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 Post subject: Rules Announcement
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:28 am 
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Below is the updated version of the rules for Shattered Kingdoms as written by the staff with input from players. Please take the time to read them, and also note the HELP RULES file has also been updated.

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The rules of Shattered Kingdoms are designed to ensure that the game remains a fun, fair, and enjoyable environment for a diverse player base. Shattered Kingdoms is not a public service of the Internet, and the administrators reserve the right to delete characters or ban players to preserve this expectation. The rules below operate alongside the Terms of Service, interpretations documented on the forums, and the judgment of staff members. The rules help files were last updated on 2016-9-13.

WHEATON'S LAW

"Don't be a dick."

Shattered Kingdoms thrives on conflict and character interaction. While diversity in character behavior and concepts is encouraged, this rule is directed toward the behavior of the players. Players need to respect that behind every character is another human being, and that everyone is here to enjoy themselves. All players should behave with a spirit of good sportsmanship that is founded on respect - respect for your allies and enemies, the rules, the game staff, and even your own character. This applies both in winning AND losing. Throwing a tantrum after being defeated is bad sportsmanship.

ROLEPLAYING

Roleplaying is absolutely mandatory for all actions taken in the in-character world, not only player killing. See relevant help files (HELP ROLEPLAY, HELP CONDUCT) for further details. Enforceable minimum expectations when dealing with other players in the game include:

¤ Roleplay all conflicts. While player killing is legal, it is considered a violation of Rule 1 to refuse to engage in dialogue with your victims. Characters have the right to understand why they were targeted.
¤ Keep character interactions and motivations IC (in character), and separate from OOC (out of character) player interactions and motivations.
¤ Out-of-character communication should be avoided in all situations, but especially in public conversation. In the rare situation where it is used, it should always be prefixed with an ooc: tag.

NO SEXUAL HARASSMENT

An extension of Rule 1, sexual harassment is an absolute disregard for another Shattered Kingdoms player and will not be tolerated. Harassment can occur in or out of character, and either will result in a siteban. While the game allows adult content, in-character sexual actions must be engaged with the consent of all participants. If you are told that your advancements are unwelcome, you must cease immediately or face a siteban.

NO MULTIPLAYING

While players may have as many characters as they wish, they may operate only one character at any given time, and the characters must operate completely independently of one another.

It is against the rules to transfer equipment, coins or knowledge between your own characters.
Proxy connections to the MUD allow players to circumvent this rule and are thus forbidden.

For further explanation and details on punishment, see HELP MULTIPLAYING.

NO BOTS OR CHARACTER AUTOMATION

The use of automation to send commands to the MUD creates an unfair advantage. As such, ALL triggers that automate the entry of ANY command to the game are illegal. However, client features like mapping or highlighting are deemed valid as they affect only the player's view of the game world rather than his or her interactions within it. Violations of this rule, no matter how small, will result in character deletion.

NO EXPLOITATION OF BUGS OR GAME MECHANICS

The essence of Shattered Kingdoms has always been and will continue to be the roleplay that drives the Pyrathian world. As the game is built of code and scripts, occasionally there are mechanical possibilities that are inconsistent with the desired roleplay environment. Should you encounter a mechanical tactic that you feel works around realistic roleplay, please report it via email to an administrator. The staff will confirm whether these mechanics are valid or unintended, and work from there to remedy the situation.

Exploits will be punished with deletion. These include, but are not limited to:
¤ Forcing characters to confirm cabal or religious membership through guardians or spells.
¤ Organizing groups of aggressive or tribunal NPCs out of their starting points
¤ Using life-giving skills in a malicious manner (see HELP DEATH)
¤ Abuse of the request skill (see HELP REQUEST)

NO SPAMMING OR HACKING OF THE GAME

Spamming is the continuous or repetitive printing of something to the screen, either in an attempt to annoy other players or to gain an advantage over them. Hacking is defined as an attempt to gain unauthorized access to resources of the game, including characters of other players. More than two attempts to access a character using an invalid password will result in an investigation regarding possible hacking. Players found guilty of spamming will be punished with demotion when used for annoyance, and deletion when used to gain advantage. Those found guilty of hacking will be punished by siteban.

*****Ignorance of these rules does not constitute an excuse for breaking them.*****

For details on how punishments for violations are handled, please see HELP PUNISHMENT.


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 Post subject: Re: Rules Announcement
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:34 am 
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Shattered Kingdoms has been undergoing a lot of changes in recent months with updates to the rules not being the least of those changes. In the wake of that, we would like to announce the appointment of Sadr as the new Rules Manager for Shattered Kingdoms.

Sadr (no relation to the first Rules Manager with the same moniker) will be taking on this position effective immediately. They will be the first and primary point of contact for all rules violations.

For convenience, the Rules Manager can be reached at these e-mail addresses:
rules@shatteredkingdoms.org
cheating@shatteredkingdoms.org

You should contact the Rules Manager:
1) To report any observed abuse or cheating.
2) To discuss any open cases that involve your character(s).
3) To appeal any closed cases regarding your account or characters.

Rules will continue to be enforced as they have been. Any assertion of violation will go through the community of administrators and be discussed before a final ruling is passed. Sadr will make every effort to meet and communicate with players promptly so as not to draw out the process or keep players in limbo unnecessarily.

We hope this role will continue to create transparency in regards to enforcement and maintain well-defined lines within the rules.

If you have any questions about the rules or this transition, you can use the existing Q&A thread here.


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