RP Code of Conduct
- Any character intended to be a PC must have a sheet in chargen before participating in RP in the RP Rooms.
- NPCs can be used in the bar, but they receive no protection. They do not get the protection of PCs(ability to back down from conflict, protection from dying/burning edge in conflict), and can die as normal. NPCs must have a Moderator approved truncated stat-block, or a Rule of X dice for the purposes of mechanical conflict. NPCs must be approved for use by a Moderator, and the stat-block or Rule of X being used shall be accessible to other players in the scene. Further, NPCs shall be limited to the following:
- NPCs related to an existing PC, such as Contacts or Backstory Individuals.
- NPCs being used by a GM in a run.
- NPCs being used by a moderator.
- NPCs used as a flavour element.
- Should a Player repeatedly cause major disruptions(repeatedly causing fights or stealing scenes, ignoring other players concerns OOC, etc) in the RP Rooms, the Senate can vote to ban them from said rooms following their existing disciplinary guidelines.
- Ie. Senate Action would start with a Warning, followed by bans of varying length from use of the RP Rooms.
- Any player can request a stop in the RP to discuss issues OOC.
- Any player can request not to be involved in a certain line of RP.
- Any player can request a rewind of a scene.
- These powers should be used to stop situations from escalating out of hand, to rectify actions that players made that had unintended consequences, or to provide an out where a player would be uncomfortable. These powers are here for a reason, please do not abuse them.
The Purpose of the RP Rooms
- The purpose of the RP Rooms is to connect with other players, flesh out your characters, and to enjoy.
- When entering the room, you should give a description of what is obvious to other players about your characters. Stuff that their characters would IC notice.
- You are playing your character, not yourself. Play your character as they would act, using the information they have IC.
- Scenes should be courteous to all involved, and move at the speed of the slowest player. Stops can be requested for this reason.
Escalation of Threat
- Fights should occur in the generic channels, or temporary channels, unless it involves everyone present in the room.
- When tension or violence occurs, players must have been involved in the scene during the buildup, and explicitly declare intent OOC to participate.
- Threat escalates logically. Nobody except an established and fleshed out Psychopath goes from arguing to murder. Please respect the order of escalation.
- Levels of Threat
- Minor: Talking, arguing, social manipulation, prodding, shoving, etc.
- Serious: Punching, Hacking, Improvised Weapons, Melee, Combat Readiness Magic(Buffs, etc, in context of threat escalation).
- Lethal: Drawing Guns, Bladed Weapons, Combat w/Intent to Kill, Offensive Magic(combat magic, mental manipulation magic, etc, when used against another player offensively).
- Players are allowed to back down at any level of threat by declaring that OOC, then IC. It is everyone’s responsibility to figure out how the de-escalation occurs IC.
- IC and OOC are separate. Fights and bad feels may occur IC, but should not translate OOC. If players request a scene to stop for personal reasons, respect that.
- *Italics* for actions(or /me)
- “Quotes” for Speech, <Angle Brackets> for Matrix Speech, [(Lang) Brackets] for other languages.
- In IC-Generic rooms, mark the start and end of scenes with a line of dashes(like ---------------). Scenes end after the players agree on one, or after 20 minutes of inactivity since the last posted message.
- Conversation is assumed to be at normal levels, public matrix messages are played over AR, speakers, and trideo projectors.
- DNI communications and whispers are private unless your character has a way to listen in or hack into said communications.
- Don’t excessively overuse DNI, especially if there is a large group present. Private scenes can be taken to private chats, or the generic rooms.
- Anyone of Standard GM Rank or higher can volunteer to be an On-Call GM.
- On-Call GMs can be called upon by people in the RunnerBar to adjudicate scenes.
- When requested, an On-Call GM can respond to the request, taking the players either to their table to continue the scene, or to the ic-generic rooms.
- When using an On-Call GM, players can choose to de-escalate a scene, or to allow for consequences as normal. If they choose so, edge may be burnt and characters can die. Players can also choose to mechanically conflict, without the risk of burning edge or dying, instead being patched up by a street doc off-site. NPCs can be used for this purpose.
- On-Call GMs shall be used to moderate mechanical conflict only, OOC conflict shall be handled by the Moderators.
- Moderators shall be appointed by a Majority Vote of Senate, and serve under them.
- Moderators shall be empowered by Government to do the following:
- Call for a stop in a scene to;
- Enforce any rules that have been broken.
- Enforce requests by players, specifically, stopping scenes where players have expressed discomfort and requested a stop.
- Calling for a stop to help players figure out how de-escalation of threat will occur.
- Call for a stop in a scene to;
- Players can contest decisions by moderators to Senate by providing logs, as well as reporting Abuse of Power in the same way.
- Mods can handle issues of players acting in ways that their character couldn’t(eg. The character mechanically can’t perform listed actions).
- Mods can choose to end scenes when requested by players(Including themselves, if a scene makes a moderator uncomfortable, such as sexual scenes and etc, they can request an end as well), in the manner they choose. This can be simply requesting it end, or using an NPC like Mustang or Sysop to do so.
- Mods are responsible for approving the use of NPCs in the bar. NPCs should have a reasonable stat-block(Or use Rule of X dice), a short blurb about who they are, and be reasonable. Mods can use their discretion here, but individuals may appeal their decision to Senate.
- Mods can field complaints by players. Mods should discuss issues with any problematic players before escalating to Senate if necessary.
Government and the RP Rooms
- Government shall limit their actions regarding the RP Rooms to the following:
- Enforcing the rules listed above.
- Stopping extreme scenes where the content could cause widespread discomfort and a breakdown of trust, in accordance with our mission statement.