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This page is the truncated form of Darkgamma's Acronym and Neologism Thread, found here on ParadoxPlaza. The page excludes the non-CK2 acronyms and neologisms.

The Acronyms[edit | edit source]

These are the acronyms (initialisms) related to CK2 that you'll find on the Paradoxplaza forums:

  • "CK2" or "CKII" – Crusader Kings II, the game you are on the wiki for.
  • "PDS" – Paradox Development Studio, the developers of CKII.
  • "PI" – Paradox Interactive, the publisher of CKII.
  • "GG" – Gamersgate, one of the retailers of CKII.
  • "WAD" – Works/working as designed; this acronym means that the thing in question is functioning as intended, typically used in the context of a mistaken bug.
  • "OPM" – One-province minor; this acronym signifies a usually independent nation consisting of only one province.
  • "HRE" – Holy Roman Empire
  • "BE" – Byzantine Empire
  • "ERE" – Eastern Roman Empire, as alternative name for the Byzantine Empire.
  • "WC" – World conquest; direct conquest of every landed title
  • "GH" – The Golden Horde.
  • "AAR" – After-action report; a kind of a story told about a game in progress but with the action already complete, often narrated as if the player was the actual character.
  • "LP" – Let's Play; an alternative to the AAR, a video narrative of a game in progress with the action ongoing rather than already complete.
  • "CA" – Crown authority
  • "CB" – 'Casus belli' = a justification for war, which is required in the game to declare any sort of war.
  • "OP" – Overpowered; used to reference a certain mechanic or tactic that's considered too powerful
  • "UP" – Underpowered, the opposite of "overpowered"
  • "RR" – Revolt risk, the likelihood of peasants taking up arms against their liege.
  • "DD" – Development diary, a post about the development of a certain part of the game or DLC yet to be released at the time of writing, or, more recently, a mod in the same situation.
  • "DoW" – Declaration of war; extended into the verb "to DOW", meaning "to declare war".
  • "DP" – Defensive pact. A agreement between several rulers to defend against an extremely threatening neighbor.
  • "NAP" – Non-Aggression Pact. Obtained via marriage/close relationship with another character. Prevents two parties from warring against one another. Can be negotiated into an alliance.
  • "WS" – "Warscore", the score used to calculate outcomes of wars.
  • "MTTH" – "Mean time to happen", mean or average time span in which the event is likely to fire, typically in the unit of months.
  • "MSR" – "Most Serene Republic" – a king-tier republic title.
  • "FoW" – "Fog of War" – Hides troop movements in provinces more than 1 province away from the player's realm borders, troops (including allies), or councillors.
  • "HK" – "Hunter Killer" – A huge army stack
  • "MA" – "Moral Authority" – an abstraction of the level of unity and authority of a religion.
  • "NK" – North Korea mode – the practice of holding all counties (and perhaps even all baronies) directly, vastly in excess of your demesne limit. (See Reign of tyranny)
  • "CTD" – A "crash to desktop" bug
  • "OOS" – An "out of sync" bug, where two computers in multiplayer disagree about game state
  • "MR" – Merchant Republic – A government type in the game

DLCs[edit | edit source]

Mods[edit | edit source]

The Neologisms[edit | edit source]

These are the CK2-related neologisms (coinages) you'll find on the Paradoxplaza forums:

  • "Gamey" - Used as an adjective to signify an action or tactic that, while not a cheat, significantly destroys game balance and gives tremendous bonuses to the player, especially when it involves actions that wouldn't make sense in historical context.
  • "Doomstack/Deathstack" - A noun signifying an extremely large and cohesive army that has the ability to destroy most obstacles; in the case of Mongol invasions, the doomstacks carry no attrition.
  • "Stackwipe" - A noun expressing the total destruction of an army, usually because of defending with low morale against a much larger force.
  • "Muslim Clown Car" - Used as a term describing how Muslim realms often have armies far larger than their size would suggest.
  • "to Nerf" - Used as a verb to indicate the weakening or softening of some feature, usually a title (nation or mercenary).
  • "to Buff" - Used as a verb, opposite of "nerf"
  • "(to) Blob" - Used as either a verb or a noun; the verb describes the tremendous growth in size of a nation so that it becomes really huge and almost completely homogenous, the noun describes a huge nation that might resemble a blob of paint on the map, hence the name.
  • "Border gore" - An artistic cartographer's nightmare, in which realms are manifestly non-convex or discontiguous. Borders seem to have been drawn with no regard for oceans, mountain ranges, or de jure territory. Whether due to war or inheritance conflicts, this situation tends to exacerbate regional instability.
  • "(to) Curbstomp" - Used as either a verb, a noun or an adjective. Describes a war or a battle in which the odds are overwhelmingly unbalanced, often leading to the annihilation of the losing side.
  • "(to) roflstomp" - A stronger version of "curbstomp".
  • "(to) Savescum" - Used as either a verb, a noun or an adjective; the verb describes the action of constant saving and reloading said saves whenever things are not going according to plan, the adjective is used to describe such a tactic, the noun describes a person who savescums (more commonly seen as "savescummer")
  • "Tutorial island" - An island in Europe, used most often as a substitute for "Ireland", by extension also used to mean "best place for a first game" (ex. "Mali is the Muslim Ireland")
  • "(to) Ragequit" - Used as either a verb or a noun; the verb describes the rageful quitting of a game, most often without saving, due to unforeseen circumstances which have ruined the game, the noun describes one iteration of the verb.
  • "Checksum" - A string of four letters that are used to verify whether two or more parties have exactly the same copy of the game. Checksums can change by one letter by playing and resigning, and differ completely if the two compared copies are not the same. Can be found on the lower left of the main menu to the right of the version number you are using.
  • "Vanilla" - Used as either a noun or an adjective; as a noun, describes the unmodified version of the game, as an adjective, used to denote that the mentioned feature is considered to be from the unmodified and up-to-date version of the game.
  • "Mod" - A user modification; some subtypes:
    • "Minimod" - A mod that's small in scope and often compatible with other mods.
    • "Micromod" - A mod even smaller in scope, most often changing only an event or two, or perhaps a single feature.
    • "Submod" - A mod that's a mod of another mod.
    • "Overhaul" - a mod that changes significant aspects of the game.
    • "Total Conversion" - a mod that changes the setting of the game.
    • "Complete/Total Overhaul" - Equivalent to above.
  • "Diff" - The difference in form and function between two things of the same scope: two files, two mods, two versions, two games etc.
  • "to Merge" - Used as a verb to most often indicate the merging of two different and normally incompatible mods or mechanics, usually custom ones, into one hybrid.
  • "Super-duke" - Also "Megaduke" or "Multi-duke", a duke with multiple ducal titles and a large demesne. Frequently super-dukes are vassals to a king and pose a large threat to realm stability if dissatisfied.
  • "Wincest" - Concatenation of win and incest. Used as a noun to describe the benefits of Zoroastrian divine marriage mechanic, which allows and rewards incestuous marriages.