Our programmers are not perfect and some of the code they write will have errors, tracebacks (TBs) and various 'holes' in them. If you discover one of these 'holes' it is your duty to @bug it. It's understood that you won't always know a bug when you see one, but intentional abuse of these 'holes' is against the rules.
When your character finally permanently dies, you are sent to char-gen to make a new character. You are, at that time, a completely new character with absolutely no relation to or memory of the past character. It is against the rules to directly or indirectly pass items or money from an old character to a new one.
Since this is a game you can't ever win, not everyone can see or do everything. We need to maintain a certain level of intrigue and 'newness' to the game and by finding ways to locations/places you are not supposed to be, or doing things which would interrupt the normal IC flow, you can seriously harm that. Logging on as a guest once you have a character or during character death is not allowed under this rule.
Having more than one character, by any means, is against the rules. Different characters with the same email address are not allowed. Different characters with different email addresses that are played by the same person are not allowed. Having an alt makes it too easy to break Rule 1.C. Additionally, having multiple characters limits the number of players the game can support, which isn't fair to others.
The game is not perfect and due to either code constraints or database constraints, we can not always prevent things that would normally be prevented in the real world. Exploiting these gaps is forbidden. One example of this would be to spam door codes in order to get access to a room or area that your character does not know the access code to, this type of behavior is strictly forbidden. If you have a question or are unsure what this section covers, please ask an admin for clarification before attempting.
Metagaming is the act of crossing IC/OOC lines either passively or actively. For instance, using information you as the player know to benefit (or even hinder) your character is active metagaming as is circumventing IC factors (such as SIC dead zones) via OOC methods. Passive metagaming is the sharing of IC information through OOC means, such as discussing IC events through OOC channels and also altering your character's behaviour towards another character due to your OOC relationship with that character's player.
1.G UE Spongeing
Logging in to a character with the sole intention of collecting UE is against the rules. Upon detection your account will be stripped of all accumulated UE (regardless of if it was earned by spongeing). If the admin do not believe you are here to legitimately RP, your account may be banned entirely.
While foul language is not against the rules, there is a point where too much of it directed at a person (player, admin, guest, or otherwise) becomes a problem. It is understood that IC actions may sometimes result in OOC feelings, but there are healthier ways to vent your frustrations.
Ok, this is really simple... You cannot threaten another player with real world misgivings. This pretty much covers the whole legal gamut. In cases like this, we would be forced to involve outside authorities. If you find yourself wanting to threaten someone, go for a walk, open the blinds, see a movie (something happy, and NO, 'The Matrix' is NOT happy) and rest for a little while.
Making OOC comments about a character or player's race are not tolerated in any way. While IC comments are part of the IC world, if any player objects to a character's comments, they must stop as with any other form of harassment.
2.D Sharing Contact Information
Sharing your contact information with other players in generally discouraged and should be avoided at all costs, see: 1.F. METAGAMING. Sharing your personal contact info (email, discord, facebook, etc.) on the BGBB forums is explicitly prohibited without express written permission from the admin. Failure to abide by this rule will result in being banned from the BGBB and possibly the game itself.
Any action that causes extreme lag or stops/denies other players from connecting due to bandwidth consumption is a denial of service attack. Actions like this will not be tolerated, as they could bring down the whole game.
Each player account has a password for a reason. Using software or guessing someone's password to play under their account is against the rules. If you do forget your password, email [email protected] to get the issue resolved.
When you are bad, you will be punished. When you are punished, you need to comply with that punishment. You are more than welcome to defend yourself before your punishment is issued. After the fact, if you feel you have been treated unfairly, email [email protected] and explain your situation.
Remember from Rule 1.B., character death is final. The name of your dead character is pretty much forever unusable again. Naming your new character like your old one is not allowed. Additionally, the same character history and description are not allowed. If a bug killed your character, email [email protected] to have it looked into. If you have to be away from the game for an extended period of time (6 weeks+), you can ICly put your character in cryogenic stasis and the character will not be removed for inactivity.
Client side triggers or macros are not permitted for any purpose of automating character activities or to provide rapid responses to MOO output. Client side triggers and macros may not be used to allow your character to perform activities in your absence, wether you be AFK or just off window. In-MOO support for both is available (type @macros) and can be used to your benefit while you are present and actively playing the game.
Effective immediately, single action hotkeys (e.g. - that let you press a letter on your keyboard and a whole 'east' or 'west' or 'north' or 'south', etc is input and sent for you) are banned. This includes the mushclient feature where the number pad lets you navigate around.
Due to the way the MOO handles experience, use of any system to keep your character connected to the MOO in your absence is not allowed. Characters are permitted to idle 24 hours before being disconnected from the game. Bypassing this disconnect timer in any way to stay connected in your absence will result in us breaking your connection and preventing auto-reconnection. Your character will remain unmoved after disconnect and you are solely responsible for any IC consequences of where your character ends up 'sleeping'.
xhelp is a means with which players communicate with admin. Sindome is an immersive game and is meant to be played without breaking character. That is not always possible due to bugs, and other circumstances. These cases usually result in a player xhelping to get an admin to help them with their situation. There are only a few acceptable reasons to xhelp:
- Your character is stuck somewhere due to a bug. - You need to report cheating or meta gaming - An admin initiates the conversation - For discussions that involve plot information and info that needs to be private and thereby cannot be sent on the Game-Help channel (changing codes for vehicles, apartments, etc.) and plot approvals. - You need to check if something is allowed or not - You are confirming we received membership dues There may be one off cases that do not fit these parameters but for 99% of cases you should be asking for help on xgame (which has both players and admin). You should not xhelp to ask ANY of the following:
- A question that should be asked in character (generally these types of questions start with 'where is' 'who is' and 'how do i' - A request for a puppet / animation of an NPC (if you want to talk with an NPC (non player character) then please -talk- to them. If an admin is available they will pick up the puppet. You are free to repeat your query to the NPC every 5-10 minutes if you do not get a response. When an admin is available they will help you. If you still cannot get ahold of the NPC then @request-puppet to let us know you are trying to contact that NPC. - Complaining because something does not go your way - Questioning of how an NPC/PC knew something, found you, did something - Complaining that an NPC is not being animated fast enough
Sometimes a player's behavior, despite not breaking other rules, negatively impacts the entire game. The severity of this impact is subjective and decided by the admins by vote. If a player cannot de-escalate misbehavior after repeated communications with admins, they may be removed from the game for an extended, or even indefinite, period of time.
4.G Disclosing IRL Connections with other players
If you are real life (even just online) friends with someone else playing the game, you must disclose this to the staff via xhelp. This allows us to ensure that fairness is maintained in your relationships with this person. This rule also applies if you start playing and then you invite someone to join.
4.H Roleplaying with players you know IRL
Due to the biased nature of interactions between players who know each other out of character & those who do not, it is against the rules to roleplay closely with a character you the player know in real life (even if it is just an online friendship). In character, you may not live together, work for one another, exchange gifts or chyen, or be involved in plots where you spend time together for long periods. You can interact in passing during 'bar style' roleplay, or if your job dictates, but you must otherwise steer clear of each other.
You should already be reporting these connections per rule 4.G. After that disclosure and verification with the other party, the staff will handle coordinating letting the person know your character name, and you their character name, so you can safely distance from each other in roleplay. If your character perms, when you finish chargen you should xhelp to let the admin know that anyone you know IRL may need an updated character name. This may be communicated right away, or staff may choose to communicate it a few weeks later, to avoid IC meta around your character dying.
Exceptions to this rule are extremely rare and made only at the discretion of Senior Staff.
Stacking commands in the lines of disarm/flee/pickpocket etc, is not allowed on the MOO. In reality you could only attempt these actions once every few seconds. Players should not and will not be permitted to proceed with this type of actions. Repetitive and unnecessary stacking causes lag, and no one wants that.
Stacking commands so that you shout something 30 times is considered spam. Spam is like noise pollution on the MOO and is not allowed. Granted, our keys do 'sometimes' get stuck, but repeat incidents are bogus
In the world of Sindome death may be a daily occurrence for some characters. When players start controlling the population of Sindome by killing everyone and everything that they see then their version of population control becomes a negative to the game. In this situation some players might find that they have just been eliminated by NPCs team without notice.
Please feel free to kill those that your character would have a reason to, but ensure that when you kill another player you do it with flare and with a touch of reality.
Stealing from the same character or store over and over in short order with little to no roleplay is unacceptable. Limit your thieving to an amount that would be acceptable if this were a real life situation. Would you really lift something from the shelf of a store, leave, and then go back 15 more times? Would you brush past the same person in a crowd 8 times in 5 minutes? Doing this will result in warnings, or potentially deadly in character ramifications. Per the guidelines of 'help farming', if you are determined to be farming, you will be warned about it (at least twice) before we punish you.
Sindome is an adult game, with adult content. As such some amount of sex will, in all likelihood, enter into your characters life at some point.
Sexual assault and molestation in roleplay are considered part of 'rape roleplay' and are explicitly prohibited in our rules.
If you, the player, are uncomfortable Out of Character, with physical sexual roleplay that is being directed at or requested from your character, you may use the local OOC command to request that the person cease. If you make this request and it continues to happen, please use xhelp to alert the admin staff, and we will help resolve the situation.
If someone OOCly requests you cease physical contact during sexual roleplay with them under ANY circumstances, you are to cease it, without question. Failure to do so will result in punitive action such as being banned from the game.
It's important to do this Out of Character so there is no confusion.
Do not use accusations of unwanted sexual advances or rape to slander another character in-game, even if you have cleared it with the person you are slandering as it becomes an unavoidable in character topic for those who do not wish to engage with that roleplay, due to its sensitive nature and presence in many peoples real lives.
Sexual advances in an OOC room or OOC channel should be avoided, and no player is expected to tolerate it at all. If you feel as though someone is sexually harassing you on OOC channels, please xhelp and alert an admin of the situation.
DO NOT sexually harass community members out of character. If you do you can expect to be banned from the game.
Text rape is defined here as any instance in which something explicitly sexual is directly forced on a character. Rape RP is any RP that revolves around an instance of text rape, including the rape itself and any in-character or out of character discussions about it.
Rape RP is against the rules on Sindome. Discussing instances of Rape RP that took place on this, or other games, by any IC or OOC communication method is also against the rules. The only exception is to use xhelp to report violations of the rule, or get clarification from admin.
This means that you should never engage in rape RP, including both perpetration and discussion, in any location, over SIC, on the grid, or on OOC Channels. It does not matter if all directly involved have given their consent to the RP because its impossible to obtain OOC consent of everyone (players & admin) who may witness, hear discussion of, or be affected by the RP itself.
Avoid this kind of RP altogether and any discussion of RP that may have happened ICly or OOCly in the past.
Combat roleplay following sex roleplay does not constitute a rule break under this rule as long as the two events are conducted separately. Sexual roleplay must be done and over with before combat roleplay can commence for a clean and clear progression of the roleplay.
The discussion of rape as it pertains to the rules, or the real world is not forbidden on OOC channels but anyone discussing it should be aware that it is a volatile topic that can easily upset others. Be respectful and be prepared to stop discussing it if asked by other members of the community.
(see also: 'help forbidden' and rule 6.A. above on "Sexual RP & Saying No")
$support_GM (Support GM) - Checks Grid Mails, Basic Puppeting
$watcher (Training GM) - Training, Most Puppeting
$creator (GM, Builder) - GM, building, basic coding
$agent (Senior Staff) - Staff / Player Management
$justice (Executive Staff) - Senior Staff
Conversations between players and administration made over xhelp or email are considered private between the player and the administration as a whole, unless otherwise specified, or unless the player takes an OOC action which requires the administrator to release said information to 'set the record straight'.
In instances of players reporting potential admin issues, the conversation will be kept in the strictest of confidence and will only be discussed with the necessary parties involved. All administrators are OOC entities. They do not converse with players in an IC manner, obviously, and cannot pass information on to another player except in an OOC manner. Passing such information along is breaking rule 1.C., above.
The game is based around conflict, without which we would be left with a happy fluffy bunny MOO. This conflict may not always be resolvable through IC means. When an administrator steps in to resolve these conflicts, they must be fair and impartial at all times. If an administrator cannot handle the situation due to OOC association, they should give the conflict to another administrator to be handled.
Without the administration, the game wouldn't last too long. Administrators are expected to login on a regular basis. If an administrator cannot login due to real world issues, they should let a $justice know so they are not removed for not logging in. After 6 months of inactivity, administrators will be reaped. $Justices are excluded.
Upon returning to the game after an extended absence all admin are required to read, review, and absorb along with abide all the rules, goals, and statements made in the admin-guide located on the website in the admin section. Ask another admin if you are unaware of the URL. Returning admin are also subject to a yay/nay vote by the existing staff, which may decide that the returning admin should be disallowed from returning.
Failure to read and abide by the rules will result in an admin being stripped of their bit by senior staff, regardless of the returning admin's previous place in the game. This is due to the fact that the game evolves and if you aren't around to evolve with it you may come back with a vastly different idea about the way the game is played or administrated due to not being around for the major changes. It is your responsibility to not undermine the current staff or direction of the game. Failure to do so results suspension of you as an admin.
Giving help, money, stat boosts, gear, or information to a friend or your alternate character is considered cheating. Involving a friend in an approved plot where gear, money, help or information is issued is OK but must be RP'ed. The characters created for these plots fall under the same guidelines as any other character.
No administrator shall answer questions or make statements for the game unless directed to by the Head Justice. General statements about personal enjoyment, theme or features are fine as long as they are not too in-depth.
At no time will source code from the game be displayed to players, guests, or extra-MOO entities. No code will be ported, dumped or used from a non-Sindome author without approval from that author, and a $justice. If an author cannot be contacted, and it is uncertain if the code is public domain, it is not to be used. No code will be ported, dumped, or used from Sindome, without the express consent of the Author and $justice. Any code written for Sindome, is considered property of The Sindome Corporation. If at any time a coder has decided to leave, his code stays with Sindome. He may use his own code elsewhere, but Sindome is free to do what they will with what was left. If at anytime an administrator is asked to leave/@toaded, they may ask that any plots/creations that they have made to be removed from the game. The admin will make an effort to accommodate them, but have no requirement to do so.
When a player is acting with malicious intent to disrupt and harm the experience and normal day to day operations of the MOO such as spamming, and other OOC violations covered in the @rules, a staff member can without a vote, @cell the player until a senior admin can either release them or recommend a punishment for the staff to vote on.
Players will be automatically reaped after 90 days of inactivity. If a player is going to be absent longer, then they should use the IC cryostasis explained in 4.B.
Any code that is intended to subvert the permissions assigned to you, monitor another administrator of equal or higher level, or harm the game by means of excessive lag, server panics, database bloating or any other malicious nature is grounds for permanent blacklisting by 2 $justices without consent of an arch-justice. This does not include accidental runaway verbs or crashes, unless the verb was designed to subvert security or permissions assigned to the administrators.
Administrators will not use any public admin channels to insult, sully, or taint, players they dislike (including bringing up past corrective actions taken by admin at unnecessary moments), who they have had an OOC disagreement with, or when they do not agree with the roleplay that player is engaging in. While there are times where admin may wish to vent about player, or character actions, that venting should happen privately as doing so publicly can have the unintended effect of 'poisoning the well' of admin opinion against that player. Admin will be warned about this 3 times at which point corrective action, determined by Senior Staff, will be taken.
7.K Admin Policy
Admin are also expected to follow all rules outlined in the Admin Policy doc located at https://www.sindome.org/dev/admin-policy/ which may be updated indpendently of these @rules.