The Complete Newbie’s Non-Rulebook Glossary

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The Complete Newbie’s Non-Rulebook Glossary

[spoiler Purpose of This Glossary]The purpose of this thread is simple: compile and provide definitions for a list of terms, acronyms, abbreviations, and forum-speak that are not found in rulebooks and that would be useful for new (and old) members of the 4e Character Optimization community to know. The goal is to build up this thread and then link it on the Complete Collection of Character Build Links.[/spoiler]
[spoiler This is NOT the D&D Forum Glossary]Please note that the "4e General Discussion" forum has a sticky thread titled "Unofficial Dungeons and Dragons Forum Glossary" that is an incredibly detailed resource. This thread differs in scope and focus to more accurately reference terms that concern the Character Optimization community specifically. Sure, there is overlap between the more exhaustive resource and this thread, but we have terms below that they don't and they have gobs and gobs of terms that we don't need to define here. In short, this thread is more of an "Idiot's Guide" in terms of conciseness and applicability to the 4e Character Optimization community.[/spoiler]
[spoiler How to Use This Glossary]If you are unfamiliar with these terms, please find their definitions below and then read posts for a while to see how people use them. Remember: it is generally ineffective to use a lot of geek-babble just to use it, and it is always okay to use the full definitions listed below in place of the terms. Please note that some CharOp handbooks (like Nausicaa's awesome handbook for the Wizard class) may use terminology that is more specific to those handbooks. Finally, when using any of the terms below, the three most important components are context, context, context. [spoiler Consider this "parlor" metaphor by the philosopher Kenneth Burke]Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending upon the quality of your ally's assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress. (The Philosophy of Literary Form, p. 110-111)[/spoiler][/spoiler] 


How This Glossary Gets Assembled: Please post any definitions you think would helpful for members of the Character Optimization community to know. Also, please speak up if you have an alternate definition. I will update and organize the first post (or posts) of this thread as often as I can to keep the list up-to-date. As you may notice, some of the definitions below are directly lifted from different posts (in this and other threads). Blatant plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. Thanks to everyone posting!


THE GLOSSARY:


NONWORDS
| = Vertical Bar (usually located above "Enter/Return" on a keyboard, used in build names to denote hybrid)
/ = Forward Slash (usually located with the question mark on a keyboard, used in build names to denote MC as well as Paragon Path and Epic Destiny)
COLORS = frequently used in bolded format in various char op handbooks to indicate a recommended scale of value for various features, feats, powers, items, etc.: GOLD (most recommended); SKY BLUE (2nd most); DARK BLUE (3rd most); BLACK (4th most); PURPLE (5th most); RED (least recommended)

AEDU = At-will, Encounter, Daily, Utility (usually used to indicate the sum of all of a character's powers)
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AIP = Arcane Implement Proficiency (feat)
AL = Average Level
AoE = Area of Effect (the area covered by a power, usually a burst or blast)
AoO = Attack of Opportunity (see OA)
AP = Action Point or Arcane Power (rulebook)
APL = Average Party Level

BA = Basic Attack (ranged or melee)
Bag of Rats = a metaphor used to describe taking a power that gives a benefit when you hit an enemy then using that power against creatures that are not a credible threat (such as a tiny rodent, or your ally) to get the benefit without risk.
Baladin = Paladin (class) emphasizing a balance between Strength and Charisma
Banish = to remove something from play, see RFP
BBEG = Big Bad Evil Guy (usually the toughest enemy in an encounter)
BG = Blackguard (class)
Blaster = a ranged implement build that values damage more than pure control
BM = Battlemind (class) or Bloodmage (a Wizard paragon path)
BraveLord = Warlord (class) with Bravura Presence (class feature)
BS = Bladesinger (class)
Buff = Make an ally more effective

CA = Combat Advantage (status effect)
Catch-22 = a situation in which an enemy faces a forced choice between two prohibitively negative outcomes - e.g. they take damage if they attack or if they do not attack (note: this is actually a "double bind" but "catch-22" is the CharOp lingo for such situations)
CB = Character Builder (online character generation tool available through DDI subscription)
Chaladin = Charisma Paladin (class) emphasizing Charisma
CharOp = Character Optimization
CO = Character Optimization
Conlock = Warlock (class) emphasizing Constitution
Control = determining, modifying, or denying the actions of enemies and/or allies
Convoker = Invoker (class) emphasizing Constitution
Crit-Fishing = trying to crit on anything less than a natural 20 on multiple attacks ("crit-fisher" = noun)
CS = Customer Service for WotC

DB = Dragonborn (race)
D-born = Dragonborn (race)
DC = Divine Challenge (Paladin class feature) or Difficulty Class (skill check requirement set by the DM)
Debuff = Make an enemy less effective
DDI = Dungeons & Dragons Insider (a current subscriber to WotC online content and CB)
DIS = Dual Implement Spellcaster (feat)
DMG = Dungeon Master's Guide (rulebook)
DP = Divine Power (rulebook)
DPE = Damage Per Encounter
DPR = Damage Per Round
DS = Divine Sanction (Paladin class feature) or Darksun (campaign setting rulebook)
Dumpstat = the ability score that is least important to a particular build

E-[Class] = Essentials version of a class, e.g. E-Cleric or E-Fighter (usually in juxtaposition to O-[Class], e.g. O-Cleric or O-Fighter meaning the original version of a class)
ED = Epic Destiny
Enable = allowing allies to do things they otherwise couldn't do (or would have a hard time doing)
EONT = End Of Next Turn
Essassin = Executioner Assassin (class), i.e. the Essentials version of Assassin, see also O-[class] and E-[class]

Feat Tax = any feat that all members of a class are obligated to take to function as expected (see Math Fix Feats)
Feylock = Warlock (class) with the Fey Pact (class feature)
FR = Forgotten Realms (campaign setting rulebook)
FRW - Fortitude, Reflex, Will (not very common, see NAD)
Friendly = usually an AoE that targets only enemies
Frostcheese = more critical way of referring to using a frost weapon/cold power with Wintertouched (feat) and Lasting Frost (feat) for permanent combat advantage and +5 damage, aka Permafrost
FWIW = For What It's Worth

Gish = a traditionally non-melee character that is built for melee actions 

Healic = Cleric (class) specializing in healing
Hellock = Warlock (class) with Infernal Pact (class feature)
HTH = Hope That Helps (most common) or Hurl Through Hell (level 29 Warlock power)

IAoP = Iron Armbands of Power (magic item)
IIRC = If I Recall Correctly
IMO/IMHO = In My Opinion / In My Humble Opinion
Imposer = Wizard (class) specializing in Orb of Imposition (class feature)
InspLord = Warlord (class) with Inspiring Presence (class feature)
Intvoker = Invoker (class) emphasizing Intelligence

KAM = Kulkor Arms Master (a Fighter paragon path)
Kicker = anything a power does other than damage, aka Rider (e.g. an extra effect based class feature, weapon, implement, or other conditions)
Kite = when a character uses flying powers to float above a combat (usually at a safer range than down on the ground)

Lazy-[Class] = Descriptor of any class that specializes in granting attacks to others without making attacks him/herself
LazyLord = Warlord (class) specializing in granting attacks to others without making attacks him/herself
'Lock = Warlock (class)
LSM = Low System Mastery (describes those who don't know the rules well, insist that they're right, and get belligerent when told why they're wrong)

MAD = Multiple Ability Dependency (when a character build relies on high numbers in three or more ability scores)
Malvoker = Invoker (class) with the Covenant of Malediction (class feature)
Math Fix Feats = collective name for feats that improve the overall numbers associated with attacks, defenses, etc. (see Feat Tax)
MBA = Melee Basic Attack
MC = Multiclass (see also "/" above)
MM = Monster Manual (rulebook) or Magic Missile (Wizard at-will attack)
MMO = Massively multiplayer online games

Mob = Mobile Object (anything a character targets in combat - usually an enemy)
Mook = Minion
MP = Martial Power (rulebook)

NAD = Non-AC Defense (i.e. Fortitude, Reflex, or Will - see FRW)
NADs = plural of NAD (see FRW)
Nerf = a change in a game mechanic or feature that reduces its power (frequently used by WotC and DMs)
Nerfbat = a metaphor for describing what WotC or DMs use to nerf a game mechanic or feature
Newbie = Someone new to D&D, the CharOp forum, or both
Noob = Variant of Newbie
Nova = Usually when a character unleashes an especially large amount of damage/powers/effects over one or two rounds. A round of unprecedented Wupp Ass.  The turn you set your sights on that nasty adversary and pull out all the stops.
Nova, Daily = Nova that utilizes whatever means possible, including daily attack and daily utility powers
Nova, Encounter = Nova that utilizes AP's, a Set up Round, and Encounter/At Will powers

O-[Class] = Original version of a class, e.g. O-Cleric or O-Fighter (usually in juxtaposition to E-[class], e.g. E-Cleric or E-Fighter meaning the Essentials version of a class)
OA = Opportunity Attack (sometimes OAttack) or Opportunity Action (sometimes OAction)
OoE = Oath of Enmity (Avenger class feature)
OP = Original Poster or Original Post (the first post in a message thread) or Over Powered (as in something needing to be nerfed) or Optimization/Optimize (see CharOp & CO)
OPR = Once Per Round
OPT = Once Per Turn
Orbizard = Wizard (class) emphasizing the orb implement
Ossassin = Original Assassin (class), see also Essassin
OTOH = On The Other Hand

PEACH = Please Examine And Critique Honestly (usually accompanies the description of a build that needs feedback)
Permafrost = less critical way of referring to using a frost weapon/cold power with Wintertouched (feat) and Lasting Frost (feat) for permanent combat advantage and +5 damage, aka Frostcheese
Ping-Pong = forcefully moving an enemy in a (semi-)perpetual manner between two or more sources of damage
PHB = Player's Handbook (rulebook)
Poach = gaining a power from another class through multiclassing, Hybriding and/or feats
PP = Paragon Path or Power Point (less common)
Primary Stat/Score = the most important ability score for a character

Radiant Mafia = a radiant-damage-focussed party of characters with at least one Morninglord (paragon path) that inflicts vulnerable 10 radiant on all enemies
RAI = Rules as Intended (usually means what WotC supposedly meant with some particular RAW but the RAW may be ambiguous)
RAW = Rules as Written (usually means WotC rulebooks, magazines, and rules updates)
RBA = Ranged Basic Attack
RC = Rules Compendium (updated print version of all the rules - generally the most reliable reference for the basic rules of the game - not to be confused with the less reliable online DDI Compendium)
RecLord = Warlord (class) with Resourceful Presence (class feature)
RFP = Removed From Play, see Banish
Rider = anything a power does other than damage, aka Kicker (e.g. an extra effect based class feature, weapon, implement, or other conditions)
RoB = Rain of Blows (level 3 Fighter power, less common since its nerf)
RoS = Rain of Steel (level 5 Fighter power, less common)

SA = Sneak Attack (a Rogue class feature)
SAD = Single Ability Dependency (when a character build relies on a high number in only one ability score)
Secondary Stat/Score = the second most important ability score for a character
SM = Swordmage (class)
SoB = Storm of Blows (level 13 Fighter power) or Storm of Blades (level 13 Barbarian power) - neither use common
SONT = Start of Next Turn
Staffizard = Wizard (class) emphasizing the staff implement
Starlock = Warlock (class) with Star Pact (class feature)
Sticky = a quality of defenders when they keep enemies adjacent
Straladin = Paladin (class) emphasizing Strength
Stunlock = to keep an enemy stunned for multiple turns (traditionally while denying the enemy the chance to save against the stunned condition)
Stunlocker = a controller emphasizing stunlocking

TacLord = Warlord (class) with Tactical Presence (class feature)
TBH = To Be Honest
Team Monster = the collection of enemies in any given encounter
Tertiary Stat/Score = the third most important ability score for a character
TO = Theoretical Optimization (optimizing in ways that cannot see much actual game play because of limited or hyper-focussed rules finagling, juxtaposed with Practical Optimization)
Tomeizard = Wizard (class) emphasizing the tome implement
TS = Twin Strike (Ranger at-will attack)

Unfriendly = usually an AoE that targets indiscriminately allies and enemies

Vuln = Vulnerable

Wandizard = Wizard (class) emphasizing the wand implement
WotC = Wizards of the Coast
WrathVoker = Invoker (class) with Covenant of Wrath (class feature)

YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

[constant edits to add/modify definitions and intro content, last edit July 20, 2011]

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Reserved. Go ahead and post your definitions. Thanks!
This is more forum-speak but YMMV=Your mileage may vary
Edit: more
'Lock=Warlock
SM=Swordmage
BM=Battlemind
BG=Blackguard
 
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
OPR - Once per round
EONT - end of next turn
SONT - start of next turn
My Works
My House Rules Cryptic Commander: a Tiefling Wizard|Warlord - Arcane Wayfarer - Planeshaper that focuses on controlling every creature in an encounter. Feyknight: A Half-Elf Knight - Gladiator Champion - Marshall of Letherna build that uses Eldritch Strike and the White Lotus Riposte feats to create a decent catch-22 with his mark aura. Novamancer: a Wizard/Swordmage - Malec-Keth Janissary - Radiant One that specializes in area damage, somewhat item dependent but is capable of massive damage. the Epic Crit-Fisher: Avenger/Ranger-PMC-Eternal Seeker with a 2,560 damage crit-fishing nova. Eldritch Slayer: A Slayer - Kulkor - Destined Scion that uses a similar trick to the Knight, combined with Kulkor for some decent DPR. Polearm Seeker|Fighter: A Seeker|Fighter/Psion - Kensei - Destined Scion build that uses Polearm Momentum to not be super bad. Generic Runepriest: A generic type Runepriest/Fighter - Hammer of Vengeance - Destined Scion
One does not
111819409 wrote:
99856009 wrote:
by RAW, you can't horse into the forge of the dawn titan.




...Couldn't resist.


AIP:  Arcane Implement Proficiency
DIS:  Dual Implement Spellcaster

I'm sure I'll think of more.
D&D Next = D&D: Quantum Edition
I've Seen BM also equalling bloodmage however, but this tends to be reserved for Wizards and the PP discusion. Which reminds me

PP=Paragon Path
ED=Epic Destiny
MAD=Multiple Attribute Dependency
SAD=Single Attribute Dependency
 
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
Thanks for the initial flurry of definitions! I'll update more tomorrow. Cheers!
MC : Multiclass.

The lock entry should also note the hellock, starlock, conlock etc prefixes. On that note, Straladin, Chaladin, Baladin for the Paladin stat focuses.
A Beginners Primer to CharOp. Archmage's Ascension - The Wizard's Handbook. Let the Hammer Fall: Dwarf Warpriest/Tactical Warpriest/Indomitable Champion, a Defending Leader. Requiem for Dissent: Cleric/Fighter/Paragon of Victory Melee Leader Ko te manu e kai i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga e, nano te ao katoa. It's the proliferation of people who think the rules are more important than what the rules are meant to accomplish. - Dedekine
LDB = LordDuskblade
community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758...



Awesome resource! I was not aware of it before now. Thanks! I'll edit the first post to reference that.
InspLord, TacLord, BraveLord, RecLord for the various Warlord builds from PHB and MP.  I haven't seen abbreviations for the Insightful and Skirmishing Warlords.

Similarly, Orbizard, Staffizard, Wandizard.

t~
InspLord, TacLord, BraveLord, RecLord for the various Warlord builds from PHB and MP.  I haven't seen abbreviations for the Insightful and Skirmishing Warlords.

Similarly, Orbizard, Staffizard, Wandizard.

t~



Great! I know TacLord, Orbizard, Staffizard, Wandizard. But could anyone provide brief definitions for InspLord, BraveLord, and RecLord? Thanks!
InspLord, TacLord, BraveLord, RecLord for the various Warlord builds from PHB and MP.  I haven't seen abbreviations for the Insightful and Skirmishing Warlords.

Similarly, Orbizard, Staffizard, Wandizard.

t~



Great! I know TacLord, Orbizard, Staffizard, Wandizard. But could anyone provide brief definitions for InspLord, BraveLord, and RecLord? Thanks!

Sorry, I should have included that.  Inspiring Warlord, Bravura Warlord, and Resourceful Warlord.

t~

You forgot LazyLord, t. :P (A Warlord specialised in, or built completely with, powers that allow others to attack without having to attack herself.)

On that, you should also include Lazy - there are other builds capable of the same idea, the Warlord is just the best at it, and most common.

Also: Healic - Healing specialised Cleric.
A Beginners Primer to CharOp. Archmage's Ascension - The Wizard's Handbook. Let the Hammer Fall: Dwarf Warpriest/Tactical Warpriest/Indomitable Champion, a Defending Leader. Requiem for Dissent: Cleric/Fighter/Paragon of Victory Melee Leader Ko te manu e kai i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga e, nano te ao katoa. It's the proliferation of people who think the rules are more important than what the rules are meant to accomplish. - Dedekine
This list is coming along smashingly. I've even learned a few things myself tonight, so already I know this list is helping me! Please keep posting. But I am really going to bed now. I'll update more tomorrow. Cheers!
LSM - The average skill level in class and power design for a member of the current D&D R&D team.
Harrying your Prey, the Easy Way: A Hunter's Handbook - the first of what will hopefully be many CharOp efforts on my part. The Blinker - teleport everywhere. An Eladrin Knight/Eldritch Knight. CB != rules source.
Lady_Auralla, we get the joke, but please keep such a comment out of what is actually a very useful thread and a very good idea.

My compliments, Valenkosh, for starting it.
A Beginners Primer to CharOp. Archmage's Ascension - The Wizard's Handbook. Let the Hammer Fall: Dwarf Warpriest/Tactical Warpriest/Indomitable Champion, a Defending Leader. Requiem for Dissent: Cleric/Fighter/Paragon of Victory Melee Leader Ko te manu e kai i te miro, nona te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai i te matauranga e, nano te ao katoa. It's the proliferation of people who think the rules are more important than what the rules are meant to accomplish. - Dedekine
Good idea for a thread.

I think MAD and SAD need a few words of explanation beyond just spelling out what the acronym means. Also, Dazing Rebuke Syndrome is a term that often comes up (albeit not abbreviated) that could be explained here. Also, I think the acronym is NAD (with NADs as a plural), not NADS.

Suggested additions: RBA, BA, Tomeizard, RAI, CS, DPE, IAoP, OPT, LSM, HTH, PEACH.

(if you don't know what any of these mean, then I'm probably wrong about suggesting them in the first place )
I have some of them in my wizard handbook, here's the list (probably you'll have to adapt some of them):

AoE: area of effect, a spell that covers more than one square, usually a burst or a blast
BA: Basic Attack (ranged or melee)
Banish: an effect that removes the target from the game
BBEG: big bad evil guy, the "boss"
Blaster: a build that values damage more than pure control
Buff/Debuff: empower an ally/weaken an enemy
CA: combat advantage
DIS: dual implement spellcaster feat
DPR: damage per round, valuable for blaster builds
Dumpstat: a stat that is not important for the build
ED: Epic Destiny
Friendly: usually an area effect that targets only enemies. Very valuable, in my opinion generally this raises the rating of a power by one colour.
Gish: a mix between a pure caster and a melee warrior
Kicker: an extra effect based on your implement specialization, written in the inferior part of the spell. Only few powers, expecially from Arcane Power, actually possess a kicker.
Imposer: orb of imposition user.
MAD: Multiple Attribute Dependency (no, not the case of the wizard, generally)
MBA: Melee Basic Attack (useful for enchanter and gish builds)
MC: multiclass, often shortened with a slash ( "/" )
Nerf: a change in the feature that reduces its power
Nova: when you unleash a great number of powers/damage in a little time
OA: opportunity action
PP: paragon path
Unfriendly: an area effect that targets indiscriminately friends and enemies (creatures). Contrary to common knowledge of the class, this kind of power is the minority of the Wizard power list.

Chauntea/Lathander/Torm Cleric since 1995 My husband married a DM - καλὸς καὶ ἀγαθός

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I think one thing to watch out for is that some definitions are not common. When someone uses BM, they're often doing it in a thread where they keep saying Battlemind a lot. If someone says BM out of the blue, it doesn't mean a whole lot(and honestly, shouldn't mean much)

This is the context that some Newbie could look at this list, decide that they have to say something like this. "I'm planning on playing a BM. My DM throws a lot of Mooks and Mobs at us. I'm thinking KAM? Does that make sense in that context?"

A few more:
/ = multiclass
| = hybrid
RAI = Rules as Intended
CB = Character Builder
(and possibly my abbreviation - it doesn't get tossed off as much as LDB, though) 
RC for Rules Compendium, which is generally a better rules reference than the PHB these days.  While it's a far less common use, a note that PP can mean Power Points would probably be good.  OA is sometimes used as Opportunity Action in addition to Opportunity Attack; OAction and OAttack can be used to differentiate between them.
AoO Attack of Opportunity; see: OA.

WrathVoker: Wrathful Invoker

Nova, Nova'ing: using many resources to deliberately finishing an enemy in 1 round.

MwaO: Mommy was an Orc, a CharOp forum handbook writer.

CO: Character Optimization
Updated the first post to include suggested material.

My compliments, Valenkosh, for starting it.


Thanks, RuinsFate. That means a lot coming from the author of the Beginner's Primer to CharOp.
Good idea for a thread. I think MAD and SAD need a few words of explanation beyond just spelling out what the acronym means. Also, Dazing Rebuke Syndrome is a term that often comes up (albeit not abbreviated) that could be explained here. Also, I think the acronym is NAD (with NADs as a plural), not NADS. Suggested additions: RBA, BA, Tomeizard, RAI, CS, DPE, IAoP, OPT, LSM, HTH, PEACH. (if you don't know what any of these mean, then I'm probably wrong about suggesting them in the first place )


Thanks, Kurald_Galain. The only one of your terms I did not know for sure was OPT (OPT = optimization?).
I have some of them in my wizard handbook, here's the list (probably you'll have to adapt some of them):


You rock, Nausicaa!
I think one thing to watch out for is that some definitions are not common. When someone uses BM, they're often doing it in a thread where they keep saying Battlemind a lot. If someone says BM out of the blue, it doesn't mean a whole lot(and honestly, shouldn't mean much). This is the context that some Newbie could look at this list, decide that they have to say something like this. "I'm planning on playing a BM. My DM throws a lot of Mooks and Mobs at us. I'm thinking KAM? Does that make sense in that context?"


Thanks, MwaO! I added a section on "how to use this glossary" in the first post to address your concern. What do you think?

Anyone else, please let me know how the definitions look. Any changes or suggestions for the definitions or the intro material in the first post?
I've usually used "kicker" to refer to anything the power does other than damage, not just a build-specific change.

"Nice assumptions. Completely wrong assumptions, but by jove if being incorrect stopped people from making idiotic statements, we wouldn't have modern internet subculture." Kerrus
Practical gameplay runs by neither RAW or RAI, but rather "A Compromise Between The Gist Of The Rule As I Recall Getting The Impression Of It That One Time I Read It And What Jerry Says He Remembers, Whatever, We'll Look It Up Later If Any Of Us Still Give A Damn." Erachima

Good work!

I would add:

OoE for Oath of Enmity
O-assassin for the original assassin (opposed to the Executioner)
Crit-fisher for a character designed to have high chances to score a critical hit

And following Kiltpads remark here above, somebody uses "rider" instead of "Kicker".

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Thanks, MwaO! I added a section on "how to use this glossary" in the first post to address your concern. What do you think?



Make sense to me!

A few more:
Primary/Secondary/Tertiary scores
Nerfbat
The various colors(Gold, Sky Blue, Dark Blue, Black, Purple, Red)
Enable
Team Monster
Catch-22 
Been hanging aroudn CharOp since not long after 4e came out and I finally know what PEACH means!  Thanks!
My fantasy novel: Continent in the Clouds
I use RFP at my table to imply removed from play.
My Works
My House Rules Cryptic Commander: a Tiefling Wizard|Warlord - Arcane Wayfarer - Planeshaper that focuses on controlling every creature in an encounter. Feyknight: A Half-Elf Knight - Gladiator Champion - Marshall of Letherna build that uses Eldritch Strike and the White Lotus Riposte feats to create a decent catch-22 with his mark aura. Novamancer: a Wizard/Swordmage - Malec-Keth Janissary - Radiant One that specializes in area damage, somewhat item dependent but is capable of massive damage. the Epic Crit-Fisher: Avenger/Ranger-PMC-Eternal Seeker with a 2,560 damage crit-fishing nova. Eldritch Slayer: A Slayer - Kulkor - Destined Scion that uses a similar trick to the Knight, combined with Kulkor for some decent DPR. Polearm Seeker|Fighter: A Seeker|Fighter/Psion - Kensei - Destined Scion build that uses Polearm Momentum to not be super bad. Generic Runepriest: A generic type Runepriest/Fighter - Hammer of Vengeance - Destined Scion
One does not
111819409 wrote:
99856009 wrote:
by RAW, you can't horse into the forge of the dawn titan.




...Couldn't resist.


I think taking some props from MC-Drowbanes Nova handbook on the definition of Nova and the differences between Encounter and Daily nova would be useful, as many of the top tier builds calculate one or both of these novas.

As an aside, I too support this effort Valenkosh. Props! 
10/10 Would Flame Again: An Elite Paladin|Warlock The Elemental Man (or Woman): A Genasi Handbook The Warlord, Or How to Wield a Barbarian One-Handed The Bookish Barbarian Fardiz: RAI is fairly clear, but RAZ is different That's right. Rules According to Zelink!
It nice to have all these in 1 place. Good thinking.
 The only one of your terms I did not know for sure was OPT (OPT = optimization?).



OPT = Once Per Turn.

In the entry for RC, you have it as DDI's online compendium, which is incorrect.  The Rules Compendium was the updated rules collection printed with Essentials, containing the up to date version of all the rules.  In that WoTC has avoided errataing anything in the RC, it's generally the most reliable reference for the basic rules of the game.  The DDI compendium, while more useful for looking many things up quickly, is often inaccurate.
I just had a forum discussion with someone who didn't know what ping-pong meant, so I suppose that would be a good addition. Possibly also BS for BladeSinger, and TO for theoretical optimization.

AFAIK Blaster is not just a damage build, but a ranged and implement-using damage build. I think defining "debuff" as "weaken" is confusing, because "weaken" has an explicit in-game meaning. I thought HTH means "hope that helps"? I've never heard people use it to refer to that warlock power.

TBH I've never heard of the terms Baladin, Banish, Imposer, OAction, OAttack, or Kicker before. Are you sure they're common enough to list here? Most threads I've seen use "rider" for what is listed as "kicker" here, whereas "kicker" is a MtG term.

Feylock
whatever the short form for vestige is

AL (aka APL) = Average Level (Average Party Level).

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Awesome feedback, everyone! I need to leave now to drive a 12-hr road trip, but I will update this later tonight (central time) to incorporate the suggestions and corrections mentioned in the last several posts. Thanks!
I've seen OP used for Over Powered; ie, that power is OP, it should be nerfed
OP can either be Overpowered or Original Post(er).
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