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|AEVWD||Almost Everything Visible When Distant||Mod that makes almost all structures (Ayleid ruins, forts, etc.) viewable while distant.|
|AS||Alternate Start||Describes several mods that alter the beginning of the game|
|AWS||Atmospheric Weather System||Weather overhaul.|
|B&M||Blood and Mud||Quest mod and city overhaul (Bravil).|
|BAB||Biu Adventuress Body||A female body replacer mod.|
|BAIN||BAsh INstallers||A mod package installer feature of Wrye Bash. Somewhat similar to OBMM.|
|BALO||Bash Auto Load Ordering||An automated load ordering feature of Wrye Bash. No longer enabled as it has been effectively depreciated by BOSS.|
|BC||Better Cities||Major city overhaul of all towns.|
|BOSS||Better Oblivion Sorting Software||Automatic load ordering utility.|
|BP||Beautiful People||Compilation of various race and cosmetic mods.|
|BSA||Bethesda Softworks Archive||The extension and file format used to archive all art assets used by Oblivion into a single file. See BSA File Format for more informations.|
|CoC||Clocks of Cyrodiil||Adds working clocks around Cyrodiil.|
|Center on Cell||Console command that teleports player to specified cell.|
|Champion of Cyrodiil||Rank that you gain after completing the main quest.|
|Cobl||Common Oblivion||Acts as library of common objects/shared definitions.|
|CR||Cobl Races||Compilation of race and beauty mods, part of Common Oblivion (Cobl).|
|CRB||Cobl Races Balanced||Similar to Cobl Races, but races and birthsigns rebalanced in spirit of RBP.|
|CS||Construction Set||The Elder Scrolls Construction Set, which is used to make mods.|
|CTD||Crash to Desktop||Oblivion crashes and quits.|
|DDS||Direct Draw Surface||The image format used by Morrowind and Oblivion for textures, icons, and all other graphics.|
|DLC||Downloadable content||Refers to the official Bethesda plug-ins for Oblivion|
|DV||Deutsche Version||Used when designating the German language version of a mod.|
|EW||Enhanced Weather||Weather Mod.|
|EV||English Version||Used when designating the English language version of a mod.|
|FF||Fantasy Figures||A female body replacer mod.|
|FCOM||Frans, War Cry, Oscuro's, Martigen||Mod that that integrates the leading overhaul mods (plus others) into a single, cohesive system.|
|GOTY||Game of the Year||Version with all Knights of the Nine/SI Expansion Packs.|
|HC||Harvest Containers||Mod that causes containers to appear opened when activated.|
|HDR||High Dynamic Range||Graphics technique that allows a wider range of colors to be displayed. See this article for more information.|
|HF||Harvest Flora||Mod that causes harvested flora to look depleted after harvesting.|
|KA||Kvatch Aftermath||A mod that features a reconstructed Kvatch. Not to be confused with Kvatch Rebuilt.|
|KCAS||Kobu's Character Advancement System||Player character leveling overhaul|
|KOTN/KotN||Knights of the Nine||Official quest mod.|
|KR||Kvatch Rebuilt||A mod that features a reconstructed Kvatch. Not to be confused with Kvatch Aftermath.
http://kvatch.net/ generates numerous malware warnings and may have been hi-jacked. Forums no longer work at all. Use at your own risk.
|LAME||Less Annoying Magic Experience||Magic overhaul. Also comes in a German version.|
|LOD||Level Of Detail||The amount of detail displayed by the graphics engine.|
|LS||Lost Spires||A large quest mod with a new guild.|
|LSTR||Loading Screens Themed Replacer||Mod that replaces sepia toned vanilla loading screens with high quality full color screenshots.|
|MM||Mighty Magick||Magic overhaul.|
|MM:R||Mighty Magick: Reborn||Magic overhaul.|
|MMM||Martigen's Monster Mod||Mod focused on adding additional creatures and NPCs.|
|MBSP||Magicka-Based Skill Progression||Originally a Morrowind mod, now a genre name for any mod which adjusts the advancement of spellcasting skills based on the cost of the spells you cast.|
|MOBS||Medieval Oblivion (Equipment) Balance System||A system used by many mods to balance weapons. Without MOBS, weapons added by different mods can behave inconsistently (e.g. a small dagger having longer reach than sword).|
|NE||Natural Environment||Weather overhaul.|
|nGCD||not Galsiah's Character Development||Player leveling overhaul. (GCD is a player leveling system for Morrowind, which inspired this mod. nGCD is by a different author, hence not Galsiah's.)|
|NIF||NetImmerse File||The GameBryo file format for 3D meshes. See NifTools for more informations.|
|OBGE||Oblivion Graphics Extender||A modder's resource that expands the graphics capabilities of Oblivion.|
|OBMM||Oblivion Mod Manager||A tool for installing and removing mods, managing load order, etc.|
|OBSE||Oblivion Script Extender||A modder's resource that expands the scripting capabilities of Oblivion.|
|OBC||Open Better Cities||A city overhaul mod that removes city gates and allows seamless entry into Better Cities.|
|OCC||Open Cities Classic||A city overhaul mod to remove the city gates allowing seamless entry, maintaining the vanilla Bethesda layouts.|
|OCR||Open Cities Reborn||City overhaul that redesigns the layouts of each city while at the same time removing the load screens to enter.|
|OMG||Origin of Mages Guild||A quest mod.|
|OMOBS||Oscuro's Medieval Oblivion (Equipment) Balance System||Oscuro's variation of MOBS. Largely consistent with MOBS.|
|OOO||Oscuro's Oblivion Overhaul||Overhaul mod.|
|ORE||Oblivion Real Estate||A mod site focused on homes and villages.|
|PYLO||Post Your Load Order||A request on the forums that someone post their load order, typically to help with diagnosis of problems. Usually fulfilled by using Wrye Bash's List Mods command, or by using OBMM and copying and pasting the contents of
|QOTW||Quest of the Week||A modding group that makes miscellaneous quests.|
|RBP||Race Balancing Project||A race and Birthsign overhaul.|
|Ren's Beauty Pack||A race and hair mod.|
|RELZ||Released||A released mod. Usually used in the titles of forum topics to flag that the post is about a released mod. The trailing "Z" exists to increase the term to four letters (Bethsoft forum searches do not allow searches on three letter terms).|
|RGO||Reneer's Guard Overhaul||Overhauls behavior of guard NPCs.|
|RTFM||Read the F***ing/Fine Manual||Blunt admonishment that an asked question is already answered in the manual/readme.
A less rude alternative is to ask "How is the manual unclear?"
|RTT||Ruined Tail's Tale||A classic companion and quest mod.|
|SDR||Sneaking Detection Recalibrated||Stealth Overhaul|
|SI||Shivering Isles||Official Oblivion expansion|
|SM||Supreme Magicka||Magic overhaul.|
|SPAM||Simbacca's Player Advancement Method||player leveling overhaul.|
|TIE||Tamriel Immersion Experience||Overhaul mod.|
|TFF||Team Fantasy Figures||Marks official FF releases. Contrasts with UFF.|
|TNR||Tamriel NPCs Revamped||A face overhaul mod. Redoes the faces of all human, elf and orc faces in Cyrodiil.|
|TotF||Tears of the Fiend||A large companion and quest mod.|
|TT||Tamriel Travellers||Traveling Merchants mod.|
|TRN OotG||TRN One of the Gang||User made mod allows the player to disguise themselves as a member of the Imperial Legion.|
|UI||User Interface||All menus (e.g. Inventory) and other non game objects (e.g. compass, health bar) visible on screen. A mod changing them is therefore often called "UI mod".|
|UFF||Unofficial Fantasy Figures||Marks mods made for TFF bodies that are not from Team Fantasy Figures. Contrasts with TFF.|
|UL||Unique Landscapes||Series of mods that redo landscapes in different areas of Cyrodiil to make them more unique and interesting.|
|UOP||Unofficial Oblivion Patch||The patch mod for Oblivion. Fixes all known (and fixable) bugs, provides some performance enhancements, etc.|
|UOMP||Unofficial Official Mods Patch||Same as UOP, but for the various downloadable mods Bethesda sold. Use this in addition to UOP.|
|USIP||Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch||Same as UOP, but for Shivering Isles. Use this in addition to UOP.|
|WCIF||Where can I find?||Indicates the thread is asking where to find a particular mod or a certain type of mod.
On the Official Elder Scrolls Forums, at least, such questions ought to be directed to the current mod detectives (for a known mod that cannot be found) or mod psychics (for asking if a mod exists) thread.
|WIPZ||Work in Progress||Term for mods that are in development. The trailing "Z" exists to increase the term to four letters (Bethsoft forum searches do not allow searches on three letter terms).
"WIPZ" usually implies that the mod is actually in development (i.e. not just an idea), and that the mod is planned to be released (i.e. is not a private mod).