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Posted by Spirit of Wildwood who has 4,719 posts.

Player Behavior Rules

Overview

While RoW doesn't have many rules, and most are just common sense, we do require some guidelines to keep the game flowing as smoothly and fairly as possible. Detailed below are the main principles and guidelines we expect and wish for you to follow while you're part of our community.











(This post was last modified: Jan 18, 2021, 08:12 PM by Spirit of Wildwood.)
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Posted by Spirit of Wildwood who has 4,719 posts.

Out of Character Rules

Civility and Respect

Civility and Respect are also important in RoW, and everyone in the game should be treated with politeness and courtesy whether they are staff or not and in return you should expect the same treatment. If any conflicts or disagreements do arise we ask you to keep them somewhere private (such as PM) and only involve a staff member if necessary. If you feel that it can only be resolved with staff-assistance, please reach out to Spirit of Wildwood rather than a particular staff member, as we will be discussing the whole thing as a group.

Character Ownership (Adoptables)

All characters are considered to be owned by their creators.

In order to maintain fairness, the player(s) that make characters available for adoption will maintain full rights to that character up until the adopter has made 40 posts. Before 40 posts have been reached the player(s) that created the character have the right to reclaim or re-adopt it as they see fit. After 40 posts the character is considered fully owned by the adopter and can only be reclaimed with the consent of the adopter.

Communicating OOC Preferences

The most common source of frustrations between members comes from a mismatch/misunderstanding of how the other player wants to play the game. Some people prefer to organize things OOC, others do not; some love getting alerts, other people feel suffocated by a growing number of tags; etc, etc. To be sure, there's no right way to play the game, but there are better ways of communicating how you want to play the game. While it's always great to reach out and talk to people to gauge their preferences, we realize that's an ideal world and that it's not always possible or likely that people will talk to each other. Therefore, we'd like to ask that people put in their OOC player profiles (in the player blurb section), any of the following preferences in the next post.

List of Preferences.

Feel free to add your own!

    availability

  • Let me know before you create a thread for me, to make sure I have time
  • You don't have to ask to create threads with me - I just might not join them right away
  • If we're in the same pack, you don't have to ask to create threads for me. Everyone else, please ask.
  • If I don't respond in X amount of days to a thread, please send me a PM to remind me
  • I keep on top of my posts. Please don't PM me to remind me about owed posts

    joining threads

  • Please don't join my threads without asking me and the other person/people
  • You're free to join my threads at any point (even late in the game)
  • x character is always welcome to join my threads and might pop in at any time
  • I prefer to participate in AW threads to private threads.
  • I prefer planned threads to be private.

    plotting

  • Contact me to plot!
  • I'm available for new plots!
  • I have a lot of plots right now, I'm not really looking.
  • I like to keep things ic only. Don't contact me to plot.
  • The things I say about my character OOC are what they think/would do
  • I might discuss some things OOC, but I can't make promises about what my character will do, or I might turn you down.
  • I don't like to discuss my characters thoughts/feelings/reactions to things that haven't happened, please don't approach me about that.
  • I would prefer to be warned if you are going to do something drastic to my character, even if there's nothing I can do
  • I would prefer not to have warnings if you are going to do something drastic – I love a good plot twist!

    alerts

  • Don't tag me in threads unless you want me to join them. I get a lot of alerts
  • I want to know when my character is thought of/talked about, please tag me!
  • I subscribe to all my threads, you don't need to tag me to let me know you replied
  • Please tag me to let me know when you've replied

    assumptions/powerplay

  • Talk to me first before making any assumptions about my character
  • Small pp that make the thread go by quicker are fine, don't feel like you have to ask
  • Please don't make any assumptions about my character at all
  • Your character shouldn't know my character unless they've met IC/heard about my character IC
  • Your character can know my character if they're in the same pack, but never formerly met

    skipping

  • I don't mind being skipped sometimes, just ask me!
  • Please don't skip me, I don't like it.

    IC Fights/Challenges

  • I prefer to use dice rolls, it's fun!
  • I prefer not to use the dice rolls, and I would like if we could talk things out and only go to dice rolls if necessary.

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[list][h2]availability[/h2][*]Let me know before you create a thread for me, to make sure I have time[*]You don't have to ask to create threads with me - I just might not join them right away[*]If we're in the same pack, you don't have to ask to create threads for me. Everyone else, please ask.[*]If I don't respond in X amount of days to a thread, please send me a PM to remind me[*]I keep on top of my posts. Please don't PM me to remind me about owed posts[h2]joining threads[/h2][*]Please don't join my threads without asking me and the other person/people[*]You're free to join my threads at any point (even late in the game)[*]x character is always welcome to join my threads and might pop in at any time[*]I prefer to participate in AW threads to private threads.[*]I prefer planned threads to be private.[h2]plotting[/h2][*]Contact me to plot![*]I'm available for new plots![*]I have a lot of plots right now, I'm not really looking.[*]I like to keep things ic only. Don't contact me to plot. [*]The things I say about my character OOC are what they think/would do[*]I might discuss some things OOC, but I can't make promises about what my character will do, or I might turn you down.[*]I don't like to discuss my characters thoughts/feelings/reactions to things that haven't happened, please don't approach me about that.[*] I would prefer to be warned if you are going to do something drastic to my character, even if there's nothing I can do[*] I would prefer not to have warnings if you are going to do something drastic – I love a good plot twist![h2]alerts[/h2][*]Don't tag me in threads unless you want me to join them. I get a lot of alerts[*]I want to know when my character is thought of/talked about, please tag me![*]I subscribe to all my threads, you don't need to tag me to let me know you replied[*]Please tag me to let me know when you've replied[h2]assumptions/powerplay[/h2][*]Talk to me first before making any assumptions about my character [*]Small pp that make the thread go by quicker are fine, don't feel like you have to ask[*]Please don't make any assumptions about my character at all[*]Your character shouldn't know my character unless they've met IC/heard about my character IC[*]Your character can know my character if they're in the same pack, but never formerly met[h2]skipping[/h2][*]I don't mind being skipped sometimes, just ask me![*]Please don't skip me, I don't like it.[h2]IC Fights/Challenges[/h2][*] I prefer to use dice rolls, it's fun![*] I prefer not to use the dice rolls, and I would like if we could talk things out and only go to dice rolls if necessary.[/list]
(This post was last modified: Jan 18, 2021, 08:20 PM by Spirit of Wildwood.)
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In Character Rules

Godmodding/Powerplaying

Each character played on RoW can only be controlled by their player, that means that we don't allow any powerplaying or god modding to take place. This is where you either write what another character does without permission of their player, or when you play your character 'God-like', without flaws or error and have them be the best at everything. This applies to reading other threads as well—your character can't know something just because you read about it in another thread if they have no way to have known.

Note: Individual players may make exceptions to the powerplaying rule. If you are okay with your character being powerplayed, please indicate how and to what extent in your signature or in an Out of Character note in individual posts.

Humans

Relic Lore is 100% free of human inhabitants. Some scientists dropped off wolves in 2021 as part of a rehabilitation project and then promptly left without a trace. Your characters may have had previous interactions with humans before they arrived, but they not run into any in Relic lore.

Liquid Time

Liquid time allows players to write in multiple threads at a given time, but with the understanding that not all these threads take place at the same time. Players may also back-date threads within reason (i.e. a couple of weeks are fine but months are not). If your character is in a critical thread such as joining a pack, a serious fight, etc. please be considerate of by not powerplaying the results of these threads (by writing your character as already in the pack or without serious injuries).

Writing Format

When posting in RoW please keep your posts in third person, i.e. "he/she/they howled", not "I howled", like you are writing a story about a character rather than being that character yourself.

Explicit Content

We encourage members to get creative with their plots while keeping them within the bounds of realism. However, we do not allow plots that include explicit adult material, including sexual assault and rape. We ask that you tag any threads that might contain other adult material like excessive swearing, gore, or sexual themes. Simply putting an { m } in your topic title for gore, sexual themes, or triggering topics will suffice. For just swearing please use an s instead of an m.
(This post was last modified: Jan 18, 2021, 08:26 PM by Spirit of Wildwood.)
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