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Understanding Gamer Slang
Gamers sometimes seem like they are speaking their own language (In fact, often, they are. This language is called
and is usually defined as Elvish spoken with a Klingon accent.) We tend to use odd terms and phrases that only we understand. These may be general gaming terms which the gaming community uses at large, or those specific to Malifaux. Unfortunately, some of this language probably slipped into our tacticas. If you see a term in a tactica (or any gaming article) that you don't understand, check here to see if you can decode it!
For Malifaux Specific terminology,
AE or AoE:
Area Effect or Area of Effect. This refers to attacks and effects which hit more then just one target and instead effect everything in an area. Ex: Blast Markers, Auras, Pulses, etc.
: A common tactic where you use abilities like Companion to activate and attack with multiple models at once, typically done immediately after winning initiative, so your opponents models are killed before they can react.
Base to Base, or base contact. When the bases of two models are touching.
Term used to indicate a spell or ability which is used to improve the basic stats of a piece, typically used to boost your own pieces.
Refers to a large amount of damage all at once. A sudden rush of high damage.
: Often used to refer to an ability, action, or strategy that the average player finds distasteful. Mostly used to reference a strategy or play style that is considered slightly abusive and is not needed to win or play well.
: Banned on the forums due to a certain game designer's fear of them, Clowns are free to be referenced in this wiki.
Crutch ___ :
When something is described as a Crutch, it is generally seen as slightly too powerful and easy to use. Often describes things such as Crutch Tactics, Crutch Models etc. Not a nice term and should not be used without being prepared for backlash from fans of whatever your describing.
Damage Over Time (DOT):
Damaging effect that works over time, such as Poison.
Term used to indicate a spell or ability which is used to decrease the effectiveness of a model, typically used against an enemy model.
: A negative twist for a fate flip, as per the Malifaux rules. On the Wyrd forums this is the code used to insert the negative twist icon you see in the rulebook and cards.
: A positive twist for a fate flip, as per the Malifaux rules. On the Wyrd forums this is the code used to insert the positive twist icon you see in the rulebook and cards.
: A crew led by either Ophelia Lacroix or Some'r Teeth Jones and as many Bayou Gremlins as can be squeezed into the crew. Capable of producing a surprising amount of damage. Tries to overcome the low CB of the Bayou Gremlins by quantity of flips and "playing the odds".
Line Of Sight.
A Negative Twist for a fate flip as per Malifaux rules.
A kind name for a new player, there is nothing wrong with being a newbie.
An insult generally directed at an experienced or veteran gamer. It implies they do not know what they are doing and are terrible at whatever the activity in question is.
: A tactic which utilizes pig models and "Air Traffic Controller" models (Giant Mosquitos, Hog Whisperers, Gremlin Taxedermists, Slop Haulers, or Some'r himself) casting the "Sooey" spell to launch a squadron of pigs from cover or range at a desired enemy model then back to friendly lines for another bombing run next turn.
: A method of utilizing Giant Mosquitos and Piglets to launch a Gremlin model into a specific position (usually from cover and range).
A Positive Twist for a fate flip as per Malifaux rules.
This will never be used!
: Shorthand for "Resurrectionist"
A flip with no Positive or Negative twists on it.
: To use a certain spell, ability or model as many times as you are able to.
: A article pertaining to the use of (in this case) a certain Model or crew in the Malifaux game.
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