I've been playing Guild Wars 2 for years, but it's only within the last couple of days where I actually decided to hook up with others and do some dungeons.

There's a lot I don't understand in the Looking For Group tool, some abbreviations that users post to help people understand what their run of the dungeon will be.

For example, one I saw last night was: p3 2.5g

  • p3 would most likely mean path 3, but I'm not sure about the other one. Also don't necessarily expect logical or consistent abbreviations. From my experience in MMORPGs, people tend to develop lots of different abbreviations, especially in a game split between many different servers and sub-communities. As such I'd even say this might be off-topic here since you can't get a complete list. You may only try to list the most popular abbreviations, but even those are subject to change depending on which server you are, which time zone, region, etc. – Mario Dec 4 '14 at 8:18
  • Path 3 and around 2.5 gold gain would be my guess – Marco Geertsma Dec 4 '14 at 8:38
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    I disagree with this question being closed as too broad. The answer fits the question nicely. The OP isn't asking for a list of all MMO LFG terms. – David Yell Dec 4 '14 at 12:04
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    I have to agree with @DavidYell. OP is clearly looking for abbreviations specific to the LFG tool in GW2. I've played it since it's release, running dungeons like a maniac and there are really only a handful abbreviations in use, which Shunwoo's answer cover pretty well. – Daft Dec 4 '14 at 14:44
  • This is being marked as too broad because it's not specifically asking about any abbreviations other than p3 2.5g. If there was a specified list, a specific area of abbreviations (classes, areas, pvp, pve) or even a couple of scenarios, it would be a better question. As of the way it's currently worded, it's too broad by just simply asking for abbreviations in general about a game. – FoxMcCloud Dec 4 '14 at 14:56

It is a habit present in the majority of MMO's to make the information readable in one glance.

In this case it means : path 3 of the dungeon, participating costs 2.5 gold

By the way this is against Arena.net politics, the gold is about paying for the dungeon run. 1-2 people that can solo/duo the run offer the last slots of the group at X gold to make profit.

In general in GW2 you can find those abbreviations too :

  • AP, with for example : 5000AP min. This means 5000 Achievement Points are required to be accepted in the group
  • AR, with for example 10+ AR. It stands for Agony Resistance, the statistic specific to fractals, and so 10+ means that you need at least 10 in this statistic to be accepted.
  • Zerk for people requiring full Berserker gear
  • 80s requires people to be at level 80 as some dungeons start being available before level 80
  • Exp stands for Explorable mode, in opposition to story mode
  • GC Gearcheck : people will make you link your gear to verify if it meets their requirements

And now in general in MMO's those are really frequent :

  • LFG : Looking For Group (it can be LFP if you mean Party instead of Group)
  • LFM : Looking For More (When a group is needing more people) (Credit to DavidYell)
  • Exp : Experienced (you must know the instance/dungeon already)

(Credit to DavidYell for LFM meaning, to Amos M.Carpenter for 80s abd Exp in GW2 and to Daft for GC)

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    I always read LFM as 'Looking for more' meaning there is a number of players already in the team and they want more people. – David Yell Dec 4 '14 at 8:53
  • @DavidYell You're totally right, I'm changing that, thanks. – Shunwoo Dec 4 '14 at 8:56
  • And of course there's the famous LOL: "Look Out, Lemurs!" – Alex Dec 4 '14 at 9:04
  • +1; one more I'd add is "80s", a requirement for participants of a lower-level dungeon to be level 80 to prevent people from using the dungeon to level up. On the other hand, "swapping alts" or similar is sometimes used to indicate that a person will run the dungeon with a level 80 and swap to a lower level alt to get the completion experience (sometimes having another party member watch the final cut scene to give the alt time to enter the dungeon can help). Incidentally, "Exp" is used by some to indicate "explorable mode" as opposed to "story mode", which can lead to confusion. – Amos M. Carpenter Dec 4 '14 at 9:05
  • @AmosM.Carpenter Thank you I'll add "80s", but "swapping alts" isn't really an abbreviation right ? And for "Exp" I didn't put it in GW2 specific to prevent this confusion ^^ – Shunwoo Dec 4 '14 at 9:11

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