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AC
Arcane Connection
AFAIK
As Far As I Know
AG
Atlas Games
AoFR
Arc of Fiery Ribbons
ArM
Ars Magica. Also ArM1, ArM2, ArM3, ArM4 and (proposed) ArM5 or ArMV for edition distinctions.
Ablative Parma
Term for any house rules wherein either: the Parma Magica "weakens" any incoming spells that it doesn't totally stop; or the Parma itself "weakens" through repeated contact with magics that it stops or weakens; or both.
ASG
Alpha StoryGuide, the main storyguide in troupe-style play, when storyguiding is shared among the participants. See also BSG.
BDR
Belief Defines Reality: one side of the Medieval Paradigm argument, whereby mythical things happen because people believe in them. This worldview assumes that as people's beliefs change, reality changes too.
BoAF
Ball of Abysmal Flame
Berzerklist, or BerkList
The Berkeley Ars Magica mailing list.
Brickman (pull a)
To send private (particularly if embarassing to yourself or others) e-mail to the list at large. Originally named after an email in which the Sarge apparently referred to a noted game designer as 'squid boy'.
BSG, bSG
Beta StoryGuide, a secondary storyguide in troupe-style play. See ASG.
BTW
By The Way
CD
Compact Disc (D'oh! I mean Crystal Dart)
Code, the
The Code of Hermes. Not to be confused with the ArM Code.
COOF
Crotchety Old Old Fart (a longtime member of the list, like since ArM2 was a new edition. Alternatively, anyone who's been on the list as long as any current member can remember.) Also translated "Child Of Our Founders" (by David Spitzley) which is much more respectful (young whippersnappers today, don't appreciate their elders, mutter mutter).
CtC
Confound the Connection
DEO
Demon's Eternal Oblivion
ESA
Earth Split Asunder
FLGS
Friendly Local Gaming Store
FotAB
Form of the Avenging Beast: This spell was first printed in Order of Hermes.
Frex/FrEx
For Example
FTR
For The Record
FYI
For Your Information
HDQ
Hung, Drawn and Quartered: what happens to you when you violate an NDA
HoH
Houses of Hermes, the book from Wizards of the Coast detailing the houses of the Order of Hermes. Also used to refer to the Houses in general.
HP
Hermes' Portal, the spell. Also the fanzine of the same name.
<HUMOR>...</HUMOR>
HTML tags indicating that the material between them is (allegedly) humourous. Also <TRUE>, <RANT>, etc.
IftWT
Image from the Wizard Torn
IIRC
If I Recall/Remember Correctly (see also Serf's Parma)
IMC
In My Campaign. Also IMS.
IMO
In my opinion. Also seen with variants:
IMHO
In My Humble/Honest Opinion
IMAO
In My Arrogant Opinion
IMJBO
In My Just and Beneficent Opinion (Peter Hentges only)
UHO
Ut Humiliter Opinor (Latin for In My Humble Opinion)
IMS
In My Saga; see also IMC
ISTR
I Seem To Recall; see also IIRC
IoL
Incantation of Lightning
LoH
Leap of Homecoming
LOL
Laugh(ing) out loud. Also ROTFL, Roll(ing) On The Floor Laughing and variants.
LotN
Lion of the North, the Tribunal book for Loch Leglean. Generally held to be the best third edition Tribunal book, contains details on Gruagach (exotic magi).
LP
Longevity Potion
LR
Lion Rampant, original publisher of Ars Magica.
Merchant's Parma
"I'm doing this from memory, because my books are packed up in storage." Rarely used. See Serf's Parma.
Monk's Parma
"I'm doing this from memory, because I'm at home and left my books at work."
Not commonly used, but included with Noble's Parma and Serf's Parma for completion's sake.
MP
Mythic Perspectives, a now-defunct Ars Magica fanzine.
MR
Magic Resistance
NDA
Non-Disclosure Agreement. All playtesters and authors sign this legal contract to prevent them from discussing the contents of unreleased material.
Noble's Parma
"I'm doing this from memory, because I'm too lazy to go and find the reference."
See also Serf's Parma.
One True Edition (OTE)
The Second edition of Ars Magica. This usage has declined since the publication of ArM4.
OoH
Order of Hermes, either the organisation, or the out of print book of the same name.
OoO
Order of Odin, the semi-mythical order of Norse Wizards.
OOP
Out of Paradigm
OTOH
On the other hand
p-code, p. Code; the
the Peripheral Code
Paradigm
The Medival Paradigm, a sensitive issue on the mailing list.
Paradigm Police
Keeping the list safe from flamewars. (Basically, if you are about to start a Paradigm-based flamewar, someone from the force will pop up and warn everyone.)
Pilgrim's Parma
"I'm doing this from memory, because I'm traveling and left my books at home." Rarely used. See Serf's Parma.
PoF
Pilum of Fire
Robbie's Mantra
"Do what Works for your Saga," named for Robbie Westmoreland, the star-bellied geek and a COOF, lately inactive. Also #include <robbie.h>, meaning that Robbie's Mantra follows
RSN
Real Soon Now
Sarge, the
Sgt. Bill Brickman, Paradigm Police badge #21 (IIRC) Another COOF.
Serf's Parma
"I'm doing this from memory because I'm at work and I left my books at home." Once used by the then-current ArM Line Developer...!
SG
The storyguide (fourth edition convention is not to capitalise it).
SL
Spell Level
SLS
Seven Leagues Stride
SMArM
The Secret Masters of Ars Magica (fnord). Don't ask. Just don't.
TF
True Faith
ToH
Tribunals of Hermes, either the areas of Mythic Europe, or the book which WotC promised but never got around to producing. Also used for the first two third Edition Tribunal books:
ToH:I
Tribunals of Hermes: Iberia, notorious for the random addition of demons by the Line Developer, and the skill "Craft Sex Toys (painful ones)", which the author (Peter Hentges) utterly disowns.
ToH:R
Tribunals of Hermes: Rome, even more demonic, but with a little more thought this time. (The author, Shannon Appel, still disowns the demons, though.)
TP
Twilight Points
TR
True Reason, an ArM3 addition.
WG
Wizard's Grimoire: A third edition product, notorious for having been less thoroughly playtested and edited than it ought to have been. Supplementary rules and spells, including some that broke the limits of Hermetic Magic.
WGRE
Wizard's Grimoire, Revised Edition: the 4th Edition update of the above. Much more sensible, though still notorious for some of its controversial spells (Encase in Ice, for example).
WoD
The World of Darkness, the modern-day setting White Wolf's games Vampire:
The Masquerade, Mage: The Ascension, among others, apparently descended from Ars Magica.
WoMS
Wind of Mundane Silence
WotC
Wizards of the Coast
WRT
With Regard To
WtW
The Wound That Weeps
WToW
Weaver's Trap of Webs
WW, WWGS
White Wolf Gaming Studio
XP
Experience Points
YMMV
Your Mileage May Vary (i.e. I like doing things this way, but you might not, and that doesn't imply that either of us is stupid.)
:-)
Emoticon, meaning "I mean the preceding statement as a joke." Intending not to cause offense. Also ;-) and :-D.
:-(
Another emoticon, meaning "I'm upset." Also :-/.


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