Ever confused by some of the acronyms and abbreviations I use in these articles? Here’s a key. FINALLY REALLY UPDATED 12/5/13!!!
10% limit/10% cap — The current HeroClix rules prevent feats from being more than 10% of your total build limit.
Activation Click — A significantly lower-powered click than the one that follows it. Usually appears on the starting click of characters who transform from a weaker form to a more powerful one (e.g. Bruce Banner to Hulk).
AE —Alter Ego, a type of Special Power. Also used to denote figures that use this game mechanic.
AP — Armor Piercing, a feat that prevent damage from being reduced to 0, rendering both Impervious and Toughness particularly useless.
ATA — Alternate Team Ability. Originally a feat card that changed a set of characters’ team ability to a new one, ATAs are now considered their own mechanic.
AV — Attack Value.
BCF — Blades/Claws/Fangs, a standard attack power. Not to be confused with BFC.
Beat stick — A powerful attacking character. AKA Beastick.
BFC — Battlefield Condition, a card played at the beginning of a HeroClix game that alters one or more rules of the game for that game only. Not to be confused with BCF.
Bizarro — An unofficial game format is which characters start on their final click and damage and healing click the opposite direction as normal.
Brick — A powerful attacking character with damage reducing powers.
Bush — Generic term for any hindering terrain. (Example: “My Batman’s using Stealth to hide in a bush.”)
Cardboard — Optional card elements of HeroClix, especially Feats and Battlefield Conditions and sometimes including Special Objects and Bystanders.
Chase — An ultra-rare figure pulled only from boosters.
Cheese — a slightly derogatory term for highly effective characters, feats or other game elements. See also “min/max” or “meta”
CUR — Abbreviation for Common/Uncommon/Rare in the 60-figure set configuration since the 2007 Avengers release. A full CUR set nets one all the non-Super Rare/Limited Edition/Chase figures.
DV — Defense Value.
EB — Earthbound/Neutralized, a standard speed power.
EW —Exploit Weakness, a standard damage power.
FCBD — Free Comic Book Day. Sometimes HeroClix figures are released for this annual event and are identified with this acronym.
Generic — A figure that doesn’t represent any individual person and could thus be played in multiples in the Highlander format. (See “Highlander”)
Golden Age — An official game format (as of mid-summer 2010) in which all characters and tactics are allowed.
Highlander — An unofficial game rule in which only one copy of any character can be used in a force unless the judge rules that the character is a generic character. (See “Generic”)
HSS — Hypersonic Speed, a standard speed power.
ICWO — In Contact With Oracle, a popular feat card. Also the most broken piece of rubbish cardboard crutch ever made for this game of which every existing copy should be burned with everlasting hellfire. (Wait, did I type that out loud?)
Killbox — A formation, usually much closer to one’s own starting area than the opponent’s, that allows multiple attacks on an enemy figure without significantly repositioning the formation.
LAMP — An acronym for Lockjaw/Armor Piercing/Mastermind/Poison, a strategy in which a character damages opponents for free using Poison and the Armor Piercing feat. Opponents’ counterattacks are shunted to a long-lived taxi (the Lockjaw character being the most efficient example) who chases down opponents that manage to flee the Poison trap.
LE — Limited Edition, a figure not available in boosters but only as tournament prizes or other promotions.
LOF — Line of Fire, a HeroClix game term. Often mistakenly referred to as Line of Sight.
LOS — Line of Sight, a Batman Alphaclix game term. Often mistakenly used instead of the correct term Line of Fire in the true HeroClix game.
Meat shield — A character used chiefly to block line of fire to a more important character. Also, the act of doing so.
Medic — A character that can use the Support power. Usually only on the team for this healing ability.
Metagame — Basically, the aggregation of tactics, figures and strategies in a game that lead to the best chance of victory. Not really Heroclixin’s thing.
Min/max — A team or the act of building a team with minimal weaknesses and maximum effectiveness. Usually not even slightly thematic or fun.
MM fodder — Short for Mastermind fodder. A figure or figures whose chief purpose on a team is to take damage for a friendly character using the Mastermind power.
Mod — Short for modification. A figure whose factory-made sculpt or paint job is altered or customized by a fan.
Modern Age — An official game format (as of mid-summer 2010) in which only characters with character cards and elements from the last two starter sets are legal to play. Battlefield Conditions and feats are not allowed.
MOE — Masters of Evil team ability.
OOTS — Acronym for “Out Of The Shadows,” a Special Power belonging to Justice League Batman #001. Used to identify this popular and powerful Batman figure.
PB — Psychic Blast (also Penetrating/Psychic Blast), a standard attack power.
Pit crew — A group of characters on a force that collectively supply 3 or more of the following powers: Telekinesis, Outwit, Probability Control, Perplex, Support.
Pog — Bystander character.
PW — Pulse Wave, a standard attack power.
Restricted — An older official format allowing, roughly, only the past 2-3 years of sets in a game.
REV — Acronym for Rookie/Experienced/Veteran, the chief designation for figures prior to the Avengers set. No longer as prevalent in the modern game.
RS — Running Shot, a standard speed power.
SE — Steal Energy, a standard attack power.
Short-clicking — A cheating method in which players do not click their characters the proper amount of damage taken.
SR — Super Rare.
STOPP — An acrostic for the five supporting powers Support, Telekinesis, Outwit, Probability Control, Perplex, the five “pit crew” powers used to buff and back up a core of more powerful attackers or to maximize the potential of a well-balanced team. See also: TOPPS
Swarm — A large team of low-cost figures.
TA — Team Ability.
Taxi — A character whose role is to carry other characters. Also the act of doing so.
Tentpole — A figure that either takes up around half the build total or costs significantly more than other characters on the force and would deal the majority of the damage.
Tie up — The tactic of deliberately becoming adjacent to an enemy to prevent it from moving freely or firing. Also a character used for this tactic.
TK — Telekinesis, a standard attack power. Also, the act of using this power.
TOPPS — An acrostic for Telekinesis Outwit Perplex Probability and Support, the five “pit crew” powers used to buff and back up a core of more powerful attackers or to maximize the potential of a well-balanced team. See also STOPP
Unrestricted — An older official format allowing all characters and elements.
WC —Wild card, a type of character that can use the team abilities of friendly characters.
2099: Marvel 2099 collector’s set
ACB: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
AM: Avengers Movie
AW: Armor Wars
BM: Batman (2012 set)
CA: Captain America
D75: DC 75th Anniversary
DK: Dark Knight Rises
DoFP: Days of Future Past action pack
DR: Danger Room starter set
GG: Galactic Guardian
GL: Green Lantern Gravity Feed set
GW: Gears of War set
GX: Giant-Size X-Men
HOB: The Hobbit
IG: Infinity Gauntlet
IH: Incredible Hulk
JH: Jonah Hex
JL52: Justice League 52
LOTR: Lord of the Rings
M+M: Mutations and Monsters
SF: Street Fighter
SI: Secret Invasion
ST: Star Trek Tactics
TB: Tab Apps
WK: WizKids Exclusive
WR: War of the Light
WS: Web of Spider-Man
Did I miss something? Comment and I’ll add it to the list (…IF it’s a term I’m likely to use on this site)!