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- Play Style Guidelines
Last Revised: February 2020
No excessive sexual or violent content is permitted in #BlkDragon*Inn or its Wiki. 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 server, 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 [email protected] 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 mod, 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 mod 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 mod 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 permissible upon mod approval, 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 moderators 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 mods 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 mod 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 moderators have made it illegal within the confines of the RP (roleplay) server 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 moderators 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 grandfathered in and is permissible.
The Civic Guard and Magistrates
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 approved guard characters are permitted to play or NPC members of the Civic Guard.
The Magistrates of the Chancellery are the judges of Drache, empowered to hold trials in its courts of law.
Applications for a guard or magistrate character are done the same way as regular character sheet submissions on Discord.
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 mod 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.
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. Users who lie about their age will be permanently banned.
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. Mods will step in and direct a conversation elsewhere if necessary.
Community Rule: Don’t Be a Jerk
Players who are a nuisance IC and OOC, who stir up drama, who rumor monger and spread conspiracies, who are argumentative, offensive, or excessively snarky despite mods and others asking them to stop, and who in general are difficult to interact with or moderate will be given two warnings to improve behavior. A ban will result if problematic behavior continues after the second warning. In some cases, moderators may use their discretion to ban someone as the first or second step if the behavior is egregiously bad and discomforts many server members. Community is an important aspect of a public group RP like BDI, and the inability of some to positively contribute to the IC and OOC environment detracts from the overall experience of the server. While we’re all adults and should aim to resolve most conflicts on our own, some behaviors are untenable.
Players with concerns or complaints can bring them to the mod team in #bdi-mods. Please alert a mod with screenshots if someone is being a nuisance to you in dms due to your shared presence in BDI.
New players will have one month from when they join to make a character and have it approved, or they’ll be kicked from the server. Players with characters who are inactive IC for three months will be pinged for an activity check. Members who fail to respond to an activity check will be kicked. If a player who responds to an activity check subsequently fails to RP before the next one, they will be kicked. Please post in our activity check channel to let us know if you expect to be gone for an extended period. Players in good standing with BDI can always rejoin later when they have more time to RP.
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.
Do not advertise your Discord server in any of our channels. If you are interested in a Discord server partnership, please contact the Discord admins, denoted with a pink name on Discord.
No Copyrighted Material
Absolutely no copyrighted material is permitted unless owned wholly by the player in question. This includes specific names, 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 moderators are made aware of will be asked to be changed.
If you are unsure if your character or an aspect of your character, or story line borders on blatant copying, please speak with an moderator 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
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 Discord server 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 server. 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. Due to the difficulty in playing certain character archetypes and races in BDI, new players must refrain from making undead, ancient dragons, full-blooded demons, and other character types deemed high powered. After consistent activity for two months, new players may make a demonic, undead, or high powered character for mod approval.
New players that have been consistently active for a month are welcome to start creating more developed characters that have ties to the local or distant setting, such as magistrates, guards, and nobles at the baron/floxod level. If you want to do something IC and you’re not sure if you are allowed, just reach out to the mod team.
In order to maintain the setting’s integrity and provide a pleasant roleplaying environment for our patrons, BDI has a Character Sheet all players must submit and have approved for all characters. Players are allowed a maximum of 7 characters. Veteran players may make a Civic Guard and/or Magistrate character without it counting towards the maximum. Upload all character sheets to BDI’s Discord server in the #character-submissions channel as a Google Doc.
The moderators reserve the right to reject any character who we believe to be incompatible with our setting or hostile to the roleplay environment. If the moderators have a problem with a character after approval, that character’s player may be asked to make modifications or to no longer play that character in our server. Depending on the severity of the infraction and the player’s cooperation with the moderator, further consequences, including kicks and/or bans, may result.
While appropriateness is always a judgement call by the moderators, 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 moderators as a whole by emailing an explanation to the Moderators.
Leaving the Server
It’ll be assumed that players who leave the server do not wish to roleplay in BDI anymore. Therefore, their approved character sheets will be removed from the wiki and #approved-sheets. Players who do return and are in good standing can have their wiki pages restored after a 3 day waiting period.
By posting murphy is a good bird (all lowercase, case sensitive) into #enter-the-password, you agree to following all the policies listed here and in our #policies channel. Repeated failure to follow IC and OOC policies may result in a ban.
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, be in third person, and have a basic grasp of English grammar and spelling. 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.
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 posts 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
No Out Of Character (OOC) conversation is permitted in our IC channels and can be redirected to the OOC rooms #ooc for social topics, and #rp-discussion for subjects pertaining to the current RP.
All NSFW content may only be posted in our #nsfw-ooc channel. Outright pornographic or other extreme content is not permitted. Racy or pinup style art is permitted within reason. No other NSFW content is permitted outside of the #nsfw-ooc channel.
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.
No obnoxious text formatting such at the use of bright or dark colors, or hard to read fonts. Keep it simple.
Discord custom statuses must adhere to the policies outlined above regarding content. Failure to comply, or repeat offenses will result in immediate action up to and including removal from the server or a ban.
Nicknames on the BDI server must be pingable. Our bot, Murphy (YAGPDB) will automatically change names with special characters into a nickname that can be pinged by staff.
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 moderator 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 privileges will be removed.
If you are a regular player of BDI, deceased or retired character profiles will remain on the wiki.
Please use common sense.
All rules are subject to change without notice.