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Jumpgate Jargon

v1.01, 22 June 2003

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Introduction
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This guide is an attempt to provide a lexicon of jargon frequently heard on 
English channels of JumpGate - "JG eng" if you like. 

Version 1.01, 22 June 2003.

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Credits and Legal
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This guide was written by Tim (timski) Howgego, copyright 2001-2003. Errors 
and suggestions should be reported to tim (at) capsu (dot) org . Please put 
"Jumpgate" somewhere in the email subject field. Contributors are noted with 
the relevant text. Special thanks to Armchair, who first tried to write this. 
This document is in the public domain: You may copy and repost this guide, but 
the content of the document, including the credits, must remain unchanged. 
Jumpgate copyright (c) 1999-2003 NetDevil Ltd. Other trademarks and copyright 
are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders.

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Notes
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Most of the words here reflect those used on EU English channels, although 
some historic US jargon has been included, and much is common between servers.

Where possible, I have tried to indicate where a phrase originates. The 
following are used quite commonly:

- IRC - commonly used on Internet Relay Chat. 
- MUD - commonly used in Multi-User Dungeon chat. 
- RP - commonly used in conventional RolePlaying. 
- Usenet - commonly used on usenet (newsgroups).

JumpGate jargon sometimes uses common hackish or lamer malformations, such as 
the replacement of certain characters with numbers or letters such as 0 for o 
or s with z and capitalization for shouting, and various heavily shortened 
forms, such as U for you, R for are, and m8 for mate (friend). Such changes 
are not included here - most of them are fairly self explanatory.

Squad abbreviations have been excluded: there are too many and they tend to 
change at short notice.

Sectors of space are almost always shortened, either by the adoption of their 
initials, or the use of one word in a multi-word name, or the use of a number 
(for example Outer Third may become O3). Only station abbreviations have been 
included.

Equipment and commods are also frequently abbreviated or simplified. Common or 
confusing jargon has been included, but many are not included.

Like the abbreviations, sentence structure is essentially lazy. For example, 
single words may be turned into a question by simply adding a question mark. 
This partly reflects the limit on characters in any one line, partly a 
requirement to communicate quickly in the heat of battle.

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0
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2nd account
- See second account.

3.
- (3P). TriPoint station.

10 day account
- 1. Pilot registered with no intention of subscribing to a paid account but 
instead causing as much trouble as possible for free, normally being banned 
before the ten days are up. Also see grief and second account. 2. Noob yet to 
subscribe to the game.

303
- A pilot that has picked up a small bounty (normally 303 credits), either as 
a result of a failed civ rip or from a friendly fire incident.

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A
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AB
- (ABed). 1. Abbreviation for afterburner, sometimes used as "I ABed and 
escaped the flux". Also burner. 2. Maximum speed of a ship at full throttle 
and applying afterburner, as in "my tens does v550 ab". 3. All boost artefact 
MODx which increases PP, engine thrust, cap and shield recharge rates.

active mining
- (active roiding). Process by which a miner circles a roid whilst mining, 
increasing the extraction rate.

AE
- All efficiency artefact MODx which increases efficiency of engines, shield 
and cap.

AFK
- Abbreviation for 'away from keyboard'. [MUD/IRC]

Aman
- Shorthand for Amananth. May refer to the station, the area of space, or 
products made by the Amananthii.

ammo
- Ships using ammunition based guns, such as Raks.

Apy
- (Ape, Apex). Shorthand for the Octavius starter ship, the Apteryx.

armored
- (armoured, armoring). 1. In combat, to reduce a ship's shields to zero and 
start to attack the armor belt. Armoring a ship is often seen as a sign of 
superiority in a battle and provide a cue to the injured party to flee. 
Armoring is sometimes used as a warning. 2. Following a collision, to have 
lost all shielding and some armor.

Artefact
- (artifact, arty, artie). Pre-collapse equipment recovered from wreckage 
drifting in deep space. Artefacts can be the best equipment pilots can get, 
but the majority of artefacts recovered are useless. Note that artefact and 
wreckage may be interchangable in certain circumstances. For example, an 
artefact hunter first searches for wreckage from which an artefact can be 
recovered, but may claim to be flying a pattern to find an artefact, not to 
find the wreckage which is actually what they search for to start with. This 
is an entirely pedantic point, so don't worry about it.

artied
- Commonly a ship using a high proportion of artefact equipment, but may be 
applied to a ship equipped with just one artefact.

ATM
- Abbreviation for at the moment.

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B
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Baby Eater
- (Baby Bits, and things in a similar vein). Reference to Octs and their 
alleged dietary requirements.

back gate
- (back route, back door). Secondary route into an area of space, used by a 
small proportion of shipping. For example, the route between Aman Gate and 
Inner Aman is Amananth's back gate.

ban
- (banned, ban stick). Suspension of the player's account for some period of 
time, normally for some kind of breach of rules.

Banana
- See Tens.

Battle Tow
- Tow class ship configured for combat and/or battle command and control. 
Rarely seen following the introduction of scout, ranger and bomber class 
ships.

BBL
- Abbreviation for 'be back later'. Later normally implies sometime later in 
the same day. [IRC]

BCU
- Abbreviation for Beacon Control Unit, MODx used to tune or flip beacs.

Beac
- (Beek). Shorthand for TRI Beacon.

beta
- Relating to a pre-release version of JG.

big game flux
- Very powerful classes of flux normally hunted with the aim of power 
levelling. Also see fluxing.

Black Market
- 1. Production, movement and/or sale of an item of equipment directly to a 
pilot or squad. The equipment is not readily available at the station the 
trade is being made. 2. Brokered equipment which is consequently not insured.

blue
- 1. Reference to a non-pure roid that has been heavily mined and appears with 
a blue tint. 2. Rare wreckage. 3. More generally, a reference to sol.

Board Whore
- Player who spends the majority of their time posting on forum boards, but is 
rarely seen playing the game. Whores may be trolls, however trolling implies 
specifically trying to bait unwary board users into making them look bad or 
the troll look good, rather than just being on the boards a lot.

BPC
- Abbreviation for Best Profit Calculator, a utility providing a basic way to 
determine a profitable cargo to transport between stations.

BRB
- Abbreviation for 'be right back', often used when preparing to reconnect. 
[IRC]

broker
- (brokering, brokered). 1. Sale of items to pilots who for some reason cannot 
purchase them themselves. They may not be able to purchase them because of a 
mission requirement, or insufficient rank or pol. Also see Black Market. 2. A 
Quantar mining laser.

Buff
- A loaded tow, derived from Big Ugly Fat F***er.

bug
- (bugged, buggy). 1. Repeatable software failure, normally due to poor coding 
or testing. Bugs vary from the serious and fatal (such as a CTD), through the 
exploitable (such as instant launch), to bugs that are so obscure most pilot 
regard them as intentional features, to the bugs that aren't bugs at all, as 
in "damn game, I can't see things on my radar anymore ... press E ... oh, ok". 
2. Unintentional new feature [cynical]. 3. The most recent patch from ND 
[cynical, but there have been times :-/ ].

bump
- 1. To collide with another ship, particularly on docking, causing a change 
in vector which can sometimes be fatal. This can occur accidentally or 
intentionally. 2. To collide with any objective in space in a non-fatal way, 
as in "I bumped the roid while mining". 3. To move a forum thread back to the 
top of the board by adding a new content-free post.

burner
- Shorthand for after-burner. Also AB.

bus
- Any non-combat ship in a combat situation, typically a cargo ship being 
escorted.

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C
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c[n]
- Reference to different classes of flux numbered c0, c1, c2, and so on. Some 
pilots prefer to use the full name instead. A rarely used largely historic 
variation is a combination of either name and top speed (a c1 would be a "v250 
Squid"), or name and weapon (a c7 would be an "ammo Manta").

camper
- (camping). See Tube Camper and Gate Camper.

Cane
- Shorthand for the Quantar transport, the Hurricane.

Cap
- Shorthand for capacitor, an equipment classification.

CB
- Capacitor boost artefact MODx which increases cap recharge rate.

cc
- Copy, instruction understood. Possibly from 'click click'.

Ceptor
- Shorthand for the Solrain light fighter, the Interceptor.

Cigar Cutter
- Artefact wreckage holding a DSS.

circle
- 1. Common combat technique involving rotating round a foe whilst keeping the 
foe in a position where they can be shot, with the aim of eventually reducing 
their v to zero. Often used against ammo ships since it makes it harder for 
them to return fire. 2. Any circling manoeuvre, including circling a roid 
(often active mining) or circling a station.

civ
- Flying with a Civilian registry. Contrast to HG.

civ rip
- (cived). To rip a civ pilot. Normally there is some justification for the 
rip, but it may take the pilot unawares and cause diplomatic problems. 
Contrast to PvP, pod and grief.

Chirp
- Shorthand for Chiropteran, Oct MF [from JH].

Clarence
- (Hemmy). Lesser known death roid in Callow Passage. [obscure]

cloak
- (de-cloak). The apparent ability of certain ships disappear from the radar 
and then suddenly re-appear. In some cases this is due to masking. In the case 
of sents it seems to be a genuine ability.

Clone
- Shorthand for the Quantar light fighter, the Cyclone. Also see Death Moth.

Cluker
- (Chicken Missile). Often attributed to pilot RoyofCA, renown for his rapid 
exits from battle, the Cluker was an entirely fictional size three missile.

CM
- 1. Abbreviation for Construction Materials. Worth noting because the German 
is Bau- und Produktionsmittel, which often comes out as BM. 2. Counter-Mass 
artefact MODx.

comm
- 1. Shorthand for the chat interface and system, including different f-key 
based channels, as in "all noobs should learn to use the comm early on". From 
communications. 2. Commod.

commod
- Shorthand for commodity, materials sold on markets, commonly for use in 
production, but not equipped to ships.

Core
- 1. The home core station of a pilot. 2. The nearest core station. Core 
stations are OC, QC and SC.

Cori
- (Cord). Shorthand for Corridor station.

Corn
- Shorthand for Cornea station.

Craptor
- Derogatory term for the Octavius bomber, the Raptor, indicative of what most 
octs think of its performance in combat.

cruise
- Refers to a ship's v when applying full throttle on a straight course, as in 
"this ranger has a v550 cruise".

CS
- Capacitor storage artefact MODx which increases cap energy storage.

CTD
- Abbreviation for crash to desktop, normally due to a technical fault or bug.

Cube
- Artefact wreckage containing a UC.

cycle
- 1. Commonly, the time interval between moments when stations produce items 
and place them on the market. Traditionally just over 6 minutes, but now so 
buggy it can be difficult to see a pattern. 2. Any server based code loop that 
occurs at regular intervals, for example, an hourly stock decay cycle.

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death
- Death commonly refers to the death of a ship not a pilot. The actual pilot 
always escapes 'death' in a pod.

Death Beacon
- Beac found in a direct line between two gates, and hence posing a 
navigational hazard. Historically Beacs used to only be seen visually within 
10k range, creating similar problems to Death Roids. Beacs are now easier to 
see and this is less of a problem. Locations include Imperial Causeway and The 
Split.

Death Moth
- A reference to the wings on the Quantar light fighter, the Cyclone [as I 
recall, they used to be more of a liability than they are now].

Death Petal
- See petal.

Death Roid
- A roid found in a direct line between two gates, sometimes between, 
sometimes close to one. These roids are frequently hit by pilots who are not 
paying attention or travelling too fast or too heavy to be able to adjust 
their course to avoid hitting the death roid. Locations include Callow Passage 
(two including Clarence), The Reaches (Emma), Lesser Locks (by Main Gate 
gate), The Dark, Last Point, Inner Lighthouse (by Wanderer's Pond gate), and 
The Stith (Connexion to Last Parsec route).

Deep Space
- 1. Commonly any area of a sector's space not within radar range of main 
shipping lanes or structures. Some use the term to refer to areas further out, 
past any roid fields. 2. Location of pilots who don't seem to want to be found 
[edited from Wraith-].

depot
- 1. The personal storage of a pilot, found at their faction's storage depot 
station, as in "I've got a spare Gator in my depot". 2. The nearest storage 
depot station.

Dereg
- See unreg.

Dev
- (NetDev). Shorthand for developer(s). Also see ND.

disco
- (discoed). 1. Shorthand for 'disconnected from the server', normally 
unintentional. 2. Intentional disconnection when about to enter a fatal 
combat, sometimes "combat disco", see Rollio Cord. 3. Bug that often occurs to 
other players after they've flown into deep space to avoid some unpleasant 
fate. They usually reconnect at a station a few minutes later with all their 
artifacts intact or without that temporary bounty they had [quasi-cynical from 
Jam].

Dive Bomb
- (DB, Dive Bombing). Combat tactic in which a pilot launches one or more high 
powered but poorly guided missiles, such as torps, as they pass close to their 
foe, ensuring a hit and giving the foe no warning to evade. Contrast with 
missile spam.

DoD
- Abbreviation for die or die, a corruption of PoD, where the target is unable 
to pay.

Droid
- Shorthand for a station defense droid, drones that attempt to protect 
stations from bountied pilots. Sometimes referred to as "Mk1" and "Mk2", to 
differentiate the classes of droid.

DSS
- 1. Artefact data storage system disk, of little value but prone to regular 
discovery by artefact hunters. 2. Derogatory term implying a lack of value, as 
in "I couldn't give a DSS what you think", meaning I don't care about your 
view.

dump
- To leave a sector with a flux on your tail, which then immediately turns and 
fires upon another pilot. Primarily to do this with dangerous flux without 
warning. As in, "I was busy dealing with the Jelly when someone dumped a Krak 
on me". Also see tourist.

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E
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EB
- Engine boost artefact MODx which increases engine thrust.

ECM
- Abbreviation for 'Electronic Counter Measures' or 'Evasion and Counter 
Measures', a class of equipment which reduces the effective range of other 
pilots' radars against you [inconsistent use highlighted by Charmaka].

economy
- 1. The interaction of production, supply and use of commods and equipment. 
2. Umbrella term covering cargo missions, BPC based towing or trading, 
trucking, farming and similar activities. 3. Related to trading focused on 
production, as in "this cargo is for the benefit of the economy", meaning that 
the cargo will be needed for production of something. The urgency of the 
delivery and the usefulness of the item produced varies. 4. The reason why a 
certain item of equipment is not available, sometimes leading to the 
conclusion that "the economy needs to be fixed" [slightly cynical].

EE
- 1. Abbreviation for Evenings End station. 2. Energy efficiency artefact MODx 
which reduces engine power consumption.

Emma
- A particularly famous death roid in The Reaches. Emma is a large piece of 
semi in a dark sector, causing so many loses that many pilots prefer to take 
an alternative longer route to Hyp. Also Scorch's Revenge.

eng
- 1. Shorthand for English. Can also be used as "eng?" after text in another 
language, meaning can you say that in English please? 2. Commonly used English 
language chat booth. [EU]

Enforcer
- Shorthand for TRI Enforcer, a TRI fighter, normally of comparable power to a 
sent. OOCly Enforcers are normally flown by OPs or GMs.

EP
- Abbreviation for Empowered Players, pilots who answer /assist requests [US].

EP2
- JumpGate Episode 2, 'Attack of the Conflux'.

ESB
- Engine and shield boost artefact MODx which increases efficiency of engines 
and shield.

EU
- European Union server, run by MG.

Exp
- Shorthand for experience points.

eye
- (eyeball). Solrain design of station utilised by WK and Corn. [obscure]

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Factionalist
- Squad or sometimes pilot working for the benefit, defence, and/or domination 
of their home (normally) faction.

farm
- (farmer, farming). Process by which one high value commod is stockpiled at 
one station, while another station is emptied. Over time the price difference 
between the stations changes, lowering the price at the over-stocked station 
and raising it at the station with a shortage. The stockpile is moved between 
the stations resulting both in a profit and in a new farm. When done with very 
large quantities in a controlled environment such a process can be 
exceptionally profitable, with a single farm netting hundreds of millions of 
credits a day for almost no work. Matter Converters are most commonly farmed, 
although commods like Gravitational Components, RAM and CPUs can be used to 
make a more modest profit. Farming is far more common on US where commodities 
are more readily available than on EU.

FF
- 1. Abbreviation for FlashFire, a MODx, or the use of a FlashFire, as in "I 
FFed to get away". 2. Abbreviation for FeatherFire, a gun (less common).

FFA
- Abbreviation for free-for-all PvP combat, usually in sim [from JH].

FFS
- Abbreviation for, for f*** sake, normally an exclaimation of frustration 
with something or someone.

FlashFire Brake
- (FF Brake). Rotating a ship 180 degrees and applying FF, AB and throttle to 
slow a ship down. Commonly used when speed docking or with a heavy cargo ship.

flip
- (flipping). Changing the colour of a beac by re-tuning it, normally as a 
hostile act. The term 'flipping beacs back' is often applied to returning 
beacs to the colour of the faction space they are in. Colouring grey beacs is 
normally just called tuning. Also see ring jockey and ring patrol.

Flower
- See petal.

Flux
- Shorthand for 'Conflux', pink alien shipping. Also see sent.

fluxing
- (fluxxing, fluxoring). To fly around specifically looking for flux to kill. 
Also see spawn and big game flux.

FM
- Abbreviation for a Faction Mission.

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gang-bang
- For one squad to attack a small number of pilots in another PvP squad with 
over-whelming numbers, guaranteeing a success without a lot of skill. Gang-
bangs tend to be cyclical, with opposing squads waiting until they have 
overwhelming numbers before engaging. Also see gank.

gank
- 1. Commonly to attack a pilot who is normally capable of defending 
themselves, but currently is particularly vulnerable, as in "let's gank his 
Collector Phoon". See gang-bang. 2. Having the bad manners to fly about with 
your squad mates and shoot people [cynical alternative from Wyx].

Gate
- Shorthand for jumpgate, the structure allowing travel between sectors rather 
than the game itself. Also see infest and petal.

Gate Camper
- Pilot who waits by a gate ready to fire at whoever has the misfortune to 
jump in and not respond quick enough (often due to radar lag). This is less of 
a problem following the introduction of a short period of immunity for pilots 
that have just jumped, although lightly shielded or heavy ships may still be 
effectively gate camped. Contrast to Tube Camper.

Gator
- (Insti). Shorthand for Instigator, an expensive PP.

GBS
- Erm, GBS station. PJG used to have a banner that read "we know what GBS 
stands for" ;-) .

gear
- (kit). Ship equipment, normally that required for a specific ship. Also see 
noob gear.

GF
- 1. Abbreviation for good fight, often heard after a PvP battle [from JH]. 2. 
Abbreviation for girl friend.

Ghost
- 1. Pilot who appears to be in a state they are no longer in due to lag or a 
disco, such as appearing to have missed a gate even though they have already 
jumped, or appearing to have no armor or shield in combat but still being 
alive. 2. A bugged flux that cannot be killed and/or appears with negative 
armor and/or appears momentarily on the radar but then disappears without 
warning (the later may genuinely be cloaked if a sent). Such bugs and glitches 
are normally caused by a flux not being transferred between players' clients 
correctly. 3. A roid which blends into background, causing pilots to hit it 
before even realising it was there. 4. A type of ECM.

GM
- Abbreviation for Games Master, a term variously encompassing server 
administrators, devs and those providing or guiding storyline. [RP]

gold
- Perfect quality wreckage.

GP
- Abbreviation for Great Pillars station, sometimes Great Pillers.

Gravel
- Common roids or ore.

grief
- (griefer, griefing). 1. An attack on a pilot at random for no obvious 
reason, including disregarding RP. Targets are normally unlikely or unable to 
fight back, and griefers will normally avoid more honourable (and dangerous) 
PvP focused pilots. Also see civ rip and 10 day account. 2. Arbitrary and 
wanton acts which cause OOC damage to other players or impinge 
disproportionately on their enjoyment of the game [from MG]. 3. Someone that 
does something you disagree with so strongly you feel the need to email MG 
about it, post on the boards, or, at the very least, complain about them in 
f5:eng or f5:ger depending on which language you like to swear in [cynical 
alternative from Jam].

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ham
- 1. Related to Hamalzah. 2. Patch 1.0020 introduced "minor changes to ham 
sandwich system", which goes some way to explaining how desperate that thread 
had become.

hang
- To remain almost stationary in space, but alert and normally waiting for 
something to happen or another pilot to appear.

Head Hunter
- Pilot who hunts bountied pilots. A bounty hunter.

HF
- Abbreviation for Heavy Fighter.

HG
- Flying with an Honor Guard registry. Contrast to civ.

Homing
- (home). Using the /home command at any unreg station. Instead of returning 
to the last faction station you docked at, your pod returns to the unreg 
station that you homed too [from Losar].

hot-dogging
- Flying a curved trajectory with a high degree of precision without 
significant loss of speed. For example, to fly around a known death roid.

HUD
- Abbreviation for Heads Up Display.

humping
- 1. Masking against a roid. 2. Rarely, mining a roid.

Hyp
- Shorthand for Hyperial or Hyperion. May refer to the station, the area of 
space, or products made by Hyperion.

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I
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IC
- (ICly). Abbreviation for 'in character', a comment or action made 
specifically by the player's character. Contrast to OOC. [RP]

Infest
- Shorthand for the infestation of a gate by flux, preventing its use.

instant launch
- Ability to relaunch within a second of docking having received new fuel, 
ammunition, armor and similar. Avoids tractor lag. Generally considered a bug.

invincible noob
- 1. Noob that has become accustomed to noob protection and will continue to 
try and fly missions to places like GBS in spite of a very poor success rate 
due to factors such as kraks. 2. Noob who's first action is to switch to HG 
because it looks kool or because they thought JG was Quake in space, launch 
and fly around a bit, blatantly not responding to polite suggestions that 
"flying HG with noob gear is dangerous, particularly for a quant", before 
eventually petalling or crashing whilst attempting to dock, all in all looking 
anything but kool. Note, HG noobs are increasingly second accounts, and 
sometimes simply griefers.

Iridium Tow
- Specifically a tow fully loaded with Iridium, making it so heavy as to take 
hours to reach a destination and be almost impossible to defend in the 
meantime. The term can be applied to any very heavy or slow moving tow. Also 
see stuffed.

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J
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ja
- (jap). Yes. From German, but often drifts into eng chat.

Jelly
- Jellyfish, a very weak flux, primarily designed to give noobs something to 
rip. The basis of jokes about a pilot's lack of fluxing ability or the 
tendency of Jellyfish to spawn alongside big game flux.

JG
- Abbreviation for JumpGate, the game.

JGT
- Abbreviation for bhruic's now defunct JumpGate Tracker, the first widely 
used inventory and price tracking utility, also with the first BPC. [obscure]

Johnston Effect
- See pop.

JOSSH
- Abbreviation for Jumpgate Operating System SHell. Technically refers to both 
the in-station and web page interfaces, although more commonly the later.

joust
- Combat technique involving a head on attack in the style of Medieval 
knights, aiming to inflict more damage on your enemy in each pass than your 
enemy does on you.

joy
- Shorthand for joystick.

juice
- Fuel used for brakes and burner.

jump
- To travel between sectors by activating a gate.

Jumper
- Pilot who continually jumps at the same gate to evade an attacker. Largely 
obsolete following the imposition of a delay in the re-use of gates.

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K
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k
- 1. That's fine with me, agreed. Possibly from 'kool' or 'ok' [expanded by 
Charmaka]. 2. After numbers, a thousand.

KH
- Abbreviation for Klatsches Hold station, referring to pilot Gossip in 
German, and much to his annoyance regularly misspelled by ND and others as 
Klatches.

kill steal
- (kill stealing, kill stealer, KS). 1. To kill a flux that another pilot has 
spawned before they have had a chance to attack it and/or kill it and/or ask 
if they may kill it. This may seem to the outsider a strange form of etiquette 
for dealing with a potentially life-threatening foe, but this form of kill 
stealing causes many pilots to get very upset. 2. To kill a pilot who has 
already been badly armored by another pilot and is on the verge of being 
killed by that pilot.

kiss
- Collision with an object, normally fatal, as in "I kissed the roid".

kit
- See gear.

knife fight
- Dogfight.

KoS
- Abbreviation for Kill on Sight, a particularly hostile diplomatic state.

Krak
- Shorthand for Kracken, a class of flux.

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L
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Lamer
- 1. A player that acts in a stupid or slightly annoying way, and normally 
realises they will be seen as stupid by other players. A luser or loser. 
Contrast to griefer. 2. Someone that does something you disagree with [cynical 
alternative from Jam]. 3. Style of writing, as in lamer-speak, with lots of 
misspeklings, CAPITALISATION, k-emphasis! and replacement of l3tt3rz with 
other characters - a style seemingly defined by B1FF or JeffK.

Laming Griefing Ganking W*nker
- People who have the bad manners to attack people they are at war with in 
unreg while they were only fluxing [cynical form Wyx]. Also see lamer, grief 
and gank.

LF
- Abbreviation for light fighter class ships.

lift
- As strip but often without malicious intent, as in "someone's lifted all the 
FM CMs for a BPC cargo run to GBS".

LL
- Abbreviation for Lothars Landing station.

lo
- Shorthand for hello or German, hallo [from RobiHood].

LOL
- Abbreviation for 'laughing out loud'. "LOL" was once recorded as a macro and 
used (seemingly) to spam up station chat booths. [IRC/Usenet]

loop
- Collection of sectors often flown in a circle, often when fluxing, for 
example the "Cornea loop" refers to the four sectors 'behind' Corn, less 
obviously a loop since the addition of Hirbel's Channel.

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M
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mask
- To hide a ship from the radars of others by stopping very close to an object 
such as a large roid or a station. Also see cloak.

Matt Farm
- Shorthand for a Matter Converter farm.

MF
- Abbreviation for medium class fighters.

MG
- Abbreviation for MightyGames, the game's European publisher/hoster.

mil
- Shorthand for million.

missile spam
- (missile jockey). Launching multiple high powered missiles, specifically MS, 
to kill another pilot without requiring much PvP skill. Contrast to dive bomb.

Mk[n]
- 1. Shorthand for the Centerfuge range of PPs, as in "MkV" for Centerfuge Mk. 
V. 2. Station defense droid.

MODx
- (modX). Class of equipment commonly with specialist roles, such as cameras 
or targeting computers.

mom
- Please wait a moment, as in "mom flux" - I will talk to you once I've killed 
this flux. [EU]

MS
- Abbreviation for the Morning Star missile. Also see missile spam.

Mule
- Second or inactive account used specifically to store items, normally 
essential or rare equipment, often used to instantly re-equip pilots after a 
death. Most mules are storage tows.

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N
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n
- The universal negative, no, also covering German nein.

NAP
- Abbreviation for Non Aggression Pact, a diplomatic state where those 
involved effectively ignore one another with regard to combat.

NastiFlux
- See big game flux [from Nohbody].

ND
- Abbreviation for NetDevil, the game's developers.

nerf
- (nerf bat, nerfstick). 1. To be or to be made worse, as in "they nerfed the 
nix" or "the turkey is nerfed". 2. To rebalance correctly, as in "nerf the 
tens" [from Charmaka]. Also see proxy nerf.

nick
- (nic). Character name as shown in the game, shorthand for nickname. The 
actual IC name may be something slightly different or longer.

Nix
- Shorthand for the Octavian fighter, the Pheonix.

noob
- (often n00b). Newbie, a new and/or inexperienced player. Newbies are 
sometimes taken to be players under level 10, but this varies greatly. 'Fake 
noobs' are normally second accounts, although the term may apply to a player 
who plays a series of 10 day accounts without ever subscribing. 'My noob' is 
normally a student being mentored by me. Also see invincible noob. [usenet]

noob gear
- (stock equipment). Starting equipment, provided to new pilots and any pilot 
after a death.

noob protection
- 1. Game features designed to protect new pilots, such as not spawning or 
attracting flux, or not being able to be ripped by other pilots (if civ) for 
the first few levels/hours of play. Such protection can make noobs feel 
invincible. 2. Protection afforded to lower ranking pilots as a common 
courtesy by higher ranking pilots. Often simply not attacking noobs, but 
sometimes armoring where another pilot would be ripped.

Nova
- 1. Nova Mk. I, a high powered but difficult to use gun. 2. Medals awarded 
for achieving high pol with faction(s), including SuperNova medals, for 
example, "I'm collecting Novas".

NP
- No problem.

Nuke
- 1. General term for a Glaive, Maul or Saber - missiles armed with a potent 
warhead, originally designed to damage infests. 2. Related to rad roids, as in 
"nuke shard", a mining medal [from Charmaka].

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O
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OC
- Abbreviation for Octavius Core station.

Oct
- Shorthand for Octavius or Octavian. May refer to pilots, the area of space, 
or products made by Octavians.

OD
- Octavius Depot, Octavius Storage Depot Station (SDS). Also see depot.

OOC
- (OOCly). Abbreviation for 'out of character', a comment or action made by 
the player rather than the player's character. Contrast to IC. [RP]

OMW
- Abbreviation for on my way.

OP
- 1. Abbreviation for Outpost station. 2. Shorthand for an Operator (a rookie 
GM ;-) )

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P
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pattern
- Series of points in space designed to give sufficient radar coverage to 
locate wreckage within the sector, as in "I got all the way to the end of the 
pattern before I found the DSS".

PB
- Powerplant boost artefact MODx which increases PP efficiency.

PCS
- Abbreviation for pre-collapse shield, an artefact.

PCE
- Abbreviation for pre-collapse engine, an artefact.

PCP
- Abbreviation for pre-collapse powerplant, an artefact.

petal
- (petalled, petalling, Death Petal, Death Flower). 1. The solid support 
structure that appears to hold gates in position. 2. To hit and be killed by 
the structure in (1), as in "I petalled", sometimes used as "clipped the 
petal" implying an unseen wing hit a petal rather than the ship being 
propelled straight into a petal. There are various obscure references to 
flowers, most of which refer to petalling, such as "eat Lotus". 3. To kill 
another ship, including flux, by forcing them to collide with a petal, as in 
"the Jelly petalled".

PGA
- Abbreviation for Power Grid Analyzer.

Phoon
- Shorthand for the Quantar fighter, the Typhoon.

Pipe
- Artefact wreckage containing certain MODx. Also plugs.

PJG
- Abbreviation for the now defunct PlanetJumpGate website.

PKSwitch
- Shorthand for player killer switch, the in-station registry change between 
civ and HG [from Nohbody].

Plugs
- See pipe.

pod
- 1. Device that returns you to the station after a death, as in "pod ride 
home". 2. To kill another pilot. Also see rip. 3. PoD. 4. UFO artefact 
wreckage.

PoD
- Pirated for credits, normally with the message 'Pay or Die', first used by 
squad The Dark Path.

pol
- Shorthand for Political Rating or Status.

pop
- 1. The explosion resulting from the retrieval of an artefact from wreckage 
or a pure having been mined out. Also called the "Johnston effect". 2. To 
crash a ship, specifically a tow, normally by missing the station docking 
tube, as in "don't pop with all those gators on board".

POS
- 1. Abbreviation for Player Owned Station, an EP2 feature. 2. Abbreviation 
for Pilot Owned Station, the RP version [from Hollis].

potato
- (Holy Potato). Station constructed around a roid, specifically Quantar 
stations 3. and Cori.

power levelling
- Process by which new characters of experienced players seek to rapidly 
acquire experience and rank (level) and may temporarily ignore secondary 
aspects of gameplay like RP. Examples include "levelling a storage tow" by 
fluxing big game flux. There are a few examples of players power levelling 
right up to level 50.

PP
- Abbreviation for PowerPlant, an equipment classification.

ppl
- Shorthand for people.

proxy-nerf
- To make something worse by changing things that it is compared with rather 
than the thing itself, for example the Gust, which was proxy-nerfed by 
improved shielding on fighters, which it has trouble penetrating [from 
Charmaka]. Also see nerf.

Pure
- A roid made up of one mineral commodity only. Pure roids pop once mined out.

PvP
- Abbreviation for Player vs Player combat. Normally, but not always, the 
players involved consent to the combat, for example by flying HG.

Pyramid
- Artefact wreckage containing a shield, engine, PP or CM.

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Q
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qbld
- Abbreviation and channel for the Quantar build drive, a system designed to 
complete Quant FMs. Similar systems were subsequently developed by other 
factions (abld, hbld, obld and sbld).

QC
- Abbreviation for Quantar Core station.

QD
- Quantar Depot, Quantar Storage Depot Station (SDS). Also see depot.

Quake in space
- A phrase used to imply JG as primarily a combat shooter or quick PvP game. 
Various other well known game titles may be substituted for Quake to imply a 
different gameplay bias.

Quant
- Shorthand for Quantar. May refer to pilots, the area of space, or products 
made by the Quantar.

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R
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Rad
- (Radio). Shorthand for Radioactive roids or ore. Also see nuke.

RAH!
- (anything but all caps may be considered as an insult, expansion to a full 
line common). 1. Octavian greeting. 2. Abbreviation for Run Away and Hide, 
Octavian secret code used to signal the arrival of more than 3 enemy ships 
[cynical from Giomani].

Rak
- Shorthand for Barrak, an ammo gun.

RCM
- Radar and counter measures artefact MODx which reduces the power consumption 
of radar and ECM.

re
- Used to make pilots aware of your presence, commonly either following an AFK 
or a disco, often with the expectation that other pilots will wish to talk to 
you. Either shorthand for 'returned to game' or based on the IRC/MUD 'rehi'.

rebel
- Pilot or squad working against TRI.

Reg
- Shorthand for 'regulated space', those sectors and stations under the 
control of TRI. Contrast to unreg.

rgr
- Shorthand for 'roger', meaning message understood and about to be acted on.

Rings
- 1. The hexagonal targeting rings that are used to guide ships into a 
station's docking tube. Often used to report progress of a ship, as in "the 
tow's in the rings and about to dock". 2. Less commonly, a beac.

Ring Jockey
- Pilot who spends most of their time tuning beacs.

Ring Patrol
- Commonly squad based flipping of beacs, either to keep home space the 
'correct' colour, or to draw out a factionalist enemy.

rip
- To kill, normally another player in space combat, but the term is also 
applied to other space threats. Also see civ rip.

Rock Licker
- (Rock Sucker, Roid Licker, Rock Kisser, and similar). Degrogatory term for 
Quants, although not taken as an insult by the majority of Quant pilots 
[ammended by Charmaka]. Sometimes refers to miners in general.

ROE
- Abbreviation for rules of engagement.

roid
- (roided, roiding). 1. Shorthand for an asteroid of any type including 
asteroid fields. 2. To mine asteroids, as in "roiding". 3. To radar mask. 4. 
To die by hitting a roid at speed. 5. To kill a flux by forcing it to crash 
against a roid, as in "I roided the Squid".

Rollio Cord
- Process by which player sees a situation they cannot deal with and manually 
disconnects themselves from the game rapidly by physically disconnecting their 
computer from the internet, forcing a disco. Derived from the frustration of 
US pilot rollio, who would announce a PoD and find the target had discoed 
seconds later; hence the phrase 'in an emergency pull cord for rollio'. The 
practice is less common now that discoed pilots remain in space for a few 
minutes after an in-flight disco, but can still be used to shake off flux. 
[obscure]

rookie
- See noob.

RP
- 1. Abbreviation for 'RolePlay'. 2. Used to imply an event or activity been 
done IC, as in "there's an RP at hyp atm".

RTFM
- Abbreviation for 'read the f***ing manual', rarely used except in the case 
of particularly inane noob questions. [Usenet]

runner
- Pilot undertaking FMs using brokered commods and flying between stations 
empty to complete the project in the shortest time possible.

rusty
- Poor quality wreckage.

rv
- Shorthand for rendezvous.

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S
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salad
- Commonly a mix of different classes of ship flying together.

SB
- Shield boost artefact MODx which increases shield recharge rate.

SC
- Abbreviation for Solrain Core station.

Scorch's Pet
- Nickname for the Quantar Gust, ship of choice for the game's creator.

Scorch's Revenge
- See Emma. [obscure]

SD
- 1. Solrain Depot, Solrain Storage Depot Station (SDS). Also see depot. 2. 
Abbreviation for ScrewDriver missile.

SE
- Shield efficiency artefact MODx which reduces shield recharge power 
consumption.

seafood
- Reference to flux.

sec
- 1. Shorthand for sector. 2. Instruction to reveal your location, as in 
"sec?", normally in response to an "I'm under attack" type message which does 
not reveal your location, making it unlikely that anyone will be able to help. 
3. Mom.

second account
- (s). Additional account(s) taken out by pilots who have already developed 
one character. Second accounts occur for a variety of reasons, including for 
use as storage tows and griefing.

Seeding
- (seed). Using a civ ship to run interference between two or more HG fighters 
in order for someone to get a bounty [from Losar].

Semi
- Shorthand for Semifluxor roids or ore.

Sent
- Shorthand for sentient Conflux, flux which are more powerful, skilled, 
faster and unpredictable than most. OOCly sents are piloted by humans, 
contrasting with most flux which are computer controlled. Sents are not to be 
confused with Sentinels, which are a type of radar.

Sim
- Shorthand for simulator.

sitting duck
- Cargo ship, specifically stationary in space making them very vulnerable to 
attack. Sometimes applied to ships that look like they don't know where to go.

six
- The exposed rear of a ship escaping from battle or threat of battle, as in 
"I've got a nix on my six".

Smurf
- Derogatory term for Sols, after a fictional race of blue creatures.

Sol
- Shorthand for Solrain. May refer to pilots, the area of space, or products 
made by Solrain.

spam
- Unwanted and/or frequently repeated text on the same channel. Examples 
include five line advertisements for something nobody wants repeated every 30 
seconds and 'flooding' with a dozen lines of ".". Spam tends to result in 
important messages being lost in amongst a screen full of rubbish. Somewhat 
different from missile spam. [Usenet/Monty Python]

spawn
- 1. To generate one or more additional flux in the sector by activating a 
gate. Also used in the form "that flux is my spawn". 2. To generate a new pure 
or wreckage in a sector to popping one already there.

speed dock
- The art of docking at a station very rapidly, normally in the course of 
evading an attacker. Speed docks often involve approaching the tube at full 
speed, turning and applying reverse thrust to bring the ship to a momentary 
stand right in front of the tube entrance before thrusting into dock, all in 
the blink of an eye. Speed docks may involve a FlashFire Brake or hot-dogging. 

spin move
- See FlashFire Brake.

splash
- 1. To dispose of a cargo by voluntarily crashing with it. Commonly crashing 
a loaded tow into a station. Often used in combination with stripping to 
prevent a certain equipment being available, particularly at an unreg station 
where the /home command may be used to empty a station at speed. 2. Any 
collison causing death, as in "splashed against a roid".

stat padding
- Taking actions specifically aimed at improving a pilot's statistics. 
Examples stretch from the tame launching and immediately redocking to improve 
your insurance rating, to the lame firing at a noob second account to improve 
a gun accuracy or kill board statistics. May be a sign of a Stat Whore, but 
not always.

Stat Whore
- 1. Pilot who specifically aims to collect medals, which can sometimes 
spotted by a tendency to always have only a Ring of Commitment medal missing 
from their next Star Skill set :-/ . 2. Pilot who specifically aims to get 
their name at the top of one or more leader boards.

Stealth Bomb
- Launching missiles at an enemy without targeting them, giving them no beep 
warning and a nasty surprise when the missiles hit. Guidance 0 missiles 
(Smacker, Spear) are best used with this technique. [from McFretN]

stock equipment
- See noob gear.

Storage Tow
- Second or inactive level 30+ account used specifically to store items, 
normally essential or rare equipment, often used to instantly re-equip pilots 
after a death. The storage tow is almost a standard requirement for a large 
squad. The term has largely replaced mule, since these days mules are normally 
tows.

strip
- (stripper, stripping). 1. Removal of carefully stocked equipment from a 
station with the intention of making it more difficult for pilots based there 
to re-equip. An extreme form involves splashing. Contrast to lift. 2. To 
influence production by removing certain commods from a station.

stuffed
- Fully or heavily loaded, normally referring to a cargo ship.

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T
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tag
- 1. To fire upon a flux which is being towed, causing it to attack you and 
ignore its former tower. 2. Normally in the plural: Designation as either civ 
or HG, as in "I would've attacked but I still had my civ tags on" [from JH].

Tens
- (Tensity, Tense, Tensi, Tensy, you get the idea). Shorthand for the Solrain 
fighter ship, the Intensity.

thx
- (tnx, TY). Thank you or thanks.

Torp
- Shorthand for torpedo, highly damaging but poorly guided missiles such as 
Lances and Katakas.

tourist
- Pilot who enters a sector known to spawn dangerous flux but who has no 
intention of killing them. Often leads to dumping.

tow
- (Tow, but not TOW). 1. Shorthand for a Cargo Tow, a class of cargo ship. 
Also see storage tow, iridium tow and buff. 2. Trucking, as in "towing cargo". 
3. To lead a flux, allowing a second pilot to kill it without having 
(initially) to deal with it attacking them. It is now common for the pilots 
involved to wing.

TP
- Abbreviation for TriPoint station.

tractor lag
- Delay in-station imposed by the operation of fuel, cargo and armor repair 
trucks and similar. Contrast to instant launch.

trade
- 1. Actions of a trader. 2. To use the in-station trade window to exchange 
items or credits with another pilot. Also see broker.

trade lag
- 1. Describes the tendency for the list of names in the Trade window to lag 
behind a pilot's arrival at the station. 2. Time wasted getting a large 
quantity of something brokered.

Trader
- (trading). 1. Trucker. 2. Cargo pilot primarily engaging in production, 
station stocking, the economy, or sometimes stripping. 3. Smuggler or pilot 
engaged in the Black Market.

tranny
- 1. Any transport class ship (excludes tows). 2. To undertake transport 
missions, as in "I'm running trannies between QD and 3. to get some pol back".

TRI
- Abbreviation for 'The Reconstruction Initiative'.

Trucker
- (Truckerz, Trucking). Pilot with a tendency to run back and forth all day in 
a large cargo ship. The term often implies somewhat mindless flying, such as 
following the results of BPCs, cargo missions, or someone else's instructions. 
Also see trader and farmer.

Tube
- Commonly station portals which ships dock or launch from. Tubes can also be 
found on certain other structures such as custom producers or refuel stops.

Tube Camper
- Pilot who waits close to a station's launch tubes ready to engage another 
pilot who may be disorientated or experiencing radar lag. A particularly 
unpleasant variation involves 'placing' a nuke in the launch path of a heavy 
cargo ship. Contrast with Gate Camper.

tune
- To claim or set a beac. Tuning non-grey beacs is normally called flipping.

turkey
- 1. Shorthand for the Octavian transport, the Wyvern. 2. Any cargo ship, 
particularly a heavily loaded one. Sometimes used in combination with stuffed 
or salad.

turret fighting
- Combat style that involves stopping or moving slowly in the same vector, and 
using the ship as a weapons platform by constantly rotating it to fire upon a 
foe. Often favoured by heavy or well shielded ships.

TY
- See thx [from nim].

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U
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UC
- Artefact (universal?) component, potentially usable to produce other 
equipment, but often regarded in a similar way to DSSs.

UFO
- 1. Design of wreckage holding certain MODx artefacts. Also pod. 2. Female 
pilot using a gender specific nick, an abbreviation for unmistakable female 
offworlder. [obscure]

uber
- 1. Overpowered or particularly large, for example "uber roid". 2. Of Sol 
origin [from Charmaka]. Contrast to nerf.

Unreg
- Shorthand for unregulated space, those sectors and stations not under the 
control of TRI and fall outside of the bounty system. Also neutral or 
deregulated space. Contrast to reg.

US
- United States server, run by ND.

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V
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v
- Indication of velocity, as in "that Gust just FFed past me at v650 - must be 
artied".

Vader
- Shorthand for the Solrain medium fighter, the Invader.

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W
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WC
- Abbreviation for wrong channel, normally following a line of chat that was 
unintentionally sent to the channel by hitting the wrong f-key.

WD
- Abbreviation for well done.

WE
- Weapons efficiency artefact MODx which reduces weapon power consumption.

winchester
- Ammo based ship that has run out of ammunition.

wing
- 1. Shorthand for wingman. 2. To use /wing to hunt flux, often by towing, as 
in "will you wing with me on this krak?".

WK
- Abbreviation for Wake station. [obscure]

Wreckage
- Container floating in deep space that contains an artefact. See cigar 
cutter, cube, pipe, UFO and pyramid.

WTF
- Commonly though to be an abbreviation for 'what the f***?' [IRC/Usenet]

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X
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XP
- See Exp.


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