Rules

By joining our roleplaying group and writing 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 keep abreast of any changes.

Thank you for reading carefully!

RPG Rating

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

Language (L2): Swearing is generally permitted, with some limitations. Please refrain from using sexually explicit language. Remember to self-rate your character’s language based on the situation he or she is in.

Sex (S2): Sexual content is permitted, with some limitations. This RPG is not about writing smut or porn. When they start removing their clothes, it is time to fade to black! We are all adults and know how Tab A fits into Slot B, we do not need it written out in detail. Let the readers imagine what comes next. If you cannot survive without writing detailed sexual content, contact your writing partner and write it off-site.

Violence (V2): Explicit violence is permitted. Gunshot wounds are bloody and ugly. Describe the violence and injuries in enough detail to let the readers visualize it. Do not go overboard with it. Give the readers some room to imagine it for themselves.

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.

Code of Conduct

Zero Tolerance Policy

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

Respect

Out-of-character insulting, cursing, harassing, or otherwise attempting to or causing harm to another writer will result in immediate dismissal from the from the group.

Character Contention

We do not require that all characters get along with one another one-hundred percent of the time. We do,  have a zero tolerance policy regarding using your characters and stories to badger or air grievances with the writers. 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 writer(s) of the other character(s) and made sure you are all in agreement.

OOC Issues

All out-of-character disagreements and issues will be handled behind-the-scenes (BTS).

Bad Roleplay

Writers agree that they will not willfully and purposefully participate in bad roleplaying. This includes, but is not limited to powerplay, godmodding, and metagaming. Admins and Assistant Admins reserve the right to mod other writers’ 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 group.

The Basics

Game System

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

The website is powered by Nova from Anodyne Productions. While saved and published posts will be emailed to you for reading, you must have an account on the 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 writer 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

All members of the group 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 member may create and play.

Policies and Procedures

The stories are primarily written as joint scenes (aka joint posts or JPs). This means that your timeliness in answering tags is vital. However, we all have real lives. Please be courteous to your writing partners and keep them informed of delays.

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

  • 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 six 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), but you can leave it on our Discord LOA Channel).

Tagging Procedure

  • Add the name(s) of the characters tagged in the Tags & OOCs field.
  • Specify in the scene the location of the tag with an @Character Name set in bold text and all capitals.
  • 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.

Open Scenes

An Open Scene is a lead-in for a joint scene. It is literally what it sounds like. A writer posts a scene that has Open Scene in its Tags & OOCs field. The scene should be able to stand on its own in case the other writers are busy with other scenes and cannot take on a new joint scene.

Open Scene Procedure

  1. Write the scene with Open Scene stated in the Tags & OOCs field. Make sure the scene can stand on its own.
  2. Make sure to check timeframes, then publish the scene.
  3. Writers interested in joining in the joint scene should respond to the email and indicate they will be writing their response.
  4. The responder writes their scene bringing their character into the setting established by the first writer and publishes it. The Tags & OOOCs field should state: Response to Scene Title.
  5. The writers get together and finish up in a jointly written scene.

Setting Tagging Time Frames

This has to be done during the scene planning process.

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 writer 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 group of prolonged absences! After one month, if we have not received an LOA or ELOA notice, your account will be deactivated.

Please post LOAs/ELOAs in the LOA/ELOA channel on Discord.

Guidelines

  1. Post your LOA in the LOA/ELOA channel on Discord.
  2. Use @members to notify everyone of the notice.
  3. LOA / ELOA notice should state the duration of your absence.
  4. If ELOA and you have characters in active scenes, please state what you want done with them, who can write for them, etc.
  5. Pin your LOA/ELOA, unpin it when you return.

Example LOA: @members Stormwolfe will be absent from June 1, 2018 thru June 9, 2018. Characters will be written out of play.


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