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Old 01-18-2014, 02:53 PM   #191
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BBEG- big bad evil dude.
Big bad evil guy actually; same difference. And the meaning is the main recurring antagonist of a campaign, not just a bad guy who is big and evil.

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I don't see CF in the master list. Seems to apply to costs or comparisons of modifiers. Did I miss it?
That's because it's from the books rather than being online slang; it means Cost Factor. Basically you add all the Cost Factors up and multiply an item's GURPS $ price by the result so CF+1 means doubling a price, CF+2 means tripling the price, and a total CF of +3 means quadrupling the price whether achieved through three +1s, a +1 and a +2, or a single +3.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:53 PM   #192
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Is there an official abbreviation for 4e books? The official page seems to have only a couple of the 4e books.
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Old 04-22-2015, 04:26 PM   #193
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Is there an official abbreviation for 4e books? The official page seems to have only a couple of the 4e books.
The official line is other the basic set 4e does NOT use abbreviations for book references to avoid confusion
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:46 PM   #194
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Yep, they were dropped for good reason.
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Funny "behind the scenes" story... Even with non-abbreviated titles, we try to be careful to avoid collisions. (One of the things I help with as Project Manager is to doing what I can to make sure titles make sense, are evocative, don't cause problems, etc.)

Thus something like Transhuman Space: Martial Arts 2100 might have been called Transhuman Space: Martial Arts, but then how do you refer to it in an abbreviated fashion?
  • "For weapons a bioroid warrior might use, see pp. 212-232 of Martial Arts and pp. 32-34 of Martial Arts 2100." -- reads pretty well.
  • "For weapons a bioroid warrior might use, see pp. 212-232 of GURPS Martial Arts and pp. 32-34 of Transhuman Space: Martial Arts." -- accurate (if that were the book's name), but clunkier.
  • "For weapons a bioroid warrior might use, see pp. 212-232 of Martial Arts and pp. 32-34 of Martial Arts." -- Uh-oh... we have a problem.

Speaking as a fan, I remember the tail end of the Third Edition era, and occasionally running into arcane abbreviations that took me out of the book as my brain tried to decipher what they were cross-referencing with. It may take up a smidge more room, but the current system is much friendlier (IMO).
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