Terminology

Rift is a complex game and an important part of the game is the interaction with other players in the chat-rooms. The players in these chat rooms will use a lot of abbreviations and special terminology. This can make it hard to understand what the other players are saying and make it easy to feel left out of the conversation when you first get started. You can ask other players what the different abbreviations mean but if your are anything like me and many other players you do not want to because you do not want to advertise that you are a Noob. To this end I have compiled a glossary over the most commonly used terms in the Rift chat-rooms.

Lets start by looking at some general chat terms. Most of you will likely already know these but I want to include them anyway in case you do not.warlock

  • IMO = In My Opinion
  • B = Back
  • OMG = Oh My God
  • LOL = Lots of Laughter
  • ROFL = Rolling on floor laughing.
  • CBB/CBF = Can’t-Be-Bothered/Can’t-Be-Fucked
  • ORZ = Failure/Hopelessness/Head-desk (derived from emoticon)
  • TTYL = Talk To You Later
  • BBL = Be Back Later
  • AFK = Away From Keyboard
  • MT/ WC = miss-tell / wrong chat

Now that we have looked a little on the most common general chat abbreviations we are going to start looking at game related abbreviation. Some of these are used in other game chats as well while other are unique to the Rift universe.

  • Exp = Experience. Experience allow you to level up and become a more powerful player.
  • PA = Planar Attunement. This is an alternative experience system that you can begin to earn once you hit level 50. Planar Attunement give you special abilities. You can keep earning and leveling up your AP even after you have maxed your experience by reaching level 65.
  • LF = Looking For x. Abbreviation when a player is looking for something, can be combined with other abbreviations to specify what you are looking for.
  • LFG = Looking For Group. This means that the player want to join a group for a raid or joint mission.
  • LFM = Looking For Members. This is a group that needs extra members to be able to start playing. It is common that abbreviations contain a number that indicates the number of players the group are looking for. LF2M indicates that they need 2 members.nightblade
  • PST = Please Send Tell. Often seen at the end of a sentence to denote that the player want you to whisper them back if you are interested in what they offer. If you whisper you can make sure that only the recipient can see your message. You whisper by writing /w playername message
  • TB = Tempest Bay. Central hub in the game and a safe place to AFK.
  • SL = Storm Legion. Content added by the 2.0 Storm legion expansion.
  • NT = Nightmare Tide. Content added by the 230 Nightmare Tide expansion.
  • Pre-SL = Mathosia zone/before-Storm Legion content. Content that was present in the game before SL. Content that is available below level 50.
  • Pre-NT = Mathosia zone/Storm Legion zone content. Content that was present in the game before NT. Content that is available below level 60.
  • DPS = Damage Per Second. This number indicates how much damage you can do and is an important factor that is considered when groups are looking for new members.
  • HPS = Healing Per Second. Similar to DPS but indicates healing instead of damage.
  • ST = Single Target. Is used when the group wants to focus their efforts towards a particular economy such as a boss.
  • AoE = Area of Effect. This indicates the area in which your attacks can damage more than one enemy. (or heal more than one friendly). The term can also refer to the area effected by an enemies attack.
  • MT = Main-Tank. The most powerful tank in the group.
  • OT = Off-Tank. Usually refer to additional tanks in the group.
  • LOS = Line of Sight. Line of sight is very important in Rift. There are many spells and abilities that can only be used on objects that in the line of sight. This mean that LOS can be used both to tell you to stay in the line of sight so that someone can heal you or stay out of line of sight so that a boss cant hurt you with a particular attack. You will have to judge it in the context of the situation to be able to know what your co-players want you to do.
  • Class = Refers to which of the 4 classes a player have. The 4 classes are Cleric, Mage, Warrior and Rogue. A fifth class called the primalist have now been added.
  • Soul = Souls can be used to increase the ability of your class. Each class can merge 10 different souls. These souls narrow down your character even further and will effect which spells and abilities your character have.
  • Spec = Specialization. Your specialization is based on the 3 souls that you have combined to build your character.
  • Roles = the job your character do. There are 20 different roles you can play. You can switch roles during the game.
  • B/ WTB = This indicates that the user wants to buy something.
  • S/ WTS = This indicates that the user wants to sell something.
  • T/ WTT = The user wants to trade something.
  • K = 1000 units of something
  • Mil = 1000 000 units of something.
  • DW = Deepwood
  • GB = Greybriar
  • WB = Wolfsbane