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I've made a few posts here and picked stuff up, but I'm curious, what's all the lingo we use here? Abbreviations, nicknames, references, etc.


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I'm not Brad Pitt.

Ymmv.

Shadow Lodge

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Do NOT drink another poster's milk.


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C'mon, just one sip won't hurt... don't mind the casually placed fronds underneath the glass... they're just... decorative...


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RAW - rules as written
RAI - rules as intended
THF - Two-handed fighting, ie using a two-handed weapon in combat
TWF, 2WF - two weapon fighting
DPR - Damage per round, generally calculated to a mathematical average
C/MD - Caster/Martial disparity; not to be confused with CMD which is combat maneuver defense


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It never hurts to check the humorous Pathfinder Lexicon Dictionary (http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2ptrk&page=1?Humor-Pathfinder-LexiconDicti onary).


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Tammy's complicated.


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MAD is one that comes up often as well.


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Grond wrote:
MAD is one that comes up often as well.

MAD - Multiple Ability Dependent, refers to a class or build that requires high scores in at least 2 abilities to function well.

SAD - Single ability dependent, refers to a class or build that only requires one ability score to be very high, with only one or two other scores moderately high at most.


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Just a couple off the top of my head that you see floating around the boards. Some are more obvious than others.

MAD: Multi ability dependent
SAD: Single ability dependent
MoMS: Master of Many Styles- Monk archetype.
RotRl: Ride of the Runelords- Paizo's first adventure path, a fan favorite.
WotR: Wrath of the Righteous- Another adventure path.

Edit: Ninja'd by Darrigaaz.

Ninja'd: Another poster said what you were going to before you had the chance.


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Tammy doesn't take s$*+.


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MAD - Multi-attribute dependency; a character that requires more than 2-3 basic attributes to function adequately.
SAD - Single-attribute dependency; a character that can dump everything into a single attribute and function adequately.
"Does this make the paladin fall?" - Danger, avoid.
"Does this make the Cleric/Druid/Inquisitor lose their powers?" - Danger, avoid.
Goblin orphanage - talking point concerning morality and the alignment system.
Unwritten rules - controversial topic concerning "behind the scenes" rules that the developers know and base several rulings on, but were left out of the books because they thought players would have enough common sense that it goes without saying (lol).
PRD - Pathfinder Reference Document; official source for Paizo rules, but hard to find what you need.
PFSRD/SRD/d20 - Pathfinder System Reference Document; unofficial resource that "condenses" information from both primary books as well as splat books that are not included in the PRD. Very easy to search, but more likely to contain errors. Double-check info against an official source if possible.
Archive of Nethys/AoN/Nethys - Archive of Nethys; another unofficial comprehensive info site.
Practicing Necromancy - posting in a very old thread; necro'ing a thread.
Lawful-Stupid - Lawful Good played poorly/shallowly on the 'good' aspect..
Awful-Good - Lawful Good played poorly/shallowly on the 'lawful' aspect.
Forge Combat Model - A system of combat tactics centered around three distinct roles of arm, hammer, and anvil
Oradin - Oracle/Paladin multiclass
UnMonk/UnBarb/UnRogue/UnSummoner - Unchained variants of these classes from Pathfinder Unchained expansion.


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Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:
2WF

2WF? This is pure deviancy, and I intend to persecute it vigorously.


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AoNA - Amulet of Natural Armor
Big 6/Core items - the items that the game assumes you get as you level to keep up with monsters, not get ahead, keep up. Weapon, Armor, AoNA, Rind of Protection, Cloak of Resistances, headband/belt.
FAQ - an official answer to a question and is considered to be rules.
AoO - Attack of Opportunity.


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Actually, I'm winning now - You're lost in forum games.


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Paladin thread - A debate thread about a paladin breaking her code.

Goblin babies - A reference to a common theme of paladin threads involving the treatment of monsters.

*Bzzt* - Sound triggered by my triggerhappy Buzzword Detector. The Running Gag That I Won't Allow To Die.

Postmonster - Term both for Gary Teter and the creature that causes posts to occasionally be lost to site problems. Shows up less commonly of late.

SiaG - Succubus in a Grapple, a rather infamous thread on these forums.

Crane Wing - A controversial Paizo nerf.

Murderhobo - A somewhat disputed term for PCs who exhibit varying degrees of vagrancy, bloodthirstiness, and general adventurer traits.

Optimizer/Powergamer - Nobody actually knows what these words signify, so just use them however you want and then criticize any posters who don't understand you!

Oh, and the milk this is a reference to how Advice threads tend to turn into advice columns, and, specifically, a very drawn-out thread about one poster drinking another's milk. While not an especially controversial thread at the time, it stuck with posters as a perfect example of how trivial the threads could get, and it quickly turned into one of the board's best running gags. I really wish the Cultural Defense Act thread had gotten a similar treatment, honestly—it is legitimately one of the funniest threads I have ever had the pleasure of reading. No joke, I've introduced it to non-Paizonians and they've laughed their asses off.


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:

Postmonster - Term both for Gary Teter and the creature that causes posts to occasionally be lost to site problems. Shows up less commonly of late.

Murderhobo - A somewhat disputed term for PCs who exhibit varying degrees of vagrancy, bloodthirstiness, and general adventurer traits.

I think the postmonster might have ate the thread you linked, every time I click on it it sends me to the home page or it tells me that I've "made too many requests" and it's only for that link.


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Oh, there's a little Paizo lesson—you need the https stuff to make a thread work. Even respected, intelligent, seasoned Paizo veterans like Kobold Cleaver make that mistake sometimes.


AoMF - Amulet of Mighty Fists; a commonly required item for unarmed/natural attack builds.

Sczarni

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If you use Smurf in your post there's an april fools joke that changes your avatar to a random smurf.
<<see


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Holy smurfs, I have an avatar now!


WTF do the "Tammy" references mean?


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Sorry, I just needed to test out this Smurf business...

EDIT: This is great.


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Fuzzy-Wuzzy wrote:
WTF do the "Tammy" references mean?

Only the single best Lich ever born from trying to get someone to name a Lich Tammy


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You mean to tell me I could have been getting Smurf pics this entire time?!?!?

A couple other abbreviations/forum in-jokes/well known characters that I see pop up pretty often:
CotCT or CoCT - Curse of the Crimson Throne, another excellent adventure path
JJ - James Jacobs, Creative Director of Paizo. He's very active on the forums and people often take his word as law for things that don't have a FAQ yet despite him continually reminding people that he doesn't have any greater rules authority than any of the more prolific forumites such as RavingDork or TriOmegaZero.
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary, indicates that something that works in one campaign might not in another
AM BARBARIAN - A barbarian that uses a lance and rides around on a dire bat, doing ridiculous damage and often screaming in an ALL CAPS RAGE. Used as a counter example when people inevitably ask why martials can't have nice things
Schrodinger's Wizard - A condescending take on the Batman Wizard, used to illustrate that wizards aren't as powerful as everyone claims they are since they have to actually prepare their spell slots at some point, thus ruining their versatility for a day. Disproven by Anzyr's wizard Arkalion of the Infinite Cycle
CaGM - Come and Get Me, a rage power for mid to high level Barbarians. It's reeeeeaaaallly good, to the point of hot contention on the forums.
Cheese - using a questionable reading of the game rules for additional mechanical benefit
Cosmo - An elder god subdued by the staff at Paizo, he now works in customer service and sales, sowing chaos wherever he can. You can blame him for ALL of your problems.

Eh, that's long enough for one post, will add more later. At any rate, a late welcome to the forums MageHunter! I promise we don't bite much


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GALT!!!!!!!!!!!!


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So.... Smurf?


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Ah, yes, I've been wondering about YMMV

...Smurf


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I shall now channel the foul powers of necromancy and smurfs. I am resurrecting the thread with some insight.

Gestalt: Not lingo, but a special rule set that combines two class's. (Third party I think) I know it confused me for a bit.
Linkified: When you post an URL, and another poster hyperlinks it for you.
PrC: Prestige Class
PRD: Pathfinder Reference Document
SRD: Can't remember, but d20 is an example, along with archives of Nethys.
SA:Sneak Attack
DD: dragon Dicisple
SD: Stalwart Defender
HW: Horizon Walker
MT: Mystic The urge

Hmm... Noticing a trend.

Thus Irori decreed, "Whenever one has a reoccurring two word phrase, thou shalt make an abbreviation using two letters, so as to not waste time..."

Anything more? I know there's more...

Yay! Papa Smurf


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Favorite - Tacticslion has read this thread.


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murderhobo: a nod to the fact that most adventuring parties are itinerant wander bands of people who commit illegal acts of killing for money, especially with regards to old school kick down the door and kill everything style of handling an adventure.

Often hilarious when they try this at a political function.

optimization: making your character good

minmaxing: making your character really good at one/a few things at the expense of others. Since every character does this to some extent, this usually applies to taking it a little far.

Munchkining: attempting to get a mechanical advantage out of the rules by taking the weaker interpretation.

An optimizer takes combat expertise, improved disarm , and a weapon that grants a +2 bonus.

A minmaxer takes a level of brawler, skips the pre req on combat expertise so they can have a 7int and buy more strength, and gets improved disarm and a weapon that grants a +2 bonus.

A munchkin argues that when they disarm the monk his arm falls off so that like, at least 25% of his hitpoint.


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I'm not Brad Pitt.


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captain yesterday wrote:
I'm not Brad Pitt.

Tammy don't give a s*&@.


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You'd be surprised, Tammy's complicated.


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Stormwind fallacy: The idea that role playing and optimization are two opposite ends of a spectrum, ie, that making your character worse mechanically results in better role play or that optimization automatically precludes role play. Its a form of the either or/false dilema fallacy


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Tammy loves World War Z.

And Legends of the Fall.


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Oberoni fallacy: The claim that bad rules are not a problem, because the GM can just change them.

Grand Lodge

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I am smurf-y Murphy!

Hmm


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"SRD" is system resource document, usually used for d20pfsrd, which comes the original title for the d20 open content rules.

Gestalt rules in use now came from the unearthed arcana from 3.5, I believe.

"Threadlock" is what happens to Paladin fall, Goblin babies, Errata complaint, and Political threads if they don't fade into obscurity quickly enough.


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If you got a problem, you talk to this guy, I'm the one with the Powerpuff Girls signal.

... what's that... anyone can flag a post... are you sure?... really! Then why am I wearing a top hat and monocle... you don't know either...


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imho-
in my humble opinion

smurf


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RAW(I): The idea that my myopic reading of a particular sentence fragment trumps context, consistency, obvious intent, expressed designer intent and everything else.

RAW(II): The idea that my interpretation, see part (I), trumps each and every GM and the right of my fellow players to get on with the game and enjoy themselves.


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Raw = Delicious.


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TL,DR = too long, don't read


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PoW and SoP are Path of War and Spheres of Power, two 3rd party supplements that are quite popular for persistent issues in the game. Path of War is a system to have martials that are capable of extraordinary deeds, and Spheres is an alternate magic system where caster power scales based on a themed progression rather than by picking whatever random spell each level.


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Nerf: When a feature is deemed overpowered by Paizo, so it is edited to be weaker. I.E. Crane wing, scarred witch doctor, etc. This is used in all sorts of having, so most people know it off the bat.

Feat Tax: A bit like a nerf. Requiring a certain feat that people don't like for better stuff. (Eat your broccoli before desert). I.E. Combat expertise. I like it, but a lot of people don't. It is required for a lot of good feats however. See, PrC requirements.

P.s.: See a term you don't know? There's a button that says search this thread at the top so you should try there. For example, PrC.


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Flavor: The fluff. Not contributing in terms of mechanics or effectiveness. It's more creativity, story, and roleplaying value.

Dotting: Making a minimalistic post to revive a thread or keep it active, because you think the conversation should carry on. Ironically, people say dot rather than making a period.


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What the smurf!


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Dotting - Making a minimalist post in a thread so you can more easily find it later by scrolling through the list of threads looking for the dot that indicates your participation.


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AMBARBARIAN - I'M NOT SURE WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.

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