Glossary & Guidance
So let me get this straight...
Common Sense is the basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things which are shared by nearly all people, and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without any need for debate. As always, common sense prevails in all rulings.
The Dungeon Masters
The Dungeon Masters are trained to help promote the experience and atmosphere of the server. They are like the managers. It is their job to keep things fun, consistent, and in spirit with the server and setting. They should be respected, even if you don't particularly like or agree with them, but again, keep in mind that Nobody is above the rules. Not even the staff. It is important to all of us that we keep the expectation for everybody equally.
In Character is anything that includes, refers to, or is in accordance with your character, the story, or the setting. Talk Chat, Whisper Chat (and its derivatives, such as Quiet/Silent), Yells, and in most cases Shout Chat will be considered In Character.
"Out Of Character"
Out of Character is anything that does not relate to your character, the story, or the setting. Anything that is not taken into account in the story, character, or setting. Party Chat, Tells, DM Chat, and the custom channels available to some are typically considered out of character. If you must use out of character chat in the Talk, Yell, or Whisper channel, please be sure to specify that it is 'out of character' with a set of brackets (Either "((" or "//" before your text ) but please keep this to a minimum. Try to use Tells and Party Chat instead to keep main chat mediums from being flooded.
Adult Roleplay & Mature Content
Anything that qualifies as "adult" roleplay, or "erotic" roleplay falls into this category. Last Light is an 18+ server, so everyone playing here is assumed to be qualified to walk into the movie theater and watch a Mature-rated movie. However, while Adult roleplay is allowed, some themes of it can be offensive to certain players. In order to prevent a breakage of immersion, just remember that any form of roleplay that would be considered "adult material" mainly consists of sexual content, violent gore or blood, and references or implications to or of sexual functions or parts of the body.
What is a Ruling?
A ruling is where one or more DMs place more detail on an existing rule based on their own interpretations, or on information they already know. This is done to help players get a better idea what a rule means, or to maintain the spirit of the server. Any rulings given by a DM must be abided by. If you feel that you have been given a poor or unfair ruling by a DM, obey the ruling at the time, and then send your concerns as a Private Message to the Administrators.
On Harassment and Rulebreaks
All harassment/rulebreak cases must be sent to the Dungeon Masters as a Private Message containing logs and/or screenshots. This includes the entire DM-Team, not just a particular DM. It is recommended that as soon as someone starts to tread on a rulebreak that you screenshot it. For this reason it is important to know the rules so that you know when to hit your screenshot button. Please avoid speaking out OOCly against other players. Whenever you cannot subdue disputes, keep them to private tells. If you feel as though you are being trolled, griefed, or harassed, send a note immediately to the DMs.
It is a keypoint to note: Claiming that you did not know a rule existed is not a reasonable excuse for breaking it. However, if you are told that a rule exists but it does not (this is called a "shadow rule"), please report this to the administrators.
The "Lights" System / Playstyles
Some servers based more around social play use what some call a "lights" (ie the "Red / Yellow / Green" light) system to tell others what kind of roleplay they wish to participate in. As we consider ourselves a Roleplay server and not a Social server, Last Light does not use this system for any kind of roleplay. Instead, you have the option to "fade to black" on whatever you are not comfortable with roleplaying. What this means is that you agree with your fellow player(s) upon what happened in the roleplay without actually playing it out. Roleplay lights are an OOC mechanic that intervenes on your character's behalf and we have seen it used to railroad characters down certain kinds of roleplay. Here on Last Light, we want to encourage you to experience the unfamiliar. Remember that many players may still work with you to create a favorable experience or outcome, should you only ask.
Fading to Black
You reserve the right to gloss over potentially gruesome, and damaging consequences, but that doesn't change the fact they still happened. Negative consequences are as much a part of the environment as the positive counterparts. Remain civil and approach things in an in-character fashion. Whoever you ask to gloss a scene over is OBLIGATED to comply to your request. We strongly suggest you reach an amiable agreement about what happened, rather than dictate consequences. A consensus is much more likely to actually be roleplayed than one party dictating terms.