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Furtopia Role Playing Forum Rules - READ FIRST
« on: November 28, 2011, 07:12:34 pm »
Role Playing Games Forum Rules & Guidelines.

1. All RP games/threads are to follow not only the rules described in this post, but also the Furtopia Forum main rules found here:
http://forums.furtopia.org/index.php?topic=42607.0

2. The role play thread must be kept to a PG or a PG-13 type rating. Special emphasis is placed on the following:
a) Adult or minor persons (Whether human or acting as your fursona) may NOT be involved in any sexual or other adult/mature situations and activities (abuse, illegal activities, etc.) with other adults or minors anywhere on any Furtopia forum. This includes, but is not limited to:  Art, Literature, Pics/videos, etc.
b) While alcohol and tobacco are allowed to build the scene in an RP, excessive use is prohibited.  In addition, advocating illegal activity with these items (i.e. underage drinking/smoking) is not allowed. Please read the additional posts further below for more information.
c) Violence (Sword play, Fist fights, Gun battles, etc.), if not excessive, is allowed.  This may include mild blood but no gore. Members must be careful when RP'ing any violent content (Torture, Abuse, Hitting, etc.) against minors (Under 18 characters).
d) No excessive (or encouragement/advocation of) adult language, bodily fluids, or anything else which may be deemed inappropriate/illegal by staff.
e) Mild swearing (Words such as crap, hell, damn, etc.), if not excessive, will be allowed.
f) Mild PG type romance/activities such as hugging, kissing, holding hands, "puppy love", etc. are allowed.
g) If members are unsure how "excessive" to role play an action, then please PM a Mod or Admin and we can answer any question you have.

3. The Original Poster (OP) (Otherwise known as the Gamemaster) of the RP thread is responsible for the control/operation of the RP thread as well as making sure the members who play in their RP thread abide by the RP rules set forth by the GM as well as all Furtopian rules. If the Gamemaster feels that a member is unfairly playing the game according to the rules they set forth, then the Gamemaster must set limits as you see fit so that all members may play a fair and enjoyable game/RP. However, if members are “excessively” abusing RP'ing these threads in some way and not following the Furtopian main rules, or any other RP rules, then the staff will take corrective actions as needed to ensure the RP thread is stable and peaceful. If there are any problems/rule breaking in an RP game thread that requires the attention of Furtopian staff, then members are to use the Report to Moderator button/function as described here: http://forums.furtopia.org/index.php?topic=37714.msg729429#msg729429

4. The Original Poster (OP/Gamemaster) of the RP thread must post the following for the RP they wish to create:
  · Story plot/description, time period/history, etc.
  · Character guidelines/descriptions
  · Rules for playing the RP. (This is required!)
  · And any other content that may be necessary for members to role play as their characters and post in the RP.

5. If Gamemasters and/or players need help on creating an RP or how to better role play in an RP, then please see this thread here: http://forums.furtopia.org/index.php?topic=34573.0

6. The following is NOT a rule, but rather "helpful advice". ---> Good grammar and punctuation, while not necessarily a rule, should be considered out of "common courtesy" to other players so that everyone knows what people are trying to talk about, describe, how to respond to others, etc.  If members don't understand what another member is talking about and trying to convey, then that is going to make the RP that much more difficult to handle and moderate, etc. not just for the Gamemaster/Players, but also for the Furtopian staff.

7.  The grave-digging rule in the Role-Play Forum is shortened to 1 month for everyone apart from the game master in order to avoid older threads from being revived while the GM is no-longer present to be responsible for them.  If a role-play has been dormant for an entire month,  only the GM may re-start it.

Out of Character (OOC) Content -

Gamemasters have the OPTION of creating a separate OOC thread to discuss story plot/issues, character guidelines, RP rules, etc. An example of a OOC thread is here: http://forums.furtopia.org/index.php?topic=42774.0
An OOC thread is not an RP. It is a thread for members to discuss issues on how they will be playing an RP. From time to time in a RP game thread, there will be members who make OOC (Out of Character) comments in their posts where they ask questions on how a character should act or talk about some other issue or problem in that RP. These OOC comments are generally put in ( ) parentheses to seperate the OOC comments from the actual RP game talk.

If a seperate OOC thread is created, the title must have OOC in it. Example: "Techburg High RP" game thread, and then there is a seperate "Techburg High OOC" thread. It is recommended that the Gamemaster put a link to the OOC thread in the opening post of the actual RP thread so members know where to discuss OOC talk. And the same should be done vice versa: Put a link to the actual RP thread in the opening post of the OOC thread so members know where the actual RP is being played and do not mistake the OOC thread as the actual RP thread.  

If the Gamemaster and/or members do not wish to have a separate OOC thread, and still wish to post OOC comments in their actual RP game posts, then that is optional. Members can choose to continue to post their OOC comments in ( ) parentheses, or they may choose to "hide" their OOC comments behind a spoiler tag which is described here: http://forums.furtopia.org/index.php?topic=39242.0

Creating a new OOC thread or continuing OOC discussion in the RP game thread is optional and is up to the Gamemaster (and/or the RP players). Creating an OOC thread is not mandatory.


If any member has any questions about anything here, then please contact a Mod or Admin and we'll help you out. Thanks. :)
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Small Rule Change (updated 3/26/2012)
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 12:06:25 pm »
Staff has recently discussed a change of rules, and I feel that this change is for the better.  First, we made a small edit to rule 1a, which now says:

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a) Adult or minor persons (Whether human or acting as your fursona) may NOT be involved in any sexual or other adult/mature situations and activities (abuse, illegal activities, etc.) with other adults or minors anywhere on any Furtopia forum. This includes, but is not limited to:  Art, Literature, Pics/videos, etc.

In addition, we added this clause:
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b) While alcohol and tobacco are allowed to build the scene in an RP, excessive use is prohibited.  In addition, advocating illegal activity with these items (i.e. underage drinking/smoking) is not allowed.

Alcohol and tobacco can now be used to help create the scene of the RP.  We feel that, overall, this will help to create more realistic settings and characters.  So what is allowed and not allowed?

Here are some examples:

Allowed

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Kayelle throws the tankard on the ground, spilling ale across the floor. "I'm not signing that treaty!" he shouts.

This shows Kayelle's personality as well as establishes a bit of the time era -- probably in the middle ages.  The RP is more about the treaty than any alcohol, so it works.

Allowed
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The tall, strong fox walks into the dark room. He takes the cigarette out of his mouth and extinguishes it on his arm, the fur burning brightly for a second.

Again, this small instance creates character and gives a sense of foreboding in the room.  Everyone instantly knows this fox is dangerous.  It's more about the story than the tobacco, so it works.

Not Allowed

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Nancy drinks her alcohol and giggles. "I love this," she says, falling over on the ground from her drunkenness.  The world around her spins, and she hiccups.  After a while, she goes back and asks for more.

At this point, the RP no longer is about a story. Rather, it focuses on alcohol. Losing the story's drive, the RP also becomes pretty boring (you can only have so many drunken RPs before they're all exactly the same).  Keep the RP about the characters, their motivation, and the story.

Definitely Not Allowed
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The creepy man says, "Hey, kid, you want some drugs?"

No! What are you thinking?! Because of legality issues and minors being on the forums, please, no drugs.

If anyone happens to break a rule, we'll do our best to PM the member directly so that we don't interrupt the flow of the RP.  However, if we need to, we'll edit the post.  I know no one likes that without being informed first, but that's part of our job.  

Because these rules are new, feel free to ask about them here or shoot me a PM.  We'll be happy to discuss these matters :)
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Re: Small Rule Change
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 12:20:50 pm »
Adding to what Alex said..........

These rule changes are about smoking and drinking in RP's only. All other RP rules pretty much stay the same.

Another item NOT allowed is binge drinking, raves/parties with excessive smoking and drinking, and/or other similar acts depending on description and severeity.


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Re: Small Rule Change
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 12:02:40 am »
does this mean that Mikhail can have the Wine back in the rp instead of juice? It's not excessive so ?

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Re: Small Rule Change
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 06:16:46 am »
does this mean that Mikhail can have the Wine back in the rp instead of juice? It's not excessive so ?

As long as you're following the two approved examples that Alex gave further above for setting the scene, then you should be ok.
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Re: Small Rule Change
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 07:36:31 pm »
Gather, I've read through the RP that had the wine. Yes, the way you used it is completely fine. Go ahead :)
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Re: Small Rule Change
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012, 09:40:26 am »
Just for your information, another change happened yesterday.  We removed this rule:

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4. When creating an RP, there should be a minimum of at least 4 members (Gamemaster, plus 3 others) who wish to participate/play in the RP. Gamemasters may allow additional players as needed.

We know that we have great members here, and we'd rather let the storytelling decide whether or not an RP is successful, not some arbitrary rule.  While it's often a good idea to round people up, sometimes a great RP can come from two people.  Keep on story telling, and have fun :)
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