Jumpgate Jargon

This guide is an attempt to provide a lexicon of jargon frequently heard on English channels of Jumpgate – “JG eng” if you like.

Credits and Legal

This guide was written by Tim (timski) Howgego, copyright 2001-2003. Contributions are noted with the relevant text. Special thanks to Armchair, who first tried to write this. This document is in the public domain: You may copy and repost this guide, but the content of the document, including the credits, must remain unchanged. Jumpgate copyright (c) 1999-2003 NetDevil Ltd. Other trademarks and copyright are owned by their respective trademark and copyright holders.


Most of the words here reflect those used on EU English channels, although some historic US jargon has been included, and much is common between servers.

Where possible, I have tried to indicate where a phrase originates. The following are used quite commonly:

  • IRC – commonly used on Internet Relay Chat.
  • MUD – commonly used in Multi-User Dungeon chat.
  • RP – commonly used in conventional RolePlaying.
  • Usenet – commonly used on usenet (newsgroups).

Jumpgate jargon sometimes uses common hackish or lamer malformations, such as the replacement of certain characters with numbers or letters such as 0 for o or s with z and capitalization for shouting, and various heavily shortened forms, such as U for you, R for are, and m8 for mate (friend). Such changes are not included here – most of them are fairly self explanatory.

Squad abbreviations have been excluded: there are too many and they tend to change at short notice.

Sectors of space are almost always shortened, either by the adoption of their initials, or the use of one word in a multi-word name, or the use of a number (for example Outer Third may become O3). Only station abbreviations have been included.

Equipment and commods are also frequently abbreviated or simplified. Common or confusing jargon has been included, but many are not included.

Like the abbreviations, sentence structure is essentially lazy. For example, single words may be turned into a question by simply adding a question mark. This partly reflects the limit on characters in any one line, partly a requirement to communicate quickly in the heat of battle.


2nd account See second account.

3. (3P). TriPoint station.

10 day account 1. Pilot registered with no intention of subscribing to a paid account but instead causing as much trouble as possible for free, normally being banned before the ten days are up. Also see grief and second account. 2. Noob yet to subscribe to the game.

303 A pilot that has picked up a small bounty (normally 303 credits), either as a result of a failed civ rip or from a friendly fire incident.


AB (ABed). 1. Abbreviation for afterburner, sometimes used as “I ABed and escaped the flux“. Also burner. 2. Maximum speed of a ship at full throttle and applying afterburner, as in “my tens does v550 ab”. 3. All boost artefact MODx which increases PP, engine thrust, cap and shield recharge rates.

active mining (active roiding). Process by which a miner circles a roid whilst mining, increasing the extraction rate.

AE All efficiency artefact MODx which increases efficiency of engines, shield and cap.

AFK Abbreviation for ‘away from keyboard’. [MUD/IRC]

Aman Shorthand for Amananth. May refer to the station, the area of space, or products made by the Amananthii.

ammo Ships using ammunition based guns, such as Raks.

Apy (Ape, Apex). Shorthand for the Octavius starter ship, the Apteryx.

armored (armoured, armoring). 1. In combat, to reduce a ship’s shields to zero and start to attack the armor belt. Armoring a ship is often seen as a sign of superiority in a battle and provide a cue to the injured party to flee. Armoring is sometimes used as a warning. 2. Following a collision, to have lost all shielding and some armor.

Artefact (artifact, arty, artie). Pre-collapse equipment recovered from wreckage drifting in deep space. Artefacts can be the best equipment pilots can get, but the majority of artefacts recovered are useless. Note that artefact and wreckage may be interchangable in certain circumstances. For example, an artefact hunter first searches for wreckage from which an artefact can be recovered, but may claim to be flying a pattern to find an artefact, not to find the wreckage which is actually what they search for to start with. This is an entirely pedantic point, so don’t worry about it.

artied Commonly a ship using a high proportion of artefact equipment, but may be applied to a ship equipped with just one artefact.

ATM Abbreviation for at the moment.


Baby Eater (Baby Bits, and things in a similar vein). Reference to Octs and their alleged dietary requirements.

back gate (back route, back door). Secondary route into an area of space, used by a small proportion of shipping. For example, the route between Aman Gate and Inner Aman is Amananth’s back gate.

ban (banned, ban stick). Suspension of the player’s account for some period of time, normally for some kind of breach of rules.

Banana See Tens.

Battle Tow Tow class ship configured for combat and/or battle command and control. Rarely seen following the introduction of scout, ranger and bomber class ships.

BBL Abbreviation for ‘be back later’. Later normally implies sometime later in the same day. [IRC]

BCU Abbreviation for Beacon Control Unit, MODx used to tune or flip beacs.

Beac (Beek). Shorthand for TRI Beacon.

beta Relating to a pre-release version of JG.

big game flux Very powerful classes of flux normally hunted with the aim of power levelling. Also see fluxing.

Black Market 1. Production, movement and/or sale of an item of equipment directly to a pilot or squad. The equipment is not readily available at the station the trade is being made. 2. Brokered equipment which is consequently not insured.

blue 1. Reference to a non-pure roid that has been heavily mined and appears with a blue tint. 2. Rare wreckage. 3. More generally, a reference to sol.

Board Whore Player who spends the majority of their time posting on forum boards, but is rarely seen playing the game. Whores may be trolls, however trolling implies specifically trying to bait unwary board users into making them look bad or the troll look good, rather than just being on the boards a lot.

BPC Abbreviation for Best Profit Calculator, a utility providing a basic way to determine a profitable cargo to transport between stations.

BRB Abbreviation for ‘be right back’, often used when preparing to reconnect. [IRC]

broker (brokering, brokered). 1. Sale of items to pilots who for some reason cannot purchase them themselves. They may not be able to purchase them because of a mission requirement, or insufficient rank or pol. Also see Black Market. 2. A Quantar mining laser.

Buff A loaded tow, derived from Big Ugly Fat F***er.

bug (bugged, buggy). 1. Repeatable software failure, normally due to poor coding or testing. Bugs vary from the serious and fatal (such as a CTD), through the exploitable (such as instant launch), to bugs that are so obscure most pilot regard them as intentional features, to the bugs that aren’t bugs at all, as in “damn game, I can’t see things on my radar anymore … press E … oh, ok”. 2. Unintentional new feature [cynical]. 3. The most recent patch from ND [cynical, but there have been times :-/ ].

bump 1. To collide with another ship, particularly on docking, causing a change in vector which can sometimes be fatal. This can occur accidentally or intentionally. 2. To collide with any objective in space in a non-fatal way, as in “I bumped the roid while mining”. 3. To move a forum thread back to the top of the board by adding a new content-free post.

burner Shorthand for after-burner. Also AB.

bus Any non-combat ship in a combat situation, typically a cargo ship being escorted.


c[n] Reference to different classes of flux numbered c0, c1, c2, and so on. Some pilots prefer to use the full name instead. A rarely used largely historic variation is a combination of either name and top speed (a c1 would be a “v250 Squid”), or name and weapon (a c7 would be an “ammo Manta”).

camper (camping). See Tube Camper and Gate Camper.

Cane Shorthand for the Quantar transport, the Hurricane.

Cap Shorthand for capacitor, an equipment classification.

CB Capacitor boost artefact MODx which increases cap recharge rate.

cc Copy, instruction understood. Possibly from ‘click click’.

Ceptor Shorthand for the Solrain light fighter, the Interceptor.

Cigar Cutter Artefact wreckage holding a DSS.

circle 1. Common combat technique involving rotating round a foe whilst keeping the foe in a position where they can be shot, with the aim of eventually reducing their v to zero. Often used against ammo ships since it makes it harder for them to return fire. 2. Any circling manoeuvre, including circling a roid (often active mining) or circling a station.

civ Flying with a Civilian registry. Contrast to HG.

civ rip (cived). To rip a civ pilot. Normally there is some justification for the rip, but it may take the pilot unawares and cause diplomatic problems. Contrast to PvP, pod and grief.

Chirp Shorthand for Chiropteran, Oct MF [from JH].

Clarence (Hemmy). Lesser known death roid in Callow Passage. [obscure]

cloak (de-cloak). The apparent ability of certain ships disappear from the radar and then suddenly re-appear. In some cases this is due to masking. In the case of sents it seems to be a genuine ability.

Clone Shorthand for the Quantar light fighter, the Cyclone. Also see Death Moth.

Cluker (Chicken Missile). Often attributed to pilot RoyofCA, renown for his rapid exits from battle, the Cluker was an entirely fictional size three missile.

CM 1. Abbreviation for Construction Materials. Worth noting because the German is Bau- und Produktionsmittel, which often comes out as BM. 2. Counter-Mass artefact MODx.

comm 1. Shorthand for the chat interface and system, including different f-key based channels, as in “all noobs should learn to use the comm early on”. From communications. 2. Commod.

commod Shorthand for commodity, materials sold on markets, commonly for use in production, but not equipped to ships.

Core 1. The home core station of a pilot. 2. The nearest core station. Core stations are OC, QC and SC.

Cori (Cord). Shorthand for Corridor station.

Corn Shorthand for Cornea station.

Craptor Derogatory term for the Octavius bomber, the Raptor, indicative of what most octs think of its performance in combat.

cruise Refers to a ship’s v when applying full throttle on a straight course, as in “this ranger has a v550 cruise”.

CS Capacitor storage artefact MODx which increases cap energy storage.

CTD Abbreviation for crash to desktop, normally due to a technical fault or bug.

Cube Artefact wreckage containing a UC.

cycle 1. Commonly, the time interval between moments when stations produce items and place them on the market. Traditionally just over 6 minutes, but now so buggy it can be difficult to see a pattern. 2. Any server based code loop that occurs at regular intervals, for example, an hourly stock decay cycle.


death Death commonly refers to the death of a ship not a pilot. The actual pilot always escapes ‘death’ in a pod.

Death Beacon Beac found in a direct line between two gates, and hence posing a navigational hazard. Historically Beacs used to only be seen visually within 10k range, creating similar problems to Death Roids. Beacs are now easier to see and this is less of a problem. Locations include Imperial Causeway and The Split.

Death Moth A reference to the wings on the Quantar light fighter, the Cyclone [as I recall, they used to be more of a liability than they are now].

Death Petal See petal.

Death Roid A roid found in a direct line between two gates, sometimes between, sometimes close to one. These roids are frequently hit by pilots who are not paying attention or travelling too fast or too heavy to be able to adjust their course to avoid hitting the death roid. Locations include Callow Passage (two including Clarence), The Reaches (Emma), Lesser Locks (by Main Gate gate), The Dark, Last Point, Inner Lighthouse (by Wanderer’s Pond gate), and The Stith (Connexion to Last Parsec route).

Deep Space 1. Commonly any area of a sector’s space not within radar range of main shipping lanes or structures. Some use the term to refer to areas further out, past any roid fields. 2. Location of pilots who don’t seem to want to be found [edited from Wraith-].

depot 1. The personal storage of a pilot, found at their faction’s storage depot station, as in “I’ve got a spare Gator in my depot”. 2. The nearest storage depot station.

Dereg See unreg.

Dev (NetDev). Shorthand for developer(s). Also see ND.

disco (discoed). 1. Shorthand for ‘disconnected from the server’, normally unintentional. 2. Intentional disconnection when about to enter a fatal combat, sometimes “combat disco”, see Rollio Cord. 3. Bug that often occurs to other players after they’ve flown into deep space to avoid some unpleasant fate. They usually reconnect at a station a few minutes later with all their artifacts intact or without that temporary bounty they had [quasi-cynical from Jam].

Dive Bomb (DB, Dive Bombing). Combat tactic in which a pilot launches one or more high powered but poorly guided missiles, such as torps, as they pass close to their foe, ensuring a hit and giving the foe no warning to evade. Contrast with missile spam.

DoD Abbreviation for die or die, a corruption of PoD, where the target is unable to pay.

Droid Shorthand for a station defense droid, drones that attempt to protect stations from bountied pilots. Sometimes referred to as “Mk1″ and “Mk2″, to differentiate the classes of droid.

DSS 1. Artefact data storage system disk, of little value but prone to regular discovery by artefact hunters. 2. Derogatory term implying a lack of value, as in “I couldn’t give a DSS what you think”, meaning I don’t care about your view.

dump To leave a sector with a flux on your tail, which then immediately turns and fires upon another pilot. Primarily to do this with dangerous flux without warning. As in, “I was busy dealing with the Jelly when someone dumped a Krak on me”. Also see tourist.


EB Engine boost artefact MODx which increases engine thrust.

ECM Abbreviation for ‘Electronic Counter Measures’ or ‘Evasion and Counter Measures’, a class of equipment which reduces the effective range of other pilots’ radars against you [inconsistent use highlighted by Charmaka].

economy 1. The interaction of production, supply and use of commods and equipment. 2. Umbrella term covering cargo missions, BPC based towing or trading, trucking, farming and similar activities. 3. Related to trading focused on production, as in “this cargo is for the benefit of the economy”, meaning that the cargo will be needed for production of something. The urgency of the delivery and the usefulness of the item produced varies. 4. The reason why a certain item of equipment is not available, sometimes leading to the conclusion that “the economy needs to be fixed” [slightly cynical].

EE 1. Abbreviation for Evenings End station. 2. Energy efficiency artefact MODx which reduces engine power consumption.

Emma A particularly famous death roid in The Reaches. Emma is a large piece of semi in a dark sector, causing so many loses that many pilots prefer to take an alternative longer route to Hyp. Also Scorch’s Revenge.

eng 1. Shorthand for English. Can also be used as “eng?” after text in another language, meaning can you say that in English please? 2. Commonly used English language chat booth. [EU]

Enforcer Shorthand for TRI Enforcer, a TRI fighter, normally of comparable power to a sent. OOCly Enforcers are normally flown by OPs or GMs.

EP Abbreviation for Empowered Players, pilots who answer /assist requests [US].

EP2 Jumpgate Episode 2, ‘Attack of the Conflux’.

ESB Engine and shield boost artefact MODx which increases efficiency of engines and shield.

EU European Union server, run by MG.

Exp Shorthand for experience points.

eye (eyeball). Solrain design of station utilised by WK and Corn. [obscure]


Factionalist Squad or sometimes pilot working for the benefit, defence, and/or domination of their home (normally) faction.

farm (farmer, farming). Process by which one high value commod is stockpiled at one station, while another station is emptied. Over time the price difference between the stations changes, lowering the price at the over-stocked station and raising it at the station with a shortage. The stockpile is moved between the stations resulting both in a profit and in a new farm. When done with very large quantities in a controlled environment such a process can be exceptionally profitable, with a single farm netting hundreds of millions of credits a day for almost no work. Matter Converters are most commonly farmed, although commods like Gravitational Components, RAM and CPUs can be used to make a more modest profit. Farming is far more common on US where commodities are more readily available than on EU.

FF 1. Abbreviation for FlashFire, a MODx, or the use of a FlashFire, as in “I FFed to get away”. 2. Abbreviation for FeatherFire, a gun (less common).

FFA Abbreviation for free-for-all PvP combat, usually in sim [from JH].

FFS Abbreviation for, for f*** sake, normally an exclaimation of frustration with something or someone.

FlashFire Brake (FF Brake). Rotating a ship 180 degrees and applying FF, AB and throttle to slow a ship down. Commonly used when speed docking or with a heavy cargo ship.

flip (flipping). Changing the colour of a beac by re-tuning it, normally as a hostile act. The term ‘flipping beacs back’ is often applied to returning beacs to the colour of the faction space they are in. Colouring grey beacs is normally just called tuning. Also see ring jockey and ring patrol.

Flower See petal.

Flux Shorthand for ‘Conflux’, pink alien shipping. Also see sent.

fluxing (fluxxing, fluxoring). To fly around specifically looking for flux to kill. Also see spawn and big game flux.

FM Abbreviation for a Faction Mission.


gang-bang For one squad to attack a small number of pilots in another PvP squad with over-whelming numbers, guaranteeing a success without a lot of skill. Gang-bangs tend to be cyclical, with opposing squads waiting until they have overwhelming numbers before engaging. Also see gank.

gank 1. Commonly to attack a pilot who is normally capable of defending themselves, but currently is particularly vulnerable, as in “let’s gank his Collector Phoon“. See gang-bang. 2. Having the bad manners to fly about with your squad mates and shoot people [cynical alternative from Wyx].

Gate Shorthand for Jumpgate, the structure allowing travel between sectors rather than the game itself. Also see infest and petal.

Gate Camper Pilot who waits by a gate ready to fire at whoever has the misfortune to jump in and not respond quick enough (often due to radar lag). This is less of a problem following the introduction of a short period of immunity for pilots that have just jumped, although lightly shielded or heavy ships may still be effectively gate camped. Contrast to Tube Camper.

Gator (Insti). Shorthand for Instigator, an expensive PP.

GBS Erm, GBS station. PJG used to have a banner that read “we know what GBS stands for” 😉 .

gear (kit). Ship equipment, normally that required for a specific ship. Also see noob gear.

GF 1. Abbreviation for good fight, often heard after a PvP battle [from JH]. 2. Abbreviation for girl friend.

Ghost 1. Pilot who appears to be in a state they are no longer in due to lag or a disco, such as appearing to have missed a gate even though they have already jumped, or appearing to have no armor or shield in combat but still being alive. 2. A bugged flux that cannot be killed and/or appears with negative armor and/or appears momentarily on the radar but then disappears without warning (the later may genuinely be cloaked if a sent). Such bugs and glitches are normally caused by a flux not being transferred between players’ clients correctly. 3. A roid which blends into background, causing pilots to hit it before even realising it was there. 4. A type of ECM.

GM Abbreviation for Games Master, a term variously encompassing server administrators, devs and those providing or guiding storyline. [RP]

gold Perfect quality wreckage.

GP Abbreviation for Great Pillars station, sometimes Great Pillers.

Gravel Common roids or ore.

grief (griefer, griefing). 1. An attack on a pilot at random for no obvious reason, including disregarding RP. Targets are normally unlikely or unable to fight back, and griefers will normally avoid more honourable (and dangerous) PvP focused pilots. Also see civ rip and 10 day account. 2. Arbitrary and wanton acts which cause OOC damage to other players or impinge disproportionately on their enjoyment of the game [from MG]. 3. Someone that does something you disagree with so strongly you feel the need to email MG about it, post on the boards, or, at the very least, complain about them in f5:eng or f5:ger depending on which language you like to swear in [cynical alternative from Jam].


ham 1. Related to Hamalzah. 2. Patch 1.0020 introduced “minor changes to ham sandwich system”, which goes some way to explaining how desperate that thread had become.

hang To remain almost stationary in space, but alert and normally waiting for something to happen or another pilot to appear.

Head Hunter Pilot who hunts bountied pilots. A bounty hunter.

HF Abbreviation for Heavy Fighter.

HG Flying with an Honor Guard registry. Contrast to civ.

Homing (home). Using the /home command at any unreg station. Instead of returning to the last faction station you docked at, your pod returns to the unreg station that you homed too [from Losar].

hot-dogging Flying a curved trajectory with a high degree of precision without significant loss of speed. For example, to fly around a known death roid.

HUD Abbreviation for Heads Up Display.

humping 1. Masking against a roid. 2. Rarely, mining a roid.

Hyp Shorthand for Hyperial or Hyperion. May refer to the station, the area of space, or products made by Hyperion.


IC (ICly). Abbreviation for ‘in character’, a comment or action made specifically by the player’s character. Contrast to OOC. [RP]

Infest Shorthand for the infestation of a gate by flux, preventing its use.

instant launch Ability to relaunch within a second of docking having received new fuel, ammunition, armor and similar. Avoids tractor lag. Generally considered a bug.

invincible noob 1. Noob that has become accustomed to noob protection and will continue to try and fly missions to places like GBS in spite of a very poor success rate due to factors such as kraks. 2. Noob who’s first action is to switch to HG because it looks kool or because they thought JG was Quake in space, launch and fly around a bit, blatantly not responding to polite suggestions that “flying HG with noob gear is dangerous, particularly for a quant“, before eventually petalling or crashing whilst attempting to dock, all in all looking anything but kool. Note, HG noobs are increasingly second accounts, and sometimes simply griefers.

Iridium Tow Specifically a tow fully loaded with Iridium, making it so heavy as to take hours to reach a destination and be almost impossible to defend in the meantime. The term can be applied to any very heavy or slow moving tow. Also see stuffed.


ja (jap). Yes. From German, but often drifts into eng chat.

Jelly Jellyfish, a very weak flux, primarily designed to give noobs something to rip. The basis of jokes about a pilot’s lack of fluxing ability or the tendency of Jellyfish to spawn alongside big game flux.

JG Abbreviation for Jumpgate, the game.

JGT Abbreviation for bhruic’s now defunct Jumpgate Tracker, the first widely used inventory and price tracking utility, also with the first BPC. [obscure]

Johnston Effect See pop.

JOSSH Abbreviation for Jumpgate Operating System SHell. Technically refers to both the in-station and web page interfaces, although more commonly the later.

joust Combat technique involving a head on attack in the style of Medieval knights, aiming to inflict more damage on your enemy in each pass than your enemy does on you.

joy Shorthand for joystick.

juice Fuel used for brakes and burner.

jump To travel between sectors by activating a gate.

Jumper Pilot who continually jumps at the same gate to evade an attacker. Largely obsolete following the imposition of a delay in the re-use of gates.


k 1. That’s fine with me, agreed. Possibly from ‘kool’ or ‘ok’ [expanded by Charmaka]. 2. After numbers, a thousand.

KH Abbreviation for Klatsches Hold station, referring to pilot Gossip in German, and much to his annoyance regularly misspelled by ND and others as Klatches.

kill steal (kill stealing, kill stealer, KS). 1. To kill a flux that another pilot has spawned before they have had a chance to attack it and/or kill it and/or ask if they may kill it. This may seem to the outsider a strange form of etiquette for dealing with a potentially life-threatening foe, but this form of kill stealing causes many pilots to get very upset. 2. To kill a pilot who has already been badly armored by another pilot and is on the verge of being killed by that pilot.

kiss Collision with an object, normally fatal, as in “I kissed the roid“.

kit See gear.

knife fight Dogfight.

KoS Abbreviation for Kill on Sight, a particularly hostile diplomatic state.

Krak Shorthand for Kracken, a class of flux.


Lamer 1. A player that acts in a stupid or slightly annoying way, and normally realises they will be seen as stupid by other players. A luser or loser. Contrast to griefer. 2. Someone that does something you disagree with [cynical alternative from Jam]. 3. Style of writing, as in lamer-speak, with lots of misspeklings, CAPITALISATION, k-emphasis! and replacement of l3tt3rz with other characters – a style seemingly defined by B1FF or JeffK.

Laming Griefing Ganking W*nker People who have the bad manners to attack people they are at war with in unreg while they were only fluxing [cynical form Wyx]. Also see lamer, grief and gank.

LF Abbreviation for light fighter class ships.

lift As strip but often without malicious intent, as in “someone’s lifted all the FM CMs for a BPC cargo run to GBS“.

LL Abbreviation for Lothars Landing station.

lo Shorthand for hello or German, hallo [from RobiHood].

LOL Abbreviation for ‘laughing out loud’. “LOL” was once recorded as a macro and used (seemingly) to spam up station chat booths. [IRC/Usenet]

loop Collection of sectors often flown in a circle, often when fluxing, for example the “Cornea loop” refers to the four sectors ‘behind’ Corn, less obviously a loop since the addition of Hirbel’s Channel.


mask To hide a ship from the radars of others by stopping very close to an object such as a large roid or a station. Also see cloak.

Matt Farm Shorthand for a Matter Converter farm.

MF Abbreviation for medium class fighters.

MG Abbreviation for MightyGames, the game’s European publisher/hoster.

mil Shorthand for million.

missile spam (missile jockey). Launching multiple high powered missiles, specifically MS, to kill another pilot without requiring much PvP skill. Contrast to dive bomb.

Mk[n] 1. Shorthand for the Centerfuge range of PPs, as in “MkV” for Centerfuge Mk. V. 2. Station defense droid.

MODx (modX). Class of equipment commonly with specialist roles, such as cameras or targeting computers.

mom Please wait a moment, as in “mom flux” – I will talk to you once I’ve killed this flux. [EU]

MS Abbreviation for the Morning Star missile. Also see missile spam.

Mule Second or inactive account used specifically to store items, normally essential or rare equipment, often used to instantly re-equip pilots after a death. Most mules are storage tows.


n The universal negative, no, also covering German nein.

NAP Abbreviation for Non Aggression Pact, a diplomatic state where those involved effectively ignore one another with regard to combat.

NastiFlux See big game flux [from Nohbody].

ND Abbreviation for NetDevil, the game’s developers.

nerf (nerf bat, nerfstick). 1. To be or to be made worse, as in “they nerfed the nix” or “the turkey is nerfed”. 2. To rebalance correctly, as in “nerf the tens” [from Charmaka]. Also see proxy nerf.

nick (nic). Character name as shown in the game, shorthand for nickname. The actual IC name may be something slightly different or longer.

Nix Shorthand for the Octavian fighter, the Pheonix.

noob (often n00b). Newbie, a new and/or inexperienced player. Newbies are sometimes taken to be players under level 10, but this varies greatly. ‘Fake noobs’ are normally second accounts, although the term may apply to a player who plays a series of 10 day accounts without ever subscribing. ‘My noob’ is normally a student being mentored by me. Also see invincible noob. [usenet]

noob gear (stock equipment). Starting equipment, provided to new pilots and any pilot after a death.

noob protection 1. Game features designed to protect new pilots, such as not spawning or attracting flux, or not being able to be ripped by other pilots (if civ) for the first few levels/hours of play. Such protection can make noobs feel invincible. 2. Protection afforded to lower ranking pilots as a common courtesy by higher ranking pilots. Often simply not attacking noobs, but sometimes armoring where another pilot would be ripped.

Nova 1. Nova Mk. I, a high powered but difficult to use gun. 2. Medals awarded for achieving high pol with faction(s), including SuperNova medals, for example, “I’m collecting Novas”.

NP No problem.

Nuke 1. General term for a Glaive, Maul or Saber – missiles armed with a potent warhead, originally designed to damage infests. 2. Related to rad roids, as in “nuke shard”, a mining medal [from Charmaka].


OC Abbreviation for Octavius Core station.

Oct Shorthand for Octavius or Octavian. May refer to pilots, the area of space, or products made by Octavians.

OD Octavius Depot, Octavius Storage Depot Station (SDS). Also see depot.

OOC (OOCly). Abbreviation for ‘out of character’, a comment or action made by the player rather than the player’s character. Contrast to IC. [RP]

OMW Abbreviation for on my way.

OP 1. Abbreviation for Outpost station. 2. Shorthand for an Operator (a rookie GM 😉 )


pattern Series of points in space designed to give sufficient radar coverage to locate wreckage within the sector, as in “I got all the way to the end of the pattern before I found the DSS“.

PB Powerplant boost artefact MODx which increases PP efficiency.

PCS Abbreviation for pre-collapse shield, an artefact.

PCE Abbreviation for pre-collapse engine, an artefact.

PCP Abbreviation for pre-collapse powerplant, an artefact.

petal (petalled, petalling, Death Petal, Death Flower). 1. The solid support structure that appears to hold gates in position. 2. To hit and be killed by the structure in (1), as in “I petalled”, sometimes used as “clipped the petal” implying an unseen wing hit a petal rather than the ship being propelled straight into a petal. There are various obscure references to flowers, most of which refer to petalling, such as “eat Lotus”. 3. To kill another ship, including flux, by forcing them to collide with a petal, as in “the Jelly petalled”.

PGA Abbreviation for Power Grid Analyzer.

Phoon Shorthand for the Quantar fighter, the Typhoon.

Pipe Artefact wreckage containing certain MODx. Also plugs.

PJG Abbreviation for the now defunct PlanetJumpgate website.

PKSwitch Shorthand for player killer switch, the in-station registry change between civ and HG [from Nohbody].

Plugs See pipe.

pod 1. Device that returns you to the station after a death, as in “pod ride home”. 2. To kill another pilot. Also see rip. 3. PoD. 4. UFO artefact wreckage.

PoD Pirated for credits, normally with the message ‘Pay or Die’, first used by squad The Dark Path.

pol Shorthand for Political Rating or Status.

pop 1. The explosion resulting from the retrieval of an artefact from wreckage or a pure having been mined out. Also called the “Johnston effect”. 2. To crash a ship, specifically a tow, normally by missing the station docking tube, as in “don’t pop with all those gators on board”.

POS 1. Abbreviation for Player Owned Station, an EP2 feature. 2. Abbreviation for Pilot Owned Station, the RP version [from Hollis].

potato (Holy Potato). Station constructed around a roid, specifically Quantar stations 3. and Cori.

power levelling Process by which new characters of experienced players seek to rapidly acquire experience and rank (level) and may temporarily ignore secondary aspects of gameplay like RP. Examples include “levelling a storage tow” by fluxing big game flux. There are a few examples of players power levelling right up to level 50.

PP Abbreviation for PowerPlant, an equipment classification.

ppl Shorthand for people.

proxy-nerf To make something worse by changing things that it is compared with rather than the thing itself, for example the Gust, which was proxy-nerfed by improved shielding on fighters, which it has trouble penetrating [from Charmaka]. Also see nerf.

Pure A roid made up of one mineral commodity only. Pure roids pop once mined out.

PvP Abbreviation for Player vs Player combat. Normally, but not always, the players involved consent to the combat, for example by flying HG.

Pyramid Artefact wreckage containing a shield, engine, PP or CM.


qbld Abbreviation and channel for the Quantar build drive, a system designed to complete Quant FMs. Similar systems were subsequently developed by other factions (abld, hbld, obld and sbld).

QC Abbreviation for Quantar Core station.

QD Quantar Depot, Quantar Storage Depot Station (SDS). Also see depot.

Quake in space A phrase used to imply JG as primarily a combat shooter or quick PvP game. Various other well known game titles may be substituted for Quake to imply a different gameplay bias.

Quant Shorthand for Quantar. May refer to pilots, the area of space, or products made by the Quantar.


Rad (Radio). Shorthand for Radioactive roids or ore. Also see nuke.

RAH! (anything but all caps may be considered as an insult, expansion to a full line common). 1. Octavian greeting. 2. Abbreviation for Run Away and Hide, Octavian secret code used to signal the arrival of more than 3 enemy ships [cynical from Giomani].

Rak Shorthand for Barrak, an ammo gun.

RCM Radar and counter measures artefact MODx which reduces the power consumption of radar and ECM.

re Used to make pilots aware of your presence, commonly either following an AFK or a disco, often with the expectation that other pilots will wish to talk to you. Either shorthand for ‘returned to game’ or based on the IRC/MUD ‘rehi’.

rebel Pilot or squad working against TRI.

Reg Shorthand for ‘regulated space’, those sectors and stations under the control of TRI. Contrast to unreg.

rgr Shorthand for ‘roger’, meaning message understood and about to be acted on.

Rings 1. The hexagonal targeting rings that are used to guide ships into a station’s docking tube. Often used to report progress of a ship, as in “the tow‘s in the rings and about to dock”. 2. Less commonly, a beac.

Ring Jockey Pilot who spends most of their time tuning beacs.

Ring Patrol Commonly squad based flipping of beacs, either to keep home space the ‘correct’ colour, or to draw out a factionalist enemy.

rip To kill, normally another player in space combat, but the term is also applied to other space threats. Also see civ rip.

Rock Licker (Rock Sucker, Roid Licker, Rock Kisser, and similar). Degrogatory term for Quants, although not taken as an insult by the majority of Quant pilots [ammended by Charmaka]. Sometimes refers to miners in general.

ROE Abbreviation for rules of engagement.

roid (roided, roiding). 1. Shorthand for an asteroid of any type including asteroid fields. 2. To mine asteroids, as in “roiding”. 3. To radar mask. 4. To die by hitting a roid at speed. 5. To kill a flux by forcing it to crash against a roid, as in “I roided the Squid”.

Rollio Cord Process by which player sees a situation they cannot deal with and manually disconnects themselves from the game rapidly by physically disconnecting their computer from the internet, forcing a disco. Derived from the frustration of US pilot rollio, who would announce a PoD and find the target had discoed seconds later; hence the phrase ‘in an emergency pull cord for rollio’. The practice is less common now that discoed pilots remain in space for a few minutes after an in-flight disco, but can still be used to shake off flux. [obscure]

rookie See noob.

RP 1. Abbreviation for ‘RolePlay’. 2. Used to imply an event or activity been done IC, as in “there’s an RP at hyp atm“.

RTFM Abbreviation for ‘read the f***ing manual’, rarely used except in the case of particularly inane noob questions. [Usenet]

runner Pilot undertaking FMs using brokered commods and flying between stations empty to complete the project in the shortest time possible.

rusty Poor quality wreckage.

rv Shorthand for rendezvous.


salad Commonly a mix of different classes of ship flying together.

SB Shield boost artefact MODx which increases shield recharge rate.

SC Abbreviation for Solrain Core station.

Scorch’s Pet Nickname for the Quantar Gust, ship of choice for the game’s creator.

Scorch’s Revenge See Emma. [obscure]

SD 1. Solrain Depot, Solrain Storage Depot Station (SDS). Also see depot. 2. Abbreviation for ScrewDriver missile.

SE Shield efficiency artefact MODx which reduces shield recharge power consumption.

seafood Reference to flux.

sec 1. Shorthand for sector. 2. Instruction to reveal your location, as in “sec?”, normally in response to an “I’m under attack” type message which does not reveal your location, making it unlikely that anyone will be able to help. 3. Mom.

second account (s). Additional account(s) taken out by pilots who have already developed one character. Second accounts occur for a variety of reasons, including for use as storage tows and griefing.

Seeding (seed). Using a civ ship to run interference between two or more HG fighters in order for someone to get a bounty [from Losar].

Semi Shorthand for Semifluxor roids or ore.

Sent Shorthand for sentient Conflux, flux which are more powerful, skilled, faster and unpredictable than most. OOCly sents are piloted by humans, contrasting with most flux which are computer controlled. Sents are not to be confused with Sentinels, which are a type of radar.

Sim Shorthand for simulator.

sitting duck Cargo ship, specifically stationary in space making them very vulnerable to attack. Sometimes applied to ships that look like they don’t know where to go.

six The exposed rear of a ship escaping from battle or threat of battle, as in “I’ve got a nix on my six”.

Smurf Derogatory term for Sols, after a fictional race of blue creatures.

Sol Shorthand for Solrain. May refer to pilots, the area of space, or products made by Solrain.

spam Unwanted and/or frequently repeated text on the same channel. Examples include five line advertisements for something nobody wants repeated every 30 seconds and ‘flooding’ with a dozen lines of “.”. Spam tends to result in important messages being lost in amongst a screen full of rubbish. Somewhat different from missile spam. [Usenet/Monty Python]

spawn 1. To generate one or more additional flux in the sector by activating a gate. Also used in the form “that flux is my spawn”. 2. To generate a new pure or wreckage in a sector to popping one already there.

speed dock The art of docking at a station very rapidly, normally in the course of evading an attacker. Speed docks often involve approaching the tube at full speed, turning and applying reverse thrust to bring the ship to a momentary stand right in front of the tube entrance before thrusting into dock, all in the blink of an eye. Speed docks may involve a FlashFire Brake or hot-dogging.

spin move See FlashFire Brake.

splash 1. To dispose of a cargo by voluntarily crashing with it. Commonly crashing a loaded tow into a station. Often used in combination with stripping to prevent a certain equipment being available, particularly at an unreg station where the /home command may be used to empty a station at speed. 2. Any collison causing death, as in “splashed against a roid“.

stat padding Taking actions specifically aimed at improving a pilot’s statistics. Examples stretch from the tame launching and immediately redocking to improve your insurance rating, to the lame firing at a noob second account to improve a gun accuracy or kill board statistics. May be a sign of a Stat Whore, but not always.

Stat Whore 1. Pilot who specifically aims to collect medals, which can sometimes spotted by a tendency to always have only a Ring of Commitment medal missing from their next Star Skill set :-/ . 2. Pilot who specifically aims to get their name at the top of one or more leader boards.

Stealth Bomb Launching missiles at an enemy without targeting them, giving them no beep warning and a nasty surprise when the missiles hit. Guidance 0 missiles (Smacker, Spear) are best used with this technique. [from McFretN]

stock equipment See noob gear.

Storage Tow Second or inactive level 30+ account used specifically to store items, normally essential or rare equipment, often used to instantly re-equip pilots after a death. The storage tow is almost a standard requirement for a large squad. The term has largely replaced mule, since these days mules are normally tows.

strip (stripper, stripping). 1. Removal of carefully stocked equipment from a station with the intention of making it more difficult for pilots based there to re-equip. An extreme form involves splashing. Contrast to lift. 2. To influence production by removing certain commods from a station.

stuffed Fully or heavily loaded, normally referring to a cargo ship.


tag 1. To fire upon a flux which is being towed, causing it to attack you and ignore its former tower. 2. Normally in the plural: Designation as either civ or HG, as in “I would’ve attacked but I still had my civ tags on” [from JH].

Tens (Tensity, Tense, Tensi, Tensy, you get the idea). Shorthand for the Solrain fighter ship, the Intensity.

thx (tnx, TY). Thank you or thanks.

Torp Shorthand for torpedo, highly damaging but poorly guided missiles such as Lances and Katakas.

tourist Pilot who enters a sector known to spawn dangerous flux but who has no intention of killing them. Often leads to dumping.

tow (Tow, but not TOW). 1. Shorthand for a Cargo Tow, a class of cargo ship. Also see storage tow, iridium tow and buff. 2. Trucking, as in “towing cargo”. 3. To lead a flux, allowing a second pilot to kill it without having (initially) to deal with it attacking them. It is now common for the pilots involved to wing.

TP Abbreviation for TriPoint station.

tractor lag Delay in-station imposed by the operation of fuel, cargo and armor repair trucks and similar. Contrast to instant launch.

trade 1. Actions of a trader. 2. To use the in-station trade window to exchange items or credits with another pilot. Also see broker.

trade lag 1. Describes the tendency for the list of names in the Trade window to lag behind a pilot’s arrival at the station. 2. Time wasted getting a large quantity of something brokered.

Trader (trading). 1. Trucker. 2. Cargo pilot primarily engaging in production, station stocking, the economy, or sometimes stripping. 3. Smuggler or pilot engaged in the Black Market.

tranny 1. Any transport class ship (excludes tows). 2. To undertake transport missions, as in “I’m running trannies between QD and 3. to get some pol back”.

TRI Abbreviation for ‘The Reconstruction Initiative’.

Trucker (Truckerz, Trucking). Pilot with a tendency to run back and forth all day in a large cargo ship. The term often implies somewhat mindless flying, such as following the results of BPCs, cargo missions, or someone else’s instructions. Also see trader and farmer.

Tube Commonly station portals which ships dock or launch from. Tubes can also be found on certain other structures such as custom producers or refuel stops.

Tube Camper Pilot who waits close to a station’s launch tubes ready to engage another pilot who may be disorientated or experiencing radar lag. A particularly unpleasant variation involves ‘placing’ a nuke in the launch path of a heavy cargo ship. Contrast with Gate Camper.

tune To claim or set a beac. Tuning non-grey beacs is normally called flipping.

turkey 1. Shorthand for the Octavian transport, the Wyvern. 2. Any cargo ship, particularly a heavily loaded one. Sometimes used in combination with stuffed or salad.

turret fighting Combat style that involves stopping or moving slowly in the same vector, and using the ship as a weapons platform by constantly rotating it to fire upon a foe. Often favoured by heavy or well shielded ships.

TY See thx [from nim].


UC Artefact (universal?) component, potentially usable to produce other equipment, but often regarded in a similar way to DSSs.

UFO 1. Design of wreckage holding certain MODx artefacts. Also pod. 2. Female pilot using a gender specific nick, an abbreviation for unmistakable female offworlder. [obscure]

uber 1. Overpowered or particularly large, for example “uber roid“. 2. Of Sol origin [from Charmaka]. Contrast to nerf.

Unreg Shorthand for unregulated space, those sectors and stations not under the control of TRI and fall outside of the bounty system. Also neutral or deregulated space. Contrast to reg.

US United States server, run by ND.


v Indication of velocity, as in “that Gust just FFed past me at v650 – must be artied“.

Vader Shorthand for the Solrain medium fighter, the Invader.


WC Abbreviation for wrong channel, normally following a line of chat that was unintentionally sent to the channel by hitting the wrong f-key.

WD Abbreviation for well done.

WE Weapons efficiency artefact MODx which reduces weapon power consumption.

winchester Ammo based ship that has run out of ammunition.

wing 1. Shorthand for wingman. 2. To use /wing to hunt flux, often by towing, as in “will you wing with me on this krak?”.

WK Abbreviation for Wake station. [obscure]

Wreckage Container floating in deep space that contains an artefact. See cigar cutter, cube, pipe, UFO and pyramid.

WTF Commonly though to be an abbreviation for ‘what the f***?’ [IRC/Usenet]


XP See Exp.

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