Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Acry - What? A Brief Guide to some RPG Acronyms

Greetings, Kids!

I've just a light post today. Something you might find useful, as you flit about the internet to this place or that. You see, I'm on Twitter a lot, and also peruse various blogs. At times, (and this is especially true for Twitter), the lack of room makes people likely to shorten the names of things by using acronyms. This is awesome, but if you don't necessarily know what a thread is about, a random acronym might throw you off.

In order to help with that situation, I've cobbled together a short list of acronyms I've been seeing a lot of on Twitter. The ones listed below are RPG (see, another acronym) related only. I've left out common texting acronyms (like LOL or STFU), as plenty of lists exist elsewhere on the internet to help you with those.

Before you say anything, I'm sure with some careful searching, you could find some RPG related acronym lists as well. This post is one to help my readers and followers should they need it.

Acronym What It Means

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
BSG Battle Star Galactica
CCG Collectible Card Game
D&D Dungeons And Dragons
D6SW Star Wars West End Games Edition
DARPG Dragon Age Role Playing Game
DDI Dungeons & Dragons Insider
DF  Dwarven Forge
DFRPG Dresden Files Role Playing Game
DL Dragonlance
DMG Dungeon Master's Guide
DND Dungeons And Dragons
DND4E Dungeons And Dragons 4th Edition
DS Dark Sun 
FLGS Friendly Local Gaming Store
FotR Fellowship of the Ring
GW Gamma World
HA Hirst Arts
HotFK Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms
HotFL Heroes of the Fallen Lands
HP Hit Points (Also could be Harry Potter)
LFR Living Forgotten Realms
Lot5R Legend of the Five Rings
LotR Lord of the Rings
M&M Mutants And Masterminds
MMO  Massively Multiplayer Online (Game)
MMORPG Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
MtG Magic the Gathering (Card Game)
OBSG Original Battle Star Galactica
OD&D Original Dungeons & Dragons
PH Player's Handbook
RotK Return of the King
RPG Role Playing Game
RSE Revised 2nd Edition d20 Star Wars 
SF Star Frontiers
SJG Steve Jackson Games
SWSE Star Wars Saga Edition
VT Virtual Table
WeG West End Games
WH40K Warhammer 40,000
WHFB Warhammer Fantasy Battle
WHFRPG Warhammer Fantasy Role Playing Game
WotC Wizards of the Coast
WW White Wolf
XP Experience Points

Well, that's the list folks. It is (I'm sure) no means complete. Feel free to add to it in the comments below.

Until next time....

Game excellently with one another.



  1. "Lot5R Legend of the Five Rings"
    For this one I see L5R more than anything else.
    Here are some more that I've encountered, off the top of my head.

    3e/3.x 3rd Edition Dungeons and Dragons

    4e 4th Edition D&D

    2e 2nd Edition AD&D

    DCA DC Adventures

    PFRPG Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, although I have seen this one use for the Palladium Fantasy Roleplaying game as well. I do think the the most common use is for Pathfinder. At this point I think most people just refer to Palladiums game as Palladium Fantasy.

    HEX Hollow Earth Expedition

  2. Old school gaming is rife with acronyms!

    OSR - Old School Renaissance
    OSRIC - Old School Reference and Index Compilation
    LL - Labyrinth Lord
    LotFP - Lamentations of the Flame Princess
    GDQ - Giants, Drow, Queen (a set of AD&D modules)
    S&W - Swords & Wizardry

    These are just the ones that I remember sending me off to Google when I first started reading old-school blogs.

    And if you're going to talk about retro-clones or third-party publishing, a lot of licensing terms come up quite often:

    OGL - Open Game License
    GSL - Game System License
    SRD - System Reference Document

  3. @Geek Gazette, @Stacy: Ouu! Those are all good additions to the list. I'll have to update the master list and re-post it soon. Thankee!

  4. GW = Games Workshop more than anything else, especially in the UK.

    WFRP = Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, which was how the series was originally titled.

    FF = Fighting Fantasy

    AFF = Advanced Fighting Fantasy (Yes, people still play these!)