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What do all those TLAs and abbreviations mean?


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By: -system-
Edited: 13/05/09 18:13


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 (can transport Station kits)
TPTransport Personnel/Passenger

Note: The description Cruiser is used by some players for M2 class ships and by others for M6 class ships

Ship Variants

For ships smaller than an M2, each race has 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 (M3/M4/M5) have up to 4 variants, typically having the following characteristics, though there is some variation so these rules do not always hold.

RaiderFaster, less shielding and less cargo
VanguardFaster, sometimes less shielding, sometimes better weapons
HaulerSlower, more cargo space
SentinelSlower, more shielding, sometimes less cargo space

Small freighters (TS) also have variants, again depending on race and again with not all variants being available for all ships.

HaulerSlower, more shielding, more cargo space
MinerSlower, more shielding, more cargo space
TankerSlower, more shielding, more cargo space
Tanker
(larger version)
Even slower, more shielding, more cargo space
Super-freighter
SF
Even slower, more shielding, more cargo space
Super-freighter
(larger version)
Even slower again, even more shielding, even more cargo space

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

Ship Nicknames

A few ships have standard nicknames. Examples include "Oddy" for Odysseus and "Ellie" for Elephant.

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

Each trade ware has a 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 takes up 4 units in S class containers, and an Ore Mine takes 8000 units in ST class containers.

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 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.

IRE
AIRE
BIRE
Impulse Ray Emitter
PAC
APAC
BPAC
Particle Accelerator Cannon
HEPT
AHEPT
BHEPT
High-Energy Plasma Thrower
FAA
FLAK
AFAA
AFLAK
BFAA
BFLAK
Flak Artillery Array
PBE
APBE
BPBE
Pulsed Beam Emitter
PPC
APPC
BPPC
GPPC
Photon Pulse Cannon
PSG
APSG
BPSG
GPSG
Phased Shockwave Generator
KYON
AKYON
BKYON
GKYON
Kyon Emitter (Kha'ak ships only)
ID
IonD
Ion Disruptor
MDMass Driver
TBTractor Beam
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
PHQPlayer Headquarters
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.

1MJ
5MJ
25MJ
125MJ
1GJ
10GJ
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)

Some additional upgrades are also available when the Bonus Pack is installed.

ABAfter Burner
CAGCommercial Agent
CLSCommodity Logistics Software
DMDockware Manager
MDMMissile Defence Mosquito
MTCManual Trade Commands
RTDRemote Transporter Device
SMStation Manager

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
GODGlobal Decision Engine
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)
SEScript Editor
UOUnknown Object
UESUnknown Enemy Sector
UFOUnidentified Flying Object
USUnknown Sector
XI
XIM
Xenon Invasion (a mission type)
XT
XTM
Xenon Transport (another mission type)

If you see an abbreviation that is not listed here then it may be a standard abbreviation with common online use in forums. Sites such as Acronym Finder or AbbreviationZ may be useful in such cases.


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