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Fillow Posted - 12 Sep 2007 : 20:31:23
Well met,
here is the second version of the directory which deals with all the abreviations you could find through the Candlekepp forum, website or whole over the D&D universe.

4 posts follow this one :
  • 1- Abreviations from 0 to C
  • 2- Abreviations from D to F
  • 3- Abreviations from G to M
  • 4- Abreviations from N to R
  • 5- Abreviations from R to Z


0 to C

-1e-- Usually the first edition of AD&D
-1E-- 1st Edition AD&D rules.
-2.5e-- Term sometimes used to indicate AD&D games that used the later rules supplements (“Skills and Powers,” “Combat and Tactics,” “Spells and Magic,” etc.).
-2e-- The second edition of AD&D.
-2E-- 2nd Edition AD&D rules.
-3.0 or 3e-- Third edition or d20 D&D.
-3.5-- The revised version of 3e or d20 D&D.
-3.5E-- Version 3.5 of the 3rd Edition D&D rules.
-3.x-- Refers to 3rd edition and 3.5/d20 D&D collectively.
-3E-- 3rd Edition D&D rules.
-4E-- 4th Edition D&D rules
-5N-- Five Nations
-A&E-- Arms and Equipment Guide
-A&EG1-- Arms and Equipment Guide
-A&Eq-- Arms and Equipment Guide
-Abj-- Abjurer (Player's Handbook)
-AC-- Armor Class
-AcE-- Acolyte of the Ego (Tome of Magic)
-Ack-- Acetokineticist (The Mind's Eye)
-Acm-- Archmage (Forgotten Realms)
-AcP-- Arch-Psion (The Mind's Eye)
-Acr-- Thief-Acrobat (Song and Silence)
-AcT-- Arcane Trickster (Tome and Blood)
-Acv-- Archivist (Heroes of Horror)
-AD&D-- Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
-Adp-- Adept (Dungeon Master's Guide)
-Adt-- Ardent (Complete Psionics)
-ADu-- Arcane Duelist (Random Encounters)
-AE-- Arms and Equipment Guide.
-AEG-- Arms and Equipment Guide
-Aeq-- Arms and Equipment Guide
-AEx-- Avenging Executioner (Complete Scoundrel)
-AFAIK-- As far as I know.
-AgR-- Agent Retriever (Epic Level Handbook)
-Ako-- Akodo Champion (Oriental Adventures)
-AL-- Alignment.
-Alc-- Master Alchemist (Magic of Faerūn)
-Alg-- Algarondan Griffonrider (Unapproachable East)
-Ali-- Alienist (Tome and Blood, Complete Arcane)
-al.-- (from Latin alii) and others.
-AnL-- Animal Lord (Masters of the Wild)
-AnM-- Anima Mage (Tome of Magic)
-AoE-- Area of effect.
-AoM-- Age of Mortals
-AoMD -- Attack on Myth Drannor
-AoO-- Attack of Opportunity
-AoS-- Acolyte of the Skin (Tome and Blood, Complete Arcane)
-Ara-- Arachne (Faiths and Pantheons)
-Arb-- Arboreal Guardian (Ghostwalk)
-Arc-- Arcane Archer (Dungeon Master's Guide)
-Ard-- Ardent Dilettante (Planar Handbook)
-ArH-- Arcane Hierophant (Races of the Wild)
-Ari-- Aristocrat (Dungeon Master's Guide)
-ArS-- Argent Savant (Complete Arcane)
-Art-- Artificer (Eberron Campaign Setting)
-AsD-- Astral Dancer (Planar Handbook)
-Asn-- Assassin (Dungeon Master's Guide)
-AT -- The Accursed Tower
-atk-- Attack
-ATM -- at the moment
-Atv-- Atavist (Races of Eberron)
-Au -- Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue
-Aus-- Auspician (Faiths and Pantheons)
-BAB-- Base Attack Bonus
-Bal-- Ballisteer (The Mind's Eye)
-BaM-- Battle Maiden (Oriental Adventures)
-Bat-- Battlerager (Races of Faerūn)
-Bay-- Bayushi Deciever (Oriental Adventures)
-BB-- Bastion of Broken Souls.
-BBEG-- Big Bad Evil Guy. The main (or at least a very major) villain in a campaign. Xykon from the OotS comic would be an example of a BBEG.
-Bbn-- Barbarian
-BC-- Book of Challenges
-BcM-- Bloodclaw Master (Tome of Battle
-BD&D-- Basic Dungeons & Dragons.
-BDa-- Blade Dancer (Oriental Adventures)
-BdS-- Bardic Sage (Unearthed Arcana accessory)
-BE or BoED-- Book of Exalted Deeds.
-Beg-- Beguiler (Player's Handbook II)
-Beh-- Beholder Mage (Monsters of Faerūn)
-BeW-- Bear Warrior (Oriental Adventures)
-BFK-- Barrow of the Forgotten King.
-Bft-- Bereft (Tome of Magic)
-BFZ-- Black Flame Zealot (Unapproachable East 3.0, Complete Divine 3.5)
-Bg or bg-- Background, particularly a write-up of one for a character.
-Bgd-- Blackguard (Dungeon Master's Guide)
-BIJNTU-- But It's Just Not That Uber. Self-explanatory statement used in balance debates.
-BKn-- Bone Knight (Five Nations)
-BlB-- Blade Bravo (Races of Stone)
-Bld-- Bladesinger (Races of Faerūn)
-BLe-- Body Leech (The Mind's Eye)
-Bli-- Blighter (Masters of the Wild 3.0, Complete Divine 3.5)
-BlM-- Blood Magus (Tome and Blood, Complete Arcane)
-Blo-- Bloodhound (Masters of the Wild)
-Bnd-- Binder (Tome of Magic)
-Bo9S -- The Book of Nine Swords
-BoA -- Book of Artifacts
-BoB -- The Battle of Bones
-BoC-- Bone Collector (Ghostwalk)
-BoC -- Book of Challenges
-BoED-- Book of Exalted Deeds
-BoI-- Bane of Infidels (Masters of the Wild)
-BoK-- Bestiary of Krynn
-BoVD1-- Book of Vile Darkness
-BoXD-- Used to refer to both the Book of Exalted Deeds, and the Book of Vile Darkness accessory.
-Brd-- Bard
-Bre-- Breachgnome (Races of Faerūn)
-BsB-- Bloodstorm Blade (Tome of Battle
-BSp-- Brimstone Speaker (Tome of Magic)
-BSr-- Battle Sorcerer (Unearthed Arcana accessory)
-BTk-- Battle Trickster (Complete Scoundrel)
-Bts-- Battlesmith (Races of Stone)
-BTW-- By the way.
-BUMP-- Bring up my post (see Terms above).
-BV or BoVD-- Book of Vile Darkness accessory.
-C&D -- Cloak & Dagger
-CA-- Complete Arcane
-CAd or CV-- Complete Adventurer
-CaM-- Cancer Mage (Book of Vile Darkness)
-Can-- Candle Caster (Tome and Blood)
-CAr-- Complete Arcane
-Cav-- Cavalier (Sword and Fist)
-Cbm-- Cerebremancer (Expanded Psionics Handbook)
-CC or CCham-- Complete Champion (Class Book)
-CCG -- Collectable card game.
-CCL-- Champion of Corellon Larethian (Races of the Wild)
-CcM-- Cataclysm Mage (Explorer's Handbook)
-CD-- Complete Divine
-CDe-- Cosmic Descryer (Epic Level Handbook)
-CdG-- Coup de Grace
-CE-- Chaotic Evil alignment.
-CEl-- Citadel Elite (Sharn
-C-EoE -- Cormanthyr- Empire of the Elves
-Cer-- Cerebral Assassin (The Mind's Eye)
-CG-- Chaotic Good alignment.
-CGtMD -- Campaign Guide to Myth Drannor
-Cha-- Charisma ability score.
-Cha-- Knight of the Chalice (Defenders of the Faith)
-ChI-- Church Inquisitor (Complete Divine 3.5)
-Chm-- Divine Champion (Forgotten Realms)
-Cht-- Chaotician (Planar Handbook)
-Ci-- Cityscape.
-CiA-- Cipher Adept (Planar Handbook)
-CiP-- City of Peril.
-Cjr-- Conjurer (Player's Handbook)
-CkD-- Cloaked Dancer (Complete Scoundrel)
-CL-- Caster Level or Class Level.
-ClC-- Cloistered Cleric (Unearthed Arcana accessory)
-Clr-- Cleric. Also sometimes seen as Cle.
-CLW-- Cure Light Wounds. A basic healing spell.
-CM-- Complete Mage
-CM -- Elminster's Ecologies- The Cormyrean Marshes
-CMa-- Crystal Master (The Mind's Eye)
-Cml-- Chameleon (Races of Destiny)
-CMW-- Cure Moderate Wounds. A basic healing spell.
-CN-- Chaotic Neutral alignment.
-Cns-- Constructor (The Mind's Eye)
-CNt-- Child of Night (Tome of Magic)
-Co-- Cormyr
-CO(B)-- Character Optimization (Boards).
-CoC-- Code of Conduct.
-CoF-- Castle of Fun (see Terms above).
-CoH-- Consecrated Harrier (Defenders of the Faith 3.0, Complete Divine 3.5)
-Com-- (old use) Comeliness ability score (see alsoCommoner in Section III).
-Com-- Commoner (Dungeon Master's Guide)
-Con-- Constitution ability score.
-CoR-- Champions of Ruin
-Cor -- Cormyr
-CoRB -- The City of Ravens Bluff
-CoS-- City of Splendors- Waterdeep
-CoS -- City of Splendours- Campaign Guide
-CoS-AG -- City of Splendours- Adventurer's Guide to the City
-CoS-MC -- City of Splendours- Monstrous Compendium sheets
-CoS-SoC -- City of Splendours- Secrets of the City
-CoS-WW -- City of Splendours- Who's Who in Waterdeep
-CotD -- Cult of the Dragon
-CotH -- The Code of the Harpers
-CotSQ-- City of the Spider Queen
-CoV -- Champions of Valor
-cp-- Copper pieces (Saying “Just my 2cp” is analogous to saying “Just my two cents.”)
-CP or CPsi-- Complete Psionics
-CPa-- Celestial Paragon (Epic Insights)
-CR-- Challenge Rating
-CR-- Champions of Ruin accessory.
-Crit-- Critical Hit.
-Crk-- Cryokineticist (The Mind's Eye, Frostburn)
-CRPG-- Computer role-playing game.
-Crs-- Crusader (Tome of Battle
-CS -- Castle Spulzeer
-CS or CScn-- Complete Scoundrel
-Csi-- Crystalsinger (The Mind's Eye)
-CSQ-- City of the Spider Queen
-CSW-- Cure Serious Wounds. A strong healing spell.
-CSW-- City of Splendors Waterdeep.
-CSys -- City System
-CtA-- Cragtop Archer (Races of Stone)
-CTr-- Cabinet Trickster (Races of Eberron)
-CTs-- Combat Trapsmith (Complete Scoundrel)
-CV-- Complete Adventurer
-CV-- Champions of Valor accessory.
-CW-- Complete Warrior
-CWA-- Cannith Wand Adept (Sharn
-CyA-- Cyran Avenger (Five Nations)
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Werthead Posted - 17 Feb 2024 : 13:03:17
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Those abbreviations were first a "thing" in the Forgotten Realms Adventures hardcover (p.69) - which was the advent of 2E and so no more cavaliers, assassins, and - for a time - barbarians and monks. Rangers were "R", Bards were "B" and paladins were "Pal". I've always used "M" for monks and "Ba" for barbarians. Gnome was indeed "g". I always use "ho" for half-orcs and halflings were "half", although I use "ha". Half elves were "he". If you want 5E equivalents download the free preview of my "Beckoning Road" article at the DMs Guild. Heck, buy the whole thing. Best 3-star product you ever saw according to my sole reviewer.

-- George Krashos



Ha. That review did inspire me to go move the location of Shevel on my Rashemen map (and my in-progress Faerun 5E map).
George Krashos Posted - 03 Feb 2024 : 22:42:33
Those abbreviations were first a "thing" in the Forgotten Realms Adventures hardcover (p.69) - which was the advent of 2E and so no more cavaliers, assassins, and - for a time - barbarians and monks. Rangers were "R", Bards were "B" and paladins were "Pal". I've always used "M" for monks and "Ba" for barbarians. Gnome was indeed "g". I always use "ho" for half-orcs and halflings were "half", although I use "ha". Half elves were "he". If you want 5E equivalents download the free preview of my "Beckoning Road" article at the DMs Guild. Heck, buy the whole thing. Best 3-star product you ever saw according to my sole reviewer.

-- George Krashos
Gelcur Posted - 03 Feb 2024 : 21:23:45
The other day I mindblanked on how to read the old stat blocks, for example (NE hm F9/T7: Dex 17, Cha 16). Neutral Evil, human male, level 9 Fighter, level 7 thief, Dexterity of 17, Charisma of 16. I think I remembered most after a bit of effort:

(<AL> <race><sex> <class><level/<class><level>: <ability><score>)

Really it was the race and class abbreviations.

h = human
e = elf
1/2e = half-elf
d = dwarf
1/2 = halfling
o = orc
1/2o = half-orc
g = gnome???

F = fighter
T = thief
M = mage
C = cleric
P = priest
D = druid

Can't remember if Barbarian, Cavalier, Paladin, Assassin, Monk, Ranger, Bard hand their own.

Maybe others can further elaborate.
Wendolyn Posted - 30 Mar 2021 : 15:22:14
One I've noticed in common use at the Wiki,

SCAG: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide
cpthero2 Posted - 20 Sep 2020 : 22:21:34
Master Rupert,

Ah, I love hearing stories of children getting into their gaming universe! My son is two and a half, and loves playing around my with my backgammon board because he see's me and my father playing it (my dad likes old school Avalon Hill wargames a lot, but not D&D and all that), but I cannot wait to get him into D&D and more!

Best regards,


Kentinal Posted - 20 Sep 2020 : 18:46:43
Well I can invent or guess other works then Away From Keyboard if just seeing the letters then not seeing a person post for a while. Most of the time I use BRB.
Wooly Rupert Posted - 20 Sep 2020 : 18:11:26
My son is nine, and plays a lot of a game called Roblox... The other day, he said something about AFK. So I asked -- and while he understood the gist of what it meant, he didn't know the actual acronym.

Once I explained it, he found the acronym amusing, for some reason.
cpthero2 Posted - 20 Sep 2020 : 06:52:45
Good evening all,

SOYNT Start Of Your Next Turn

Best regards,

Ayrik Posted - 18 Sep 2020 : 09:04:35
DPS relates more to real-time combat simulation, particularly in video games.

I can't recall it ever being part of the jargon in AD&D 2E rules. It would be a meaningless abstraction. Especially since damage output "per second" (or at least damage output per "combat round") largely depends on unpredictable variables such as initiative and to-hit parameters influenced by opponents.
Delnyn Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 23:42:57
DPS: Damage Per Second
One character metric used to measure effectiveness in combat that factors damage rate of character.
cpthero2 Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 17:10:56
Good morning all,

DotMM: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

Best regards,

Delnyn Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 11:10:37
OoTA: Out of The Abyss
Delnyn Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 11:05:09
KoS (incontext):

King of Smack: a melee build emphasizing natural weapons/unarmed strikes that typically uses level in Psychic Warrior

Kill on Sight: policy adopted by devotees of Cyric and Mystra toward each other
Delnyn Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 10:58:46
I know SoS, SoL and SoD were already listed, but in context of debuffing and offensive spells: Save Or Suck, Save or Lose and Save or Die
cpthero2 Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 10:25:03
Good morning all,

BBEG: Big Bad Evil Guy

Best regards,

Ayrik Posted - 17 Sep 2020 : 05:46:34
I'd always thought RSE had more ambiguity.

Realms Shaking Event is commonly assumed. Things got shaken up but the Realms continues largely intact.
Realms Shattering Event is stronger, it conveys dismay or disapproval or disgust. Things got broken, the Realms we used to know are lost and ruined.
Realms Shaping Event is more neutral. Things got changed, the Realms evolves into something different.

The intended meaning is usually obvious from the context. The first RSE is always rough, but after you've seen enough craters and corpses litter the lore you become less passionate about the downsides, more able to accept or reject canon barrage for what it is.
cpthero2 Posted - 16 Sep 2020 : 23:19:29
Good afternoon all,

LMoP Lost Mines of Phandelver

Best regards,


sfdragon Posted - 13 Apr 2012 : 01:49:01
RSE: REaly Stupid Endeavour: for those who think the time envolved was not worth the effort took to be worth it
Kiaransalyn Posted - 19 Aug 2009 : 15:01:32
quote:
Originally posted by Joran NobleheartThank you so much! I truly appreciate the information.


You're very welcome.

I'm glad to have been of help.
Joran Nobleheart Posted - 19 Aug 2009 : 14:45:25
quote:
Originally posted by Kiaransalyn

quote:
Originally posted by Joran Nobleheart

Here's a question/add that I haven't seen and still don't fully understand. What are 'fluff' and 'crunch'? I've never understood those two, really.


They're terms that seem to have cropped up in the last few years. Fluff means things like story line, background and setting. Crunch refers to the rules and game mechanics.

Personally, I think both terms are derisory and I don't use them.

Thank you so much! I truly appreciate the information.
Kiaransalyn Posted - 19 Aug 2009 : 14:30:36
quote:
Originally posted by Joran Nobleheart

Here's a question/add that I haven't seen and still don't fully understand. What are 'fluff' and 'crunch'? I've never understood those two, really.


They're terms that seem to have cropped up in the last few years. Fluff means things like story line, background and setting. Crunch refers to the rules and game mechanics.

Personally, I think both terms are derisory and I don't use them.
Joran Nobleheart Posted - 19 Aug 2009 : 13:59:55
Here's a question/add that I haven't seen and still don't fully understand. What are 'fluff' and 'crunch'? I've never understood those two, really.
Brimstone Posted - 16 Aug 2009 : 09:25:47
Only if THO is doing the Rear Slapping!
Jakk Posted - 16 Aug 2009 : 07:42:53

The following is from "Questions for Eric L Boyd":
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

There is no answer to this one. I know that this was a 'dangling realmslore hook' (I think I'm going to start using 'DRH') that Eric left behind.
<snip>


quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

<snip>We should add "DRH" (Dangling Realmslore Hook) to a list of common CK abbreviations, if such a thing exists... <snip>


And then The Sage was kind enough to direct me to this list, so here I am...
No, Rinonalyrna, RSE is not already on the list; I was surprised too. I also have some alternate definitions for RSE for you, and I just decided to compile them all here for Fillow's ease of addition:
1) Realms Shaking Event (standard);
2) Realms Shattering Event (for those who really dislike the RSE in question);
3) Really Silly Event (for those who think a given event was (a) pointless, (b) meaningless, and/or (c) too minor to have been given the exposure it got);
4) Rum Swigging Event (for those who think a given event is more palatable with a stiff drink in hand); and/or
5) Rear Slapping Event (for those who think an event resembles (and/or deserves) a good spanking).

If anyone has any more, please share them, even if they're sillier than these. RSE's are much more fun when you add some silliness to the whole concept.

My 742nd post was made at 7:42 CK time... spooky...

Late edit: I noticed I was missing a parenthesis... and I used to be a programmer in a wide variety of languages IRL, so I notice things like that... eventually.
Fillow Posted - 08 Mar 2009 : 12:44:51
quote:
Originally posted by sneakypetev

I am fairly new to forums and I have referenced your post about 1/2 dozen times already. Thanks for all your work.


Thanks a lot sneakypetev.
Do not hesitate to write if you find another one...

Sorry for the late answer but, I'm in a too long course at work...

I miss you fellow scribes...
sneakypetev Posted - 20 Feb 2009 : 06:20:36
I am fairly new to forums and I have referenced your post about 1/2 dozen times already. Thanks for all your work.
Fillow Posted - 14 Feb 2009 : 12:53:31
I added e.g., al. and NIMR to the list.

Thanks to you Kira.
It helped me enough. Your French is quite understandable.
We just say "Par exemple". But the others were correctly written.
Rinonalyrna Fathomlin Posted - 05 Feb 2009 : 00:58:54
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

NIMR Not In My Realms seems to be gaining enough popularity it should be included



Seconded!
The Red Walker Posted - 04 Feb 2009 : 18:45:34
NIMR Not In My Realms seems to be gaining enough popularity it should be included
Kiaransalyn Posted - 01 Feb 2009 : 19:00:20
quote:
Originally posted by Ashe Ravenheart

Wow. I've been using i.e. wrong all these years.

And not even the English professors called me on it... Thanks Kia!



I'm allowed to ask 'What are they teaching them in schools these days?'

One of the things I have to do in my real life is help students write scientific papers, which must be in English. I have consequently learned too much about English. I recently had to explain to a Chinese man the use of articles and verbal nouns. Which was a bit of a challenge, but we both found the conversation worthwhile.

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