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Roleplay Rules

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Role Playing
Players are expected to create unique characters with unique traits. These characters when they enter the city have no knowledge of worldly events or the other individuals that reside within the city.
All of your actions should have meaning. No random acts or events that fall outside of your character's story.
Your character's interactions should primarily facilitate other peoples roleplay. Meaning it is the expectation to use words and player to player interaction primarily over other forceful means such as weapons.
Respectful Environment
The following are strictly prohibited and will result in steep punishment.
Aggressive or disrespectful behaviors and actions.
Targeting, bullying, or toxic behavior.
Comments that do not promote a positive inclusive environment involving racism, sexism, homophobia, politics, suicide or self harm.
Minimum Punishment: Admin discretion.

Meta Gaming
Meta gaming is defined as the use of information obtained outside of the game for use inside of the game, granting an unfair advantage.
Use of external communications like Discord / TeamSpeak must also be relayed in character for use in RP.
No discussions outside of the city should affect your in-city actions.
Viewing of “screenshots” or “recordings” (other players) should not result in character action if not obtained in roleplay.
Viewing of other players live streams while actively engaged in roleplay scenarios is prohibited.
Creating a character that is a relative to one of your other characters upon login (brother, sister, grandma, uncle, etc) is prohibited.
Minimum Punishment: 3 day ban.

Out of Character
Players are never permitted to go Out of Character while in-game.
NEVER BREAK CHARACTER DURING ACTIVE SCENARIO.
Use of voice chat in game is strictly in character.
The use of /ooc chat should be an absolute minimum. General discussion is not permitted in OOC.
Notifications of game-breaking mechanics or actions affecting roleplay are proper uses of OOC chat. (character is invisible / car is bugged or glitched)
Minimum Punishment: 3 day ban.


Power Gaming
Power gaming is defined as forcing players down a single path with no other options within roleplay. Examples of this may be defined as…
Robbing players at a bank and forcing them to turn over all of their money.
Killing players who have complied with your demands.
Forcing players to perma-death.
Dropping unconscious players off in a location not accessible to emergency services.
Minimum Punishment: 3 day ban.

Roleplaying Death / Perma Death
Players may not "respawn" off of an active roleplay scene. The only time respawn may be utilized is when there is no active roleplay with no police or EMS able to respond to your scene.
Players will never be forced to roleplay the death of their character by another character. This would be powergaming.
Players who opt to perma death their character will be admitted to the hospital permanently. It is the expectation that the player then delete this character immediately and create an entirely new persona. Failure to delete your character or creating a character with the same persona as the previous one will be admined for failure to roleplay.
Minimum Punishment: Admin discretion.

Combat Log / Purposeful Disconnect
When in an active scene, disconnecting to avoid punishment is against the rules. Accidental crashes should be communicated via Discord/Teamspeak if unable to log back in. This includes:
F8 quit
Alt-F4
Pulling the plug on your router or computer
Throwing your computer out of the window
Deleting System 32
Minimum Punishment: 1 day ban.

Rejoining/Re-Injecting Roleplay Scenes
Once you have cleared the scene you may no longer re-inject yourself into that RP scenario. Clearing the scene is defined as traveling more than 1 block away from the immediate area and breaking line of sight from those involved without being followed or pursued. This includes:
Driving away or leaving the area of a scene.
Disconnecting and coming back with a different character
Constantly driving back and forth in front of a roleplay scene after abandoning the scene.
Minimum Punishment: Admin Discretion

Exploiting
The following are strictly prohibited and will result in steep punishment.
Utilizing emotes for unintended game mechanics.
Use of any mechanics or systems to duplicate items.
Modifying game files to have unintended mechanics occur within the city.
Cheating to obtain items or money through “out-of-city means.”
Disconnecting in order to be revived again
Minimum Punishment: 1 month and character nuke (asset removal).

Deathmatching (RDM/VDM)
Shooting, injuring or killing another player without proper means of roleplay.
Utilization of guns (or other lethal mechanics such as vehicles) versus words with no proper initiation. Example : You suck! ***pew pew pew*** There should be some conversation as buildup prior to lethal interactions.
No recognizable reason to reference for your players actions.
Minimum Punishment: 1 week ban.

Breaking Realism / Serious Roleplay
The following are strictly prohibited and will result in steep punishment.

Vehicle Scenarios
Use of jumps / ramps.
Taking sedans or small vehicles up inclines. Only the use of SUVs/Trucks/Offroad equipped vehicles should operate in hills or mountainous terrain.
City vehicle speeds should not max-out. Vehicle speeds should remain under 80 within city limits.
Ramming your vehicle into other players or vehicles with no intent of roleplay.
Use of helicopters or planes at low altitudes in the city.
Player Scenarios
Animals operating vehicles, utilizing weapons, or interacting with other characters in a sense that would not happen in real life.
Alien or other worldly creatures.
Failing to value your own life. You are expected to comply when facing force or violence. Also, if you are complying and in result get downed, that is against the rules.
Minimum Punishment: 1 day ban.

Miscellaneous Rules
Characters must have realistic names. No blatant sexual puns or unrealistic names, no political names.
No intentional cop-baiting or forcing cop interactions.
No stealing emergency service vehicles.
No robbing or kidnapping of Law Enforcement or EMS. These individuals may be held up but not robbed.
No torture or suicide roleplay.
No forced sexual or rape scenarios.
Don’t just go around robbing players. This is unfun and makes you a punk. Don't be a fun sponge. Camping at locations with the intent to rob anyone who shows up will not be allowed.
Player reports should occur out of game. This is outlined below.
Minimum Punishment: Admin Discretion.

Reporting Players
Player reports should primarily occur OUT OF GAME. This is to ensure that situations are able to be looked over and analyzed effectively by our Leadership team. The following reports should occur in game through use of /report…
Blatant RDM / VDM
Blatant OOC that is disrupting players' experience
Hacking
Reports of scuffed or broken player mechanics
THESE REPORTS SHOULD NOT OCCUR IN OOC CHAT.

Other infractions such as (but not limited to) “breaking realism” or “metagaming” should be reported on our EdgeGamers forums by means of Ban Request - regardless of rank of those being reported. These reports should include screenshots or video to provide full context to our Leadership team for review. Reports not including photo or video will be disregarded. These infractions should not cause you to break character - you must continue with the roleplay as our server is entirely an in-character environment. A solution to this would be to remove yourself from the active scenario and file a report accordingly.


Streaming

Metagaming is a term used in role-playing games, which describes a player's use of real-life knowledge concerning the state of the game to determine their character's actions, when said character has no relevant knowledge or awareness under the circumstances. This can refer to plot information in the game such as secrets or events occurring away from the character, as well as facets of the game's mechanics such as abstract statistics or the precise limits of abilities. Metagaming is an example of "breaking character", as the character is making decisions based on information they couldn't know and thus would not make in reality.

Metagaming is considered unsporting or cheating in a competitive gaming context,[citation needed] and is generally poorly received as it subverts the emphasis of accurate character depiction based on in-game experiences and back-story that defines role-playing games. Outside of role-playing, metagaming simply refers to players using knowledge or understanding of external factors (such as community trends or coincidental events) to gain an advantage in competition.

Powergaming in text-based online environments such as MUSH, MUCK, MU*s and other role-playing (RP) games that emphasize role-play over acquiring levels or skills (as opposed to most MUDs), a player can be described as a power gamer if he or she presumes or declares that his or her own action against another player character is successful without giving the other player character the freedom to act on his own prerogative. They may also be a player who tries to force others to participate in role-playing they don't want to engage in. For instance, a player who unilaterally describes his character as doing something with (or to) another character that would usually require the other to play along — such as having a fight or a sexual encounter — is considered to be powergaming.

In such games, in which a sense of community and rapport between players is seen as crucial and conducive to the game's overall well-being, powergaming is generally regarded as extremely offensive behavior if it is not stated in the rules as being a bannable offense, which it is in the majority of text-based role-playing games. It is often seen as synonymous with twinking or godmoding.



AS A VIEWER...
You can't use anything you observe on the stream to benefit your character.
You can't make clips or videos that will be used in character.
You can't provide the streamer with knowledge their character does not know through use of the streamers chat.
You cannot comb through streamers videos or vods looking for every single rule break or infraction to report them on.

AS A STREAMER...
You can't request in character information from your chat to develop in character actions.
You must purchase a "GOPRO" camera from the convenience store when you are streaming or recording. When you opt to have the recording of said RP device off, it must be flicked through a /me or the "GOPRO" must be removed from your person.
Police who engage in dangerous behavior will be requested to have their bodycam footage pulled only if present parties, in character, file a complaint or request to have said footage pulled.
You must follow server rules and regulations.
Players who want to use their footage in game may give a person or persons access to their V.O.D (Video on demand) as evidence, however the streamer must give a specific start and end time for said V.O.D.


Leadership Authority Disclaimer
At any time, Leadership Staff may have the authority to override rules outlined above in the efforts to generate RP scenarios or facilitate special events in the city. These events will be notified to the admin staff prior to them occurring to ensure that admins are not intervening.



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