In order of precedence:

1) Respect, Respect, Respect! OOC will ALWAYS remain respectful.



2) Separate OOC from IC!



3) Adding alts to a fight...


4) Always attempt actions on others, don't use auto-success.


5) Write cooperative stories, and everyone wins!


6) Anything can happen... it's freeform.


That's it.  Simple, right?  Usually.  Read on to understand more about our rules.  There are a lot of grey areas, and what conflicts always boil down to is OOC Respect and OOC discussion.


Just talk to each other!!!


If you're having any issues, problems or questions, please try and talk to the taneests before running to Ja.  If they can't help you, they'll escalate it to Ja.


Available Admins: Kendall|Moore, Aolani|Ena, Exya, Burdock|D’Invigore, Easton, Marius|Graham



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As far as what is and is not allowed for characters and gaming:

ALLOWED: Furres, Human, Elves, Dragons, Phoenixes, Ferals, Mythicals ... this list could go on forever.  We allow anything medieval or magical in nature.

We also allow cross-story-arcs with the OldeWorld and other fantasy places:  We just consider these other places over-seas and on other continents.  SilverSouls itself is considered part of the continent of Dalthuria.

NOT ALLOWED:  Time travel into medieval from the future (not the same as time-magick.), guns, gun-powder, sentient robots - other futuristic concepts, even just the knowledge of these concepts.


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1) Respect, Respect, Respect!




The biggest thing we emphasize is OOC respect. Regardless of what occurs IC, and regardless of whether or not you agree to consent to the plot, we WILL NOT tolerate OOC name calling, instigation, or any other form of OOC misery-causing behavior, including OOC manipulative behavior which we call being a Drama Llama.

 

 
OOC name calling, instigating OOC fights, spreading 'hate rumors' about people OOC, and angry guilt-tripping will potentially get your alt banned from the dream, and possibly the continuity, perhaps without warning depending on the level of infraction.

That said, disagreements will happen.  Talk about things OOC. Negotiate! If you do not appreciate where a scene or plot is going, talk to the folks you’re gaming with OOC and let them know you’d like to back out or null the situation.  If you find you can’t stay calm or are too nervous to confront someone, please message staff and we’ll gladly help you work through it.  You can always pre-plan plots and plot arcs with those who are willing, should you seek a certain outcome. Otherwise, just go with the flow!

 

Messages specifically to...

~ BAD GUYS: If someone tells you OOC that they're not interested in what you're offering up for plot, let it go, or try to offer some level of compromise.  While this is freeform, it's still a game, and no one should be OOC forced or guilt-tripped into doing something they want no part of doing.  This includes character-death.  See SSC:SRP for more information on bad-guys/consent rules.


~ MAGICK USERS:  In scenes where your character is in control or more powerful, it should become common practice to ask the players of the other characters what they’d like to see as the outcome of the scene.  Not all players want to have everything ‘fixed’ for their characters, and not all scenes should be easily resolved.  Just ask, and work with the others in the scene!


Please... whatever happens, BEHAVE OUT OF CHARACTER!!!  No one wants to fight OOC, and the guild administrators would rather not have to sort out OOC fights if they don't have to.


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2) Separate OOC from IC!



  • Out-Of-Character: (OOC)  This is you, In-Real-Life (IRL). This is the player behind the screen; This is the person that goes to work/school/mooches off their parents, goes shopping and types at the computer.
  • In-Character: (IC)  This is the single character 'alt' that you use to move around Furcadia.  This is their experiences, choices, beliefs, and values.  Like a character in a book, their world is very limited to what they have seen and done.
 
Crossing these boundaries of information between IC/OOC knowledge is incredibly bad form for role-playing and will be frowned upon.  Multiple infractions will not be tolerated.

OOC experiences are going to be much more broad than IC experiences, and part of learning to role-play is learning to differentiate the two. As the OOC player, you can see the names of characters on your screen and you potentially play more than one character, meaning you have seen and learned far more about other characters in the game.  As a character, however, their IC experience is very limited.  

 

The character knows only what they can see and have been told, so for instance, if another character has not given your character their name, you can't use their name in your character's dialogue until they do learn it.  You cannot use information you've learned by playing John Smith as information known by Jane Smith - EXCEPT.. if you have actually RP'd the exchange of information between your two characters or have some other reasonable explanation (and writing) as to how the information was transferred.



Separating these things is important.  A mean character does not imply a mean player.  Keeping your IC experiences limited gives your character more to do and learn by exploring their world and other characters. More Information


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3) Adding alts to a fight...



 

SilverSouls greatly encourages using alts to increase plot, storylines and population for this dream and other dreams.  Feel free to bring alts around as you please and at your convenience, even by bringing them into the same scene!  The only time this is a problem is during a conflict that turns into physical or magickal fight of some kind.  While your characters who were already there can participate, bringing more alts into the fight afterwards is frowned upon and will be considered OOC bullying/power play.

Keep it fair-play.  Read the Alting Rules on the Basic RP page for more information.



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4) No auto-success!



 

Because this is a game of interactions, everyone should have their fair say in what does and does not happen.

First: Physics apply.  Yes, we allow magick, but that is still a force of energy on the existence of physical items - physics still apply as much as possible!  It takes a certain amount of energy (within reason) to move or affect things.

Second: When you 'do things' that affect others, it is important to phrase it that you 'attempt' to do things.  There is always the chance they will move, dodge, or block the attempts in some form or fashion.  Posting that you affect them, and assuming it succeeds is considered auto-success.  Auto-success is considered rude, and frequently has an awkward outcome and causes OOC disruption when things have to be sorted out.


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5) Write cooperative stories, and everyone wins!



 

RP is about creating stories through interactions with other players.  What makes RP so much fun is being able to ‘experience’ situations you would rather not deal with IRL, or dealing with common situations with uncommon characteristics.  It’s dynamic, and has infinite possibilities and results.

Keep the ‘cooperative story’ aspect in mind for everything you do in SilverSouls Castle.  We encourage multiple-characters!  Each character has their own story and dynamic, and can add new dynamic to familiar player’s characters!  By entertaining multiple characters, you avoid stagnant RP on one by pursuing a plot on another.  It also keeps Mary Sue’s and Gary Stu’s less likely, as you are less protective of many characters than you might be of your only-allowed character.

Perfection is boring, and having many characters also allows you to experience various types of personalities in your storylines.  Strong, confident, central characters and silly, easy-going side-characters with wild personality quirks!  Explore your options!


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6) Anything can happen... it's freeform.



 

Beyond the above rules, anything can happen.  If your RP partner decides they do not want to be involved with a plot early into the plot, let them escape.  Some people simply don't want anything to do with injury, fights, or death.  Others want nothing to do with romance.  To each their own!

That said... it's still freeform.  Just like IRL, different characters have different goals, beliefs and morals.  Some characters will tend to cause trouble.  RP Life is boring without some kind of conflict and/or goals to be obtained, and as Rah of the dream, Ja will specifically use alts to try and stir things up from time to time, and ask various players to do the same.

In general, people do not want to lose their characters to death.  No one wants to 'die'. Please refrain from killing other characters.  If you kill everyone off, who are you going to have left to game with?!?!  (Seriously, get IC consent before pursuing plots of this nature.. and with many alts, people might be willing to let their character die for plot purposes!). 

If you decide to involve yourself in the conflicts - fights especially - your character’s life and health will in fact be at risk.  Just like IRL, if you participate in risky behavior in-character, you have a higher chance of injury or death. If you don't consent to character death, do not participate in a fight without letting the other player(s) know, from the beginning, that you do not consent - or ICly run away when a fight brews up!  OOC communication is key!! If you fight through an entire battle and lose, and the other character decides to take your character's life for one reason or another, this is not the time to mention that you didn't consent - do this early on.




For those of you who are willing to RP to the extreme, and are willing to accept death if it occurs without having IC discussions about it, please use the desctag: [SSC:SRP] or (SSC:SRP) or whatever brackets you prefer.  More information about what the SSC:SRP tag does and doesn't do on the Basic RP page. 

 

 

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