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Role-Play Guidelines

The following guidelines are in addition to the Dragon's Mark General Guidelines.

Live role-playing is available to anyone on the Web via our chat rooms. You just need to register as a member of Dragon's Mark. One registration gives you member access to all the Dragon's Mark sites.

When role-playing in the chat room, these guidelines are in effect at all times whether a room host is present or not:

You may see screen names with the prefix RDI which also have the chat host icon next to their name in chat. These are volunteer hosts available to answer questions, provide guidance, and, as a last resort, enforce live chat guidelines.

Free Form Role-Playing, by definition, has very few "rules." If you are uncertain about what Free Form Gaming is, please refer to our document What is Free Form Role Play.

In brief, Free Form Role-Playing is based on the ideals of cooperative interaction. So is Live Role-Play. When you create a character and bring it into one the setting chat rooms, you have total control over that character within the setting and everything that happens to him or her. Only you decide what your character will or will not do; no one else. This applies to each and every player. Communication is key.

Please do not declare actions for other characters without the permission of that character's player. Remember, only you control what happens to your character! No one has the right to declare your character "dead" or insist you delete your screen name unless you have agreed with this outcome beforehand. If you are not sure on whether or not you can or should join in a scene in progress, use the Instant Messaging feature of Flash Chat to check with the players of the character you are wanting your character to interact with. Consider: If someone had planned a wonderful death scene for their character, the player may get a little irate if you arbitrarily have your character jump in and claim their character's life as 'saved'.

Any player-to-player discussion should preferably be made via Instant Messaging (a built-in feature of chat), since no one else in the room wants to hear two players arguing OOC (out-of-character) over something that should remain IC (in-character) in the room.

Conflict and physical altercations (fights) can make for some great role-play, but always be aware of how it is effecting the overall flow and tone of the room you are in. The Back Alley chat room has been set aside specifically as a place to play out fight scenes. Other rooms may be used, with the exception of Teas 'n Tomes, as long as the scene does not disrupt the other players or the otherwise normal flow of the room. If at any time a request is made, such as "take it outside!", the fighting players should do so. Continuing such a scene in a room other than the Back Alley may be considered disruption.

Out-of-character conversations should not be held in the chat room. The use of terms such as, 'IMsects,' 'daggers of ignore' and other "pseudo-genre" phrases are considered out-of-character and disruptive to the room. Please confine such comments to Instant Messages or e-mail.

Being "in-character" does not excuse violations of the RDI guidelines.

Dragon's Mark Live Role-Play chat rooms are designated as "young teen and adult rooms" for players of age 14 and up. Please keep this in mind when choosing actions and storylines for the room. While we are no longer bound by the Terms of Service of any parent service and has been slowly maturing past the original "PG-13" guidelines in many ways, there is one area that needs to be specifically addressed.

With the ability to have not just avatars, but also portraits in your forum profile, we have all been given a very easy to use tool to help the world "see" your character. With the ever-increasing subscriber base here on Dragon's Mark, we have to be even more aware of just what is being posted as part of the profile. Since we have no way to implement any sort of parental controls or otherwise handle "mature content," there are two important guidelines we need to bring to everyone's attention:

  • Copyrighted materials. Respect copyright laws, and be aware that should we receive complaints about material posted that violates copyright laws, we can and will remove the items in question at our discretion.
  • Visual images must be kept to those images one would see on prime-time network TV. This means images showing graphic violence, nudity, etc., are not allowed.

In general, we will attempt to notify anyone who we feel has included content that does not fit these guidelines. But as we cannot always contact our members due to outdated email addresses, we cannot promise notification in advance of removing content. Please keep a backup copy of all images you submit.

If you are unsure about a specific image, simply ask.

Please familiarize yourself with the various room settings and abide by the specified attributes of our world.

Questions or comments about these guidelines, or suspected violations can be sent using our Contact Form.

Last updated: March 20, 2008

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