|By: Carlo the Curious
|Edited: 05/04/11 12:50
A TLA is a Three Letter Acronym. Not all the acronyms used have three letters, of course!
Ships are divided into classes according to their purpose. Most races have at least one type of ship in each class.
|M0||Planet-killer (not used in Terran Conflict)|
|M3(+)||Heavy fighter (Improved)|
|M4(+)||Medium fighter (Improved)|
|TL||Transport Large (can transport station kits)|
|TM||Transport Military (a small carrier ship)|
|OWP||Orbital Weapons Platform|
|NavSat||Navigation Relay Satellite|
For smaller ships, most races have some variants of the basic ship types. Not all races have all variants available to buy at ship yards, and some don't even exist in a normal game.
Fighters can have up to four variants, typically having the following characteristics (though there is some variation so these rules do not always hold).
|Raider||Faster, less shielding and less cargo|
|Vanguard||Faster, sometimes less shielding, sometimes better weapons|
|Hauler||Slower, more cargo space|
|Sentinel||Slower, more shielding, sometimes less cargo space|
Small freighters may also have variants, again depending on race and again with not all variants being available for all ships.
|Hauler||Slower, more shielding, more cargo space|
|Miner||Slower, more shielding, more cargo space|
|Tanker||Slower, more shielding, more cargo space|
|Tanker XL||Even slower, more shielding, more cargo space|
|Super-freighter||Even slower, more shielding, more cargo space|
|Super-freighter XL||Even slower again, even more shielding, even more cargo space|
Certain ships also come in 'heavy, 'prototype', 'advanced' or 'enhanced' variants - this usually indicates an upgraded version of the basic ship.
Ship Equipment Levels
When buying smaller ships at a shipyard, different levels of equipment are available. Not to be confused with cargo classes (or the size of the ship!).
|S||No weapons, minimum shielding|
|M||Basic weapons, medium shielding|
|L||More weapons, maximum shields|
A few ships have standard nicknames. Examples include:
|HCP||Argon Heavy Centaur Prototype|
|TLS||Goner Truelight Seeker|
Classes of cargo that a ship may, or may not, be able to carry. Not to be confused with ship equipment levels.
Each ware has a transport class (or cargo class) and takes up a specific amount of ship cargo-hold, for example one unit of Rastar Oil takes up 6 units of space in M class containers, a unit of Argnu Beef takes up 4 units in S class containers, and an Ore Mine takes 8000 units in ST class containers. Note that this also applies to weapons and shields (even when installed).
Some types of equipment (e.g. jumpdrives) also have a minimum cargo class, and can only be installed on ships capable of transporting that class (although they don't actually take up any space).
Weapons are divided into types.
Some weapon types have several variants: Alpha, Beta and occasionally 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.
|CFA||Cluster Flak Array|
|CIG||Concussion Impulse Generator|
|EBC||Energy Bolt Chaingun|
|(E)EMPC||(Experimental) Electro-magnetic Pulse Cannon|
|Flak Artillery Array|
|FBC||Fusion Beam Cannon (experimental weapon)|
|FBL||Fragmentation Bomb Launcher|
|HEPT||High-Energy Plasma Thrower|
|IBL||Incendiary Bomb Launcher|
|IPG||Ion Pulse Generator|
|ISR||Ion Shard Railgun|
|IRE||Impulse Ray Emitter|
|Kyon Emitter (Kha'ak ships only)|
|(Prototype) Matter/Anti-matter Launcher|
|MDS||Mobile Drilling System|
|PAC||Particle Accelerator Cannon|
|PALC||Phased Array Laser Cannon (experimental weapon)|
|PBC||Plasma Beam Cannon (lasertower weapon)|
|PBE||Pulsed Beam Emitter|
|PBG||Plasma Burst Generator (flamethrower)|
|PPC||Photon Pulse Cannon|
|PRG||Phased Repeater Gun|
|PSG||Phased Shockwave Generator|
|PSP||Point Singularity Projector|
|(P)SSC||(Prototype) Starburst Shockwave Cannon|
|Tri-Beam Laser Cannon (experimental weapon)|
The type of a shield is indicated by a number showing its maximum strength.
These are a few of the many kinds of equipment that can be installed on a ship.
|Cargo Life Support System|
|CLS1||Commodity Logistics Software MK1 (bonus pack)|
|CLS2||Commodity Logistics Software MK2 (bonus pack)|
|UFJD||Unfocussed Jump Drive|
|SETA||Singularity Engine Time Accelerator|
|SOS||System Override Software|
|SSS||Software Signature Scrambler|
|Video Enhancement Goggles|
There are many different types of space stations in the game, but only a few types have commonly-used abbreviations.
|PAP||Pirate Anarchy Port|
|SPP||Solar Power Plant|
A few of the sectors in the game also have common abbreviations.
|BHS||Black Hole Sun|
|Cloudbase North West/South West/South East|
|EoL||Elysium of Light|
|HoL||Home of Light|
|Knnn||Kha'ak Sector nnn (e.g. K931)|
|TUS||Terran Unknown Sector|
|Uxx.yy||Unknown Sector at map co-ordinates xx,yy|
|Xnnn||Xenon Sector nnn (e.g. X101)|
And finally a few miscellaneous items.
|AI||Artificial Intelligence (usually refers to the computer's ships)|
|ANH||A New Home (plot)|
|BoP||Balance of Power (plot)|
|CAG||Commercial Agent (bonus pack)|
|Cap||Slang term for capturing other ships|
|CTD||Crash To Desktop|
|DWM||Dock Ware Manager (bonus pack)|
|ETA||Estimated Time of Arrival (used in ship menus)|
|FAQ||Frequently Asked Questions|
|GOD||Global Decision Engine|
|HUD||Heads Up Display|
|IS||In Sector (i.e. the sector you are personally in)|
|[L]||Indicates that you have a Police Licence with the race the letter appears next to|
|MDM||Missile Defence Mosquito (bonus pack)|
|MORT||Manually Operated Remote Trader|
|MTR||Manual Trade Run|
|NPC||Non Player Character (usually refers to the computer's ships)|
|OFF||Operation: Final Fury (plot)|
|OOS||Out of Sector (i.e. a sector you are not personally in)|
|OOSD||Out of Sector Defence (defence of the above)|
|UFO||Unidentified Flying Object|
|Xenon Invasion (a mission type)|
|Local/Sector/Universe Trader (Trade Command Software Mk3 commands)|
If you see an abbreviation that is not listed here then it may be a standard abbreviation in common online use. Sites such as Acronym Finder or Abbreviations.com may be useful in such cases.