The following abbreviations are often used in the rulebook and by players in the game:
GM is used in reference to the Games Master, the person that controls the running of a game world.
IC is used to clarify when a message is In Character, referring to game world events.
OOC is used to clarify when a message is Out Of Character, referring to real world events.
PC is used in reference to a Player Character. A PC is a character controlled by a player.
NPC is used in reference to a Non Player Character. An NPC is a character that is controlled by the Games Master or by the Quest program. Thus a player does not control the character. The Quest program NPCs can be interacted with via normal game turn orders, but it is also possible to interact with them via moderation.
SA is used in reference to a Special Action.
FA is used in reference to a Free Action.
SQ is used in reference to a Special Quest.
XP is used in reference to Experience Points.
TG is used in reference to Thieves Guild.
MC is used in reference to Magic Cyrcle.
B&M is used in reference to Bankers & Merchants Guild.
COC is used in reference to the Moderation Skill Code of Conduct.
Settlement and Alliance names are often abbreviated in moderation; if you receive moderation results with an abbreviation that you are unsure of then before contacting the GM please first check the Alliance name or the Settlement name and see if it abbreviates to that. Settlement abbreviations should have the settlement number in brackets to help make it clearer.