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Last Revised: December 2017
No excessive sexual or violent content is permitted in #BlkDragon*Inn, its Wiki, or forums. Please keep it to a PG-13 rating or under. While fighting and romance are both key parts of any fantasy story, explicit descriptions of either are not welcomed here. Graphic descriptions of violence are not appreciated and you will be asked to tone things down.
God Moding, Meta Gaming & Power Gaming
In #BlkDragon*Inn, we define these three behaviors as follows:
God moding: The act of being virtually untouchable and indestructable both in combat, as well as avoiding any negative consequences or situations resulting from one’s own actions.
Meta gaming: This term applies to the act of using out of character knowledge that the given PC (player character) shouldn’t have in character.
Power gaming: The act of bringing in another character to either defend one’s first PC or to target another PC.
None of these behaviors are permitted in #BlkDragon*Inn.
These definitions are not absolute. God moding, power gaming and meta gaming can take on many other forms than what has been mentioned. If you believe that another player is god moding or meta gaming, please bring it to an op’s attention or log the incident and submit it to an op as soon as possible.
God-PCs (player characters) are not permitted in #BlkDragon*Inn, either. This refers to actual deities being used as characters, or extremely over powered characters. Massive, building sized demons razing the city or incredibly strong wizards who can summon a firestorm that destroys half the country side are just two examples of what would be considered a God-PC, but are certainly not limited.
Injury & Death
Sometimes bad things happen over the course of a story. Characters can be injured or even die, but almost always at the player’s discretion.
However, there are times where a GM (usually an op, but sometimes a designated player GM) will act and land actions without a player’s express permission. These actions are intended to serve multiple purposes. If a player is god moding and not taking any hits when feasibly they should, a GM can land an action. If a player is frequently dodging in character consequences, a GM or op can levy an action against the offending player. If to further the sake of the scene or storyline, a GM can inflict an action on participating players. These GM actions are usually written in the GM blue, and will be designated as such.
Another player cannot kill your character without permission. A GM will only do so in extreme cases.
To prevent the use of resurrection as a cheap tool to reclaim a character from death, all resurrections must be approved of by the op team. Resurrection should not be used as a consequence-free method of circumventing death.
Characters with methods of self-resurrection, such as a lich’s phlactery or other means are still permissable without op consultation, but must fit the character’s concept. Tacking it on as a random, special ability is frowned upon.
Demons, Vampires & Other Undead
In the IC world of Drache, demons, devils, vampires, undead and other “parasites” of life are generally considered evil. There is a section in the Drachean legal code that directly addresses the undead as having no legal rights. There are standing bounties on vampires’ fangs at 50 crown a pair. These threats to mortal life are not accepted by the regular townsfolk because they are grave threats to normal townspeople.
It is not possible to play the reactions of hundreds of NPCs, though it should be something that is kept in mind. Most people will not react favorably to the presence of a vampire or demon, least of all the inn staff. It’s impossible for the operators to monitor this closely and it falls on the player to exercise a bit of restraint and discretion in the matter.
If you intend on playing one of these races, it would behoove you to do so with some care. It’s not fun for anyone else if Fangy McBitey is flashing his fangs around and talking about all of his blood drinking habits in the middle of the inn. It’s certainly not fun for the ops that are going to have to send in a guard PC to have to deal with it. For one, it makes the player feel targeted, but on the flip side, it makes the op feel like they’re having to babysit or police the IC.
All vampires are extremely vulnerable to direct sunlight.
Just be discreet! These races are NOT an accepted part of the IC world and should not behave openly as if they are.
All forms of slavery are illegal under the IC (in character) laws of Drache, the city where the inn and main setting is located. The Drachean government does not recognize the validity of slave ownership, and considers any slaves brought into the kingdom legally free. Slave traders and slave owners can expect to find themselves in trouble with the Civic Guard and the magistrates, and face stiff penalties up to and including execution for violations of the law.
This is not to say that slaves and slavery are banned from setting, however. In fact, there are several other countries in BDI’s world where slavery is a legal institution, and there have also been plots involving illegal slave trading rings in the channel in the past. The channel operators have made it illegal within the confines of the RP (roleplay) channel because we do not want to encourage Gorean-style sex slave RP in BDI.
Players considering playing a slave owning character should be aware that they play such characters at their own risk; the Channel Ops reserve the right to tell the players of such characters to cease and desist if they become problematic.
Firearms are not permitted in #BlkDragon*Inn. This is a stylistic choice, as we feel that firearms ruin the more common high fantasy tropes.
The use of cannons on ships and black powder in incendiaries and explosives has been grand fathered in and is permissable.
The Civic Guard
The Civic Guard is the in character, PC law enforcement agency of the city of Drache. NPC (non-player character) guards exist, and are presumed at all times to be policing the city with regular success.
Only players with op-approved characters are permitted to play or NPC members of the Civic Guard.
There are a number of items in setting that we consider “GM-Protected Tools”. The Civic Guard has access to a number of them, but they are not limited to the Civic Guard. What this means is that these specific items are invioble by players. A player cannot circumvent the outlined use of these tools without express permission from the op team.
These items include:
Anti-Fire Charm – The Blk Dragon Inn is warded against fire and cannot be burned down, after multiple cases of arson 10+ years ago.
Anti-Scrying Fields – Both Guard Houses, the Port Authority, the Chancellery and most governmental buildings, the Royal Church. and Castle Black are warded and protected against being scried upon. This is not an exhaustive list as some character residences or businesses are likewise enchanted.
The Great Seal – A massive seal placed at the entrance of the Royal Church destroys any evil creature to cross over (or under) it.
Magic-Proof Cells – Cells in both the main Guardhouse and the Wharf Guardhouse prevent the use of magic and are warded against escape attempts and break ins.
Null-Magic Shackles – Shackles that when applied to a character, prevent the use of magic.
Woolly the Dire Sheep – Woolly eats evil creatures and god moders.
GMing In #BlkDragon*Inn
Players are allowed to GM (game master) most storylines that they’d like without prior approval. Exceptions include:
Anything that destroys or damages the setting, in any part. This includes anything in Drache or the wider world.
Anything that creates an area of effect that other players must know about.
Killing or playing any government officials, members of the Civic Guard or other major NPCs that control setting institutions.
Additional Items That Require Op Approval
Beyond setting destruction, areas of effect or the murder of setting relevant NPCs, there are a number of things that require op approval. Generally, we prefer that players are active members of the roleplay before we grant these things to them, just so we have a solid idea of how they will handle these things.
Airships – There are only two countries capable of crafting airships on Veth, the world where #BlkDragon*Inn is set. While the odd airship from another source is definitely possible, due to the nature of the aerial advantage of airships over a city, we require pre-approval before use.
BlkDragon Inn staff – This is usually pretty mild. We just want to know who has a character that works for the Inn staff ahead of time.
Civic Guard members – There is an application form on the site for these characters. This is generally to get an idea of what you want to play and its suitability as a member of the Civic Guard.
Construct characters, like automaton or golems – Depending on the exact nature of the construct, these types of characters skirt the very upper limit of the technology cap in #BlkDragon*Inn and we want some overhead to make certain that characters are not setting-breaking.
Government employees – We want to know who is playing what to make sure that they are keeping in line with current government oversight.
Magistrates – There is an application form on the site for these characters. This is for the op team to determine suitability as well as judgement style.
Out of Character
Respect Towards Other Players
Keep the snark regarding other characters, players or their roleplay to an absolute minimum. Not only is this rude, but it fosters a hostile, distasteful atmosphere that puts those on the receiving end on edge, potentially driving them off.
If you’re asked to stop doing something (ie: excessively swearing, dead baby jokes, politics, racist or sexist commentary, etc), please respect their wishes and stop. Chances are you might be behaving offensively. Failure to accede to a request can bring an op’s attention to the situation.
Try to resolve conflicts with other players on your own before enlisting an op for help. We’re all adults here, and should be able to approach one another to discuss our differences maturely.
If the situation cannot be resolved between yourself and another player, please feel free to ask an operator to step in to mediate a solution. This should be considered a last resort.
This is a self explanatory policy. Politics are a rather divisive topic and tends to sour the OOC chat like nothing else can. We generally ask that political discussions be kept out of the OOC as much as possible. Ops will step in and direct a conversation elsewhere if necessary.
No Copyrighted Material
Absolutely no copyrighted material is permitted unless owned wholly by the player in question. This includes characters, factions, detailed cultures or races, organizations and locations from any medium, be it movie, television, video game, comic, novel, et cetera. This list is not comprehensive and only provides the most common material. We are aware that this rule is extremely difficult to police effectively, as it’s impossible to be aware of every character (or organization, etc) in the millions of works of fiction. Any copyright infringement that the operators are made aware of will be asked to be changed.
If you are unsure if your character (or story line) borders on blatant copying, please speak with an op before playing.
#BlkDragon*Inn Is Medieval Fantasy
Characters should fit the setting. BDI’s setting at large is that of a late medieval or early renaissance time period in a fantasy world. This is not Europe, or even Earth, and those countries do not exist in the world of BDI. Technology should be kept fitting to the time period present. Lasers, space ships and Klingons do not exist here. You should not equip your character with high tech, power armor, phasers, space ships or semi automatic submachine guns, etc. Please see the Race guide and the Class guides for suggestions on native races and professions in the BDI setting.
BDI remains committed to our longstanding policy of no character registration and a roleplaying environment open to all. However, as our setting has developed and changed over the two decades we’ve been in operation, it has become clear that some characters are inappropriate to the setting.
In order to maintain the setting’s integrity and provide a pleasant roleplaying environment for our patrons, the channel operators reserve the right to review any character who we believe to be incompatible with our setting or hostile to the roleplay environment, even if that character’s player has not broken any of the disciplinary rules of the channel. If the channel operators have a problem with a character, that character’s player may be asked to make modifications or to no longer play that character in our channel. Depending on the severity of the infraction and the player’s cooperation with the channel operator, further consequences, including kicks and/or bans, may result.
While appropriateness is always a judgement call by the channel operators, in general non-animalistic humanoids from traditional fantasy races are the absolute safest character type to avoid attracting unwanted problems. Humans, elves, dark elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, goblins, undead of assorted types, orcs, and even more exotic creatures such as minotaurs have been successfully played in BDI, and in some cases even had significant impact upon the setting.
If you feel this policy has been applied toward you unfairly, you may appeal it to the channel operators as a whole by emailing an explanation to the Operators.
Out of Character
All Out Of Character (OOC) conversation will be kept to an absolute minimum in #BlkDragon*Inn and can be redirected to the OOC room #BDI*OOC. We encourage you to join the OOC channel for discussions on characters, current IC shenanigans, nutty conversation, and help.
Roleplayers commonly use colors in their writing to indicate various things, making action and speech text pop more than just blocks of uncolored text. White is the most common, default background color in most IRC clients, so the use of the ‘bright’ colors is banned. Please only use the following:
Dark Blue (#2) (It should be noted that this is commonly used by the GM staff during GM’d or moderated events and should be used sparingly by players.)
Dark Purple (#6)
Dark Grey (#14)
Light Grey (#15)
PNicks, or “psuedo nicknames” (the tags that prepend posts with character names) must adhere to the above color rules. Brackets should be kept simple and relatively minimal.
Please be respectful of all styles of RP in channel. Some people enjoy posting long, descriptive posts, and some people prefer posting faster, shorter posts. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to RP. However, for the sake of politeness towards all players, be mindful of other players when posting.
There is no hard post limit cap in BDI, especially when playing alone or with other verbose players. However, when the channel is active with four or more players, we would like to ask players to keep their posts to four or less cuts in a single post. You are certainly welcomed to break up your longer post over a period of time, but hitting the channel with more than four cuts at once can be considered disruptive when other players aren’t posting as much. In the same token, rapidly posting without giving players a chance to respond to is equally frowned upon.
#BlkDragon*Inn and our overflow channel, #BDI*Outside are open to all players and lurkers who may just want to watch.
Soliciting & Advertisement
Soliciting “private RP” or “adult themed RP” from our players is inappropriate. This is considered harassment and will not be tolerated. You will only be warned once to stop.
Coming into BDI only to advertise or poach players from our channel to your own channel is not permitted. Active members of our community are welcomed to discuss other games in our OOC channel.
Do not, under any circumstances, edit or tamper with another player’s user or character profiles without permission. Reports of wiki vandalism will be taken very seriously, and can be easily verified.
Do not add setting information of any sort without prior operator approval, even if it’s your own.
Do not upload any inappropriate pictures to the wiki. If you can’t view it safely at work, chances are it doesn’t belong on the wiki. Excessively sexual, violent or gory pictures will be removed.
Do not use the wiki as your personal photo host. Unlinked pictures will be deleted, and users found abusing upload priviledges will be removed.
Try not to abandon unfinished character profiles on the wiki. If you are a regular player of BDI, deceased or retired character profiles will remain on the wiki. Players who create a wiki page for their character but never play the character, or return to BDI will likely see their half finished pages removed in an effort to keep the wiki gardened.
The forums are sometimes visited by people from their places of work. Please keep content appropriate.
This includes avatars, signatures and any attachments made to the forums.
Roleplay on the forums is considered to be a part of the same world as the channel. Events that occur on the forums can be time synced to events that happen in the IC channel when necessary.
Please use common sense.
All rules are subject to change without notice.