The Glossary of UnderEmpire Lingo

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The Glossary of UnderEmpire Lingo

Greetings-greetings denizen! Before you lies a comprehensive list and explanation of the various terms, acronyms and frantic squeaks that are commonly heard when roaming the tunnels but may be confusing to newcomers fresh from the surface world (or those of us who've been here long enough that our minds have been addled by the constant exposure to warpstone).

This guide was kindly compiled by many of our dedicated users; including, but not limited to: Mathusala0, Motofobia, Skrits, SkavenDan, snowblizz, Kye, Hinesdawg, Paricidas, nazarath and TrueLancer. If there is something you would like to see added to this guide you can mention it in the original thread by clicking this exquisite paw-made link.

List Building Terms
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Rat Darts - Rat darts is popular nickname for a unit of 5 giant rats with a single pack master. Costing a total of 23 points, these units are one of the best redirector units in the game. Tips on how to use these little swarms can be found here.
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Combat blocks (also known as "Fighting" blocks or just "Blocks") - A term used to talk about any large block of models designated for close combats (aka, not skirmishers) and that are not also a bunker unit.
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Bunker unit - A bunker unit is a unit of models that a player's characters hide inside in order to gain protection from enemy missiles (magic or otherwise) and gain a look out sir roll against template weapons. Skaven bunkers tend to also opt out of being in close combat and prefer to stay behind your other blocks.
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Hammer unit - A hammer unit is any unit designed to fight and win in most close combats. These are units you can rely on to break through enemy units.
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Anvil unit - An Anvil is the opposite of a hammer unit: while a hammer unit is designed to win combats and destroy enemies in close combat, an anvil unit is designed to endure enemy attacks either through having large numbers (such as slaves) or by having incredibly tough units (such as full plate knights).
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Death Star Unit (Sometimes known as a "Breaker Unit") - A Death Star unit is one that is... well... a Death Star, it has little to no weaknesses, it has the power to destroy planets (or at least your opponent's units very, very fast) and normally holds about half the points in an army so it also works for points denial. Thankfully (or not so thankfully) there is no such thing as a Skaven Death Star... yet. :ph43r:
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Castle formation - A Skaven list revolving around a Screaming Bell that forms its units up in a manner to protect the bell.
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Min/Maxing - A phrase meaning that you take the minimum "required" things in order to take the most "good" things. Most commonly you'll see players minimize core to take as many points as they can in special or rare. Min/Maxing can also be considered powergaming
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Gold Plating - The act of giving your character "too much" for their given job. Attempting to max out on the amount of stuff they can carry rather than giving them the bare minimum required for their given task.
Tactics Terms
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"Steadfast" formation (sometimes also known as "Bus" formation) - A term that refers to a formation of models that is 5 wide and as deep as possible. This allows you to fight a foe using numerical supremacy without having to worry about bad combat resolution.
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"Bus" (sometimes used interchangeably with above) - A bus is a unit that exists for the sole purpose of getting characters into combat. As Skaven you probably won't hear bus used in this way very often.
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Leadership Bubble - The leadership bubble is an imaginary circle that stretches out from your general and the BSB (who in most cases are very close together if not in the same unit). Units within this circle have the benefit of both the general's inspiring presence and the battle standard's rerollable leadership tests.
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Redirectors (sometimes referred to as "Chaff", "Trash Units" or "Throwaway Units") - These are units that are small, cheap and manoeuvrable, with the value of these traits in that order. These units are used to pull all sorts of small little tricks and manoeuvres that have great strategic impact.
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Conga Line (sometimes misspelled "Congo") - A conga line is a unit of skirmishers that forms up in (as the name suggests) a line. this allows you to slide by your own, as well as your opponent's, units. It also limits the number of attacks that may be made on the unit should it be charged (even though they will normally still die). This can be particularly useful in a forest where skirmishing units count as stubborn so even a single remaining model can be a thorn in your enemy's side.
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Points Denial - A tactic that is used in 8th edition to (as the name implies) deny points to your opponent, because units must be completely removed in order to score any points for killing them (excluding banners and general). Playing with a points denial strategy focuses on preventing your opponent from completely removing your units while still gaining points from your opponent.
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Double Tapping - A term used to reference multi-shot weapons making use of their multi-shot ability.
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Six Dicing - Using the maximum of 6 power dice to cast a spell, often to attempt an intentional Irresistible Force.
Notable Gaming Abbreviations
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WAAC - Win At All Costs - A term used normally as an accusation of playing "dirty" or unsportsmanlike. To some people this could mean "Slow Playing" (to run down a clock) being unjust in cocked dice calls, and cheating (either through intentional misquoting of the rules or simply dice tipping). Some people may also use this to describe behaviour such as "Rules lawyering" or building lists that are particularly harsh.
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ETC - European Team Championship - The European Team Championship is a Grand Tournament that takes place in (go figure) Europe. Normally however the more common referencing to ETC comes from it's specific composition rules pack which is used by many different tournaments.
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WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get - This term is normally used when trying to make your actual army represent your list on the battlefield. If your army is WYSIWYG it means that every choice you have made in your list is represented on your models, so if you bought a shield for your character your character will have a shield, and so on.
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MSU - Multiple Small Units, or sometimes Minimum Sized Units - A general concept when writing army lists. MSU armies have very few models per unit and therefore consist of many small units. Normally only used with certain units that do not need high numbers to accomplish their designed task (examples: giant rats, see: "rat dart" and gutter runners). While MSU armies are sometimes considered a relic of 7th edition, some armies with very high-priced units still fight in MSU-style.
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SAD - Skryre/Shooting Army of Doom/Death - An older 7th edition style army that relies solely on the power of massed Skryre ranged weapons. Considered one the the most powerful list styles in 7th edition, it has lost a considerable amount of its viability due to the new 8th edition format. That said, it remains a popular list type and is still quite strong against some opponents thanks to the large amount of fielded templates.
Tactical Tricks
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Boxing Trick - Originally a trick that forced a random move model to head straight forwards by use of the 1" rule. Now this trick still works to some degree by forcing you to either move straight or charge the often cheap redirector unit.
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Forced Charge Trick - The forced charge trick is when you move a unit up to the minimum 1" in front of a unit, forcing them to either attempt to reform and move to the side (presenting their flank) or charge you. This is ideal for slave units so that they can lock a unit up without having to actually be in combat.
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Double Flee Trick - The double flee trick is rather hard to describe in a sentence; in short, it uses 2 units that flee intentionally to deny a unit a valuable charge and force them to move at their base value. A good description of what it is and how to do it can be found here.
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Frenzy Baiting - Using a unit with the "Force Charge Trick" above to make the frenzied unit charge, this forces the enemy unit to overrun and normally, if done right, keeps them from charging again for 2 turns.
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Turned Flank (Trick) - In a nutshell, a bell or furnace unit can turn sideways in order to prevent enemies from striking the bell or furnace in question. This works because the unit is unbreakable and the enemy must kill the entire unit before getting to strike the bell.
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Tarpitting - Using slaves to lock up a unit in combat while you shoot into that combat with everything you can. More recently this can also apply to vampire counts Zombies.
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Bump Trick - This trick utilizes the ability to control our random movement models by ramming them into our own units, thereby preventing them from moving forwards at the cost of a few members of that unit (normally slaves). The trick is described in full detail here.
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Slave "Stop Signs" - A minimum sized unit of slaves with the sole purpose of intentionally losing combat and exploding to prevent an enemy from overrunning onward. This was an old tactic due to the new FAQ (as of October 2012) that no longer works as GW returned the ability to overrun after a slave block exploded.
Skaven Roleplaying/Campaigns and UE specific
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Skavenade - Originally meant as something short for a Skaven Crusade, the term was immediately connected to a popular sports beverage and coined by Skaven Lord Vinshqueek as UE.net’s official drink. “The effect of Skavenade is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large green rock.”
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Warpsynth - The newer and primary competitor to Skavenade. It is unknown whether Warpsynth is actually any better than Skavenade mostly due to the fact that any taste buds melt away upon contact usually followed by the rest of the tongue and pretty much everything else that gets in its way. It is reported (through brief screams of agony before death) that it does have a nice tingling sensation though.
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Breeders - Often used in Skaven background to describe the female members of Skaven society, it is sometimes used by UE-ers to refer to other female forum members or their real-life girlfriends. Its usage should by no means be considered insulting and has always been used in a good-natured Skaven spirit (if there is such a thing). Besides, everyone knows that it’s the breeders who are truly in charge of the UnderEmpire anyways...
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Black Text - Used by our more sneaky members to hide secret messages in their posts. You can always recognize a UE member by his/her frantic highlighting of other people’s posts. Paranoia is a good Skaven trait to have :ph43r:
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*Action Asterisks* – Sometimes used by UE members to indicate that they are ‘doing something’. Feel free to experiment with stuff like: *sends assassins*, *fails his Ld test* and *stab*. The possibilities are endless!
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Project Supremacy/Doom Hemisphere - Project Supremacy was the plan for a giant clan Skryre version of a nuclear bomb (the Doom Hemisphere) that was planted under Middenheim during the Storm of Chaos. Project Supremacy started out as an idea from Shiva on the Storm of Chaos forum at the UnderEmpire and was quickly taken over by background writers of other communities and eventually by GW themselves. Definitely one of the greatest successes of the Storm of Chaos campaign seeing as it has even been incorporated into the Black Library RPG book ‘The Ashes of Middenheim’.
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Inheriting - Skaven are always out to claim everything they perceive to be rightfully theirs (i.e. The World) and are convinced that one day they will accomplish this 'Inheritance' of the surface world. Inheriting is also often found in the phrase: “We Shall Inherit!”, a popular UE slogan used during campaigns. All in all, every Skaven plot is a small step on the great journey to Inheritance!
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PHINK/PHANK/e.t.c Terms used in the Civil War campaign that have been used by UE members in other forum-based campaigns as well. A short index of the myriad phank-terms goes as follows:
wrote:Phink: A post that was meant for a member's faction specific forum, but accidentally posted on the general Civil War forum.
Kniph: A post in the faction specific forum that was meant for the general Civil War forum.
Phank: A deliberate post in the general Civil War forum, that looks like it was a post meant for the faction specific forum of the user. The first recorded Phank in the CWC was Project Braygrowth.
Knaph: A deliberate post in the faction specific forum that looks like it's meant for the general Civil War forum, though nobody is quite sure of the purpose as of yet.
Snaphk: Posting something from the overseers in a public forum which was meant to wait until the turn update.
Phonk: A random thread that gains attention and is rather amusing.
Phunk: Only 'Ttakquik seems to know.
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UCoD - Under the Cover of Darkness. UCoD is the main special rule for the Clan Eshin list, featured in the Storm of Chaos book. UCoD is only available if your army consists entirely of skirmishers and is made to represent the battle taking place at night. Basically you roll an artillery dice each turn to determine unit visibility. Consult your Storm of Chaos book for the specifics.
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SOC - Storm of Chaos. SoC was a global campaign organized by Games Workshop in 2004 and revolved around the fight between the armies of darkness against the alliance of light for the empire city of Middenheim. The UnderEmpire was founded shortly before this campaign and thanks to a lot of work and creativity from our site, the Skaven were able to make a big impact on the background story of the campaign, by coming up with original background stories and making a coordinated efforts around campaign locations like Zundap. Several members like Verminous Fang and Rattsu even got mentioned in some of the updates! Other ideas that came from UnderEmpire members and got incorporated in the official background were Project Supremacy by Shiva and taking out the giant of Middenheim by Sing The Screams.
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Hotw - Hour of the Wolf. An online campaign that was organized by the High Elf forum asur.org and was set in an alternate timeline of the Warhammer world. The Skaven played their part amongst the forces of ruin and kicked some serious tail!
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CWC - Civil War Campaign. Another online campaign, but this one’s special. Created after the Storm of Chaos by our very own Rattsu, the Skaven Civil War Campaign ran for over 2 years and spawned more activity, good times and memories than almost any other UE.net forum event. Some of the old overseers are hard at work as we squeak to deliver us CWC2 sometime soonTM.
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NCC - Nemesis Crown Campaign. A Games-Workshop campaign for Warhammer fantasy held in the summer of 2007, the year after The Storm of Chaos. The Skaven from the UnderEmpire once again got themselves noticed in the background department and the (lame) objective that the Skaven started out with was soon replaced with UE's alternate objective. The end of the campaign was somewhat less spectacular however, as it appeared that someone on the GW web-team has a grudge against us and sent all Skaven forces in the old-world fleeing back to their warrens when the Slann mages cast a spell that made the chaos winds stop blowing. Needless to say: much disappointment was had by everyone <_<
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S&V - Scum and Villainy. A very popular rpg that was run 5 times by Llamarama and has currently received a follow-up by Deathmaster Mik (Armor of Woe). UPDATE: Still going after 26 iterations! S&Vs were some of the most legendary RPGs from the role-playing forum and the term S&V is still often used by some of the ‘old-timers’ who used to participate in them.
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UEGT – UnderEmpire Get Together. An event where several members of the site are able to meet up and have a game of Warhammer. The first time this happened was in Antwerp and more will definitely be organized in the future. In case you didn't notice, there is in fact a special sub-forum dedicated to the organization of these events.
Other
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SPAMBOTS - Led by the notorious Buy_Phentermine they are the sworn enemy of the UE and all its members. Rather susceptible to a good halberding to the face (i.e. use the report button and wait for a Co13-er to clean it up).
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Cheese (also known as Beardy or "Cheap") - Cheese is a term used to describe untasteful tactics or ideas that are not quite "WAAC". Cheese is defined by the person who uses the term.
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Pointy ears - A condescending nickname for Elves (of any kind).
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Stunties - A condescending nickname for Dwarves.
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Woodies - A condescending nickname for Wood Elves.
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Bucket Heads - A condescending nickname for Bretonnians.
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Jeremy Vetock - Author of the current Skaven Armybook.
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Nerf/Buff - A nerf is when a unit, ability, or strategy is weakened by a change in the rules (usually through the form of an FAQ), a buff is when a unit, ability, or strategy becomes better due to a change in the rules (again, normally through an FAQ).
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Whinging - British version of whining.
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Tabled - Tabling your opponent means he has lost his entire army and has nothing remaining on the table. A devastating victory.
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Powergaming - When a player plays within the written rules but not in the unwritten "spirit of the game". Normally one of the main reasons people get "bad sportsmanship" votes.
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Rules Lawyer(ing) - A (often derogatory) term for people (or the act) who try to find "Loopholes" within the written rules to confer an advantage to themselves.
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Fluff - Anything related to background stories of whatever kind there is. Short works of fan-fiction will often be called fluff and the act of making them is called 'fluffing'. If something is called fluffy (like an army list for instance), it means that it stays true to the official background material. A very, very common term in the world of fantasy gaming and should be used with caution when you happen to venture out in the real world again. Alternative terms that are safer for use in the real world include 'background', 'canon' or 'lore'.
Gav Thorpe wrote:"Do you know that every time someone uses the word 'fluff' instead of 'background', a kitten dies?"
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Skavenblight Gazette - UE.net's very own E-Zine! With editors such as Sebrent, Clanlord Trask and Skaven Lord Vinshqueek, this piece of digital paper kicks so much rump that it boggles the mind that there hasn't been a Pulitzer yet. All that means though, is probably that their judges need a little more... persuading. Anyhow, the gazette will remain the world's best source of Skaven-related info, articles and entertainment for the moment until inevitable global domination will be put into effect.
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Explode(ing) - A term used as a short way of saying "slaves breaking in combat are removed from the game but deal wounds to everything in a small radius around them", due to the resemblance of a ticking time bomb.
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QFT - Quoted For Truth
BM - Bad Manner
LGS - Local Gaming Store
FTW - For The Win
GG - Good Game
OP - Over Powered
TL;DR - Too Long, Didn't Read
GW - Games Workshop or Great Weapon
BSB - Battle Standard Bearer.
BRB - Big Rule Book (i.e the main warhammer rules book)
GT - Grand Tournament
IoB - Island of Blood
LoI - Letter of Intent
LoS - Line of Sight
LOS - Look Out, Sir!
BtB - Base-to-Base
FF - Focus Fire
MM - Magic Missile
WS - Weapon Skill
BS - Ballistic Skill
ini/Init - Initiative
ld/Ld - Leadership
FC - Full Command
AB - Army Book
AS - Armor Save
WS - Ward Save
MR - Magic Resistance
CC - Close Combat
DoC - Daemons of Chaos
O&G - Orcs and Goblins
OK - Ogre Kingdoms
VC - Vampire Counts
WoC - Warriors of Chaos
HE - High Elves
DE - Dark Elves
CD - Chaos Dwarves
TK - Tomb Kings
WE - Wood Elves or Warlock Engineer
Brets - Bretonnians
RiP - Remains in Play
AP - Armor Piercing
PD - Power Dice
DD - Dispel Dice
CR - Combat Result or Combat Resolution or possibly Clan Rats
SiN - Strength in Numbers
Co. XIII/Co. 13 - Council of Thirteen (XIII)
RAI - Rules As Intended
RAW - Rules As Written
WHFB - Warhammer Fantasy Battles
WH40K - Warhammer 40.000
WHFRP - Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
RnF or R&F - Rank and File
PCB - Plague Censer Bearers
PWM - Poisoned Wind Mortars
PWG or Globies - Poisoned Wind Globadiers
PCC - Plague Claw Catapult
WFT - Warp Fire Thrower
WLC - Warp Lightning Cannon
GR - Gutter Runners (sometimes Giant Rats)
RO - Rat Ogres
GS - Grey Seer
SV - Storm Vermin
HPA or Abomb - Hell Pit Abomination
PM - Plague Monks or (depending on context) Private Message
Warlock Matik would like to take credit for proof-reading this document but unfortunately for him has come down with a sudden case of 'being locked in his own workshop with a rabid wolf-rat'
Big Br... errr... The Council of Thirteen is watching you!
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