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06 September 2006 @ 12:03 am
The Rules  
The Rules
Updated December 1, 2006

  1. Please do not request to join newdawn_rpg or newdawn_admin if you have not submitted an application. Your request will not be approved until you have submitted an application and that application has been approved.

  2. If you are a member of newdawn_rpg, you must also be a member of the Out-of-Character community, newdawn_ooc and the administrative community newdawn_admin.

  3. Use proper spelling and grammar in all posts. This is not negotiable. Do not use 'net speak, do not use l33t speak and do not post something laden with spelling and grammatical errors. That is sloppy and it also shows a lack of caring about your work and the time and consideration of the other players. Take the extra time to proof-read and spell check.

    The first time your post does not follow this rule, you will be warned and asked to correct it. If you have to be asked three times the post will be deleted. After that, any improperly formatted, spelled, grammatically incorrect, etc. posts by your account(s)/character(s) are open for automatic deletion by the moderators.

  4. Separate character journals are not required and creating them is a per person choice.

  5. Posts will be done in prose form, third person.

  6. All characters are expected to participate actively in the game. This means that you must update at least three times per week. (That is three times per player, not three times per character.) An update means that you will respond to a thread in the main community or you will start a thread in the main community. If you will be inactive or unable to post for an extended period of time, you must make a note of such in the OOC community or in an email to me (newdawnmod@gmail.com)

    If your character is inactive and you do not make a note of it in one of the methods described above, you will receive a warning. There is a three strikes and you're out rule in this game; three warnings in a row and your character will be dismissed from the game, put up for adoption, or possibly killed off.

    (Three posts per week is the minimum required. You are always free and welcome to post more frequently than that.)

  7. You may have as many characters as you can handle.

    However, there is a waiting period between applications for additional characters. Initially, you will be allowed two characters. After a month, in which that character has shown activity, you are allowed to apply for another character. Each future application must be at least one month apart.

    Additionally, don't apply for more characters than you can handle. You don't want to hold up other players or interfere with game play because your ten characters can't keep abreast of things.

  8. There is a maximum of three characters per fandom (for fandom characters). This is not negotiable. If a fandom has three characters from it represented in the RP, then no other characters from that RP may join the game.

    Also, if a fandom has two characters in it already, you may not apply for a third character in that fandom unless you have applied with an original character or a character from an under-represented or non-represented fandom first.

    Once you have played the original/under-represented/non-represented fandom character for a month, (per the rules for applying for an additional character), you may apply for the third fandom character.

  9. To prove to me that you've read these rules, all new applications must have the words "This is how the world ends" in the subject line. Ignore rule #19. Yes, it's a trick and it will let me know who's really paying attention.

    Generally speaking, yes applications without this will be looked over, but will go to the bottom of the pile to await approval. It could be days or weeks, depending on my mood and the number of applications.

  10. NEVER EVER do something to another player's character without their express permission. This, my friends, is called god-moding and it is rude and will not be tolerated. While it is permissible to have a conversation about the weather, it is not permissible to have a bar-room brawl or a sexual liaison.

  11. Speaking of sexual liaisons, characters are allowed to have sexual relationships. The key word here is relationships. While it is understandable that in a post-apocalyptic world, characters will often fall prey to one-night stands or making a physical connection with another person, excessive gratuitous smut/PWP (porn without plot) will not be allowed.

    If it seems that your sole role-playing is revolving around sex for sex's sake, then the player will be warned ONCE and only ONCE before being removed from the game.

  12. No applications from anyone under the age of 18 will be accepted. No negotiations, no discussion. (And yes, an age statement is required when you apply for the game.)

  13. Please try to confine all out-of-character conversation to newdawn_ooc. This means questions, answers, what-if's, plot ideas, etc. The only things to be posted here in the RP community are actually RP posts.

  14. Character and fandom claims are on a first come, first server basis. Please see the Character List for the list of characters currently in play.

    There are no problems with two players sharing a character as long as I am informed via email.

  15. Long posts (more than about 100 words) must be behind an lj-cut.

  16. Likewise, any post rated R or NC-17 must also be placed behind an lj-cut.

  17. For information on How to Play/How to Post please visit How to Post.

  18. After your character has been accepted into the RP, please post a biography in newdawn_ooc.

  19. To prove to me that you've read these rules, all new applications must have the words "End world" in the subject line.

  20. A Last Word: The purpose of this game is to have fun. You control your characters and their reactions and interactions. If your character is miserable, or depressed, it's because you are playing them that way. There's in character, and there's having fun. Sometimes you have to know when to cross that line.

    The best advice for the enjoyment of this game is: interact, interact, interact. Interact with the other characters as much as possible, and you will be surprised at what develops. The game is extremely free-form with little-to-no guidance from the moderator. You must be willing to take iniatiative and be proactive in order to be involved and enjoy the game.

While these rules may seem like a lot, all things considered they are really just guidelines, common-sense and courtesy.