Hobby Glossary



  • This has been an ongoing project as part of the bigger project, as a resource for folks newer to the hobby or just in general. @Auspice's poll inspires the post, in part, 'cause I'm a forgetful hag that forgets to post inquiries like this.

    What terms can you think of that you've run across that are unique to the hobby? Any that have been particularly opaque? Any you've heard used a lot?

    There's actually a reason for this -- some terms get used in different places in different ways, and that's pretty relevant. For instance, games I've played, sanctioning a player means punishment of some kind has been administered; in other RP communities, the same word means the character has been approved for play. That's a pretty huge difference that could easily trip people up.

    This project may or may not be completely stupid, and I'm doing it either way and don't really care much if people think it's stupid. If you want to argue that, by all means, have at -- but I'm a lot more interested in what terms you think are useful or should be included on such a list (preferably with the definition you've associated with it, which is especially useful, since like the sanction example above, the different meanings can be included and if that unconfuses so much as half a dozen people from freaking out about a term with such contradictory meanings, well, it's not like I have other things to do with my time at the moment).


  • Admin

    TS comes to mind. But basically tiny-everything is pretty unique to the hobby.

    +jobs instead of tickets, which most people would identify from the real world?

    The grid, referring to a game's built, described, interconnected world.

    Dunno, this is a big project. You're probably better off sticking it on a wiki and let people add items then just curate occasionally... individual games have a ton of native terms, too. "Emote fighting" for example is what we used to call purely posed combat in a MUD I played, but I've not seen the term picked up anywhere else since.



  • Calling the game's setting the "theme" is something that still baffles me to this very day.


  • Pitcrew

    @Arkandel said in Hobby Glossary:

    "Emote fighting" for example is what we used to call purely posed combat in a MUD I played, but I've not seen the term picked up anywhere else since.

    And boy do I wish it would be picked up elsewhere. I haven't had a good emote fight in... years. Way, way, way too many years. Dice ruin everything (while at the same time making things SO much easier).


  • Pitcrew

    Mav is one of the first that comes to mind.



  • using Charactername-p to refer to the player behind the character confused me at first.


  • Admin

    @Roz said in Hobby Glossary:

    Mav is one of the first that comes to mind.

    I swear, I never figured out what 'mav' stands for. Mis-...something?


  • Pitcrew

    @Arkandel said in Hobby Glossary:

    @Roz said in Hobby Glossary:

    Mav is one of the first that comes to mind.

    I swear, I never figured out what 'mav' stands for. Mis-...something?

    It's short for Maverick, a player from what back when (I think on AmberMUSH?) who was notorious for mis-paging/talking on the wrong channel. So the term got coined as a shortening of his name.


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  • Admin

    @Roz said in Hobby Glossary:

    @Arkandel said in Hobby Glossary:

    @Roz said in Hobby Glossary:

    Mav is one of the first that comes to mind.

    I swear, I never figured out what 'mav' stands for. Mis-...something?

    It's short for Maverick, a player from what back when (I think on AmberMUSH?) who was notorious for mis-paging/talking on the wrong channel. So the term got coined as a shortening of his name.

    Seriously? Damn, that guy got immortalized!


  • Pitcrew

    @Arkandel said in Hobby Glossary:

    @Roz said in Hobby Glossary:

    @Arkandel said in Hobby Glossary:

    @Roz said in Hobby Glossary:

    Mav is one of the first that comes to mind.

    I swear, I never figured out what 'mav' stands for. Mis-...something?

    It's short for Maverick, a player from what back when (I think on AmberMUSH?) who was notorious for mis-paging/talking on the wrong channel. So the term got coined as a shortening of his name.

    Seriously? Damn, that guy got immortalized!

    Right? I actually just recently came across a player who says he actually knew him. First time I'd actually run into someone who had.


  • Coder

    It definitely came up on AmberMUSH first time I heard it back in '92, but it wasn't because of the guys name as far as I know, just the pose/page went 'Maverick' as in the definition of the word: an unorthodox or independent-minded person. It was then shortened to Mav. It went independent and not where intended.

    I could be wrong but that's what I remember.


  • Pitcrew

    I can say with 100% certainty that it predates AmberMUSH. My extremely fallible memory wants to say it's from Islandia, but it could just as easily be from TinyHell or ChaosMUCK or LambdaMOO or any of a dozen or so other projects from the ~1990 era.



  • A Little Mermaid themed hotel.
    A My Little Mermaid themed pinball game.
    A Little Mermaid themed roleplaying game.

    I do not support this usage of theme in regards to games, but I understand where it comes from.


  • Coder

    @Lithium

    "Maverick" was absolutely the guy's character name. I am almost positive Amber is right but it may have also been HellMOO. (edit: Cross-checking with Autumn's list, Islandia or Hell. Or Tim. I still think Hell.)

    In modern parlance, this would be a "mistell" or a "mis", "tell" being the page-like command on...IRC-based systems like MMOs, I think? This is close enough to "mispage" that it hasn't been difficult for people to follow.


  • Pitcrew

    IIRC - Maverick's RL name was Jerry. As well, I have heard it was for his infamous paging of other people. However, this is also how urban legends start sooo...



  • Another one for the glossary: Telenuke. v/n To resolve matters through a third party arbitrator solely in your favour, or a situation resulting from this.



  • I always heard that Mav was a girl and was knowing for mispaging TS poses on chans. Or anything on chans. Or pages to people.

    Again, like @Catsmeow said, urban legends sorta tend to have different variations depending on who you talk to. That's just how I heard it years ago.



  • @Catsmeow said in Hobby Glossary:

    IIRC - Maverick's RL name was Jerry. As well, I have heard it was for his infamous paging of other people. However, this is also how urban legends start sooo...

    Maverick was Hello Raptor later in life? Wow!

    (Yes, indeed, this is how urban legends spread... :D)


  • Coder

    Weirdly, I didn't hear the mav shorthand till I played Arx, we just used to use 'mischan'.


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