Glossary

The following alphabetised list summarises some of the terms used by players for gaming in general, as well as Armagetron-specific jargon.

Boxing

Boxing is simply driving a wall completely around another player, so he can't escape and will eventually run into it. Some players like to create a tight seal on their exit from this manoeuvre by Digging a wall, other players like to give their victim a small chance of escape and do not seal the box completely.

Camping

Camping is generally defined as the deliberate avoidance of confrontation by working an area of the grid away from other players, and therefore needlessly prolonging a match. Boxing yourself into an area of the Game Grid in order to 'camp it out' is seen as very dishonourable.

See Camping

Capture the Flag (CTF)

Capture the Flag is a game mode in which opposing teams try to return the enemy's flag to their own zone, whilst defending their own flag. Complex strategies can unfold, with individual players defending their own flag, re-Spawning core dumped players by driving through their own zone and defending the player currently holding the enemy flag.

See Capture the Flag

Core Dump

To 'de-rez' or kill an opponent on the Game Grid, by causing them to drive into a wall.

Cutting

Cutting is the simplest way of attacking an enemy Zone, essentially driving your cycle through the gap between the goalie and the end of his wall, 'Cutting' him off.

See Cutting

Digging

Although technically a misuse of the rubber mechanics in Armagetron Advanced, it is essential to understand the basics of digging in order to survive on the game grid. Digging refers to the use of a players Rubber reserves to get as close as possible to a wall without dying, before turning to grind.

See Digging

Double / Triple Binding

The act of associating multiple keys to the same action, such as turning. By pressing multiple keys in succession it is possible to execute very tight turns.

See Double Binding

Fortress

Fortress is a game mode, in which opposing teams try to overwhelm and 'capture' each other's zones. This game mode is very often played in two teams, with one or two players defending their Zone while the others attack the enemy.

See Fortress

Game Client (or Client)

The game client is the software that allows you to play Armagetron Advanced, and is most often simply called 'the game'. It takes user input from the keyboard, and displays a graphical representation of what is happening in the game to the screen. The game client also has a large number of different settings, allowing for different input configurations, detail settings, player profiles, etc. Plus the ability to connect to a server on the internet, allowing for on-line play against other human opponents from around the world.

See Installing the Game

Game Grid

The playing area that a game of Armagetron takes place within. This could be an size and shape depending on the current Map.

Ganking

'Ganking' is a relatively recent term, used most often in Fortress games when a zone is overrun by outnumbering the defence, eg. three attackers versus one defender. This tactic relies on the server settings allowing a zone to be taken by force of numbers.

Grinding

The act of running very close to a cycle trace or sometime an arena wall to benefit from the wall acceleration effect. A sound effect and sparks will normally accompany a grind.

See Grinding

Kick

Kicking is when you vote to get rid of a player because they are causing a nuisance. Occasionally, a kick vote will be used maliciously by some players, however this rarely succeeds and in fact often backfires. Player kicking is disabled on some servers.

See Etiquette and Protocol

Lag

Lag is the perceived time delay between making an action and seeing the result on the screen. In a local game, this delay is imperceptible, however online games are subject to network latency, as well as numerous other factors.

See Lag

Map

A map contains the configuration and layout of the Game Grid, and can change numerous settings including the shape and area of the Game Grid, wall positions, player Spawn Points, number of Axes, Zone sizes and positions, etc.

See Map Making

Respawn

The act of reviving your teammates after they die by going into your base or respawn area. A.K.A. res, resing, pru (please respawn us)

Rubber

Rubber is a mechanism that helps to account for Lag, where time is artificially slowed as your cycle approaches walls, this allows you to react to a situation that would ordinarily have already happened and killed you. If a cycle exceeds its rubber limit at any time, it is considered to have crashed into a wall. Rubber is normally regained at a steady pace.

See Rubber

Server

The computer (or software that resides on it) that 'serves' game information to game clients, this acts as a hub for game clients to connect to and play a game with each other. In the context of Armagetron Advanced, the term server usually refers to the 'dedicated server' version of the game, that allows game clients to connect and play, but does not allow direct play through a local interface.

See Server Administration

Spawn Point

A point on the Grid where a player 'blinks' into existence. In some game modes it is possible to revive or 're-spawn' dead players at their spawn points, whilst in others play continues and players re-spawn in the next round.

Team-Kill (TK)

A Team-Kill is when a player kills a team-mate, this is usually unintentional although it can have repercussions if not apologised for.

Zone

An area of the grid surrounded by a coloured, semi-transparent, passable wall; sometimes corresponding to a team's colour which denotes ownership. Zones can serve multiple purposes, such as fortress areas, win zones and death zones, and are 'activated' by keeping your cycle within them (Zone activation can involve the collapse of a zone, such as in the Fortress game type, or the capturing of a flag, seen in the CTF game type).