset]: Any Nulls, CRUs. Installations, etc that you find on the map, but haven't been hacked yet. Technically, they are "yellow" and un-activated.


NDS [NEUT--DON'T--SHOOT !! ] : The slogan means, it's always strategically better to hack a yellow Neutral Installation, or leave it undamaged for fellow players who could really use it later, than to blow it up for safeguards or for WPs.

Universe of good wishes for the 49, especially CCP Eterne... No story can have life without writers and publishers.

Kang Lo Directorate
Gallente Federation
#15 Posted: 2015.10.20 13:43
Saw three more last night between in a chat between a Capsuleer and two mercs:

LS [Low Sec Space] : When you have a Capsuleer trying to explain why she stopped dropping orbital barrages for your team at the moment in the match when your needed fire support the most, (WTF, Capsuleer?), she might mention that if the District you're fighting on is in "Low Security Space", her battleship may have gotten attacked and blown up by a a roving gang of bandits. Apparently in EVE-Online, LS space is a risky part of space to loiter in, even if you're trying to help some Dust players.

HS [HIgh Sec Space] : The Capsuleers' chat abbreviation for "High Security Space". This space is safer for pilots to loiter in, because it's patrolled and policed by the DeD. Straight DeD?? Who??

DeD [Directive Enforcement Department] : Without going into lots of EVE detail (we ain't EVE... we are DUST!) this is Eve-Online's version of the rule-enforcer and player punisher system we have in FW matches. A Dust merc may say in the chat, "I took my anger out on a fellow player with my gun in FW, and I got Kicked from the match" A Capsuleer may say in our chat, "I did the same thing last week to this mining-player I hate, and I got DeD."

Universe of good wishes for the 49, especially CCP Eterne... No story can have life without writers and publishers.

Kang Lo Directorate
Gallente Federation
#16 Posted: 2015.11.10 18:16
Trading in Dust is going to become PROLIFIC. CCP always envisioned that players in this New Eden game would retire from the battleground, and build our wealth purely through commerce and player-transactions (even though we are Console-players, and are world-renowned as shooters-not-socializers in our games). And the Chat Channels are starting to show it....FAST.

So, two more terms were being thrown around last week:

wtb [Want to Buy] ; Sometimes written as "LTB" (LOOKING to buy), but I suspect it means the same thing. A Dust Player is hungry for a particular hard-to-get piece of gear, and is asking if anyone out there has this item and wants to sell it.


wts [Want to Sell] : A Dust player has a small haul of salvaged item, and she figures it must be worth more than reselling it back to the NPCs. So she's advertizing on the Chat Channel that she has (or can get her hands on) this cool piece of gear. "Anyone want to buy?---let's talk money".

NOTICE, in both explanations I wrote DUST-PLAYER! It's got to be a Dust player you're about to sell or buy with.
Don't let anyone fool you into trying to sell or buy something from an EVE-player. Eve players are perfectly allowed to be on the same Dust Chat Channels as us, but they CAN'T directly trade any stuff with a Dust player.

Universe of good wishes for the 49, especially CCP Eterne... No story can have life without writers and publishers.

Immortal Guides
#17 Posted: 2015.11.10 19:53
Good suggestion CELESTA AUNGM. There is a lot of trade going on in channels these days.

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Kang Lo Directorate
Gallente Federation
#18 Posted: 2015.12.04 15:56
Here's one that was so obvious, it had me stumped, and even had two Eve Online pilots stumped when they tried to keep up with the conversation on the Chat Channel:

dced: Wha---? What the heck does that mean? "I was up to 3500 wp in the FW unitl I got dced....". "Sorry about that. Dced!"
To be "dced" means you were "Disconnected" from the game by the Server. P

Universe of good wishes for the 49, especially CCP Eterne... No story can have life without writers and publishers.

Immortal Guides
#19 Posted: 2015.12.04 16:05
CELESTA AUNGM wrote:
Here's one that was so obvious, it had me stumped, and even had two Eve Online pilots stumped when they tried to keep up with the conversation on the Chat Channel:

dced: Wha---? What the heck does that mean? "I was up to 3500 wp in the FW unitl I got dced....". "Sorry about that. Dced!"
To be "dced" means you were "Disconnected" from the game by the Server. P

Diconnected... DC'ed... dced

By the time it becomes dced you have to say it out loud to realize what it means. That is what happens when the texting generation drops the capitalization and the apostrophe.

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

Immortal Guides
#20 Posted: 2015.12.04 16:10
Thanks Kaze for all the likes...

Hand/Eye coordination cannot be taught. For everything else there is the Learning Coalition.

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