Below you'll find all of our various policies regarding different aspects of the game.
The #1 Rule
The #1 rule of the game is that we are all here to have fun. While it would be great to just throw up a page that says "Don't be a dick!" and let people run wild, we do find that very often this does not work well. So what you find below is a list of some guidelines and rules that should be followed on the game.
We just want to make one thing very clear before you read any of the rules below; everything has an exception. Those exceptions may be few and far between but they still may exist. Just because something below says "No, you can't do that" doesn't mean that's an absolute. If you have an idea or what to do something that goes against anything listed below please speak with staff, the worst thing we can say is no. :)
The Director is the main staffer at this time. She sets up characters, tells stories, runs scenes and handles +jobs. Yes, she has a character (full disclosure: The Creepshow). As she knows the secrets of each story and the game itself, she will not be voting in the Dead Pool, and the only GP she will garner is from kudos. Her character is every bit as killable as yours. The Creepshow archetype doesn't lend itself to leadership or story importance, so she will not be a pivotal person in any story, won't be the star, and won't solve the mysteries.
The Coder, well, codes obviously, but also helps handle routine scut so the Director can focus on story. He also helps handle apps, but he has no insight into secrets, the metaplot, or anything story related except what he's learned through his character (full disclosure: The Avant-Garde)
The Technician has taken over for The Coder (full disclosure: The Beast)
The Helper is there to answer questions, help new players and be generally helpful. He also can do apps, and does not have any plot or story knowledge. (full disclosure: The Capitalist) He's helped out by The Assistant (full disclosure: The Pedagogue) and The Costumer (full disclosure: The Visionary)
Other staff may be hired in time, but these will be support staff - things like builders, coders, wiki admins and such. People who don't get to see behind the curtain. This allows them to play without having any OOC knowledge or advantage.
Characters and Alts
Player-characters (PCs) on this game are called Archetypes. There are secondary characters, called Supporting Roles, that can be played via @emit whether or not the player's Archetype is active in a scene, and cover everything from the Archetype's buddies to retainers to family members. Supporting Roles can even carry on in a story in the event of the Archetype's death. These are, essentially, lower-powered alts for you to play. Using them to do the risky stuff and bite the bullet for the Archetype is a major part of their intended purpose. They are also used as motivation to involve an Archetype in something they might normally avoid - like going into the cave to save your dumb kid brother.
Players may have only one (1) Archetype on the game.
Please understand that because of the short-term nature of the stories, this game moves quicker than most and is not a good fit for players who can only RP once a week or so. The following are our rules on activity, idling, and absence:
- If you inform The Director that you cannot be on for however long, your Archetype WILL be held for you. RL happens, we got your back. Everything below relates to NOT informing her of your absence.
- An Archetype that is taken but does not go IC within one (1) RL week of opening day (just logging on doesn't matter) will be recycled.
- An Archetype that goes more than 14 days without RPing (just logging on doesn't matter) will be recycled.
Again, tell us if you're unable to play. We'll understand and hold your spot.
Players can have up to three (3) Supporting Roles tied to their Archetype and under their exclusive control at a time. If one dies, a new one can be made. Players may choose to emit these characters as needed, or allow another player to play them. If another player plays them, any Genre points that Supporting Role earns while they play them goes to that player's Archetype. So if John lets Sue play Debbie, one of John's Supporting Roles, any Genre points Debbie earns go to Sue, not John.
Sometimes your Archetype will be given a Supporting Role (or several) by The Director at the start of a story to serve a certain function. These do not count against your cap of three.
Player Build Projects
There are no player builds on this game. You can use a temproom for anything you might need.
Don't be a dick.
That's pretty much what this policy boils down to. Don't harass people, don't badger or bully people, don't bad mouth other players or other MU's on the game, and be civil at all times. If you don't think you can be civil we ask that you remove yourself from whatever situation is creating this situation, even if you feel you are not at fault - please just remove yourself from the situation and contact staff.
If you are the victim of abusive behavior we ask that you do your best to ignore the person or people involved and contact staff for immediate assistance.
This game is a mixed-consent game.
When players are involved in their own RP, all parties should consent to whatever is going on. Players may not kill each others' characters or do lasting harm to them without consent. PCs may be rivals, frenemies, and so on, but the real antagonists should be the Monsters. When The Director is not present, Consent rules, with the following caveats:
1. Maybe tweak the scene to appeal to as many people as possible. This is generally the best solution when more than one person has an issue with what is going on in the scene.
2. The people who are not okay with what is going on in the scene can leave it. This may sound harsh but if 5 people are absolutely fine with a scene and 1 person is not it's not really fair to punish the other 5 for that.
When The Director is running a scene, especially a Kill Scene, Bad Things can happen. Your character might die. You do NOT need to consent for IC actions to have IC consequences in Directed scenes. By joining in the scene, you are waiving consent.
The big exception to this is anything of a sexual nature. The ax murderer may kill your character, but they will never rape your character. We aren't here to tell those kinds of horror stories.
While we have no global game rating we do ask that people keep a few things in mind before they do something, say something, or RP in certain ways.
Public/Guest Channels Just for the sake of civility we ask that things be kept clean(ish) on these channels. We will provide channels with no ratings limits for those who wish to speak and/or act freely if it becomes necessary.
RP If the metric ton of horror movies created over the past several decades have shown us anything it's that you can tell a good horror-based story regardless of what rating you put it at. All we ask from people is that you consider the characters involved, the scene, and (most importantly) the players involved. If everyone is okay with a R-rated scene then go for it. If someone indicates they are uncomfortable with some aspect of the scene as it is unfolding just do your best to maneuver around that aspect of the scene. The game should be fun for everyone.
IC Actions = IC Consequences
This is, in the opinion of Staff, one of the most used and abused tropes in all of MU* history. It has been used to justify the mistreatment of other players and characters to no end. That said players should keep a few things in mind...
1. Your actions should have consequences. If you traipse into the cabin of the cannibal hillbillies, what do you expect is going to happen? Be aware of what you're getting yourself into. This goes for non-Directed scenes as well. Punch the school bully in the face at your own risk.
2. Consequences should not lead to a player losing their ability to RP. That's why we're here after all, to RP and have a good time.
3. If you, as players, just cannot agree to something feel free to contact staff and they'll do what they can to help. They will rely very heavily on what was written above, coming up with a resolution that leaves everyone with RP opportunities. Barring that they will just retcon the scene and say it never happened. While that is a last ditch ruling and one we never want to have to use it's there if we need it.
And always remember, we are all here to have fun and tell exciting stories! :)
The one thing we keep saying over and over again in our policies is that this is a game created by adults for adults. We want players to explore their characters in creative ways. This may include sex. We're fine with that. Just remember our Game Rating policy (make sure everyone in your scene is cool with what's going on) and age policy (no characters under 16 involved in adult content).