Though as we do not yet have a proper/permanent name for this little thread of ours it's going to keep changing.
Good ideas may also get us to change its name.
Which brings us onto our next point.
What is this thread about?
As a newbie in a new MMO, we've found it hard time and time again to quickly find out about what some users are talking about when they shorten specific words and phrases.
Think of this thread as a dictionary.
Keeping tabs on the ever growing vocabulary of zOMG.
Anything can be abbreviated to allow players a quicker way of communicating.
So we plan to keep a wondrous little list of terms that become common in zOMG.
We also hope to have you, the players, help us with this epic task.
So, what are you waiting for?
Let us begin.
1. Intro/Index (You are currently here)
2. Rules/Info/Linklist (Go here next and please read it all)
3. No - A - B (001.)
4. C - D (002.)
5. E - F (003.)
6. G - H (004.)
7. I - J (005.)
8. K - L (006.)
9. M - N (007.)
10. O - P (008.)
11. Q - R (009.)
12. S - T (010.)
13. U - V (011.)
14. W - X (012.)
15. Y - Z (013.)
1. Follow the ToS.
2. Follow the ToS.
3. Please keep discussion to topics relevant to zOMG.
4. What we define as rule breaking, will be reported.
5. We run by a three strikes you're out rule.
6. Trolls will be dealt with in the appropriate manner. (See rule 4)
7. Page stretching, harassment, abuse etc is not welcome. (Again, see rule 4)
8. For the love of god, do not flood our PM box, we loathe that.
9. Reading our first two posts is nigh on a must.
10. You do not talk about Beta.
11. You do NOT talk about Beta.
A) To begin, we'll explain the search system.
It's rather common, but some people may not know how to use it.
Since this front page may become very long, we've decided that we'll be using a coding system to allow people to quickly jump to the section that they want.
As you've no doubt already noticed in the index, next to each section we have bracketed several numbers and a full stop.
To search for a section you wish to find, simply press Ctrl+F and type in the number code and full stop at the end.
Hit 'Next' and bingo, you'll be at the section you wanted.
B) Onto people submitting entries for our little dictionary.
There's going to be a few rules for this as well.
1. Post it in the thread.
2. Make a small sentence to show how it should be used and in what situation, description helps also.
3. If you didn't coin the term yourself, please tell us who did. A screencap ingame or a link to the forums is helpful in this aspect. We LOATHE people trying to take credit for others ideas. It's called theft after all.
4. If we like your word and description, we shall put it up.
5. If we don't like it, please don't be offended that we don't put it up.
6. Don't worry if your word doesn't show up right away, it may take some time for us to recheck back through pages of the thread we've missed.
7. We reserve the right to take artistic license with the description of any words we add to the list.
C) F.A.Q's about this thread:
None as of yet.
Check back, or go ahead and ask us a few.
D) And do not forget, this topic is about discussing zOMG as well as keeping tabs on its growth.
+ 104 - An error in the zOMG server. A common occurrence during early testing of the game. A bane to all trying to test.
"Quoth the server: '104'."
+ AFK - Generic term meaning 'Away from keyboard.'
+ Agro - Normally used in the phrase 'pull agro'. Once a player attacks an Animated, that Animated will become aggressive towards that player. Certain Animated automatically Agro a player when any Animated near them is attacked or if a player gets too close to them. The more damage done to an Animated, the more agro a player garners from that Animated. Though Medics tend to garner the most Agro without ever attacking an Animated.
+ Airshark - And you thought a freight train with teeth was bad news. Airshark first gained attention during the 2009 April Fools event, created by users to confuse and further bewilder newer players that had no concept of an April fools joke on Gaia. Due to this, when the random mini-events were created, Airshark was born properly. It now enjoys raining explosives and giftboxes upon Barton for twenty minute intervals.
+ Animated - The bane of zOMG. The Animated are objects that have been infused with Ghi energy and have been granted a kind of pseudo-life. Not all enemies in zOMG are Animated, though all do seem to be effected by Ghi energy in some way, shape or form.
+ AoE - "Area of Effect." A term describing an attack or action that covers an area rather than aiming for a single target.
"A good AoE ring is great for C.C."
+ BL - Shorthand for Bloodlust. The final battle within the DMS instance.
+ Boss[es] - zOMG has ten Bosses. Not all of these bosses are in an instance. All of them are tough and most require a crew to take them down. A boss tends to be defined by an NPC asking you to take down said Boss, and offering you a ring reward for doing so.
+ Brb - Generic term meaning 'Be right back.'
+ Broken - General 'gamer' slang for something that is overpowered. - "Dervish has always been broken."
+ BU - Shorthand for "Back Up." A role filled in a DMS crew to back up the tank should it be needed.
+ BUBU The shorthand for "Back Up Back Up." A roll in a DMS crew to back up the back up should the back up need back up.
+ Buff - The term for any effect used by a player to increase any of their stats for a short period of time. "Meat is a great buff!~"
+ Bug - Any part of a game that doesn't work as it was intended to.
"The 104 bug has killed more Gaians than the Landshark." - Ryau
+ C.C - "Crowd Control." A term used to describe how a group of opponents can be controlled by one ring.
"Quicksand all the Bloodbats."
+ Camping - A generic MMO term. Referring to a player or group of players staying in one spot to kill a certain monster as it re-appears.
+ Cap (C.L) - A C.L cap is put in place on all instance areas, mini-events and chests. So higher C.L players cannot swoop in and steal rewards or easily waltz through boss fights.
"You could never kill the OMGWTF in one hit, even at C.L 10."
+ Chest - A 'pseudo mini-event.' A chest contains gold, items and orbs but only release these to players that take part in killing the specific monsters that spawn around and guard said chest. Chests are scattered all over zOMG.
+ C.L - The shortened form of the term 'Charge Level'. This being the defining point of how strong your currently equipped rings are in zOMG. See also T.C.L.
+ Closed Beta - Testing that occurred before zETA. The select few that tested zOMG's basic framework to find bugs and things that needed tightening up.
+ Coat - Shortened term for Otamis Stone Coatl instance boss. Normally a misspelling.
+ Coatl - The Stone Coatl of Otami Ruins, and the areas instance boss.
+ Coy - Shorthand for the ring Coyote Spirit.
+ Crit - Shortened term for "Critical Hit."
+ Dazed - A term for when a players health reaches 0. This causes all rings a player has to be locked an unable to be used until the player returns to the Null Chamber, has 'Defib' used on them or uses the Gaia Cash revival item on them self.
+ DC - The abbreviation of Daily Chance. Daily Chance is handed out in each zone of zOMG by the Barton Regulars. Prizes involve gold, loot and other items.
+ DC'ed (or just DC) - Stands for "Disconnected". Users use it when their computer loses an internet connection.
"Sorry guys, I got DC'ed"
+ Defib - Shortened term for the ring Defibrillate. Used to return a player from Dazed status. Also commonly spammed by newer players wandering around in higher C.L areas.
+ Debuff - A status effect that hinders a player in some way. From causing them to sleep to lowering their resistance to being knocked around by Animated. There is a large range of Debuffs.
+ Dens - Shorthand for the ring My Density.
+ Ditch - To leave or be expelled from a crew very suddenly, often without warning. There can be many reasons for this, though most people that ditch a crew (or are ditched from a crew) will never know them.
+ Div - Shorthand for the ring Divinity.
+ DMP - The shortened term for 'Dead Mans Pass.'
+ DMS - The shortened term for 'Dead Mans Shadow.' An instance inside the Dead Mans Pass instance (Instance-seption) which allows players to gain Shadow Orbs and raise their overall level to the new cap of 12.
+ DMSF - The shortened term for 'Dead Mans Shadow Farming.' The range of farming is at the crew leaders discretion.
+ DMSS - Short for 'Dead Mans Shadow Speed.' The crew hopes to go as deep into the DMS as possible as fast as possible. A specialist style of crew.
+ DoT - A shortened term for 'Damage over Time'. The better a rings DoT, the more damage it can dish out. "Hot Foot has great DoT!"
+ DPH - A shortened term for 'Damage Per Hit.' Somewhat different to DPS.
+ DPS - A shortened term for 'Damage Per Second'. Used to denote the average damage a ring can do within a certain time.
+ DS - The shorthand term for the instance boss Duneneslam. Mainly used when asking to complete the relative quest or farm him for orbs.
+ Instance - Areas of the game set aside for specific boss encounters such as Duneslam or OMGWTF. Each instance is separate for each user, so it is never overcrowded inside the instance. When in a crew, the entire crew may enter the instance together to try and take down the area specific boss on a harder setting for greater rewards.
+ Improb - Shorthand for the ring Improbability Sphere.
+ Kite - The term for 'hit and run' tactics. Running around an opponent to avoid damage while causing your foe damage in return. Ring sets can be made to take advantage of this.
+ KKD - Shorthand for 'Kats Kokeshi Doll' a instanced boss in the Zen Gardens area.
+ Kokia'd - Specific to the zOMG forums. The art of being beaten to answering a question by another user of the forum, even by the smallest of margins.
"Kokia'd: To be beaten to the post by a forum regular, even if you ARE a forum regular."- Cyrus Lurch
+ Lag - Slowdown or freezing of a game due to high latency, although often used for any slowdown at all (e.g. graphics lag, memory leak lag, etc.)
"Lag killed me once again..." - Ryau
+ Landshark - The 'boss' of Gold Beach. Often used in 'Chuck Norris' style jokes. If you have seen it, you know of its majestic power. Also known as Bruce to some.
He was nerfed and is now nowhere near as mighty as he once was.
"A freight-train with teeth."
+ Landy - Shorthand for Landshark.
+ Leafrake - The term for taking a low CL player to the Blood Tree in Otami.
"READY FOR SOME LEAFRAKE?! =D" - Avistella
+Leeching - A term for players who join a farming crew only to sit and watch the other members do all the work while doing nothing themselves. Highly frowned upon by other players.
+ LFC - The shortened term for 'Looking For Crew'.
+ Loot - A term meaning any item gained from killing enemies or opening chests.
"I gained a ton of loot from that farming session, over 9000 orbs!" - Ryau
+Lure - A term used to describe a member of a crew going on ahead of the group to gain the agro of a smaller group of Animated and bring it back to their waiting crewmates. See also "Pull".
+ Mini-Boss(es) - Throughout zOMG There is a large variety of different Mini-Bosses one can face for added rewards. Mini-Bosses have a specific C.L. limit to face them as all Mini-Bosses spawn during Mini-Events. Such as Airshark and the Lawnsharks, who may only be attempted by C.L. 2 or below players.
+ Mini-Event - An addition to zOMG that causes random events to occur dependant on the area they suddenly spring up in. Each area has its own unique mini-event. Each one lasts for twenty minutes and tends to cause unique Animated to spawn during this time. Users may need to quickly band together in some events to stay undazed. All mini-events have a specific C.L cap to make them more of a challenge, yet there is no minimum level to participate in a Mini-Event.
+ MMO - "Massively Multiplayer Online [Game]." A term generally describing a game meaning that many users can play and interact together online at the same time.
"Timmy and his 1000 friends decided to all play together on an MMO." - Ryau
+ Mobbing - A tactic used to defeat as many enemies as possible within an area. For instanced runs such as Dead Man's Pass, Shallow Seas/Underwater Ledge and Sealab Compound, players usually defeat all of the animated on screen before moving to the next. Short hand definition: "Kill everything in sight and move on. Repeat on the next screen." - Black Witch of Ra
+ Nerf - The powering down of an item/ability/effect/etc for game balancing reasons.
+ Newb - A new player. Willing to learn but not yet versed in the ways of the game.
+ Noob - A player, old or new, unwilling to accept help or look into information able to help them. People that are Trolls also fall into this category of player.
+ NPC - Abbreviation of the term Non Player Character.
+ Nulling - The act of returning to the Null Chamber when dazed. - "Sorry it took me so long guys, I nulled"
+ SAD - Shorthand for "Seven Attacks and Diagnose". A ring build commonly used by newer players.
+ SADD - Shorthand for "Six Attacks, Diagnose and Defib". Another common ring build also used by newer players.
+ Salvage - The term describing the destruction of a ring for a portion of the orbs it contained. If a ring is salvaged, the player that salvaged it can not get that ring back without finding it as a random drop from the Animated or asking an NPC for it when part of the main storyline quest is completed. A player salvaging a ring is given a warning that they are doing so, so that they do not do so by accident.
+ Seb - The abbreviation of "Speed End Boss". A type of farming crew commonly being advertised within Gold Beach. A very structured crew may be required. There are several variations of this.
"SEB three spots!"
+ Set[s] - (Ring) Sets are a set of four specific rings used on one 'hand' to give a player a passive stat boost towards one or two of their stats. Each ring set gives different stat bonuses.
+ Slot[s] - Used to describe when players in a crew are looking for more members. The number of slots corresponds to how close to the maximum number of players in the crew is.
- "SSF - 2 SLOTS!"
+ Smobbing - A tactic that combines both Mobbing and Speed. Crews will use speed to designated fleet stops of the map and do not move onto the next stop until all enemies on screen have been defeated. Short hand definition: "Fleet. Kill. Fleet. Kill." - Black Witch of Ra
+ Soulbound - The small lock symbol on Rings (and some other non-zOMG related items) obtained after a certain date. Stops trading of the locked item between users. Was put in place to stop rich players buying their way through the game as well as stopping a giant Gaia-wide economy crash.
"We don't need another recession."
+ Speed - A tactic opposite of mobbing. As the name suggests, this tactic favors speed over actual fighting until necessary targets such as bosses or mini bosses. At least one Fleet Feet is required per crew. Note: Some crews will attack animated for rage in order to use buffs. Short hand definition: "Fleet until you have to fight." - Black Witch of Ra
+ SS - Abbreviation of the area instance 'Shallow Seas'. A popular endgame farming spot.
+ SSF - Short hand term for Shallow Seas Farming, used to alert people that a crew is looking for members to farm the Shallow Seas for orbs and loot. Has now been replaced by more specific forms of farming such as Smobing.
+ Stamina - The limiter for zOMG. Using rings tires a player so they can not just pack their hands out with attack rings and bash their way to victory.
+ Stat[s] - A players stats are broken down on their character page. Each Ring, Buff and Debuff effect effects a players stats in certain ways. While Rings and Buffs tend to help a player by raising stats, a Debuff effect tends to lower a players stats.
+ Suis - Shorthand for "Suicide." Used within DMS when players may be required to kill themselves for the betterment of the crew.
+ SW - The abbreviation of 'She Wolf'.
+ Tank[ing/er] - The term for a player who's playing style revolves around being able to take damage. Lots and lots of damage. Best suited to group play, for distracting monsters from more vulnerable members of the crew.
+ T.C - The shortened term for 'Total Charge'.
+ Total Charge - Total Charge is the total amount of charge orbs a player has collected, though this doesn't include orbs obtained from salvaging rings.
+ ToT - Shorthand term for 'Trick or Treat'. An event available in zOMG during it's initial release. People could obtain items by wandering Barton Town and clicking pumpkins to receive treats of items or gold; Or tricks of being teleported to places where a player would easily be dazed, or spawning of certain monsters.
+ TTs - The abbreviation for Tiny Terrors, such as those found in Old Aqueduct and Otami Ruins.
+ Tuna - The shorthand for Attuned. A term describing that a user can make use of the door seen on the first screen of the DMS instance.
+ Walk of Shame - A phrase related to people that spam the chatbox with shouts for Defib. The Walk of Shame is simply Awakening at the Null Chamber and shamefully walking back to where the original Dazing took place.
+ Waves - Most instance bosses tend to have waves of smaller Animated attack a crew before the instance boss itself shows up. There tends to be 3 - 6 attack waves pre-boss.