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Rules

Our rules are designed to accompany our vision to create a communal hub, built on respect for one another whilst maintaining good quality roleplay for all to come and enjoy.

We have broken these down to the following categories:

General Server Etiquette

Communicating with Staff

Important RP rulings

Criminal Activity

General Server Etiquette

  • Our server looks to respect the cultures and historical accuracies of the real world's past. Whilst we would advise against grounding your RP and character in these events, we are not looking to suggest that these key events did not take place as we feel this would be disrespectful to those in the disadvantaged positions during those times and would rather look to revel in the varied cultures and lives of those people.

  • Rules, rule enforcement, and any action taken is at staff discretion. Failure to follow the intent of the rules and policies may result in the same action as failure to follow the rules exact. You are welcome and encouraged to ask for clarification if needed, as it might also help us better communicate our rules in the future.

  • Insults, verbal aggressive behaviour outside of RP and all forms of harassment are prohibited.

  • All forms of targeted derogatory or abusive language will not be tolerated.

  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply to join the server.

  • Mute/Text based RP is permitted. During your onboarding interview for the whitelist, if your Microphone makes you particularly hard to understand, we may request you consider or partake in mute/text based RP until better clarity is achievable - this is to provide the better RP experience for all.

  • The use of hacking, script/resource injection, utilization of glitches and exploits are prohibited.

  • Suicide or Self-Harm RP is prohibited.

  • Supernatural RP is prohibited. You can be time period accurate in terms of spiritual belief systems or belief of the supernatural, but do not take up the rule of a supernatural entity.

  • If needing to AFK, please place yourself in a space that is appropriate. You are exposed during this time. If you fail to participate in a scene and get robbed, then we will not look to take any punitive measures. If leaving for extended periods of time, we would recommend logging out.

Communicating with Staff

  • All communication with staff that is OOC should be handled through our Ticket system on Discord

  • When making a report, please try to provide supporting clips to aid our investigation on the matter. This is particularly important in any player report tickets.

  • Please do not DM staff unless specifically invited to do so.

  • Appeals to a ban are permitted once every 30 days and no more than 3 attempts to appeal can be made.

Important Roleplay Rulings

Value of Life (VoL/NVL)

  • At all times in the server, you must be valuing your life and the lives of others. Characters should act according to their personality and mannerisms when faced with a danger.

  • Be rational in context. You BEING your character in that time period in that situation and them likely not wanting to endanger their life. How does this impact your actions?

  • Frequent / excessive rushes into conflict and gunplay, especially if recently wounded should be considered carefully.

  • After being robbed, whilst mechanically you can draw a gun, would you consider yourself in a position that is safe to do so? If the answer is no, then valuing your life should be understanding this risk to your wellbeing.

  • You are welcome to raise a ticket if ever in doubt, or general question in the respective forum within the discord.

Random Death Match (RDM)

  • Failing to initiate conflict by at least communicating clearly to the intended target is not providing an ample opportunity to respond, forcing the opposition to a disadvantage and therefore appearing as 'random'.

  • Failing to initiate with good reason, will result in a ban.

  • RDM includes excessive use of any lethal item including excessive roping and hogtying.

  • Using a sniper at great range having provided zero context of any kind for the conflict will also be considered as RDM.

To avoid this. Best practice would be:

  • Create a scene before violence is committed, vocally make the most of that instance to build the narrative, tension and incoming violence. 

  • Giving the opponent an opportunity to respond.

  • Using things such as /me or /do to communicate your body actions and language to help indicate the intent building

  • In a shootout, those not participating should fear for their lives and maintain a distance or flee.

Meta Gaming

  • Meta-gaming is using external factors and information to inform yourself in character. Evidence of such activity is a ban-able offence. This includes using Voice chats to communicate an ongoing scene, of using streams to locate and interfere with the RP of others in an unauthentic manner.

  • If planning an act of Torture, you should look to obtain consent within a reasonable time frame before the scene taking place, not during or after.

  • Do not share information between your own characters. Treat them as individuals on their own path, unaware of the others existence entirely.

Power Gaming

  • Understand that we are all participating in multitude of stories, where no one is a main character and a win is rarely exclusively defined by the accumulation of success but also in the aspects of failure endured by a character.

  • PvP with an intent to never lose, or to never miss a shot and failing to embellish a scene simply because 'you can' is an example of power gaming.

  • Overuse of execution animations for your own gain, especially in PvP, this includes excessive use of pushing people over to force them into a nullified state unable to defend themselves.

  • Essentially any time mechanics of a game take forefront over the chance for a good story there is likely to be some question over the use of power gaming

  • Similarly for Law, abusing the powers granted to enforce law and not finding RP measures to appease or negotiate a lesser sentence will also be seen as abusive of the mechanics in play.

  • Leaving during a scene, including when downed is combat logging, and a form of power gaming. This evidenced via ticket will result in a ban.

  • Do not move a downed body to a place where it obstructs a doctor, this is trying to abuse the mechanics of the game.

Fail RP

  • If involved in a scene, be aware of your participation and contribution. If you need to excuse yourself for OOC reasons, find the means to do so without needing to break character.

  • We would like to discourage breaking character, in particular excessive use of saying 'spiritually' or 'thinking about' to excuse or end an RP interaction. Often times there are ways to simply say this in character. Needing to sort out food OOC? You can just say "I need to go and prepare some food, until next time" instead of "I need to think about some spiritual food". It is very immersion breaking and if that sentence was said to you in person OOC you would be very concerned!

  • As we look to adhere to realistic historical events as mentioned in ⁠General Server Etiquette⁠ please be aware that the Laws of the county are likely to differ to ones in force OOC. Therefore, should your character be knowledgeable of laws, it is from this County's Laws they should be quoting and aware of, and NOT OOC laws, constitutions, amendments. 

Criminal Activity

Group Sizes

  • An active scene should not consist of more than 6 people per side.

  • Law Group size behaves independent of criminals they are engaging and can have up to 10 responders in 1 scene, depending on the appropriate scene which they are attending, ie  a bank robbery will likely draw a full 10 if possible vs disorderly conduct which would have at most 1 attendee. (refer to SOP).

  • A Gang should apply to be recognized as such through the ticket system once they have at least 4 members. A gang should be no larger than 12 members.

  • All Gang conflict is to remain In Character.

  • Large Scale Crime (Class A or B felonies) should not take place 15 minutes either side of a server restart.

  • Baiting Law for the sake of purely attacking law is abuse of mechanics and therefore power-gaming. Baiting to cause distraction is more fair use of such a scenario.

Criminal Roleplay

  • One gang should not be looking to rob more than one bank between restarts, refer to power gaming section for reasons why.

  • Law can be corrupt. Doctors can run with gangs. Elected representatives can accept funding from whoever they wish,  however expect exposure to result in the losing of that job/position.

  • A person with a Law character cannot also have a cousin Criminal, as RP bleeding is common between the 2. You would be expected to at least resign on a law character before having a criminal or for the criminal to pass away before undertaking a law character.

  • Knives should not be used to evade hogtie (see power gaming rule).

  • Criminals cannot have a kidnapped individual for longer 48 minutes (1 in game day).

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