|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!
Ships are divided into classes according to their purpose. Each race has one type of ship in eacg class.
|M0||Battleship class ships|
|M1||Carrier class ships|
|M2||Destroyer/Cruiser class ships|
|M3||Heavy fighter class ships|
|M4||Medium fighter class ships|
|M5||Scout class ships|
|M6||Corvette class ships|
|TL||Transport Large (moves the Station kits)|
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.
|S||No weapons, minimum shielding|
|M||Basic weapons, medium shielding|
|L||Maximum weapons, maximum shields|
Classes of cargo that a ship may, or may not, be able to carry. Not to be confused with ship equipment levels.
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.
|Impulse Ray Emitter|
|Particle Accelerator Cannon|
|High-Energy Plasma Thrower|
|Photon Pulse Cannon|
|Phased Shockwave Generator|
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|
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.
|NavSat||Navigation Relay Satellite|
|MARS||Motion Analysis Relay System (not used in X²)|
|SETA||Singularity Engine Time Accelerator|
|Sector/Universe Trader (Trade Command Software Mk3 commands)|
|Additional upgrades available when the Bonus Pack is installed|
A few of the space sectors in the game also have common abbreviations.
|BHS||Black Hole Sun|
|Cloudbase North West/South West/South East|
|UES||Unknown Enemy Sector|
And finally a few miscellaneous items.
|AI||Artificial Intelligence (usually refers to the computer's ships)|
|BBS||Bulletin Board System|
|Cap||slang term for capturing other ships|
|CTD||Crash To Desktop|
|ETA||Estimated Time of Arrival (used in ship menus)|
|FAQ||Frequently Asked Questions|
|HEN||Hull Eating Nebula|
|HUD||Heads Up Display|
|[L]||You have a Police Licence with the race the letter appears next to|
|NPC||Non Player Character|
|OOS||Out of Sector (i.e. a sector you are not personally in)|
|OOSD||Out of Sector Defence (defence of the above)|
|SEN||Shield Eating Nebula|
|SON||Sensor Obscuring Nebula|
|UFO||Unidentified Flying Object|
|XI||Xenon Invasion (a mission type)|