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July 22nd, 2009

MMO Word of the Day @ 10:28 am

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I've joined the staff of a Wizard 101 blog, Modern AutoMagic. My column is "Word of the Day", defining general MMO terms as used in our game.

I've played pen & paper RPG's for a couple of decades, but Wizard 101 is my first MMORPG. For those of you more involved online (WoW etc.) what are some terms I can / should cover? I need suggestions, please.
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)

hey you!

It's me Vale. I wanted to say hi and check out your digs. I also wanted to say thanks for the post and hope I get to bug you soon :) I've played D&D on paper a time or two. I guess that dates me a little huh? :D Glad you're on wiz.

Valerian Nightbringer
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh lets see... here is a list of bunch, mostly pulled from here: http://mmoterms.com/full-mmorpg-terms-glossary

Aggro (Enemy anger/AI/targeting rules, manageable by characters

AoE / AE / Area of Effect (powers that have a wide radius)

Alt (alternate character)

Buff (as in buff spells to power yoruselves and allies)

Camp(ing) (as in a monster or item drop)


Crowd Control / CC (the managing of mobs)

Direct Damage / DD (single target damage)

Debuff (depowering enemies)

DOT / DOTting Damage over Time (continuous damage, bleed damage)

DPS / Damage Per Second (average damage per second)

Farming (as in gold)

Instance (as in a particular dungeon for you and your group)

Kiting (pulling a train of monsters into town)

Kill on Sight / KoS (getting a town angry at you)

LFG Looking For Group (wants to pick up a group)

MOB (a group of enemies)

Mule (a character to stow your stuff)

Nerf (depower an ability/class/exploit/build)

Pull (getting monsters to notice you to move them to a waiting group)

PvM (player versus monster)

PvP (player versus player)

PvE (player versus environment)

Raid (a big instance for a larger group)

Rez (ressurect)

Spec (which build of your class you are using - on spec, the main one, off spec, the secondary role one)

Twink (putting a bunch of high level items on a starting character)

Toon (one of your characters)

Wipe (the whole party dies, like in an instance)

Zone (a parcelled out area of the server)
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Oh btw, some of these work for D&D... DPR is like average at will damage per round, Nerf is what they did to some fighter powers, Crowd Control / AoE is what the controller role does, DoT is all of the ongoing damages (okay, so the enemy is taking 5 ongoing fire, 5 ongoing radiant, save ends...).. so some of htese DO apply to non MMO's!
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Date:July 23rd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the list, and the link! You've given me a lot of great ideas here.
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Date:July 23rd, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Watch this funny voice narration with some animation of a player shouting out commands to his group in a major World of Warcraft instance... and the group totally fucks it up and he completely loses it...

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Date:July 23rd, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Oh! DKP. Dragon Kill Points, a way of divvying up loot!
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Date:July 23rd, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh for some context, here is the info for the boss they were fighting, so you have a vauge idea what he is talking about!


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