40k Dictionary

The more blogs I read, the more terms I come across that the 40k community has adopted. ¬†After a 10+ year absence, I have to admit that some of them aren’t terribly obvious, so to help others I’ll keep a list here of the terms I come across.

Note that some of these are not 40k specific and apply to miniatures games or even general gaming.

Abbreviations & Acronyms

BA
Blood Angels
CSM
Chaos Space Marines
DA
Dark Angels
DE
Dark Eldar
Dex
Codex
DW
Deathwing
FNP
Feel No Pain
IG
Imperial Guard
GK
Grey Knights
LOS
Line of Sight
Look Out Sir (rule)
OP
Overpowered
RAI
Rules As Intended
RAW
Rules As Written
RW
Ravenwing
SW
Space Wolves
UM
Ultramarines
WYSIWYG
What You See Is What You Get

Terms

Beardy
See Cheesy
Broken
Something that is overpowered and/or undercosted.
Cheesy
To play in a manner that is legal, but not fitting the spirit or intent of the rules.
To intentionally use or exploit a broken element of the game.
Fluff
Backstory.
The non-rules component of the game. Painting and ornamental conventions, character names, the logic behind imbalances or restrictions are all elements of fluff.
Meta
See Metagame
Metagame
To make decisions, such as when building an army list, based on things outside the rules as written. For example, to think “I will do/take __ because most people tend to do/take ___”.
Nerf
To make weaker, typically via a rule change.
Papa Smurf
Marneus Calgar
Rouboute Guilliman
RAI
A loose, subjective interpretation of the rules
To read the rules subjectively and attempt to understand the intent of them. This is often used when conflicting rules are present or a situation does not exactly match the rules.
RAW
A strict, objective interpretation of the rules
To read the rules exactly as written, without regard to the apparent intent of the writer or other fluff.
Smurfs
Ultramarines
Spam
During the game: to do something repeatedly (Vector Strike spam)
When building an army: to take several or more of the same type of unit
What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG)
To play a model exactly as it is constructed. If a model does not have a sword, a sword cannot be purchased for it on the army list. Also, if a model has a certain type of weapon, such as a flamer, that weapon must be purchased for it.

Whiff
To miss all of your rolls, Source: baseball term for a strikeout
To roll very poorly;
Xeno
A non-Human race (Eldar, Ork, etc.)

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