What gaming shorthands do you use?


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My group and I use several abbreviations and nicknames for various elements of our games. For example, instead of calling Pathfinder's second monster book "Bestiary 2," we say "Beasty 2." The spell "see invisibility" is usually just called "see invis," etc.

(More amusing is that, having heard the rumor that the Advanced Race Guide is called what it is because Paizo was concerned that, if the existing naming convention for splatbooks were used, it would sound too similar to "Ultimate Racist," that's how we refer to the book now.)

What terms do other groups use for game elements?

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One my group always uses that gets me weird looks from people sometimes is "D-magic" for detect magic.

Other ones, like "Rez" for a resurrection and "lesser rest" for lesser restoration I think are more common.

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Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
Other ones, like ... "lesser rest" for lesser restoration I think are more common.

Interestingly, I've always heard that one as "lesser resto".


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Jiggy wrote:
Eliandra Giltessan wrote:
Other ones, like ... "lesser rest" for lesser restoration I think are more common.
Interestingly, I've always heard that one as "lesser resto".

We use that one too.

Scarab Sages

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Sneak Attack is stabbity death or sneaky
All the charm type spells are muddle or confu
Disintegrating is dusting


This is, in fact, a longer name for a text, rather than an abbreviation, but I think it is still relevant to the thread. One of my players once accidentally asked to see the "Bestiality book", rather than the Bestiary. She left the game two years ago, but it is still the "bestiality book" to my group.

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I use "bloodied," the 4E D&D term for "this creature is at half its hit points or fewer" in all my games now, even Pathfinder. I figure anyone can, at a glance, tell whether an opponent is above or below this threshold. Other Pathfinder purists (and D&D haters) I know refuse to use the term, but I find it handy.

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Urban barbarian = urbarian

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Ron Lundeen wrote:
I use "bloodied," the 4E D&D term for "this creature is at half its hit points or fewer" in all my games now, even Pathfinder. I figure anyone can, at a glance, tell whether an opponent is above or below this threshold. Other Pathfinder purists (and D&D haters) I know refuse to use the term, but I find it handy.

We use this in one of my groups too. The GM who started it used a complicated system that involved getting fatigued when bloodied, or if you got critted when bloodied? I never understood it (most likely because I was still figuring out basic Pathfinder when it was explained to me). I'm now wondering if it came from 4e. I like bloodied for half hit points down, tho.

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The only shorthand I use are a few of the abbreviations that are already in the books, like AC for armor class for example. Other than that I personally do not like the tendency to abbreviate words, especially words that are spoken; my time is not so precious to me that I feel the need to save a second or two by shorten a word or phrase...

Heck, I play 2nd edition AD&D, and always say "to hit AC zero" instead of sounding out the acronym "THAC0".

But hey, to each their own. :-D


ooh, well while we're on the topic of classes...

bardbarian; bard, barbarian multiclass.

bardass; bard, assassin prc multiclass.


It's pronounced "THACK-o".


I've used Lesser Rest and Rez myself.
Inviso instead of the word invisiblity.
Poly instead of Polymorph.

There are probably others. It's just human nature to shorten long words, especially if everyone at the table will understand.


I typically hear it Thay co. (TM) :P oh forgotten realms jokes.


Healstick for wands of CLW. Also CLW for cure light wounds.

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Sissyl wrote:
It's pronounced "THACK-o".

Oh, I know how it's pronounced, I just prefer saying it "longhand" (i.e. "To Hit AC Zero").


Because it is such a delicious term? :)

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Sissyl wrote:
Because it is such a delicious term? :)

LOL... No, it's like I said in my original post; I will use shorthand, I just don't use a whole lot of it.


TPK
UMD
D&D
DCC
PFS
AP
DC

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Prestidigitation = Presto.

I tend to Presto anything I can get my mitts on. Fun spell.


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I can't say this is shorthand, but someone in my group called an axe musket an ass musket, and he later went on the build a barbarian gunslinger who wielded that very weapon.

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Digitalelf wrote:

The only shorthand I use are a few of the abbreviations that are already in the books, like AC for armor class for example. Other than that I personally do not like the tendency to abbreviate words, especially words that are spoken; my time is not so precious to me that I feel the need to save a second or two by shorten a word or phrase...

Heck, I play 2nd edition AD&D, and always say "to hit AC zero" instead of sounding out the acronym "THAC0".

But hey, to each their own. :-D

I'm the same way - I rarely if ever use gaming abreviations or shorthand when speaking and it actually kind of bugs me when others do. I've litterally *never* said something like AC, XP, BAB, or CMB instead of armor class, experience points, base attack bonus, or combat manuver bonus.

Of course, it also makes me bat-crap crazy when people use terms like meat shield, skill monkey, healbot, boss, pally, barb, gish etc.


Not so much recently, but I used to use "It's rocking" to mean the creature had 10 hp or less.

Scarab Sages

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We've been referring to initiative as "nish", but mostly we do that to tease one player who hates that particular abbreviation.

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Instead of "rolling a perception check" we say "I'm percepting." I think that started as an attempt to needle the two fiction writers in our group, but we adopted it right along with them.

When a roll plus its modifiers adds up to 20, I usually announce it as an "unnatural 20" just to save the GM the follow-up question.


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Marc Radle wrote:


Of course, it also makes me bat-crap crazy when people use terms like meat shield, skill monkey, healbot, boss, pally, barb, gish etc.

I just got a call from my boss. It turns out that some very skilled chimpanzees have figured out how to open the fence that is supposed to keep them in, so we have to put barbs on the wires to keep the skilled monkeys from escaping!


Maneuvermoose wrote:
Marc Radle wrote:


Of course, it also makes me bat-crap crazy when people use terms like meat shield, skill monkey, healbot, boss, pally, barb, gish etc.

I just got a call from my boss. It turns out that some very skilled chimpanzees have figured out how to open the fence that is supposed to keep them in, so we have to put barbs on the wires to keep the skilled monkeys from escaping!

Ah, GMing in a nutshell.

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Book of stuff/goodies for Ultimate Equipment


^ I refer to any game/edition's equipment guide as The Book of Armaments. [/Slightly more obscure Monty Python reference.]


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"face" - the one person in the party who can talk to non-party-members without causing someone's untimely death.

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