Discussion Point - I've had a go at redoing the rules to make them simpler. Please give me your opinions. The section about Borrowing still has considerable detail but Worshipping and where to post what have been pruned down -
The rules are dealt with under the headings of Borrowing, Worshipping and Posting In Appropriate Threads. The Borrowing section is the lengthiest because it has to cover what people should do if they want to Borrow a character and what the owners of the characters should do if they receive such requests.
1: Do not Borrow other players' characters without permission. Borrowing covers the following -
- Role playing them in the game by making them do something, say something or accompany your own characters anywhere.
- Including them in a game related mini fic.
Other peoples' characters covers the following -
- Players' game alter egos
- Adopted characters
- Original characters
The Character Owners Guide lists (a) who owns which character (b) whether the owner is willing to let another player Borrow a character with permission and (c) any players who have been given permanent permission to Borrow a character. for role playing, mini fics or both.
2: How to Borrow or lend a character.
a: If you want to Borrow a character for role playing, a mini fic, or both contact the owner by way of visitor message or private message.
b: If you agree to lend a character post an announcement in OOC chat. Give the name of the player who is Borrowing the character and state whether the loan is for the purpose of a mini fic, role playing or both. If you aren't happy with the result of the other player's Borrowing, sort it out between yourselves by private message. If you decide that you not longer wish this player to use your character post an announcement in this thread stating the names of the player and character concerned.
c: If you give another player permanent permission to Borrow a character post an announcement in OOC chat. State.whether the permanent permission is for role paying only, mini fics only or both role playing and mini fics. The Character Owner Guide can then be updated accordingly.
d: If you've been given permission to Borrow other peoples' characters please keep them in character whether you're role playing them or including them in a mini fic. This doesn't mean you can never introduce them to anything new or put them into unfamiliar situations but ask yourself how these particular characters would react according to their personalities before doing so. The Game Characters Guide gives basic details for each developed character in the game world such as personality traits, occupations, hobbies, relationships and any important facts concerning their pasts etc. We hope this will be a useful resource for players who have permission to Borrow someone else's character.
3: Essential Characters. These are characters who perform an important function in the game world. They have owners but are role played by ciannwn, Draygon and Draco-Stellaris so they can be available for other characters to interact with if the owner isn't participating the game. These essential characters are special cases in some respects and here are two examples -
Zaddik is a herbalist who makes remedies such as hangover cures and natural beauty products such as shampoos and hair conditioners. He lives and works in the Hippie Commune so anyone can announce they're going to visit him to get whatever is needed. A player can also say he advised their game alter ego to try something new. This won't be counted as Borrowing because acting as a consultant is part of Zaddik's role in the community.
Gabriel runs the Atlantis Personnel Takeaway. Saying that one of your characters has placed an order or is going to feed on a completed order won't be counted as Borrowing because producing clones for Wraith food is his role in the community.
Do not role play your characters Worshipping other peoples' characters without permission. Worshipping, in the context of the Character Owners Guide, covers the following -
- Anything beyond that.
For further explanation of the term see - What does the word 'Worshipping' mean in the Character Owners Guide?' in Introduction Part One.
If players find that their characters have developed relationships over the course of the game, the Character Owners Guide can be updated where these characters are concerned. Other players will then have essential information such as Miss X is happy to be hugged and kissed by her boyfriend but doesn't want every male in the game world hugging and kissing her whenever they feel like it.
Posting in appropriate threads.
1: The role playing threads are for role playing content only with one exception.
If something in a role playing post requires an explanation, an explanation can be presented in the following format at the end of the post as long as it is short and precise. An explanation which requires more than this should be posted in OOC chat. Here is an example.
(OOC: in reality, the event will post on tuesday, but the exact time won't likely be 7pm EST, US. But sometime in the late afternoon or evening).
2: If you know you're going to be absent from the role playing for a long period of time. Post an announcement in OOC chat eg- I have to go for a couple of hours now or it's late so I'm off to bed.
3: Game related issues which require players being out of character These posts go into OOC chat. Game related issues include (1) questions about anything to do with the game (2) discussions about whether or not to add a new role playing thread etc. (3) new/updated character guides and new/updated information about borrowing and sharing.
4: Game related mini fics, artwork and signatures These posts go into OOC chat along with any comments other players wish to make about them.
5: Fanfic, signatures and artwork not related to the game These posts should to into whichever GateWorld forum threads are the most appropriate.
6: General thunking over SGA characters, everyday chat and discussions about characters and stories in Stargate Atlantis These posts should go into whichever GateWorld forum threads are the most appropriate. The Wraith Defenders Club in the Stargate Atlantis forum is a popular thread for discussing Wraith as they were presented in the show.
7: Game Guides Thread. Nothing must be posted in the Game Guides thread by anyone other than the game organisers (ciannwn, Draygon, Starry Waters, Todd's Pet and Draco-Stellaris.