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Admin

Short for AdministratorThey have (usually) red-orange coloured OOC text and enforce server rules and behaviour. They have powers designed to keep the game fun for everyone. Listening to them is a good idea.

Moderators also have a similar job, but have slightly paler blue OOC text, and do not have the powers that admins do.

Adminbus

Originally short for "admin abuse", now a term for what happens when the admins feel like a round is getting too boring or if they want to try something different. This can typically be identified by special messages from CentComm, OOC messages before the round begins announcing any major changes from an ordinary round, items and mobs showing up that would never spawn under conventional circumstances, new antagonists being added in mid-round when the mode isn't Autotraitor, and anything else that an admin thinks might be "fun" at the time.

There is also a literal Adminbus that can show up as a result of this. This bizarre vehicle can drive through walls, spawns money and mobs out of nowhere, packs people inside by driving over them (preventing them from leaving the bus unless the admin driving it manually ejects them), and can even bring people back from the dead. It also has a built-in jukebox.

Adminhelp

A command which lets you send a message to the admins. Use this (AND NOT OOC) if you think someone is griefing. It should be noted that even when no admins are online, any messages sent in adminhelp are logged and also sent to IRC.

AI

The Artificial Intelligence, the station's computer which can access machinery on the station. A job that can be played.

Analyzer

Most often refers to Health analyzers, but can also refer to Atmospheric Analyzers, Botany's Plant analyzers, the Geneticist's Genetic analyzer, the Mechanic's device analyzer or Research & Development's Destructive analyzer.

Atmos

Either an Atmospheric Technician (which are also commonly known as Atmos Techs) or the Atmospherics area itself which deals with the air supply.

Beepsky/Officer Beepsky

A securitron that starts in Security. Will chase, stun, and handcuff anyone set to be arrested in the security records.

Blob

Can refer to the Blob game mode, or the Blob that spawns in Blob mode and sometimes in random events. A big green jelly thing which spreads quickly, consumes oxygen to grow, causes enormous damage, hurts people, and has variable weaknesses and strengths.

Bolt/Bolted

A feature of airlocks. When the bolts are dropped, the door cannot move from its current position, be it open or closed. They can be lifted by the AI or hacking the airlock.

Bridge

The command center of the station. Found in the center of the station.

Brig

An area of the station with cells, where people are held by Security.

BYOND

The platform SS13 was coded on. You need it to be able to play the game.

CentCom

Short for "Central Command", the administration branch of NanoTrasen which runs the station. Will periodically send messages to the station which are usually of debatable usefulness. Also refers to the area the Emergency Escape Shuttle goes to when it leaves.

CO2

Carbon Dioxide, an invisible gas kept in black canisters. Will knock you out and suffocate you. A small trace amount of it makes up breathable air.

Crew

Everyone listed on the Crew Manifest. Hired by NanoTrasen to do their Jobs.

Cryo

The big green glass things in Medbay. Putting dying people in here can save them start their wild ride.

Cult

Refers to the Cult game mode. Or a gimmick by the Chaplain.

Deadchat

Also known as Ghost chat. A chat channel dead players speak on using the say command. Can only be seen by other dead players.

Disk

The Nuclear Authentication Disk, used in Nuclear Mode.

Emag

Another name for the Cryptographic Sequencer traitor item, which forces doors open or does other things like letting you order more traitor items.

Electrify

Another feature of airlocks. If an electrified airlock is touched by someone without insulated gloves, they will receive an electric shock, taking damage and being stunned for some time. The AI and Airlock hacking can activate or disable electrification. Some grilles are also electrified - cutting a cable without wearing insulated gloves will also electrify you.

Engine/Engineering

The large area in the south of the ship which should contain an engine, or power source for the station, up to and including the Singularity, Supermatter or whatever else the Engineers decide to make. if any.

EVA

A room just southwest of the Security wing where space suits, jetpacks and magboots are kept. Stands for Extra-Vehicular Activity.

Ghost

Refers to a command you can type when you have died to become a ghost, and to the actual ghosts themselves. Ghosts can speak on deadchat, move around the station freely, see everything, and can't interact with anything meaningful. They are used to observe the game after you have died. Cannot be seen directly by living players, except in special circumstances in Cult mode.

Gib

The bloody, torn apart remnants of a former living being, short for giblet (Did you know that? I didn't know that.). Created by people, livestock, monkeys, and cyborgs exploding. Not to be confused with 'gibs me dats'.

Gimmick

Can refer to a player gimmick or a gimmick round. Basically a round or player which plays with a certain "theme". Can be amusing once or twice but doing this regularly runs it into the ground very quickly.

Griefing

(AKA Griefing/Griefer/Griff)

Griefing is the act of getting enjoyment out of ruining the game for others. Examples include killing without good reason, randomly starting fires, dismantling the hull, acting insane to the extent that it negatively affects others, etc. Note that it can be easy to confuse Syndicate operatives or the Traitor with griefers. Griefing is a bannable offense and more rigorously enforced on Baystation 12 (and by extension, /vg/station) than on most other SS13 servers.

Hacking

The act of breaking the security measures on equipment such as Airlocks or APCs by illicit means.

HoP

Head of Personnel. Should assign jobs, but usually ends up giving himself Captain-level access, ignoring his job, and acting like Security.

RD

Research Director. The job used to be called Head of Research..

HoS

Head of Security.

Help!

I am in dire need of assistance, but unfortunately I am not competent enough to state my locations! Also, I do not have my suit sensors on, so my body will no doubt be found catatonic or husked in maintenance fifty minutes into the round. Please ignore me unless I explicitly state a location! See also; Intent.

Hulk

Used to refer to the superpower or a person in possession of it. People with the Hulk gene turn green and become super strong, being able to punch through walls, windows, and other fixtures. Hurts like hell if one hits you.

IC in OOC, ""ICKY OCKY!""

The act of describing anything happening in the game over the OOC channel. The rule of thumb is if a person not involved in the incident or not observing the game can still tell what's going on, it's IC in OOC. Excessive use usually results in a ban, and even if it happens by accident (e.g. typing something in OOC that was meant to be in "say and not noticing it until its too late) it will inevitably result in intense mockery and cries of BAN HE. (See the Rules page for details). Also known as "ICK OCK".

In Character

In Character knowledge/chat, often abbreviated to IC, is what you as the character know or say. It's the opposite of out of character. For example, a Chemist would know how to make thermite, but not how to start the Engine. IC knowledge often differs from Out of Character knowledge. See also: Roleplaying.

Internals

Usually an oxygen tank of some sort and a gasmask. Basically any worn item that lets you breathe when you otherwise can't.

Lag

Concept common to almost all online gaming. Not worth explaining in depth here - basically it's the server (server-side lag) or your own computer (client-side lag) being slow and causing gaps between you doing stuff and it actually happening to grow.

Law/Laws

Rules which the AI and Cyborgs must follow. Are somewhat open to interpretation by the player, but the majority consensus and admin rulings are what really count. May be modified or changed at an AI Upload Terminal using various modules, wiped back to the basics using the Reset Module, or purged entirely with the Purge Module. Note that core modules cannot be removed by the standard reset module.

Lockdown

Refers to individual, local fire alarms locking down areas, places with shutters, or the bolting down of all doors to an area.

Mass Driver

The computer or switch operated devices found in Toxins, Disposals and the Chapel. Any objects on them when they are activated will be thrown forward at high speed, either into the bomb testing area (Toxins) or space (Disposals and Chapel).

Metagaming

Metagaming is the act of using out of character knowledge to further your own player in the game, and is the opposite of Roleplaying. An example of metagaming would be calling the emergency shuttle at the beginning of a round to try to find out what round it is, or by doing things your character should not know how to do. This is a bannable offence.

Mod

Short for "Moderators" who are usually lower ranked admins, but in the /vg/station case they tend to be admins from other servers who wish delve our logs and ban-lists.

Murderboner

Murderboner (noun) and to murderbone (verb) is the desire for and the performance of senseless, indiscriminate killing of other players, usually performed by assistants, or almost anyone during Extended. The urge to murderbone is directly proportional to the length and peacefulness of the round. Usually results in a ban, so please don't do this. Please. See also; Griefing.

Notes

A command which displays "Notes" kept in your characters memory, which you add with the "add note" command. Some notes are automatically added depending on the circumstances, such as revolutionaries having the list of rev members memorized, traitors having their radio frequency memorized, and Syndicate leaders having the nuclear bomb code memorized.

N2

Nitrogen, an invisible gas kept in red canisters. Mostly useless, but makes up a certain percentage of breathable air. Not to be confused with chemical reagent nitrogen from chemistry.

N2O

Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas or anesthetic. White gas kept in red canisters with a white stripe, that will knock you out and suffocate you at high enough concentrations.

NanoTrasen

NanoTrasen is one of the largest corporations in all of known space. You work for NanoTrasen as an employee. Unless you don't.

Nuke

Can refer to either the Nuclear game mode (also known as Syndicate), or the Nuclear Fission Explosive used in said mode.

O2

Oxygen. Invisible gas usually kept in blue and white canisters. Vital for reasons that you should already know, but deadly for reasons you may not.

Out of Character

Out of character knowledge/chat, often abbreviated to OOC, is what you as the user know or say. The opposite of in character. For example, you might play a chemist, but know how to start the engine. Discussing in character things in OOC chat or using OOC knowledge to get the jump on someone are examples of Metagaming. OOC knowledge often differs from In Character knowledge. For the command see: OOC.

OOC in IC

The inverse of the much more common 'IC in OOC'. Whenever a game mechanic, metafeature, or player-to-player conversation is referenced in the say or emote channels. Or using ((brackets)) to talk to players locally OOC. Not recommended.

PDA

Handheld devices that act as pagers, flashlights and other useful functions depending on what cartridge is inserted.

Plasma

A.K.A. Biotoxin. Purple gas kept in orange canisters. Poisonous and flammable. Research into uses and properties of plasma is the station's prime reason for existence, according to the backstory.

Radio

Normally refers to the headset on your head which can be used with the command 'say ";Hello everyone!"', for example. Can also refer to station bounced radios and intercoms. Shows up as green text with a symbol and frequency appended to it. Additional department-specific radios also exsist. To use the equipped department radio's default department frequency use 'say ":h Hello Department!"'. (See Radio for details or how to use the radio when it has multiple department frequencies available)

RCD

Rapid Construction Device. A piece of equipment which can quickly make and break floors, walls, and airlocks. Can't break reinforced walls.

Records

Comes in two flavors, Security and Medical, both accessible from terminals with red or white screens, respectively. Can be set during character setup, and both contain other useful information such as DNA, fingerprint information, and Security Records that can be used to have Beepsky arrest people on sight.

Report/Centcom Report/Traitor Report

A document printed out from communications consoles at the start of most game modes. Lists who might be the traitor and what might be their targets. Inaccurate to the point where it's usually false. Do not treat this report as proof or guilt. So don't arrest anyone just because their name or prints are noted on the report. That being said, if it is a traitor round and that person's name is on the list, that traitor will gain 4 bonus telecrystals in addition to their starting 10.

Resurrection

See Revive.

Rev

Could refer either to the game mode Revolution, or a member of the Revolution in said game mode.

Revive

Bringing someone back to life after they have died through either Genetics, Hydroponics, Robotics, or admin powers.

Robust/Robusting

The game's ROBUST COMBAT SYSTEM. To robust someone is to fight someone or at least win in a fight. To be robust means you often win fights. Fighting without reason is considered griefing.

Roleplaying

Roleplaying is the act of pretending to be your character, and is the opposite of Metagaming. This entails acting as if the events on the station are real.

See also: A Crash Course In Roleplaying

Shuttle

Most of the time refers to the Emergency Escape Shuttle which shows up at the end of the round near the Escape Arm. Can also refer to the Arrival Shuttle (where you start if you join late), the syndicate or wizard shuttle (which you'll rarely see, if ever), the Supply Shuttle (which brings items to the Cargo Bay), or the mining shuttle (which moves people between the mining station).

Signal

A beep sent from a Remote Signaling Device. "Default Signal" is used to refer to the default setting of the devices, which is Frequency 147.9, Code 30.

Signs

Wet Floor Signs. Janitors should put these down where they've mopped.

SS13

Space Station 13.

Syndicate

The Syndicate are an organization that desire the downfall of NanoTrasen. Syndicate operatives appear in Traitor and Nuke rounds. Syndicate agents are usually very highly trained and usually have at least basic training in all aspects of station work. AKA "Syndies".

Tabling

The act of grabbing, and then placing someone onto a table to instantly knock them down on it.

Tele

While usually referring to the hand teleporter, it could also be referring to the full-fledged teleporter in the teleporter room.

Thermals

Optical Thermal Scanners. Let you see people through walls, though not the floor. Only used by Traitors.

Traitor

The traitor, sometimes referred to as the Syndicate, is a role given to one of the human players in Traitor rounds. The traitor has one or two objectives that must be accomplished in order for them to win the round.

May also be used to refer to any other Syndicates (see Nuclear and similar) or Revolutionaries (see Game Revolution)

See also: Traitoring, Traitor

Wormhole

A black swirly portal. Anything coming into contact with a wormhole will be teleported to a random area on or off the station. They can be fairly dangerous or cause temporary blockades. Not to be confused with portals made from the Handheld Teleporter, which are blue or (more rarely) orange.

You Think...

A subtle, in-character message from an admin. Generally, you should follow or do the advice or commands it gives.

Not to be confused with 'A voice in your head...', which is from the Genetics remote talking superpower.

Wizard

Usually refers to the Wizard game mode, or a Wizard player who has access to a number of spells.

Z-Level

Another "area" of the game. Part of BYOND's functionality. For example, the station, the Telecomms satellite, the mining station, CentCom and the derelict are all on different Z-levels. Going off the edge of one Z-Level will take you to another. Right now most of these transitions are random. Try to avoid being spaced.

Guides of /vg/station 13
New Player Guides
General Help - The Basics - Rules - A Crash Course In Roleplaying - Guide to Construction - Guide to Combat - Terminology - Shortcuts - Troubleshooting
Service Guides
Guide to Cargo Orders - Guide to Food and Drinks - Guide to Hydroponics - Guide to Beekeeping - Guide to Xenobotany - Guide to Vox Hydroponics - Guide to Cash Registers
Medical Guides
Guide to Medicine - Guide to Surgery/Autopsy - Guide to Chemistry - Guide to Virology - Guide to Genetics - Guide to Cloning
Scientific Research Guides
Guide to Research and Development - Guide to Robotics - Guide to Toxins - Guide to Telescience - Guide to Mechanic - Guide to Xenobiology - Guide To Xenoarchaeology
Engineer Guides
Guide to Engineering - Guide to Wiring - Guide to Construction - Guide to Advanced Construction - Guide to Singularity Engine - Guide to Atmospherics - Guide to Solars - Guide to Antimatter Engine (AME) - Guide to Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) - Guide to Supermatter Engine (SME) - Guide to R-UST - Guide to Space Pods - Guide to Telecommunications - Guide to Hacking - Guide to Assemblies
Security and Command Guides
Space Law - Standard Operating Procedure - Guide to Security - Guide to Forensics - Guide to Command - Chain of Command - Guide to Silicon Laws
Antagonist Guides
Guide to Traitor - Guide to Nuclear Operations - Guide to Revolution - Guide to Xenomorph - Guide to Cult of Nar-Sie - Guide to AI Malfunction - Illicit Access - Random Events
Misc Guides
Guide to Hypothermia - Makeshift weapons - Guide to Ghetto Chemistry - Races - Creatures - Guide to Paperwork - List of Pastebins specific to /vg/station - Reading Material - NTSL (Nanotrasen Scripting Language)
Admin and Coder Guides
Guide to Admin Tools - Understanding SS13 Code - Guide to Git CLI - SS13 for Experienced Programmers - Guide to Spriting - Guide to Mapping - Guide to GitHub/Merging Upstream Changes - Getting Your Pull Accepted - DM/BYOND: Undocumented Stuff