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The OOC Realm is a public place

The OOC realm is where one goes in order to discuss gaming theory, practice, or systems; look at examples of good code or building; read news, help files, or bulletin boards while on the server; ask for help or offer advice; arrange role-playing sessions, verify weekly games, or let folks know about schedule changes; and/or get to know prospective GMs and players.

In the OOC realm, please do not engage in any behavior that would not be appropriate in your local mall, your place of worship, or your grandmother's house. If you have to ask, it's probably not appropriate.

Under this category we'd also like to mention the responsibilities of participating and communicating on Reality Fault. We ask everyone present to behave themselves in a courteous and adult fashion. A simple way to be sure you are behaving so is to pause before you say something to someone else, and consider -- would you mind if someone said it to you? If the answer is yes, we strongly suggest you not say it.

The one case where this may not hold up as a good means of decision-making is when it comes to personal space. Please do not assume that anyone else here wishes to be touched by you. Also, just because you see someone get a hug from a close friend does not mean they automatically want a hug from you too.

Invading someone else's personal space, even in a virtual realm, is not welcome, and is not a good idea.

Secondarily, we ask everyone remember communication is a two-way street -- especially in the text-only medium of on-line communications. Please keep in mind people generally mean well, and generally don't intend harm to you. Therefore, if someone says something that offends you, it is incumbent upon you to politely tell them this. They cannot read your mind, and they will not know you are offended unless you inform them so.

The OOC Realm is not a place to game

It is for Out Of Character interactions. It is for this reason that in-game commands do not work in the OOC Realm. Please do not try to bring your in-game characters here. Please do not take your OOC characters into role-playing games situations.

The OOC Realm is meant for players; be yourself

In the OOC Realm we ask each player to use a form of their real name, or a nickname that they commonly use in "real life." Also, please describe your OOC character to be at least somewhat close to how you look in the real world. It is much easier to get to know someone by their first name or a comfortable nickname, than by some vague on-line persona they may adopt.

To help players and GMs find each other, we have the Reality Fault emailing list. We encourage folks to post on it, so there is more communication on what types of games and players are desired, and what types of games and players are available.

If you want to watch a game in progress, please go to a screening room. In the room, type look monitor, which will give you the instructions on how to use a monitor to observe a game. For the number of the cambot assigned to the game you want to observe, look at the list of assigned cambots. If you have any questions feel free to ask anyone politely for assistance.

  • If there aren't enough screening rooms please let us know, and we'll try to make more.

  • Unless you have a very strong reason to do so, please do not disturb people in a game. If you wish to contact someone who is gaming, please leave their OOC character pmail.

If you want to know more about the games here but none are currently running while you're on line, please feel free to visit the Reality Fault realm pages and read the logs posted for each game.

ONLY run one character at a time, anywhere

Having your attention divided unquestionably affects the quality of game play. It is incredibly rude to do this to your fellow players. We're trying to promote quality role-playing on Reality Fault. Please don't play multiple characters at once.

The GM is the final arbiter in their own game

Players should turn to their GM in order to resolve in-game conflict. The GM is responsible for creating and applying all the rules the players must follow within their game. No GM is required to allow any individual to play in their game, and no player must stay in any game they are not enjoying. However, the GM is the final arbiter of what rules exist in their game, and how they are applied.

We strongly encourage the GM to run all "bad guys," so players may work together towards common goals rather than against each other. Player character competition frequently leads to player conflict, and must be extremely carefully handled by the GM so it does not destroy the game.

Above all, the GM is there to help players have a good time. Do your best for your GM, and they'll do their best for you. If you're a GM, the same applies -- be nice to your players, even if you're making life difficult for their characters... and they'll play their best for you.

The cambots are for everyone to use

Please take the time to carefully read the cambot page, so you know how to properly and courteously use them.

Talk to us!

Finally, we understand there's huge diversity in game types. If your game doesn't quite seem to fit these guidelines but you think it would make a good addition to Reality Fault, please talk to us about your idea.




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