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Is there a faq somewhere that will tell me the various meanings of the
acronyms used to describe RPG's? The ones i am wondering about are the ones
that prepend "RPG" as in xxxRPG.

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"The Stare" <wat1@not.likely.frontiernet.net> once tried to test me
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> Is there a faq somewhere that will tell me the various meanings of the
> acronyms used to describe RPG's? The ones i am wondering about are the
> ones that prepend "RPG" as in xxxRPG.

If you mean MMORPG, that one means:

Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. This genre was bred from
the old text-based MUD's (Multi-User Domain/Dungeon) back in the 80's that
were very popular at universities (I wasted a lot of my lab time on it :)).
There were some early graphical games that didn't actually call themselves
"MMO" because they weren't all that "massive" (maybe few hundred
simultaneous players tops, unlike the current games which allow THOUSANDS
of simultaneous players, tens of thousands actually). These early birds
were games like the old Neverwinter Nights on America Online (not the
recent game by Bioware), and Dark Sun Online on the Total Entertainment
Network, and Meridian 59. These games sold decently enough as far as
compter games went back in their day I guess but it wasn't until Ultima
Online came out that people put the word "Massively" in the title, which
could support thousands on one server at one time in a supposed "living and
breathing" game world. Then a little company no one ever heard of named
Verant created a little game called Everquest in 1999. And the world has
never been the same. After the first couple of hundred thousand monthly
paying subscribers they realized they hit a goldmine. Now everyone and
their dog tried to jump in on the bandwagon and a genre was truely born.
MMOG's of all sorts have come and gone now, and the current leading champs
in North America at least are World of Warcraft, City of Heroes, and
Everquest II. They all have websites so check them out.

The only other types of "xxxRPG" you might see aren't really acronyms.

Like "Action/RPG" means a game that requires player-skill as well as
character-skills to succeed, generally a hybrid of the action-game genre
with the RPG-genre. Like the upcomming Dungeon Lords is. Or the ever
popular Diablo games.

Or "Strat/RPG" means a game that involves a lot of strategic gameplay mixed
with RPG elements, like Warlords Battlecry series, or Etherlords, or from
what i've read Spellforce (haven't played it).

You might occasionally see someone refer to an RPG as a "CRPG". They mean
"computer RPG" as opposed to the original type of RPG, the pen & paper
kind, like the old but still very popular Dungeons & Dragons game. In this
newsgroup when someone says "RPG" we assume they are talking about computer
RPG's so we generally drop the "C". In fact we might talk about "P&P RPG"
if we actually mean the kind you play with books, pencils, and dice.


BTW, World of Warcraft is the best game ever created. Amen. Praise
Blizzard!

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"The Stare" <wat1@not.likely.frontiernet.net> once tried to test me with:

> Thankyou, that was very helpful :)

Welcome.


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Thus spake Knight37 <knight37m@email.com>, 26 Feb 2005 07:08:28 GMT, Anno
Domini:

>BTW, World of Warcraft is the best game ever created. Amen. Praise
>Blizzard!

There's a cure for your condition K, you know...;-p

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Nostromo <nostromo@spamfree.net.au> once tried to test me with:

> Thus spake Knight37 <knight37m@email.com>, 26 Feb 2005 07:08:28 GMT, Anno
> Domini:
>
>>BTW, World of Warcraft is the best game ever created. Amen. Praise
>>Blizzard!
>
> There's a cure for your condition K, you know...;-p

The Rapture?



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Thusly Nostromo <nostromo@spamfree.net.au> Spake Unto All:

>World of BoreCraft *guffaw*

MMORPGFIGHT!!!
<throws EQ2 at Nostromo>

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Knight37 wrote:
> You might occasionally see someone refer to an RPG as a "CRPG". They
mean
> "computer RPG" as opposed to the original type of RPG, the pen &
paper
> kind, like the old but still very popular Dungeons & Dragons game. In
this
> newsgroup when someone says "RPG" we assume they are talking about
computer
> RPG's so we generally drop the "C". In fact we might talk about "P&P
RPG"
> if we actually mean the kind you play with books, pencils, and dice.

Actually, I have seen CRPG used to distinguish computer RPGs from
console RPGs also.
However, more often there is a distinction between American-style (M&M,
Wizardry, D&D...) RPGs and Japanese-style (Dragon Warrior, Final
Fantasy, ...), where the latter are referred to as jRPGs. generally,
jRPGs are console based, and the others are generally computer based.

There are, of course, exceptions both ways (and not just in the form of
ports)
 
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Xocyll wrote:

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> Oh now there's a horrible thought, LotR done by Disney. <shudder>
>
> Xocyll
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So Gandalf (not you, Parker) will be wearing Mickey Ears instead of his usual
pointy wizard hat, and Golum(sp?) will have a Goofy(tm) look instead of that
evil face, and the black hooded figure (sorry, can't remeber their name, I've
only watched Return of The King, so can't quite remember all the names) will be
quacking with Donald's voice instead of the horrifying shriek?.......

now that's eeky.....

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"The Qurqirish Dragon" <qurqirishd@aol.com> once tried to test me with:

> Actually, I have seen CRPG used to distinguish computer RPGs from
> console RPGs also.
> However, more often there is a distinction between American-style (M&M,
> Wizardry, D&D...) RPGs and Japanese-style (Dragon Warrior, Final
> Fantasy, ...), where the latter are referred to as jRPGs. generally,
> jRPGs are console based, and the others are generally computer based.
>
> There are, of course, exceptions both ways (and not just in the form of
> ports)
>

I've seen that before but so extremely rarely I didn't think it was worth
mentioning.

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