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What do all those TLAs and abbreviations mean?


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By: Carlo the Curious
Edited: 17/01/10 09:36


A TLA is a Three Letter Acronym. Not all the acronyms used have three letters, of course!


Ship Classes

Ships are divided into classes according to their purpose. Each race has one type of ship in eacg class.

M0Battleship class ships
M1Carrier class ships
M2Destroyer/Cruiser class ships
M3Heavy fighter class ships
M4Medium fighter class ships
M5Scout class ships
M6Corvette class ships
TSTransport Ship
TLTransport Large (moves the Station kits)
TPTransport Personnel/Passenger


Ship Equipment Levels

When buying a ship at a shipyard, different models are available with different levels of equipment. Not to be confused with cargo classes.

SNo weapons, minimum shielding
MBasic weapons, medium shielding
LMaximum weapons, maximum shields


Cargo Classes

Classes of cargo that a ship may, or may not, be able to carry. Not to be confused with ship equipment levels.

SSmall
MMedium
LLarge
XLExtra Large
STStation


Weapons

Weapons are divided into types. Each type has a version, indicating the strength of that weapon. Most weapon types have several variants: Alpha, Beta and Gamma. The Alpha costs the least, has the fastest fire rate and uses the least energy, but does the least damage. The Gamma variant is the most expensive, slow firing and energy-draining, but does the most damage. Unsurprisingly, the Beta variant is somewhere between the two. The variants are normally abbreviated to A, B and G and added as a prefix to the laser name abbreviation.

IRE
AIRE
BIRE
GIRE
Impulse Ray Emitter
PAC
APAC
BPAC
GPAC
Particle Accelerator Cannon
HEPT
AHEPT
BHEPT
GHEPT
High-Energy Plasma Thrower
PPC
APPC
BPPC
GPPC
Photon Pulse Cannon
PSG
APSG
BPSG
GPSG
Phased Shockwave Generator
ID
IonD
Ion Disruptor
MDMass Driver
LTLaser Tower
FDFighter Drone


Stations

There are many different types of space stations in the game, but only a few types have commonly-used abbreviations.

EQ
EqD
ED
Equipment Dock
GTGoner Temple
OM
SM
Ore/Silicon Mine
PAPPirate Anarchy Port
PBPirate Base
TCHQTerraCorp Headquarters
TD
TS
Trading Dock/Station
SPPSolar Power Plant


Equipment

These are a few of the many kinds of equipment that can be used, either to equip a ship or to be deployed from one.

1MW
5MW
25MW
125MW
Shields
AdvSatAdvanced Satellite
NavSatNavigation Relay Satellite
JDJump Drive
MARSMotion Analysis Relay System (not used in X)
SETASingularity Engine Time Accelerator
ST
UT
Sector/Universe Trader (Trade Command Software Mk3 commands)
AEGIS
BPH
SDS
Additional upgrades available when the Bonus Pack is installed


Sectors

A few of the space sectors in the game also have common abbreviations.

ABAkeela's Beacon
APArgon Prime
BHSBlack Hole Sun
CBNW
CBSW
CBSE
Cloudbase North West/South West/South East
GFGetsu Fune
KEKingdom End
IZIanamus Zura
NHNyana's Hideout
OBOre Belt
OLOmicron Lyrae
PEPresident's End
PPParanid Prime
UESUnknown Enemy Sector


General

And finally a few miscellaneous items.

AIArtificial Intelligence (usually refers to the computer's ships)
ALArtificial Life
BBSBulletin Board System
Capslang term for capturing other ships
CTDCrash To Desktop
ETAEstimated Time of Arrival (used in ship menus)
FAQFrequently Asked Questions
HENHull Eating Nebula
HUDHeads Up Display
[L]You have a Police Licence with the race the letter appears next to
NPCNon Player Character
OOSOut of Sector (i.e. a sector you are not personally in)
OOSDOut of Sector Defence (defence of the above)
SENShield Eating Nebula
SONSensor Obscuring Nebula
UOUnknown Object
UFOUnidentified Flying Object
XIXenon Invasion (a mission type)


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