The Spirit of the Rules

Roleplay-focused Rules are in place on Last Light to help facilitate a more immersive roleplay environment.

So, what are rules? Rules exist...

  • ... to preserve the spirit of the server.
  • ... to maintain immersion in our roleplay environments.
  • ... to give a structured guideline of player and staff conduct and expectations.
  • ... and, most importantly, to keep the overall fun of the players as high as possible.

But why do we have rules?
Unfortunately, we live in a growing world where, without a guideline or 'final word' we would have total anarchy. It divides the playerbase and creates unnecessary chaos that subtracts from the overall enjoyment of our setting.

And how are the rules enforced?
Our Golden Rule here is pretty simple; whatever makes fun for everyone and helps to further a story is fair game. If we see something that detracts from the experience of other players, we aren't going to be a hammer, without also being a chisel at the same time. Constructive, not destructive. In character conflict is not something we'll punish a person for as long as it contextually makes sense.

It's really this simple: Don't be an Ass. The following sections are pretty long and include a lot of guidelines and more detailed information about what each rule entails, but if you want the TL:DR version, skip to the Conclusion.

A copy of these rules can also be found here on the fourms.

by murdrkitten >>> Sat. - Mar. 31, 2018 - 4:27 PM ^Top^

Rule #1: Play the Game Responsibly

When you are roleplaying, it is generally agreed upon that you're playing a character. So even in some cases, when your character is a rendition of your habits, personality, or personal opinions and choices, you should still make a habit of separating yourself from your character. Consider yourself the "driver" with your character as the "vehicle."

First & Foremost: Be an Adult

I'm an ADULT!

Lonely Island
Threw it on the Ground - Gif

  • Playing here, you are assumed to be 18 years of age or older. Last Light is an 18+ server, allowing you more freedom in what you do. Everything in moderation, of course.
  • If you feel that you are being "trolled" or "harrassed," you should follow our harrassment conduct and send any complaints to a DM. Know that there needs to be sufficient evidence, including screenshots or logs, to support this.
  • Trying to get out of RP because you don't like the person you're with is kind of frowned upon. If it's roleplay, it shouldn't matter what your Out of Character opinion is about them. Just play the game.
  • Avoid abusing OOC talk during RP and keep it IC as often as possible. If you must communicate something OOCly, try to use tells instead of the public chat channels. Important notices like AFKs and other such things are obviously excused. Try to avoid speaking OOC in talk channels (IE: Talk/Say, Whisper, Yell, etc.)

Regarding RPing with someone you don't like, it is also frowned upon if you should decide to ICly harass someone that you OOCly dislike.

Hedgewife
Sun. - Apr. 29, 2018 - 5:01 PM

Secondly: Roleplay is Roleplay

  • Whatever happens in character, shouldn't be treated as Out of Character. We encourage you to separate the two as much as possible.
  • Again, it is generally frowned upon to deny roleplay to another person because of OOC concerns, especially if it doesn't ICly make sense. It is a responsible expectation that if your character is approached by another character, your character is expected to interact with them in return. You're more than welcome to avoid people and things, but please try to maintain a healthy amount of camaraderie (IE: Go with the flow).
    • (This isn't to say that you should change your character, but however your character would respond even if it is to blatantly ignore them, there should be an emote stating such. - Hedgewife 2018)
  • Abusing the !OOC function or logging out during RP with intention to evade the RP in some way is not allowed. If you absolutely must leave in the middle of RP, excuse yourself from the scene the good old fashioned way, with a polite and metaphorical "tip of the hat and a wave." Even better if you do it ICly, the courteous thing to do is offer a rain-check to continue the RP later if you'd like.
    • (Fade to Black or FTB is also acceptable in cases where the scene isn't quite finished but it's safe to 'assume' the rest. As with any FTB you should reach a consensus with those involved before pushing forward or skipping parts of a scene. Additionaly, it's understood and expected that some people have terrible internet connections of which our ISPs should be smote. If such becomes the case, a thread on the forums can be made for players to quickly yell, "I've DC'd and can't get back on at the moment!" Don't use this lovely piece of optional common sense as a double-reach-around to say fuck you to this rule. - Hedgewife 2018)
  • Keep the line between IC and OOC very clear. There are times when we might toe the line a little bit, but try to keep it separated. Remember, your character is the vehicle and you're just the driver.
    • (No really, you are not your character anymore than anyone else is. Remember, don't be an ass. Don't break the fourth wall. - Hedgewife 2018)

Thirdly: In Character Consequences

  • Generally speaking, if you put your hand in the fire, you're going to get burned. Thus, just remember that the same applies to roleplay. Actions that your character takes may result in consequences.
  • In place of something you would rather not roleplay, you do have an alternative; the fade to black option is a great tool for handwaving situation that have no logical means of exit, while also keeping your personal comfort zone in mind at the same time. You can then discuss the results with whoever you are roleplaying with.
  • Work with those around you to create a wholesome experience for all. Try to avoid belligerently destroying the other character just because 'your character would do it.' Player agency is key.

Fourthly: Do Not Ignore Your Character Sheet Either

  • Being that we are playing a video game with mechanics, it is expected that you also roleplay your character attributes, skills and abilities according to what they are. Obviously creativity is the key in the end, but if you do not have points in Bluff, how can you justify your character being able to successfully or reliably lie through their teeth? If you have 8 strength, how can you sensibly justify being "as strong as a bull?" (Unless you're a wizard with magical steroid spells. Those damn wizards.)
    • (Even then, wizard spells only last but so long... Heheheheheh... - Hedgewife 2018)
  • Feel free to incorporate PUBLIC (bystanders should be able to see it so there's no disputing it) rolls into your roleplay to display attempts and justify your character sheet. Again, there is wiggle room, like what makes fun for everyone and what helps to further a story.
  • Magical Enchantments (like from buffs or items) are considered exactly that -- magical enchantments. They are not your 'base stats.' If an item specifies that it is "mundane," it will be portrayed as such, likewise if it is magical, it will probably have "magic" in its description. Probably good to pay attention.
  • Roleplay your alignment. There are plenty of guides on how alignments work, and there is plenty of room to deviate now and then. We take alignments very seriously on Last Light since they are actually a baseline for your character's relationship with the world. If you wish to change your alignment for any reason, feel free to let the staff know. Also note that the DMs reserve the right to give AT WILL SHIFTS of alignment points (thus, generally speaking, not the entire steps like Good to Neutral all at once) if your actions do not fall in line with your alignment. This is done at the discretion of the DMs as they see RP in progress.
  • Titles and the like, or things that allot you status, better have been earned either through a special background or through roleplay. Otherwise, you might run the risk that your character might be outed as being "a fake" and strung up to a tree with needles in his/her private parts (we've seen it happen). Likewise, everything that is used to any kind of "advantage" in RP that cannot be depicted mechanically becomes invalid unless your cohorts agree to this.
  • Play your race/subrace. Any unapproved subrace will result in a character's revision or deletion. The subrace that you pick after entering the game when you make a new character is the subrace you should be roleplaying for that character. You are not to change your subrace by any means without DM approval. There are some exclusions to this, such as Lichdom, which can be attained through special means (and is more than likely to be supervised anyway), but this is a case-by-case basis.
  • There is a different rule below for using racial bodies for your appearance. Please read this in detail as well.

Lastly: Be Mature About Mature Roleplay

  • We don't want to completely disallow mature roleplay, and it's incorporated in our setting here and there, but seriously: Be responsible about its usage and frequency.
    • (And trust me, we know it'd happen anyway if we disallowed it. In either case, if a player finds themselves trapped in a bedroom with the same person for an entire real-life week, eventually they're going to get bored with it or have some complaints. Don't make ERP your only RP, experience a bit of everything. It makes things much more enjoyable in the long run. - Hedgewife 2018)
  • If mature roleplay comes to the extent of breaking immersion, or it becomes a nuisance/problem for your fellow players (IE: We find something you did deterred from the atmosphere) then we want to avoid that happening again.
  • If you're doing something that leaves you vulnerable (IE: Doing sexual stuff in a public location) you should uh... Consider that you run whatever risks the IC world allots you. (Such as being caught with your pants down and a mace between your knees - Hedgewife 2018) You know... Like guards arresting you for public indecency.
  • While transgender characters are allowed (Hell, at least one member of the staff is transgener herself. [That beautiful black rose that she is. - Hedgewife 2018]), we don't want to see something like sexualized futanari running around. Thus, transgener characters should try to adhere to the lore and time period we have laid out before them. Just keep it responsible and immersive.
  • Private deviations as something we cannot actively witness is difficult for us to enforce. Thus, whatever happens in private and away from the knowledge of others is basically your concern. Just be careful about letting it spill out into a public situation or you/your character may be held accountable.
  • Your character must be an adult. We don't need to be more specific than that. 18+ or bust.
    • (If I see child-characters or something toeing the line of such, I will put it in a box that I will put in an orphanage, that I will lock, condemn and then create a villain who will burn the orphan-- I mean... Don't do it. Just don't. Please. We beg you. Thoughts like these are why child characters are not allowed! - Hedgewife 2018)
  • Keep in mind that some forms of severely visceral roleplay would be considered traumatic to players, even the after-effects of the event. Namely, the topic of rape comes to mind, but some other highly questionable concerns may be included. Please be respectful to your fellow players in this.
    • (This includes ERP [Explicit/Erotic RP] that involves children. It's simply not allowed. DON'T DO IT! - Hedgewife 2018)

by murdrkitten >>> Sat. - Mar. 31, 2018 - 12:11 PM ^Top^

Rule #2: Use Safety & Sanity in Every Situation

Let's be real here: Feces happens. Things break. People get hurt. It's part of the game. Here are some guidelines to take into note when you tread on situations where you might be liable to cause havoc with someone else's enjoyment.

Butter Up for PVP: Roleplay Comes First

  • You must RP before engaging in PvP of any kind. Once RP has occured, PvP can begin and ends when one or all targets are dead, subdued or agree to half PvP.
    • An example of RP before PvP: Your character has legitimate reason to attack a person, and you display that in your roleplay before doing so.
  • The only exclusion to this is if a fight is already occuring and an outsider joins in. The outsider must have some sort of IC reason to join in, such as defending a friend, or perhaps trying to pacify the battle.
  • Assassination/Bounty hunting is where things get kind of slippery. More on that later.

Butter Up for PVP: Always Set Your Hostile

  • You must HOSTILE ALL TARGETS THAT YOU WILL BE ATTACKING before engaging in PvP. This is very important. There are commands that allow you to hostile everyone in a radius around you, so please utilize them to keep things smooth.
  • If the person you are roleplaying with does a hostile action, PvP can begin. If you act hostile with a character and one party in the confrontation begins to buff or prepare, it counts as a hostile action.

What's Done is Done

  • After PvP is over, you cannot engage in further PvP/grudge matches with the other player(s) unless agreed upon mutually by all parties involved. Repeat killings of PvP can be considered griefing. Set your sub-dual properly in advance and don't ressurect the target to kill them again.
  • If you were trying to do something prior to your death and the result was never reached, then obviously, whatever you were doing failed. It's going to be pretty hard to justify that it succeeded when you lost the fight.
  • Don't switch characters to achieve the purpose that your other character was not able to. Especially in the case of PvP. After dying, you should not switch to a different character and hunt down the person who defeated you.

Don't Metagame

  • It's not your right nor responsibility to emote for or play NPCs or other characters. Whenever possible, find solutions that are available to you as a player without involving NPCs.
  • Exploiting the location of another character without having that knowledge available to your character ICly is against the rules. Mind you, we won't enforce you guys trying to arrange meet-ups. We want to encourage roleplay, not hinder it!
    • (Granted, meet-ups can be creatively handled ICly as well and the only OOC involvement is scheduling a date/time when all involved parties can be online. - Hedgewitch 2018)
  • Be careful what you tell other people in OOC channels. What you say might accidentally slip out into the IC world.
    • (This is mutually exclusive to those of us who enjoy posting our profiles publically on the forums or other mediums. The best way to handle this is to spoiler what characters shouldn't know immediately upon laying eyes upon your character. Otherwise, simply don't put it out there. - Hedgewitch 2018)
  • Don't dualbox. This is not allowed for several reasons, including adding empty numbers to the player count. It also allows unfair advantages PvP and in RP. Only one character of yours can be active in game at a time.

by murdrkitten >>> Sat. - Mar. 31, 2018 - 12:11 PM ^Top^

Rule #3: Respect Your Fellows, No Exceptions

We're all under the same roof. We encourage you to resolve conflict peacefully, or prevent it from happening all together with good conduct and behavior!

Be Nice!

  • Please don't murder shopkeepers or important NPCs that are not hostile -- except by DM supervision. If an NPC serves a purpose in the game world, killing it prevents other people from using them (IE: MERCHANTS). This can be a serious issue. Yeah, you're a big bad villain, but killing NPCs in this way just makes you an ass, not a villain.
  • Harrassing others and/or being rude and offensive OOCly is unwarranted and only makes the game less enjoyable. You have a right to your opinion, but speak it in a fashion which does not berate or put down other people.
    • (ICly if your character is an ass, that's cool. That's just dandy. Just try not to take it too far that it becomes an OOC issue. - Hedgewife 2018)
  • Racism, sexism and other forms of OOC discrimination is very bad. You can be racist against elves when roleplaying your character all you want (Hedgewife is definitely a great example of racism against elves), but don't bring the real life staples in game.
  • There's this thing called griefing, which consists of anything that would be considered poor conduct that you'd do over and over again to someone to cause them grief, such as repeatedly killing the same player, or just in general ruining the game and general flow of RP for someone else by making it impossible for them to enjoy playing it. Yeah, don't do that thing.
    • (Yeah! Don't be that guy! - Hedgewife 2018)

Ensure a Reasonable and Fair Outcome to Conflict

Yeah, yeah, we get it and we KNOW life ain't fair. But this falls under the category of: DON'T BE AN ASS!

Hedgewife
Sun. - Apr. 29, 2018 - 7:45 PM

  • We've already said this, but it's still just as important: dislike states must be set before attacking another player. No exceptions. Ever. EVER!
  • If a character is captured, please try to interact with them for the duration of their imprisonment. Give them things to do other than sit there and rot (even if it makes sense ICly). Otherwise, we recommend that you make up an excuse to let them go and release them, or be creative and let them escape either way.
    • (All in all, a character should not sit in imprisonment limbo for more than one work-week [IE: 5 real life days]. As such, some form of reasonable/sensible outcome should be decided during that time. - Hedgewife 2018)
  • Retaliation should be done in a way that makes sense from an in-character stand point. The old, tried-and-true tradition of "respawn after dying, hunt down killer immediate after" needs to not happen. Grudge matches because you're angry OOCly about the IC outcome is childish and not okay, thanks.
    • (BUT! If involved parties want to have an IC grudge and RP it out in a sensible manner, GO FOR IT~! TO WAAAAR~! - Hedgewife 2018)

Listen to the DMs

  • The Dungeon Masters (DMs) and staff are here to help you and everyone else on the server equally and not to hinder your enjoyment. If we do something, it is done to ensure a specific quality of the game that is uninterrupted by things that break immersion or create a lapse in sensibility. Rather than cater to one person, we cater to every player on the server equally to avoid favoritism.
  • Abide by ruling given by a DM. If you feel that the ruling or punishment is unfair or breaches the spirit of the server, send your concerns in a private message to the administrators AFTERWARDS. Until then, go by what the DM tells you.
  • The final authority is given to the Administrators for any issue. Disputing further than this in an aggressive fashion will not be tolerated. If you feel the need to negotiate for such a thing, you may be addressed at their discretion.

You Are Not the Police

  • Do not try to enforce or recite any rule that does not exist in the rulebook. These are called shadow rules. The rules you see in this page and all duplicates of this page (on the wiki and forums), are universal and apply to all situations and circumstances. Case by case enforcement is typically the only exception.
  • You should try not to speak for any of the characters around you, including NPCs. If you wish for an NPC to be utilized in a scene, we encourage you to ask for a DM to do it instead. Too many times we've seen something like this become an issue (gasp, godgaming).
  • Rather than try to enforce rules yourself, you should instead report things that are amiss. Reminding your fellow player(s) that they are treading on a rulebreak does help as well, but be careful not to recite shadow rules.

by murdrkitten >>> Sat. - Mar. 31, 2018 - 12:11 PM ^Top^

Conclusion

TL:DR; Don't be an Ass.
The more you give, the more you receive (both positive and negative).
No one is above the rules.

So there you have it. The rules you see are the ones you agree to follow while playing here. Breaching these rules can have consequences ranging from warnings to permanent removal from the community across all its platforms.

Keep in mind, the rules are only here to produce an atmosphere which provides a wholesome experience for everyone here, and are not necessarily enforced with the full community we want to preserve. However, there is still a line we draw where the rules become a statement against experience and actions that we don't want. That's when it becomes a concern.

Apply good judgement to every situation, whether you are a player or a DM. Any updates to these rules will be added with proper documentation and should be read as soon as any changes occur. On the other hand, if you're confused about a certain rule or ruling, you can always use the forums to help you figure it out. Just make a post (keep it as non-abrasive as possible) and you should get a reply.



Thank you,

The Management

by murdrkitten >>> Sat. - Mar. 31, 2018 - 12:11 PM ^Top^

Glossary & Guidance

So let's get this straight...

Common Sense

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.

Dungeon Masters

The Dungeon Masters (DMs) are trained to help promote the experience and atmosphere of the server in a positive manner. They are the managers of the server and it is their job to keep things fun, consistent and in the spirit of the server and setting. They should be respected, even if you don't particularly like or agree with them, just as they should respect you, the player. 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 appropriate conduct in application to EVERYONE equally.

"In Character"

In Character (IC) is anything that includes, refers to or in accordance with your character, your character's actions, the story or the setting. When playing in-game, the Talk/Say, Whisper (and its derivatives such as Quiet/Silent), Yell, and in most cases Shout Channels will be considered In Character..

"Out of Character"

Out of Character (OOC) is anything that does not relate to your character, your character's actions, the story, or the setting. Anything that is not taken into account in the story, character interaction, or setting such as party, tells, DM or other custom channels available are typically considered Out of Character If you must use out of character chat in any of the IC channels (Talk/Say, Yell, Whisper/Quite/Silent, etc.), please be sure to specify that it is Out of Character with a set of DOUBLE brackets such as '(( OOC ))' or '// OOC //' and so on. Please keep all Out of Character conversations to a minimum when you're in game and try to stick to the designated Out of Character channels to keep our IC channels from being flooded.

Adult Roleplay & Mature Content

Anything that qualifies as "adult" roleplay or "erotic/explicit" roleplay (ERP) falls into this category. Last Light is n 18+ server, so everyone playing here is assumed to be qualified to walk into a movie theater and watch a Mature-rated movie without adult supervision. 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 consider "adult material" mainly consists of sexual content, excessively 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 of the 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 of 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 set by a DM, obey the ruling at the time and then send your concerns as a private message to the administrators.

Regarding Rulings, I will do my best to enforce that DMs thoroughly document them in the staff forums and then I will personally update the elaborations here within our rules to avoid any possibility of confusion or overlap in future rulings.

Hedgewife
Sun. - Apr. 29, 2018 - 03:40 PM

On Harrassment & Rulebreaks

All harassment/ruebreak 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 when to hit your screenshot button. Please avoid speaking out OOCly against other players directly. Whenever you cannot subdue disputes, keep them to private tells. If you feel as though you are being 'trolled,' 'griefed,' or harrassed, send a note immediately to the DMs. See our full Glossary if you'd like indept definitions of trolling, griefing and harrassment.

It is a keypoint to note: Claiming that you did not know a rule existed is not a reasonable excuse for breaking it as we keep it thoroughly documented here on our website, the forum AND the wiki for your personal reference. 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 immediately and we will rectify the situation.

That being said, may it forever be noted that if ANYONE decides to pull a rule out of their ass cakes, I am not a very nice person to meet in that particularly dark back-alley. ... I love you all equally all the same.

Hedgewife
Sun. - Apr. 29, 2018 - 03:59 PM

The "Lights" System/Playstyles

Some servers based around roleplay use what some call "Lights" System (IE: the "Red/Yellow/Green" Lights that you see on streetlights.) to tell others what kind of roleplay they wish to participate in or don't 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 might feel uncomfortable with. 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 to railroad characters down certain kinds of roleplay or to attempt to evade roleplay consequences. 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.

That being said, we encourage you to make it known when something in roleplay makes you uncomfortable and highly suggest that you make thorough use of the 'fade to black' option. Additionally, as this is a roleplay server, please recognize that your in character actions can and will have in character consequences and avoiding them is akin to metagaming, powergaming, or otherwise simply rulebreaking.

Hedgewife
Sun. - Apr. 28, 2018 - 04:09 PM

Fading to Black

You reserve the right to gloss over potentially gruesome and damaging consequences or any otherwise erotic/explicit roleplay that you encounter, but that doesn't change the fact that it still happened. Negative consquences, in particular, 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 with is OBLIGATED to comply with 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 the terms.

by murdrkitten >>> Sat. - Mar. 31, 2018 - 4:27 PM ^Top^

Sidebar

"You are a fresh one, I see. Let me tell you something you clearly do not know. You have been seperated from the realm of the living, and now you, like many others, shall walk the lands of the dead for the rest of eternity. You, like everyone else, will just have to wait until the apocalypse comes. Then, and only then, am I taking fares to cross the river into the peace of afterlife beyond."

The Dark-Clad Figure
From 'A Passing of Life'
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