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Fun With Acronyms: Tabletop Games
  • James Bond 007 RPG couln't use the infamous S.P.E.C.T.R.E. for licensing reasons, so used a Suspiciously Similar Substitute; Technological Ascension, Revenge, and Organized Terrorism, or T.A.R.O.T.
  • NPC = Not Particularly Cooperative.
  • Dandenong Wargamers And Roleplayers Federation.
  • From Another Time Another Land. Also known as "Fantasy And Tales Of Adult Lechery".
  • Exalted has a very powerful Necromancy spell, typically only used by antagonists, that functions as a One-Winged Angel transformation immediately upon what would ordinarily be their death. Its name? Birth Of Sanity's Sorrow.
  • GURPS Illuminati included a sidebar on an organization that called itself "TRI", which stood for Three Random Initials.
    • Subverted in GURPS IOU, which stands for Illuminati University. People asking what the O stand for are told they're not cleared to know.
      • Not to mention an entire department called C.T.H.U.L.H.U., which stands for College of Temporal Happenstance, Ultimate Lies and Historical Undertakings.
    • GURPS itself is the Generic Universal RolePlaying System.
      • Prior to release, it was referred to as the "Great Unnamed Role Playing System" in at least one of SJG's publications.
  • Battletech has a couple fun acronyms, one that has been expicitly explained and one that is merely fun. Myomer Acceleration Signal Circuitry is a movement booster, while the NARC Missile Beacon has never been explained.
    • You missed the Target Aquisition Gear, a spotting laser for artillery and semi-guided missiles.
    • It's also very, very common for Inner Sphere BattleMech designs to have both a name and a more "technical" designation which is a combination of letters and numbers that more or less obviously refers directly back to the name. So you have the COM Commando series (nominally starting with the -1A model, though the first to see print was the -2D), the PXH Phoenix Hawks, the CPLT Catapults, the GRM-R-PR Grim Reapers... It's unclear which is cause and which effect or indeed whether the acronyms have any meaning other than as back-references even in universe. (The Clans, incidentally, seem to have shed the habit and simply refer to their units by name alone.)
  • Rifts Chaos Earth has the Northern Eagle Military Alliance
    • In the main setting, there's a famous suit of Powered Armor called the Strategic Armored Military Assault Suit.
    • Then there are the Artificial, Robot, Cerebellum, Housing, Intellect, Experiment number <x> Master Computers built by the Cyberworks Aerospace Network before the Great Cataclysm (and one built afterward).
  • Monsters And Other Childish Things has the Monster Investigation Bureau, which is tasked with capturing and studying what they call Biological Extraterrestrial Merchandise — if you don't get the second one, that more typically stands for Bug Eyed Monster.
  • The game S.A.V.A.G.E. = Survival And Victory After Global Extinction
  • GORE, or Generic Old-school Role-playing Engine
  • There is an Earthdawn adventure titled Terror In The Skies.
  • Mystara has "Elven Liberation Front" and "Free Armed Elven Resistant Youth" in Glantri — if you didn't guess yet, half of the time preoccupied with getting at each other's throats, as they come from two clans that don't get along at best.
  • In 1987, Milton Bradley put out a line of motorized action games called T.H.I.N.G.S. (Totally Hilarious Incredibly Neat Games of Skill)

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