RPG Rules

By joining our RPG and roleplaying with us, you automatically agree to these Rules and Codes of Conduct. Be aware that the rules may change. All changes will be announced; however, it is ultimately your responsibility to remain abreast of any changes.

Thank you for reading carefully!

Code of Conduct

Zero Tolerance Policy

Assume that all game rules come with a zero tolerance policy. If the below rules and guidelines are not followed, Players will be blocked from posting until all issues are resolved, or they are permanently removed from the game. The best way to avoid all contention is by communicating with one another.

Respect

Roleplayers henceforth referred to as Players or Writers, agree to respect their fellow players. Insulting, cursing, harassing, or otherwise attempting to or causing harm to another player will result in immediate dismissal from the game.

Character Contention

We do not require that all characters get along with one another one-hundred percent of the time. We do, however, have a zero tolerance policy regarding using the RPG to badger or air grievances with other members via in-game writing. Therefore, please communicate any and all planned character contention to the group. You do not have to air the details, but you must have talked to the Player(s) of the other character(s) and made sure you are all in agreement.

Player Issues

All disagreements and issues will be handled behind-the-scenes (BTS). Anything else is an immediate dismissal.

Bad Roleplay

Players agree that they will not willfully and purposefully participate in a bad roleplaying manner. This includes, but is not limited to powerplay, godmodding, and metagaming. The Game Manager and Assistant Game Manager(s) reserve the right to mod other Players’ characters should it become necessary in order to move the game past a stalled tag or scene.

For definitions of the terms above, please see the Roleplay Dictionary at the Forum Roleplay website. Note: Not all of the terms contained in the dictionary apply to this roleplaying game.

RPG Rating

Sagas of the Wild West RPG has a voluntary RPG based on the RPG Rating System.

Posts may contain one or more of the following…

  • Language: Infrequent, mild swearing is permitted.
  • Sex: Mild sexual innuendo and references permitted.
  • Violence: Mild violence is permitted.

RPG Requirements

  • Age (18+): You must be at least eighteen years of age to join this roleplaying group.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate in English. No Text Speech Allowed in Posts!
  • A working computer or tablet and internet access (writing is done online).
  • You must have a valid email address that you check daily.
  • Basic computer knowledge and technical skills (need to be able to navigate the internet to research posts, history, story ideas.)
  • Basic knowledge of the American Old West (c. the 1800s) or the ability and willingness to research it using the internet.

RPG Basics

Game System

Sagas of the Wild West is an online storytelling roleplay group. Each member of the group creates and writes exclusively for one or more characters.

The game’s website is powered by the Nova Game Management System from Anodyne Productions. While saved and published posts will be emailed to you for reading, you must have an account on the game’s website to participate in writing the stories. Nova is a basic system and is user-friendly, but you must have basic computing skills!

Writing

  • Solo Scenes require a minimum of three paragraphs.
  • All posts should be thoroughly checked for grammar, spelling, and typos.
  • Long scenes, usually multi-player JPs, should be broken up into 1500-2000 word segments (i.e., part 1, part 2, etc.).
  • There are no set limits on the number of scenes a Player may participate in. However, the stories are told in a chronological event-driven order. Characters may not be in two places at once.
  • Flashback scenes and even flashback stories are allowed.

Plotting and Planning

Players are encouraged to contribute and lead their own plots as well as to participate in the planning of all stories.

Character Limits

We have no set limits for the number of characters each Player may create and play.

Policies and Procedures

The RPG is primarily written as joint scenes (aka joint posts or JPs). This means that your timeliness in answering tags is vital.

Communications

To put it bluntly, not communicating delays or prolonged absences is rude and inconsiderate. After one month with no communications, your website account will be deactivated and your character(s), if they are active, will be written out of the story. In cases where incomplete bios have been abandoned, the account will be deleted entirely.

Tagging Requirements

  • Game Preferred: Answer all tags within forty-eight (48) hours of receipt. On the third day, the tag is forfeit, and the scene moves forward.
  • Minimum Requirement: Once per week per tag (once within a seven day period). On the seventh day, the tag is forfeit, and the scene moves forward.
  • Exception: Posted LOA or ELOA (Telling someone via an IM is NOT posting a LOA or ELOA).

Tagging Procedure

  • Leave tags in the scene where you need or want a response. In multi-player scenes, this may be other than after the final paragraph.
  • Make sure tags are easily seen. We recommend using bold text and capital letters, especially if the tag is not after the last paragraph written in the scene.
  • In multi-player JPs with scattered tags, you should date your tag(s) since Nova resets the post date each time it is saved. This is the only way to track who is responding when there are more than two writers in the scene.
  • If a tag is about to go past its time frame (see Scene Requests below), you should log in and click save on the post so it will generate another email to the authors.
  • Tag extensions (asking for more time to respond) should be done via a reply all to the appropriate OOC Group topic or via an OOC in the actual post.

Scene Requests

Since we write the stories chronologically, we need to keep up with when and where characters are and how far along the plot has progressed. Also, by using the OOC Group to request a scene with other Players, it promotes communication and interaction.

Scene Request Procedure

  1. Log in to the OOC Group’s website – or – if you have kept the chapter discussion emails, choose the correct chapter for your scene to be added to. Be sure if you are responding via email to choose¬†Reply All!
  2. Copy and paste the Ideas & Requests form into your topic reply or email – make sure to specify which it is.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Submit the reply or send the email.

Setting Tagging Time Frames

This has to be done during the scene planning process.

When filling out the scene request form, please state your expected time frame for answering tags and ask that everyone respond with when they can be expected to respond also.

The person in charge of the scene, usually the one making the request, has the responsibility of policing the tags. If everyone agrees to answer their tags within 48 hours, make sure they do unless they have communicated and asked for more time or posted a leave of absence (no, telling someone in an IM is not a posted leave of absence).

If a Player states they can only answer tags once per week, then they must also state which day they plan to do so (example: they can state that they can only answer tags on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays – or – they can only answer tags on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Whatever schedule they choose, make them stick to it. If they do not state on which day they will answer tags, then ASK them! If they do not answer tags on that day and have not communicated a need for more time or have not posted a LOA or ELOA, then their tag is forfeit. Move the scene forward or close it out.

LOA, ELOA

Please be courteous and notify the RPG of prolonged absences! After one month, if we have not received an LOA or ELOA notice, members’ accounts will be deactivated.

Please use the OOC Topic at the discussion group to announce absences.

  • Leave of Absence (LOA) = More than 1 week, less than 1 month.
  • Extended Leave of Absence (ELOA) = 1 month or longer.

The LOA Request Form

  1. Copy / paste the form into a reply to this topic at the OOC Group.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Submit the reply.

Status

  • Pick One: LOA (leave of absence), ELOA (extended leave of absence)

Duration

  • Dates and length of time you will be absent (example: 01/01/2017 – 01/07/1027, 1 week).

Characters Affected

  • List primary characters affected (STCs only if in an active scene).

Notes

  • Optional: Anything the GMs need to know such as who can move your characters while you’re gone, etc.

Resources: RPG Game Management, Forum Roleplaying Guides