Rules & Guidelines! Mar 19, 2013 0:28:03 GMT -6
Post by TNG Staff on Mar 19, 2013 0:28:03 GMT -6
First and foremost, we here at TNG are looking to create an atmosphere that is not only conducive to creativity, but to approachability and affability. We are seeking to create something more than just a standard roleplaying forum, but that of a community of writers and players with a mutual respect for one another and a love for everything comical. That being said, all games need rules and guidelines. First, lets start with the basics of the site.
SIGNING UP: As this a proboards site, your account name doesn't tend to matter. We do ask that you keep it tasteful. We operate with a one-to-one ration when it comes to accounts, which means each character should have their own account on the board. When it comes to applying for your character, your account's display name should be directly tied to the character you're applying for. (Example: If you're applying as 'Peter Parker Jr.' your display name should be 'Peter Parker Jr.)
We ask that you take the time to look over the site's various plots, characters, etc. before moving forward with your application. Make sure the site is a good fit before jumping into it totally. If you feel it is, please check out the various claims sections to make sure the parent you're seeking (if you wish to have a canon parent,) is available.
RESERVING: There are two things you can reserve on this site: Your Face Claim and your Parent Claim. If you wish to do so during the application process, this should be done on the designated claims pages. These reserves last THREE days.
RESPECT: Respect the site, respect the staff, respect the players, respect the content. It's really that simple. You don't have to agree with everyone,that's just not realistic. However, we do ask that you respect the opposing viewpoints, opinions, and character decisions of other players. This extends to members of our staff team as well. (Secret Words: CASCADE*) The word of staff is law. If you have a disagreement with them (or a player,) please take it up with them in private, in a respectful manner.
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY: This is the golden rule. While we don't have a minimum requirement when it comes to posting, please try to keep up with your partner(s.) You shouldn't force length, that's not what writing is about. You should be conveying an idea, or story, in a manner that you're comfortable. If you only feel like you can write a paragraph or two? That's fine. Feel like writing a novel? That's fine too. Just make sure, regardless of the lengthy, that there is a quality to your writing, versus simply aiming for as many words as possible.
In line with quality, we expect our members to have a basic understanding when it comes to proper grammar and spelling. We're not expecting perfection, but we do expect that you can create posts that are coherent.
CONSISTENCY: We know that real life comes first, but we doe expect our members to keep up with characters that they pick up. That being said, we expect a minimum of a single in-character post every two weeks for basic characters. That being said, this isn't us saying that it's okay that you only post that much. Abuse of this rule will result in a warning. If you're going to pick up a high profile character, please remain active on the site. Also waiting for someone else to post is not an excuse for inactivity. Is someone not posting very often because of RL? Then stop making threads with them. They might have permission, you don't.
CHARACTERS: There is no limit to the amount of characters you have in-play. When it comes to parents, we do require that you use canon parents, it does tend to make things easier. That being said, all the content within your application should be written by YOU. We do not allow copy/pasting. While you can use various wikias and sources as a base, we ask that you write your applications in your own words.
Currently there is NO post limit you must reach before making new characters. Just so so long as ALL of them are active. Should this rule be abused then a post limit will be placed. Don't be that person who ruins it for everyone...
We do this to make sure you have a firm understanding of not only the character, but the abilities in which you're applying for. When it comes to concepts (technology, weapons, etc.) we work on a case-by-case basis. If a plausible argument can be made, chances are we'll allow it. This doesn't mean these items (or concepts,) are any less rare. Just because you're allowed to apply for them, doesn't mean you should. Please keep this in mind when you're rolling a character. This goes for rare/uncommon races as well. Please use common sense. No godmodding, all that fun jazz.
The current age maximum for a character is thirty years old for characters. Canon children are allowed on a case-by-case basis. Please respect that staff reserve the right to say no, if they feel the character can be/will be used as a NPC in the near future.
Balancing is also a very important aspect of the process. What works in the comics doesn't necessarily fly in a forum, where there are several cooks in the kitchen. Even powerful characters need to be balanced so that they don't overwhelm the site. Use common sense, the more powerful your character is, the more weaknesses their should be listed. Remember, staff members reserve the right to go over your character at any time if they feel as though there is a problem.
GRAPHICS: A basic set (signature and avatar,) are required before you make your first in-character post on the board. There may be talented graphic artists on the site, and if you find yourself needing a set you can surely just scream into the CBOX! It can be real person, anime, cartoon, whatever, just have one. The dimensions for the avatar are 220x350, and your signature should be no wider than 500.
POSTING ORDER: If there are less than 5 people in a thread, please stick to posting order. If there are more than that after the first round the posting order doesn't count. We do ask that you try not to get carried away with two people and bury the rest.
ENJOY YOURSELF: Possibly the most important rule of them all! Make sure you're having a good time. If you're not, what's the point!
NOTE: BY PLACING THE SECRET WORD ON YOUR APP IT SAYS YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO THE RULES
* Note: This word may change at anytime without notice