Exploring a database of “Star Wars: Behind The Magic”, I encountered these acronyms from the expanded Universe.
I guessed some, I may be wrong about one or two, but I don't know about the others.
One important info is that these works are prior to 1998.
These acronyms may not be official, but I found some of them on http://starwars.wikia.com.

You may find here the data I converted for my work (JSON format, but in a variable glossary): https://behindthemagic-etiennewan.c9users.io/js/database.js

"ESB": "The Empire Strikes Back",
"TBH": "Tales of the Bounty Hunters" , 
"SWCG": "",
"SOTE": "Shadows of the Empire",
"RJ": "Return of the Jedi" ,
"CCG": "Star Wars Customizable Card Game",
"DE": "Dark Empire",
"SWVG": "",
"SWSB": "",
"TOBH": "",
"BTS": "",
"HE": "",
"HESB": "",
"DFR": "",
"EGPM": "The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons" ,
"GG4": "Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races" ,
"SW": "Star Wars: A New Hope",
"SWR": "Star Wars: Rebellion",
"ISB": "",
"SFS": "",
"LC": "",
"DS": "",
"DA": "",
"FP": "",
"HLL": "",
"TJP": "Tales from Jabba's Palace",
"CS": "",
"ISWU": "",
"TSW": "",
"DLS": "",
"DFRSB": "",
"NR": "",
"TAB": "",
"COJ": "",
"TOJ": "",
"FNU": "",
"HSR": "",
"DESB": "",
"TMEC": "",
"MTS": "",
"JS": "", 
"GG2": "",
"DF": "",  
"COF": "",
"ROC": "",
"POT": "",
"SWWT": "", 
"GG1": "", 
"GDV": "",
"CSW": "", 
"ESBSB": "The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook", 
"TOJDL": ""

Please help me to fill in the blanks (and correct any errors that might be present) in the above.

  • SWVG - Star Wars: Video Game
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 20:24
  • 1
    DESB - Dark Empire Sourcebook / TMEC - Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 20:25
  • 1
    TOJDL - Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 20:28
  • 2
    This should probably be a wiki answer.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 20:29
  • Where did you "encounter" them?
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2016 at 20:30

2 Answers 2

  • BTS: Before the Storm
  • CCG: Star Wars Customizable Card Game
  • COF: Champions of the Force
  • COJ: Children of the Jedi
  • CS: The Crystal Star
  • CSW : Classic Star Swars (Dark Horse Comics. #10 includes the Night Beast)
  • DA: Dark Apprentice
  • DE: Dark Empire
  • DESB: Dark Empire Sourcebook
  • DF : Dark Forces (Video Game)
  • DFR: Dark Force Rising
  • DFRSB: Dark Force Rising Source Book
  • DLS: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • DS: Star Wars Droids Special (Dark Horse Comics)
  • EGPM: The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
  • ESB: The Empire Strikes Back
  • ESBSB : The Empire Strikes Back Sketchbook
  • FNU: Tales of the Jedi: Freedon Nadd Uprising
  • FP: Farlander Papers
  • GDV: The Glove of Darth Vader
  • GG1 : Galaxy Guide 1: A New Hope
  • GG2: Galaxy Guide 2: Yavin and Bespin
  • GG4: Galaxy Guide 4: Alien Races
  • HE: Heir to the Empire
  • HESB: Heir to the Empire Sourcebook
  • HLL: Han Solo Lost Legacy
  • HSR: Han Solo's Revenge
  • ISB: Imperial Sourcebook
  • ISWU: The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
  • JS : Jedi Search
  • LC: The Last Command
  • MTS: Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
  • NR: The New Rebellion
  • POT: Planet of Twilight
  • RJ: Return of the Jedi
  • ROC: River of Chaos (Dark Horse Comics)
  • SFS: Strike Force Shantipole
  • SOTE: Shadows of the Empire
  • SW: Star Wars: A New Hope
  • SWCG: The Essential Guide to Characters
  • SWR: Star Wars: Rebellion
  • SWSB: The Star Wars Sourcebook
  • SWVG: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  • SWWT : The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology
  • TAB: The Truce at Bakura
  • TBH : Tales of the Bounty Hunters
  • TJP: Tales from Jabba's Palace
  • TMEC: Tales from Mos Eisley Cantina
  • TOBH: Tales of the Bounty Hunters (Again)
  • TOJ: Tales of the Jedi (Dark Horse Comic)
  • TOJDL: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • TSW: Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War


I cross-referenced the characters listed in the database the matched each acronym, and then searched for common denominators on Wookieepedia, Amazon (For confirmation of Han Solo's Revenge as a title), a list of the West End SW RPG books, Comic Vine and Wikipedia to confirm both comics and other titles, and TheForce.Net.

Tales of the Bounty Hunters appears to be the only duplicate entry. I believe this is an error on the part of the database, not me. The biggest pieces of evidence for this are:

  • There are only 3 entries containing "TOBH" for appearances
  • Boba Fett is listed as in "TOBH" but not "TBH". "TBH" is clearly Tales of the Bounty Hunters, evidenced by the many other characters shown. If these acronyms weren't duplicates, Boba Fett would certainly have both (as one section of ToBH is called The Tale of Boba Fett)

The Star Wars: The Essential Guide to... acronyms aren't consistent with the titles they shorten (or among themselves, as "SWWT" doesn't have the "G" that the other 2 do), but I looked heavily into who/what they contained and it all matches the database.

Lastly, I also double-checked the OP's assumptions.

  • Wow! Amazing work. I was concerned about coherence too and was about to verify but you did the work. Thank you very much. I forgot some acronyms in my question, but I will use your sources and method to identify the missing ones. I will use these data for my project here: behindthemagic.github.io/#glossary Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 8:49

You may find this bibliography (from Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters) to be of use in future.

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  • Very nice! I'm disappointed that it doesn't clarify issues I ran into, like SWWT and other Guides besides the few listed. It'd be really satisfying to have corroboration!
    – user31178
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 6:37

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