We live in a world of ever-increasing simplification and perhaps lethargy when it comes to communication. Why type out the words ‘Win at all costs’ when you can reduce it to WAAC and everyone still understands?
Well therein lies the problem – not everyone immediately knows your choice of abbreviations and acronyms. Should they make an effort to because you have chosen to speed up your dialog by using them? That’s your choice, but for those that do, here is a list to help get you along.
WAAC – Win at all costs. A player who chooses to forfeit certain aspects of the game or his force to pursue every possible avenue to help achieve winning games.
FTW – For the win. A term often applied as a positive ending statement, perhaps instead of ‘are great’ or ‘really kick some arse’.
WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get. This is a general acronym used in many contexts. In Warhammer it means models should fairly represent what they are supposed to be.
Warhammer 40,000 (also known as 40k or WH40k)
CoD – Cities of Death, 40k expansion.
BGB – Big Grey Book – A nickname for the 40k rulebook.
Latd – Lost and the Damned. A now outdated armylist, but still relevant for nostalgia, themed army collections, fan rules.
IG – Imperial Guard
SM – Space Marine(s)
CSM – Chaos Space Marines
SW – Space Wolves
C:<Abbr> – example C:SM or C:IG – The C stands for Codex. In these examples, Codex:Space Marines and Codex:Imperial Guard.
Warhammer (Also known as WH):
BRB – Big Red Book – A nickname for the WH rulebook.
ASF – Always strikes first
AHW – Additional hand weapon
BS – Ballistic skill
BSB – Battle standard bearer
CR – Combat resolution
BoC – Beasts of Chaos
DoW – Dogs of War
WoC – Warriors of Chaos
OnG / O&G – Orcs and Gobins
OK – Ogre Kingdoms
TK – Tomb Kings
VC – Vampire Counts
CC – Close Combat
WS – Weapon skill
KoS – Keeper of Secrets – Slaaanesh’s greater daemon.
LoC – Lord of Change – Tzeentch’s greater daemon.
GUO – Great Unclean One – Nurgle’s greater daemon
BT – Blood Thirster – Khorne’s greater daemon.
RoC – Realms of Chaos. Two old books published by GW detailing the background and rules for the 4 chaos gods and their minions.
D6 – a six sided die. The number after the D defines the sides, the number before denotes the quantity of dice. 2D6 means to use (roll) 2 six sided dice.
LotR – Lord of the Rings
GW – Games Workshop
AoW – Avatars of War – a game and miniature series that suit the Warhammer range of models.
Have you come across any acronyms you do not understand?