For my 1000th post on this forum, I wanted to do something useful.
Even after all this time, I do not know all the abbreviations used by veterans on this forum.
I hope this will help newbies.
This post is only possible thanks to members of the forum and the old list from redcap
I will keep editing post number one, so all the abbreviations are in one place.
abbreviations on this forum :
A&A Ars et Academe (supplement)
AC - Arcane Connection
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AG Atlas Games
AL Artes Liberales
ArM Ars Magica (core rule book). Also ArM1, ArM2, ArM3, ArM4 and ArM5 or for edition distinctions.
ASG Alpha StoryGuide, the main storyguide in troupe-style play, when storyguiding is shared among the participants
ATM At the moment
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.
BerkList The Berkeley Ars Magica mailing list (an online platform where the early exchange occurred; rather inactive lately, as far as I know)
BoAF Ball of Abysmal Flame
BSG, bSG Beta StoryGuide, a secondary storyguide in troupe-style play.
BTW By The Way
C&G City and Guild (supplement)
Code, the The Code of Hermes. Not to be confused with the ArM Code.
DEO Demon's Eternal Oblivion
ESA Earth Split Asunder
FLGS Friendly Local Gaming Store
FTR For The Record
FYI For Your Information
GotF Guardians of the Forest (Rhine Tribunal) (supplement)
HA - Hermetic Age, the number of years of experience after gauntlet (see PG)
HMRE Hedge magic revised edition (supplement)
HoH: MC Houses of Hermes Mystery Cults (supplement)
HoH: S Houses of Hermes Societates (supplement)
HoH: TL Houses of Hermes True lineages (supplement)
HR House Rule; a rule players have invented or modified for use in their own game. (plural, HRs)
IC in character
IIRC If I Recall/Remember Correctly
IMAO In My Arrogant Opinion
IMC In My Campaign
IMHO In My Humble/Honest Opinion IMO In my opinion
IMS in my saga
IoL Incantation of Lightning
ISTR I Seem To Recall
IYS in your saga
L&L The lion and the Lily (Normandy Tribunal) (supplement)
LoH Legends of Hermes (supplement)
LOL Laugh(ing) out loud
LoM Lords of Men (supplement)
LotN Lion of the North (supplement, 3rd edition)
LP Longevity Potion, called longevity ritual (lr) in 5th edition
LR Lion Rampant, original publisher of Ars Magica.
lr longevity ritual
MR Magic Resistance
MT Magic theory
MoH Magi of Hermes
Noble's Parma "I'm doing this from memory, because I'm too lazy to go and find the reference."
OOC out of character
OoH reder of Hermes
OoHL Order of Hermes Lore
OoO Order of Odin, the semi-mythical order of Norse Wizards.
OOP Out of Paradigm
OTOH On the other hand
PG - Post Gauntlet, referring to a mage's experience since apprenticeship (see HA)
Pink Dot Loophole A recognized problem with Fifth Edition Magic Resistance rules, whereby a magus can turn his opponent's sword pink and the now-enchanted sword will be kept out by the caster's own Magic Resistance.
PM 1. (send) a private message (verb or noun); 2. Parma Magica
PoF Pilum of Fire (CrIg20 spell)
RAW - Rules as written (a literal reading of the phrasing)
RDT - Range, Duration, Target
RL real life
RM Rival Magic (supplement)
ROFL, Roll(ing) On The Floor Laughing
oP: D Realms of Power The Divine, also RoP: TD
RoP: F Realms of Power Fairie (supplement)
RoP: I Realms of Power The Infernal, also RoP: TI (supplement)
RoP: M Realms of Power Magic (supplement)
RoP: TD Realms of Power The Divine, also RoP: D (supplement)
RoP: TI Realms of Power The Infernal, also: RoP: I (supplement)
RSN Real Soon Now
S&M shape and material (both can create bonuses to item creation)
serf's parma - I may be wrong, because I am at work and my books are not
SG The storyguide (fourth edition convention is not to capitalise it).
SL Spell Level
TC The Church (supplement)
TeFo - generic reference to Technique/Form of a spell effect
TF True Faith
ToH:I Tribunals of Hermes: Iberia (supplement, 3rd edition)
ToH:R Tribunals of Hermes: Rome (supplement, 3rd edition)
TMRE The mysteries revised edition (supplement)
ToC Table of Contents
ToME Tales of Mythic Europe (supplement)
TP Twilight Points, the Fourth Edition and earlier term for Warping
TSE The Sundered Eagle (supplement)
Vanilla without using the supplements, just the core book
WG Wizard's Grimoire
WGRE Wizard's Grimoire, Revised Edition (supplement, 4th edition)
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
XP Experience Points
YMMV. Your mileage might vary. Meaning that your opinion might differ from this one
ysmv - your saga may vary - implying that a rules/world interpretation or judgement from SG or Troupe is possible or even expected