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Harper Region RPG > Rules & Information > General Rules

Posted by: Rosalieart Sep 10 2011, 07:42 PM
Harper's Rules


1. Respect all members and staff.
    No flaming, racism or religious slurs (OOC, we understand that some characters may be racist or religion-ist or nationalist and that may be portrayed IC), keep cursing to a reasonable level OOC, etc. Just use your common sense. Please do not harass staff members for thread updates.
2. No advertising outside of the ad forum.
    PM advertising is also not allowed in any way, shape, or form. If in doubt, ask a staff member.
3. Mind the forum rating!
    While we're no longer a pg-13 restricted site, we still want you to shy away from the extremes. This includes things such as pornography, excessively erotic scenes (blackouts are your friend), excessively violent scenes (so don't go reenacting Saw, haha), etc. Keep your language reasonable OOC -- no F-this and F-that or swearing every other word -- but casual swears in conversation, IC, and just generally around the forum except for the cbox are fine. If you want to run a more mature rated thread, talk to Rosalie so she can set you up with a place to do so!
4. Please use the edit button rather than double-posting where applicable.

5. Do not plagiarize.
    Not only does it make you look like an unoriginal fool in the first place, but it is also extremely rude and will not be tolerated here in any way, shape, or form. If we find out you have plagiarized, we will ban you without a second chance. This is your only warning. If you feel you have been plagiarized or stolen from, please let Rosalie or another admin know and we will do everything we can to help you.

    Please also be aware that rips of our site are also not tolerated and action will be taken when found. If you want to use some of our mechanics elsewhere or draw inspiration from them, let Rosalie know and she will work it out with you so long as an in-thread credit links back here and you ask us first!
6. Harper Region is an Intermediate level site!
    Use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation everywhere to the best of your ability, please. Capitalization is something we can understand not using OOC/in the cbox, but please make an effort to use correct grammar, caps, etc when in character. If English isn't your first language, don't worry! Just let us know ahead of time!

    In addition, please do not roleplay on the board using the sprite in place of text. For example, a post like this is not aceptable on this board: used water gun to attack the!
7. Registering
    You may register with any site-appropriate username. We have sub-accounts, so it's up to you whether you want to play with one account per person or individual accounts per character.
8. Signatures
    Signatures of all accounts must link to the profile/travels of all characters you play for easy reference. Images in signatures should be no wider than approximately 5-600 pixels. If it stretches the board, it'll be removed, basically. We're not counting pixels, but that range is a good one to aim for.

Posted by: Rosalie Jul 3 2017, 08:30 PM
Roleplay Rules
1. Please write at least two reasonably-sized paragraphs per post.
    This gives the mod more to work with, and can create a better story because of that. We're not slapping you with a word count to meet, because not every response will require x amount of words. Paragraphs are more fluid and easier to keep track of.

    "Reasonably-sized" means that one-word or one-or-two-sentence paragraphs aren't really going to fly on a regular basis. A paragraph is considered to be 5-8 sentences.
2. Mind the IC-OOC line.
    Remember to separate OOC and IC interactions. This includes metagaming -- you do not know what another person is thinking or about to do unless it is made obvious, so the same with your characters! Remember that you are not your character and they are not you -- just because an NPC insults your character doesn't mean they're insulting you. This is especially important to keep in mind during our more competitive events when emotions may be running high.
3. No godmoding/powerplaying.
    We use a moderated play style here, when your mod/updater is similar to dungeonmaster in a tabletop game, so In Harper, godmoding/powerplay also includes dictating your environment and non-player characters' actions. The mod will set up and write options and interesting things for you to play with! This allows us to maintain the challenge, pokemon rarity, and overall balance on the site. You are allowed to move around the area and look for pokémon or intend to find paths, but not to create paths or spawn pokémon! If you have a question about any of this, our staff will be more than happy to help clarify.
4. Post in the Update Request thread when you need to be updated.
    If you have more than one character, make sure that it is clear which is which, as well as which you are asking for the update for. A second post should be made for another character in need of an update unless both are updated at the exact same time. Updates will be taken, as often as possible, in chronological order.
5. We play in 3rd person limited, past tense.
    It is easier for a mod to write with you in Travels if you write in this POV, so the player should stay in 3rd limited, with exceptions for mental flashbacks, development/training if desired, freeforms if desired, etc. If you would like to ask about being allowed to play in another POV in your Travels threads, contact Rosalie.

Posted by: Rosalie Jul 3 2017, 08:48 PM
Character & Character Creation Rules

1. Members may only play humans.*
    We do not allow pokemorphs, shifters, or pokemon to be apped and played as your character on this site.

    *You may control your pokemon out of battle in addition to your own character.
2. Setting-Appropriate Characters are a Must.
    All characters must be setting appropriate. Staff may refuse your application based on this with or without further explanation. Harper has a realistic, medieval setting, so things that would only be found in 21st century England/America/wherever are not allowed. Reasonable clothing and culturally/historically sensible approaches are required.
3. The obligatory "Sue/Stu" rule -- avoid them!
    This goes hand in hand with the previous rule. If your character is found to be unbelievable, overly contradictory, or too extreme in any regard (too perfect, too beautiful, too tragic, too 'suffering,' et cetera), staff reserve the right to deny your application. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a Mary Sue/Gary Stu, TV Tropes has a great page on them and their variants!
4. Deformities/Mental Illnesses/Scars must be handled with respect for the condition and setting.
    Deformities must be real, and preferably you should link us to a reference source on it if it is uncommon/rare. We encourage use of relatively common deformities/mutations over rarer/more uncommon ones.

    For example, heterochromia or a cleft lip or even an occasional case of albinism would be fine, but something like being born without eyes, growing pointy elf/cat ears, or having horns growing out of your head would not. Staff reserve the right to refuse any deformity based on whether or not it affects the character, how rare it is, and how many (if any) other characters currently on the site have it -- remember that in a medieval setting, children born with such things are not treated well if they are allowed to live.

    Mental Illnesses are acceptable so long as they are true to form. This means that if you give your character a mental illness, it can't magically go away for convenience, and an effort should be made to portray it respectfully and realistically.

    All major/notable scars and brands must be explained in the history. Small occupational scars do not need further explanation.
5. Character Cap and Second Character Creation
    Due to the amount of work it takes for staff to keep up with all of the characters, each member is normally limited to two characters. The second character may only be made once the player has made 20 of IC travels posts with their first; up to 10 of the 20 required posts can be substituted with posts a player makes during our annual Grand Festival event.
      5a. Third Characters
        Third Characters can be created once a player has a Third Character Coupon -- these are most frequently given out as prizes from events such as the winter holidays or the Grand Festival/Harperian New Year. You must meet the requirements for making a second character before you can use the coupon to make another, but you are not required to have 20 posts on a second character before creating a third.

Posted by: Rosalie Jul 3 2017, 08:59 PM
C-box Rules

1. All site rules apply.

2. Do not harass other members/staff/guests or otherwise instigate conflicts.
    If you have a problem with another member, contact a staff member or the person in question privately to talk it over.

    Please do not beg for updates or other mod actions in the cbox unless the mod has said that they don't mind being asked in that venue. Staff reserve the right to refuse to update you that day if they feel they are being harassed to update someone. We do this for the same reason you do: to have fun! Being harried for posts isn't fun for us in the least, and makes what should be and usually is an enjoyable task into a tiresome chore. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes here that members might not see or know about until much later, so have patience when we are involved not only with life and updates, but with preparing new events or maintaining the site!
3. No Advertising
    This includes indirect advertising. For example, stopping by simply to talk about your/another site more than anything else, always opening conversations or entering them with reference to another site, et cetera is considered indirect advertising. Basically, if staff thinks it has become a problem that someone is constantly going on about site x, you will be warned.

    You are allowed to post outside links to other sites, and you are allowed to talk about other RP sites if they come up (differing from constant bringing up) as long as you are not trashing/talking down on them.

    "Drive by" advertising; i.e. any ad posted by a guest who is not a member of this forum will result in an immediate IP ban from the cbox and deletion of the ad. We have an ad forum open for public use.
4. Our C-box is rated PG-13!
    We ask you to please refrain from explicit language. The c-box IS public to everyone, and should be at least mostly family-friendly. There are some filters in place to catch slip ups, don't worry!
5. Please Register your name.
    Since we have a premium cbox, please register your name on it once you've joined. You can do so by clicking 'profile' and then setting a password, no email required.

[Rules are subject to change at administrator discretion, and issues not covered here will be dealt with if they arise.]
updated 07/03/17

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