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- Play Style Guidelines
Last Revised: September 2019
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.
BDI Isn’t Tindr
We all know that romance is a key part to a lot of stories, especially in RP. It’s been a staple of the BDI RP community for decades. But the single minded, high school-esque preoccupation with sex, who’s banging whom, and the contents of characters’ pants are not the goal of our game. This style of play often times dominates the in channel, and when it does, it’s extremely off putting to other players. BDI might be 18+ but that doesn’t mean that our players want to read juvenile attempts at hooking up. If that’s all you’re interested in, there are definitely other games that fit the bill. Ours is not one of them.
In that token, it should be noted that prostitutes and courtesans are definitely accepted parts of the setting, provided that they pay their taxes. Solicitation is not allowed within the Inn itself, and Dulcina will unleash the Frying Pan of Justice if necessary.
If the mods notice game content slipping back into the high school drama, we’ll say something and adjust the play accordingly. Players that are frequently guilty will be warned, and then removed if the issue persists.
In #BlkDragon*Inn, we define these three behaviors as follows:
Auto hitting: The act of landing a hit on another player, usually without consent. All actions against another character should be treated as attempts, unless otherwise approved of by the other player. Players who have played with one another for a long time commonly will auto hit each other, but again, this is always with consent.
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. Auto hitting, 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 mod’s attention or log the incident and submit it to the mods at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
First and foremost, unless you’re a designated GM, all actions must be treated as attempts, unless previously consented upon OOCly.
If you’re just approaching a scene and were not there at the beginning of the combat, you must spend a turn assessing and reacting to the situation. No one’s going to know how to react to a situation until they’ve seen it up front. No one will know immediately what side to pick, whether or not to help downed characters, or join into the combat.
Now that you’ve assessed the situation, you can fight. Posts should consist of one reaction to the combat, and one action to further the combat. You dodge a hit, you strike back. You take a punch to the gut, you’re doubled over, but maybe you throw some sand in their eyes.
In large groups of players all participating in a combat, it’s polite to only post once a turn. The easiest way to fall in line is to wait remember whose post you’re following and try to keep to that order. Sometimes, a GM will institute a posting order for combat for their own benefit.
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.
Magic is a hot topic in BDI. While its usage is exceedingly common in Arangoth and used to fire proof buildings, light the streets, purify the river, and a myriad of other uses, there are some guidelines that we would prefer players adhere to. Restrictions on certain types of magic, like chronomancy or weather magic is common sense when considering how powerful a character has to be to pull off either of those stunts. Other prolific usages such as cure-all/solve-all styles of magical usage are detrimental to the story and provide easy outs for consequences or problems that we feel just do not adhere to the spirit of the game’s storytelling core.
For a more extensive outline on what types of magic or its usage are acceptable, please review our Magic Guide.
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
Minimum Age of Players
Due to our use of the BDI Discord server and Discord’s terms of service being very strict about what content underage users can see, all players must be 18+. We understand that this sucks, but we must cover our bases with the use of Discord. Users on Discord will be verified as 18. Users on IRC will be trusted to be 18. Any user determined to be younger than 18 will be removed. Upon their 18th birthday, they may return to BDI.
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.
First and foremost, BDI is a game, and the moderators are volunteers who would also like to be able to treat it as a game and not a babysitting job. We expect our players to conduct themselves as adults, and to behave themselves when engaging with other players. OOC complaining about IC events, spinning wild conspiracy theories about the players involved or the ops, and other forms of needless OOC drama will not be tolerated.
Players with concerns or complaints can bring them to the op team in #BDI*Ops on IRC or #bdi-mods on Discord.
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 IRC channels or Discord server to your own channel or server is not permitted. Active members of our community are welcomed to discuss other games in our OOC channels. If you are interested in a Discord server partnership, please contact the Discord admins, denoted with a red name on Discord.
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.
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 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 guide for suggestions on native races and professions in the BDI setting.
This falls in line with the principle of “make the character fit the setting”, but extraplanar characters that visit Siveth must be from an equivalent time period and technology level as our setting. Characters from outside of the medieval time period or in possession of technology more advanced than that period will no longer be allowed.
Characters created after September 2019 will not be grandfathered into the game.
Minimum Age of PCs
Due to our presence on Discord, and their strict terms of service regarding underage content, all player characters must be a minimum of 18 human years old. Characters of other, non-human descent must be the equivalent of 18 human years old. IE: An elf that is 80 years old might be considered the equivalent of 18 years old in the measure of a human lifespan. Character art -must- be age appropriate as well. We will not tolerate any “loli” content on our Discord or wiki.
Constructs and special exceptions are made for characters that have unique lifespans, such as a golem that acts maturely but is only two years old, etc.
As a story-driven game, we’d like to see characters actually have to work at improving their skills. Magic or other skills shouldn’t be instantly attained after a night’s hard work. Whether it’s healing magically or mundanely, martial skills, or magical aptitudes, these are all things that people have to work for over the course of play. Accumulation of wealth and influence should also be played out, preferably with other player characters, but understandable if it’s something someone has to solo post to establish.
While characters are certainly welcomed to start out with wealth or extensive knowledge in their chosen fields, any further additions to their skill sets should be played out.
In addition, major character development or plot advancement for characters RPed in BDI that happens outside of the game’s IRC/Discord channels and forum is not considered canon. If a character originates from a setting outside BDI, their progression begins the moment they’re ported in. For anything substantial to be considered canon thereafter, it must happen in our game’s channels or forum. Moderators may ask players to retcon anything substantial their BDI characters achieve in side channels, other RP settings, or in PMs.
New Players vs Veteran Players
As it hasn’t been made very clear, the moderator team would prefer that new players start out with reasonably power level scaled characters. While this doesn’t mean you have to begin with a peasant or equivalently low powered character, it does mean that we expect new players to not go balls out crazy with what their characters can do. This is really intended as a play style check by the moderator team. Ultimately, we just want to see how you’d play before we give you more authority or influence over the setting.
Players that have been around for a month or two are welcomed to start creating more developed characters that have ties to the local or distant setting. Players are welcomed to create nobles at the baron/floxod level after playing for a while in our game. Members of the actual government are still approval required, and other restrictions as previously outlined. If you want to do something IC and you’re not sure if you are allowed, just reach out to the mod team.
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.
Play Style Guidelines
This Is A Writing Game
As a game that utilizes guidelines over hard systems like diced combat and sheets, we want to focus on the storytelling aspect of our characters’ journeys. We encourage players to flex their brains a little when crafting their posts. Posts should be at least three complete sentences and have a basic grasp of English grammar and spelling. Players should utilize quotation marks to denote speech, for example, especially since the addition of the Discord-IRC bridge, which does not pass on IRC colors. A complete sentence contains a subject and a verb, and it makes sense on its own. Dialogue tags such as “he says” or “he asks” are connected to a quote, since it “tags” who is speaking.
Example of three complete sentences: A knight enters the tavern in full plate armor. He heads to the bar and sits down. “Hello!” he says to a woman next to him.
We understand that typos happen and auto-correct is a smart ass for our mobile users. Players whose first language isn’t English should just try their best. We also get that sometimes three complete sentences aren’t warranted to convey a post, but this should not be the default.
Please be respectful of different styles of RP in our game. Some people enjoy posting long, descriptive posts, and some people prefer posting faster, shorter posts with the minimum of three complete sentences. 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 a channel is active with four or more players, we would like to ask players to keep their posts on the smaller side. You are certainly welcomed to break up your longer post over a period of time, but hitting a channel with more than multiple paragraphs 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.
Out of Character
All Out Of Character (OOC) conversation will be kept to an absolute minimum in our IC channels and can be redirected to the OOC room #BDI*OOC (IRC)/#ooc (Discord). We encourage you to join the OOC channel for discussions on characters, current IC shenanigans, nutty conversation, and help.
All NSFW content must be clearly labeled as such. Outright pornographic or other extreme content is not permitted. Racy or pinup style art is permitted within reason. The OOC channel for IRC is linked to the #nsfw-ooc channel on Discord for this reason.
We are all adults here, so please don’t make us regret having a NSFW channel. Just keep it classy.
Discord’s terms of service are very strict regarding minors. As a result, our Discord is an adult, 18+ environment, even if we do not wish to descend into outright smut. Keep content appropriate. No loli content (images, characters, etc) whatsoever will be tolerated.
The following channels on Discord are linked to corresponding channels on IRC:
- #blkdragon-inn <-> #BlkDragon*Inn
- #bdi-outside <-> #BDI*Outside
- #arena <-> #BDI*Arena
- #quests <-> #BDI*Quests
- #nsfw-ooc <-> #BDI*OOC
- #guardhouse <-> #BDI*Guardhouse
- #bdi-mods <-> #BDI*Ops
- #the-campfire <-> #The*Campfire (this is a staff-only channel, but it appears in #irc-status)
- #irc-status <-> the joins, parts and quits from the above linked channels are posted here
All other channels on Discord are not linked to IRC, and there are no intentions of doing so, as we do not want to overtax our bridge bot.
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:
- Black (#1)
- 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.
#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.