Acronyms Abbreviations Shorthand

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Acronyms, Abbreviations & Shorthand used in the TW ("Total War") community, and here at the .Org (especially in the ETW Data pages).

Word 
Definition of the word
.bik 
Bink Video file format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bink_Video
CSV 
Comma-Separated Values, a text file format for exchanging data between programs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma-separated_values
CTD 
Crash To Desktop (pronounced "see tee dee." It even has its own music video -- Carlos Mencia's "dee dee dee" song)
.dds 
Microsoft Direct Draw Surface file format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DirectDraw_Surface
ETW 
(or, E:TW) Empire: Total War (#5 in the TW series)
.fx 
Microsoft DirectX D3DXEffect Object definitions
GDP 
Gross Domestic Product: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GDP
LUA 
Scripting language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lua_(programming_language)
.luac 
compiled LUA bytecode files. The LuaDec de-compiler can reverse engineer these: http://luadec.luaforge.net/
M2TW 
(or, M2:TW) Medieval 2: Total War (#4 in the TW series)
MIDI 
Musical Instrument Digital Interface sound file format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI
MiNO 
Medieval in Name Only, a contemptuous abbreviation for M2TW used by Megas Methuselah and others who were dissapointed with the game
MTW 
(or, M:TW) Medieval: Total War (#2 in the TW series)
RTI 
Road To Independence, the 6-part "episodic" mini-campaign / tutorial in E:TW.
RTW 
(or, R:TW) Rome: Total War (#3 in the TW series)
STW 
(or, S:TW) Shogun: Total War (#1 in the TW series)
TGA 
Truevision TGA graphic file format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truevision_TGA
VnV 
Vices and Virtues, introduced in M:TW, that has evolved into the Traits & Ancillaries system
WAV 
Microsoft sound file format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAV
AFAIK 
As far as I know
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