MMORPG Terms Defined MMO Terminology

S

Below is every MMO & MMORPG term beginning with the letter S:

Server

Due to technical reasons, each server can only support a limited amount of players. Each MMORPG typically has several servers. Players cannot interact with players on other servers though they can usually transfer for a fee.

Shard

Synonymous with server, originally used to refer to servers in Ultima Online.

Solo

The act of playing alone, hunting mobs by yourself.

Soulbound

An item-control mechanic where an item cannot be traded. In other words, only one person can own the object and it cannot be traded. See also BoE and BoP.

Spawn

Mobs typically appear (spawn) on a given schedule. This is both a verb and noun.

Spec

Short for specification. When used in games, it usually refers to the build/specifications of your character in terms of skills/abilities/magic/powers/etc.

Spirit

An attribute in many MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft. Spirit controls a character’s passive mana regeneration ability.

Stun

A typical form of crowd control that immobilizes an enemy. Skills, spells, and other abilities may have the power to stun.

SWG

Abbreviation for Star Wars Galaxies. An online game based on the Star Wars universe and published by Sony.