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Player Guidelines for Reality Fault
The following are the rough behavioral and procedural guidelines for
players on Reality Fault. In all cases, if you don't know what else to
do, either ask someone for help, or fall back to being courteous and
Why We're Here
- We are here to provide an enjoyable place for gaming. Feel
free to visualize Reality Fault as a group of friends and
acquaintances meeting in someone's living room for a pleasant,
relaxed evening of chatting and/or role-playing gaming. This is
why we ask our players to please be on your best behavior here
at all times, and to please be courteous to everyone. If you're
confused or worried, feel free to ask for help from one of the
admins or your GM.
This Game Location Is For Fun
- Please play nice with each other. If you are gaming without
your GM present (which we don't recommend but understand will
happen sometimes) then remember the person(s) you are playing
with are supposed to be your friends. Please don't do something
to someone else that you haven't either already agreed upon, or
would not enjoy having done to you. Use common sense. Remember,
gaming is supposed to be fun. If it isn't fun... why
are you doing it?
What We Expect of Everyone
- Gentlefolk always try to make those around them
comfortable. We expect this sort of adult behavior from everyone
here. Out-of-character (OOC) conversations should be conducted
as if you were a guest sitting in a friend's living room. If you
wouldn't say or do something in particular there, then don't do
it here either!
We have a few fairly simple rules here. It has been asked
(quite legitimately) both why we have any rules at all, and why
we don't define our rules more precisely. As to the latter query,
we have deliberately not hammered out a set of laws with precise,
nit-picky attention to detail, since it's been our experience that
hard and fast rules simply encourage inventive ways of breaking
them. That's certainly not our goal, nor are we interested in
policing such behavior.
The following quote is the answer to why we bother having
any regulations at all:
"Games quite literally have rules; games, unlike
most other areas of life, are in fact defined by
rules. So from the way we play our games, we learn about
the way we think of rules; and from understanding how we
think of rules -- and in particular, how we think about
breaking them -- we learn about our respect, if any,
for the virtue of integrity. In particular, we teach a
good deal about our integrity when we choose to follow
too literally the late Vince Lombardi's well-known,
perhaps notorious advice: 'Winning isn't everything --
it's the only thing.'"
-- Stephen L. Carter, from his book Integrity
In essence, this says that how you treat the rules here, for
good or ill, tells everyone around you a great deal about how
you will probably behave in other situations as well. We are not
here to "win," and we expect everyone here, ourselves included,
to attempt to behave in a thoughtful, friendly, and cooperative
fashion. We're doing this for fun -- trying to provide a pleasant
place for folks to hold role-playing games. This is why we ask
our players to try to behave with maturity and forethought,
to use courtesy and common sense, and to try to be sure those
around you are comfortable too.
On a related note, the terms and conditions for use of Reality
Fault may change at any time, and it is your responsibility to
remain informed about what current terms of operation are. While
the admins will try to notify users when these terms change,
each individual is responsible for remaining informed on
current policies. Here is the up-to-date version of the official AUP.
If you have any further questions about our rules, or
lack thereof, please feel free to ask any of the admins for
- We realize being an administrator here doesn't make us
perfect or always right. Managing things on Reality Fault is a
responsibility, and entitles us to no special privilege. However,
it also does not entitle folks to treat administrators with less
courtesy than they would use with others. We ask people to please
not be afraid to give opinions or offer help, or to ask us if
they have any problems, and we'll do our best to fix things --
but please, try to remain polite.
Please note, the standards of courtesy we ask for in regards
to day-to-day behavior on Reality Fault still apply when dealing
with problems, things you disagree with, or things you are just
unhappy about. Making your point politely to an admin is the
best way to ensure they understand the issue, rather than the
fact you are upset.
As an example, purely emotional appeals, demanding some rule be
immediately changed, posting personal attacks (however indirect)
to any of the mailing lists, or insisting the rules do not apply
to you simply because you don't like them, are not persuasive
arguments, nor are they likely to succeed in convincing the
administrators to make the changes you would like.
If you have a delicate issue that is important to you, may we
suggest you check the How
to Talk to Your Fellow Players section of the GMing
FAQ for pointers on how to present your issue politely and
Please remember: much like a GM in their own game, the admins
are the final arbiters of what rules exist on Reality Fault,
and how they are applied. We very much appreciate people who
come to us with good suggestions, or problems they perceive,
as their input helps make Reality Fault a better place. However,
regardless of the issue at hand, once a decision has been
made by the administrators about what rules exist, you will be
expected to abide by those rules.
If players of any nature (OOC, GM, PC, etc.) continue to
break the rules, they will be reminded they are expected to
comply with the rules. It is the administration's unfortunate
responsibility to remove players who repeatedly disregard the
requirements of membership on Reality Fault. This includes our
requirement that members remain courteous.
Please accept this with grace, whether we've agreed with
you or no, and allow everyone here to move on with their gaming
once a decision has been made. Remember, good sportsmanship is
as important here as it is in real life.
Plot Out And Schedule Your Games Ahead Of
- We cannot emphasize this enough. Feelings are hurt and
squabbles erupt when there are differing expectations
of what the game plan is. If you make your plans ahead of time,
you and your players will both have shared expectations of what
the game is. If you schedule when to meet you will know there
will be good gaming waiting for you when you arrive.