Oblivion Mod:Acronyms

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Listed here are commonly used acronyms for Oblivion mods and modding tools. Rules for adding content:

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Acronym Full Description
AS Alternate Start Describes several mods that alter the beginning of the game, typically replacing the Tutorial.
AWS Atmospheric Weather System A weather overhaul mod.
B&M Blood and Mud A quest mod and city overhaul of 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 deprecated by BOSS.
BC Better Cities A major city overhaul project that expands all of Cyrodiil's cities.
BOSS Better Oblivion Sorting Software A utility that automatically sorts the load order of your mods.
BP Beautiful People A 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.
COC/CoC Clocks of Cyrodiil Adds working clocks around Cyrodiil.
Center on Cell A console command that teleports you to the specified cell.
Champion of Cyrodiil A rank that you gain after completing the main quest.
Cobl Common Oblivion A modder's resource that functions as a shared asset library for the many mods that require it.
CR Cobl Races A compilation of race and beauty mods, part of Common Oblivion (Cobl).
CRB Cobl Races Balanced Similar to Cobl Races, but the races and birthsigns are rebalanced in the spirit of RBP.
CS Construction Set The Elder Scrolls Construction Set, which is used to make mods.
CTD Crash to Desktop When Oblivion crashes and quits.
DDS Direct Draw Surface The image format used by Morrowind and Oblivion for textures, icons, and most other graphics.
DLC Downloadable content Refers to the official Bethesda downloads for Oblivion.
DV Deutsche Version Used when designating the German-language version of a mod.
EW Enhanced Weather A weather mod.
EV English Version Used when designating the English-language version of a mod.
FF Fantasy Figures A female body replacer mod.
FCOM Francesco + WarCry + Oscuro + Martigen A mod that integrates the leading overhaul mods (plus others) into a single, cohesive system.
GOTY/GotY Game of the Year The game version that includes the Knights of the Nine download and Shivering Isles expansion.
HC Harvest Containers A mod that causes containers to appear opened when activated.
HDR High Dynamic Range A graphics technique that allows a wider range of colors to be displayed. See the Wikipedia article for more information.
HF Harvest Flora A mod that causes harvested flora to look depleted after harvesting.
HUD Heads-Up Display Refers to the health, magicka, and stamina bars, weapon and magic slots, compass, and other icons and text that appear directly on the screen.
KA Kvatch Aftermath A mod that features a reconstructed Kvatch. Not to be confused with Kvatch Rebuilt.
KCAS Kobu's Character Advancement System A player leveling overhaul.
KOTN/KotN Knights of the Nine The official download that revolves around an order of knights as they recover the lost relics of the Divine Crusader.
KR Kvatch Rebuilt A mod that features a reconstructed Kvatch. Not to be confused with Kvatch Aftermath.
LAME Less Annoying Magic Experience A magic overhaul mod with the goal of fixing flaws and enhancing the player's experience.
LOD Level Of Detail The amount of detail displayed by the graphics engine for distant objects.
LOOT The Load Order Optimisation Tool A utility that sorts the load order of mods, with support for Oblivion and other Bethesda games.
LS Lost Spires A large quest mod with a new guild.
LSTR Loading Screens Themed Replacer A mod that replaces sepia-toned vanilla loading screens with high quality, full-color screenshots.
MM Mighty Magick A magic overhaul mod.
MM:R Mighty Magick: Reborn A magic overhaul mod.
MMM Martigen's Monster Mod A 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 a sword).
NE Natural Environments A weather overhaul mod.
nGCD not Galsiah's Character Development A 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 information.
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, and implementing archive invalidation.
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 version of Open Better Cities for vanilla cities.
OCR Open Cities Reborn A city overhaul mod that both removes the loading screens to enter cities and redesigns their layouts.
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 An overhaul mod.
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 %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Oblivion\plugins.txt, which OBMM will sort by load order automatically.
QOTW Quest of the Week A modding group that makes miscellaneous quests.
RAEVWD Really Almost Everything Visible When Distant A mod that makes almost all structures (Ayleid ruins, forts, etc.) viewable from far away.
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 A mod that overhauls the 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 A stealth overhaul mod.
SI Shivering Isles The official expansion for Oblivion, adding the realm of Sheogorath.
SM Supreme Magicka A magic overhaul mod.
SPAM Simbacca's Player Advancement Method A player leveling overhaul.
TIE Tamriel Immersion Experience An overhaul mod.
TFF Team Fantasy Figures Marks official FF releases. Contrasts with UFF.
TNR Tamriel NPCs Revamped A face overhaul mod. Improves 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 A mod that adds traveling merchants.
TRN OotG TRN One of the Gang A mod that lets you disguise yourself as a member of the Imperial Legion.
UI User Interface All the menus and other non-game objects visible on screen, such as the inventory menu, compass, and health bar. UI mods change various aspects of the menu and HUD.
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 most widely used patch mod for Oblivion. Fixes almost all known bugs in the game, provides some performance enhancements, etc.
UOMP Unofficial Official Mods Patch Same as UOP, but for the various official downloads 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).