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Glossary of Terms: Beginners Guide

Discussion in 'Laws of the Night' started by Grish, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Grish

    Grish Moderator Staff Member True Blood

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    So, thought this could come in handy for beginners. This thread is a glossary of terms used specifically for the Base Rule book in Warhammer and Vampire Counts.

    Generally Speaking:
    AFAIK - As Far As I Know
    Broken - Something (unit, item, spell, power, etc) that is far too good for it's point cost. Playing with it can break the game. Example: Purple Sun + old Power Scroll + delivery system to nuke a large portion of the enemy.
    FTW - For The Win!
    IIRC - If I Recall/Remember Correctly
    NiB - New in Box
    NoS - New on Sprue
    OOP - Out of Production/Print
    OTT - Over the Top (too powerful)
    QFT - Quoted For Truth
    RAI - Rules As Intended
    RAW - Rules As Written
    WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

    Main Rulebook:
    Anvil - Unit meant to absorb damage, to hold up another unit until it can be attacked in the flank/rear.
    ASF - Always Strikes First
    ASL - Always Strikes Last
    BRB - Big Red Book or Basic Rule Book. Means the main warhammer rulebook
    Bus - Unit meant as a delivery system for characters, usually cavalry.
    Chaff - a throw-away unit. Used for deployment drops, march blocking, or sacrificial units for various purposes.
    Conga Line - Arranging a unit to have one model per rank. Goal is to prevent many models from actually attacking said unit. Generally considered poor sportsmanship.
    CR - Combat Resolution
    Deathstar - An expensive unit meant to survive and destroy anything it touches. Example: 40 Chaos warriors with characters. Usually has over 50% of your total points in one unit.
    Hammer - A unit meant to attack other units, usually combined with an Anvil.
    ItP - Immune to Psychology rule
    LOS - Line of Sight (most common) Look Out Sir! rule (sometimes)
    MR - Magic Resistance
    MSU - Multiple Small Units, a technique of using many units of small size to win. Not 8th Ed. friendly, popular in 6th and 7th editions.
    SCR - Static Combat Resolution (Combat Resolution generated through ranks and standard bearers)

    Magic:
    DD - Dispel Dice
    PD - Power Dice
    IoN - Invocation of Nehek
    VHD - Vanhel's Danse Macabre

    Items/Bloodlines:
    BB - Biting Blade
    BP - Black Periapt
    DS - Dispel Scroll
    ES - Enchanted Shield
    PS - Power Stone
    SoB - Sword of Battle
    SoM - Sword of Might
    SoS - Sword of Striking (common), Staff of Sorcery (uncommon)
    ToP - Talisman of Protection
    WB - War Banner

    AoD - Avatar of Death
    DA - Dark Acolyte
    DK - Dread Knight
    FH - Flying Horror
    IH - Infinite Hatred
    LotD - Lord of the Dead
    MotBA - Master of the Black Arts
    WD - Walking Death

    VC Rules & Units:
    AT - Abyssal Terror
    BC - Black Coach
    BK - Black Knights/Blood Knights
    BS - Bat Swarms
    BSB - Battle Standard Bearer
    "Bunker" - A small infantry unit that is ideally placed behind your frontline, containing your caster characters in order to protect them from enemy shooting. Meat shields, basically.
    CC - Corpse Cart
    Crumbling - The Process of Undead units losing wounds through Combat Resolution in close combat
    DW - Dire Wolves
    FB - Fell Bats
    FC - Full Command
    GG - Grave Guard
    KoBK - Knights of Blood Keep (Blood Knights, to help separate them from Black Knights)
    Necro - Necromancer
    NOX -Necromancer, Vanhel's Danse Macabre, 2 Power Stones
    SH - Spirit Hosts
    Skels/Skellies - Skeletons
    SS - Skeletal Steed
    Vamp - Vampire
    Varg - Varghulf
    VL - Vampire Lord
    WK - Wight King
    ZD - Zombie Dragon
    Zombs - zombies
     
  2. Black Soul

    Black Soul Skeleton

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    This is an overdue addition to the forum. This should be permanently posted and added to. Comments with questions should be welcome, but any new info that adds to the glossary should be added to the main list and kept as the first thing seen / at the top. And Grish if you or another council member could over see the glossary, it would help it. To help it from getting to unweildly, deletion of old questions and comments after they have been answered say once a month or so would help keep the glossary useful and to the point. Great, Great idea. I'm not that computer literate or I would have suggested it myself. I'm fairly new to the forum and the VC and this info is badly needed and very very helpful!!!! Thanks from all us fledging VC's
     
  3. abhorash_chile

    abhorash_chile Black Knight

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    question, LOS could be "Line Of Sight" too?

    Other I found very often is "CR" = "Combat resolution"
     
  4. Master Vampire

    Master Vampire Master Necromancer True Blood

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    Note these can also be noted as DS or PS, which is also a popular used term.

    I guess I'll start off with the units list, starting at the really basics:

    Units

    Vamp - Vampire
    VL - Vampire Lod
    Necro - Necromancer
    WK - Wight King
    SS - Skeletal Steed
    AT - Abyssal Terror
    ZD - Zombie Dragon
    Zombs - zombies
    Skels/skellies - skeletons
    DW - Dire Wolves
    BS - Bat Swarms or bullshit :tongue:
    CC - Corpse Cart
    BK - Black Knights/Blood Knights
    FB - Fell Bats
    GG - Grave Guard
    SH - Spirit Hosts
    BC - Black Coach

    Common Magic Items

    SoS - Sword of Striking (common), Staff of Sorcery (uncommon)
    SoB - Sword of Battle
    SoM - Sword of Might
    BB - Biting Blade
    ES - Enchanted Shield
    ToP - Talisman of Protection
    DS - Dispel Scroll
    PS - Power Stone
    WB - War Banner

    Magic Weapons
    *Not entirely sure what the popular magic items are anymore, but I know the oldies*

    SoK - Sword of Kings
    TB - Tomb Blade
    HoD - Hand of Dust
    SoD - Staff of Damnation
    BoA - Book of Arkhan
    GoB - The Gem of Blood
    BP - Black Periapt
    BotB - Banner of the Barrows

    Note: many magic items that are old were often referred to as the rod (rod of flaming death), hauberk (walach's bloody hauberk), etc for the sake of convenience.
     
  5. Crimson

    Crimson Vampire Count True Blood

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    A very good idea compiling these makes sure to sticky it.
     
  6. warpaintjj

    warpaintjj Skeleton

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    Wow! I seem to have stumbled on a good idea (Glossary) and made things happen! Glad to see you guys are active and moving things on, overnight I might add, kinds goes without saying on a vampire forum I guess!

    The Glossary is already making things fall into place for me, cheers for that, I appreciate it.

    This might seem greedy and taking liberties, is there a Gallery? I couldn't find one, maybe not looked carefully enough of course. Are there any plans to show off your inspirational paint jobs or is there a policy against it, just a thought.

    Take care out there, sleep well..........

    warpaintjj
     
  7. Master Vampire

    Master Vampire Master Necromancer True Blood

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    :grin: it's suggesting something, which is good. We should have a suggestions forum.

    I don't know if Voltaire ever thought of adding some sort of Gallery. Though I have no idea how hard it is to pull it off. I'm trying to get back to being an admin, but there are some complications.
     
  8. Raziel

    Raziel Crypt Horror

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    No gallery, but if you've an image hosting account there should be a image code under your picture and if there isn't just use with the url for your picture where the space is
     
  9. Disciple of Nagash

    Disciple of Nagash The Perverted One Staff Member TVC II GM

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    Is there no way to link into when people use the words, like on warseer? So if someone uses an abbreviation they can hold the cursor over and it flashes up with a description?
     
  10. Von

    Von Vampire Count True Blood

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    "static CR" - combat resolution generated through ranks, banners, magic items and unit abilities, rather than through inficting wounds.
     
  11. Master Vampire

    Master Vampire Master Necromancer True Blood

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    I'll be having to look into scripts they have on the forum software provider... but still I need a glossary list with descriptions, because I don't know all of them.
     
  12. Fodderboy

    Fodderboy Master Necromancer True Blood

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    Maybe ask how they do it over at http://www.roundtable-bretonnia.org/

    Thanks to V for posting that link, btw. Already my horses are more fearsome.
     
  13. Fodderboy

    Fodderboy Master Necromancer True Blood

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    What is IIRC?
     
  14. Crimson

    Crimson Vampire Count True Blood

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    IIRC: If I remember correctly.
     
  15. dienekes00

    dienekes00 Zombie

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    BSB: Battle Standard Bearer
     
  16. Kaladas Harkon

    Kaladas Harkon Wight King

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    NOX=Necromancer, Vanhel's Danse Macabre, 2 Power Stones.
     
  17. MasterSpark

    MasterSpark Nostalgian Staff Member True Blood

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    First post updated.

    All right guys, time to get this one up to speed. Let me know if there are any more words that you feel should be added to the glossary.
     
  18. Bishop

    Bishop Master Necromancer True Blood

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    General:
    AFAIK- As Far As I Know
    QFT - Quote For Truth
    FTW - For The Win!

    Main:
    SCR - Static CR

    Unit:
    FC - Full Command
    KoBK - Knights of Blood Keep (keeps it seperate from Black Knights)
    Varg or "Big V" - Varghulf
     
  19. Aegis

    Aegis Varghulf

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    You all forgot CRUMBLE. for shame!
     
  20. Fallen Angel

    Fallen Angel Vargheist

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    What does OOP stand for? I know it has something to do with old models but what does it stand for?
     
  21. Knightofni

    Knightofni Varghulf True Blood

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    Isn't it "Out of Production" ?
     
  22. Ophidicus

    Ophidicus Vampire Count True Blood

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    Yes, 'out of production' for things like models, or equallly 'out of print' for books.
     
  23. Bishop

    Bishop Master Necromancer True Blood

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    Yeah...

    OOP = Out Of Print/Production

    for that matter you could put in these related ones as well (with a trade/auction section):

    NiB = New in Box/Blister
    NoS = New on Sprue

    Surely there are ones for various conditions like assembled, primed, painted, etc as well... though I have done any online trading in quite some time.
     
  24. The Dark Sheep

    The Dark Sheep Master Vampire True Blood

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    Out of Production
     
  25. Harland

    Harland The Colonel Staff Member True Blood

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    What does RAW stand for?
     

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