Not following Mystic World's or Delphi's rules will result in corrective actions including but not limited to: Warnings, Gags, Bans (Timed), Character Removal, or Lock Out (Permanent Ban). Please respect and follow our rules and enjoy the game for what it is, a game.
Using the chat room:
-When talking "out of character" (meaning not speaking as your character but as yourself, the player) place your words within double parenthesis ((like this)) so others know. An equivalent to this is acceptable. Keep OOC to a minimum, meaning greetings, goodbyes, corrections, and occasional short remarks. When there are few people and/or no role play, feel free to have OOC discussions, but if there is another present looking to RP, then please cease your OOC and take it to PM.
-To do actions for your character, type /me and then the action.
-Try to keep your larger posts 4-6 lines. Any larger than that will often kick you or another person from the room due to Delphi's flood protection program. When needing to cut your posts up, type (c) for continue to let people know you are not done yet, and (e) to indicate you've finished. People do this to be polite to each other and allow for posting in turns, which keeps the 'flow' of play smoother.
-While in the main room, occasionally a GM might interrupt the role playing to make an official announcement. At these times, please cease your play until they are done so everyone can read what the GM says. This is usually in regards to an event, such as a quest or battle.
Using the forum:
-Do not delete your posts. If we find you excessively deleting, we may take away posting rights to your character.
-No background music. Links to videos or playlists is fine.
Stick to our game's setting. No time travel, no modern items, no excessive space travel/reference (such as spaceships and aliens), to list a few things. If you aren't sure, feel free to ask. Our setting is based loosely around the real European "medieval" age.
Stats, sheets, etc.
-Keep track of your character's progress. We'll have pretty good records on everything, but in case we miss something or get it wrong, you'll need to alert us. Any daily activities will need to be brought to our attention as we wont be watching for it automatically.
-Your character has specific guidelines for pregnancies and mating. See the Races pages for that information.
-All races, genders, and classes may get married in the game. There ARE limitations regarding breeding, which can be found on the Race pages.
-Golden rule: If it isn't on your character's sheet, your character cannot do it or does not have it.
Pets, Housing/Property, NPCs
-Anything you want officially recognized, meaning able to be on your sheet, used in events, or toward/with other players, or gained from (such as selling) will need to be purchased/acquired from the game and put on your sheet. If you don't see what you want in the market, email the game and request it. We might grant it to you.
-This is something we ask that you use very limited, and only with adult characters and OOCly conscenting players. These are situations such as mentions of past-tense rape (absolutely no current-time or full rape scenes will be allowed in chat or the forum), miscarriage, adult molestation, gorey dismemberments of body parts, potty play (excrement use), and strong sexual scenes. Sexual scenarios should be kept to displays of affection and not pleasure in the main room.
-Your character cannot automatically do an action toward another character, or speak 'for' that character's actions. Imply your character's actions such as "attempts to grab their arm" and let the other player choose if they accept the action or not.
Player Knowledge VS Character Knowledge
-This is a very tricky subject that even the best role players can slip up on occasionally. What this means is what YOU, the player and human behind the character, may know something, but it doesn't necessarily mean that your character knows it. Your character can only EVER know something if they have -heard- or -experienced- it inside the game and IC. You might read that a character is pregnant from the forum for example, but that doesn't mean that your character will know about the pregnancy. Don't try to get around it either, it's frowned on and if abused, can result in punishment.
-Your character will need to have the ability to communicate telepathically before they are allowed to. You are also never allowed to simply read another character's mind. There are skills where this can be applied, but it requires special rolls and can be defended against. ONLY if another player consents to their character's mind being read will you be able to do so outside of a skill and cannot be done during any official events.
-Please don't bully other players into telling you what other character's they play OR reveal to other people what characters that person plays without their permission. It's rude, and some people like to have 'secret' characters for many reasons, which is their business. The only time this might occur is if a staff member needs to ask someone privately if they have multiple characters in an event which in some circumstances can be cheating.
-We filter some words for a reason. Don't try to 'get' around a filtered word by slightly altering it so it can be seen. We'll warn you if you do this, and if you do it excessively you will be punished.
-Be sure to be open to the possibility of role playing with someone you are not familiar with. You never know when opening up to a new character/player where it could lead. Sometimes you get the best of friends, or the funnest of enemies this way.
The Taverns & Game NPCs
Drinks and food in the capital's taverns OOCly are free. IC, you should mention paying or tipping in regards to food and beverage, but you wont actually lose gold from your sheet. Rooms are also free, and allowed as temporary residence for characters until they can acquire property of their own later on (OOCly NOT free, see the Market for information.) NPCs that are used by the game, such as tavern staff, are not subject to being killed, kidnapped, stolen from, battled, or in any other way interacted with other than to add a little addition to your own storyline, such as discussions and orders. Flirting with them, speaking for them (try to keep to their listed personalities from the site), and casual reference to them are perfectly fine. Just don't go overboard. They are in the game to improve the appearance and feel of the described atmospheres and locations... so beat up your fellow players IC, not our NPCs! The same goes for NPC owned establishments like the taverns... you break it, you very well might end up paying for it. Seriously. Characters that drastically, or often, damage property will have actions taken IC against them by the NPC authorities and can incur penalties from gold reduction, to being banned IC from the establishment or location, to the owner's even taking your characters hand as payment!
Leave it to the GM!
Please do not try to enforce rules yourself. Leave rule enforcement to the GM's because players do not like to be confronted (or often seen as harassed) by other players about rules. During times that staff aren't present in the chatroom and people are breaking rules (like excessive OOC), use Dephi's /ignore feature so you do not have to see their posts. If the rule broken is severe enough (like harassment) then take a screenshot and email it to the game staff, where we will look into it and handle it, and ignore the player afterward. Never join in, as it may only get you in trouble as well.
Take extended battles to the #arena (tc-MysticArena). Dice or Quick Draw battles can disrupt and distract others from the IC atmosphere of their stories, and can also flood the room making it easy to miss posts. Brief storyline battles (like Para) are okay, but have the same stipulations of forum battles (no dice, no perm death, no structure.) If a battle is intended to end up in a Death, a GM will need to be present, and the fight will need to be in the arena. If a GM is not available, the fight has to be postponed until a GM can witness (post in the Battle folder to request a GM and schedule a time for the match.) So no dice battles, or quick-draw battles within the main. Start it through storyline and then take it to the arena to do it officially. The only exception to this are assassination attempts, which WILL occur in the main chatroom and might pause the room's play temporarily.
Quests will most of the time take place in the chatroom #adventures (tc-MysticQuests), but often starts within the main chatroom. A GM will announce that a quest will take place soon (generally a 10-20 minute warning) and then either:
No Child Abuse
Stories that would include child-molestation, or child-rape are NOT allowed in our game, period. The age of "maturity" for each race has been listed on the race pages to adjust for their lifespan. They must be this age or older to enter into Sensitive Material stories.
Slavery IS allowed in our game, but must have OOC player consent, and the slave "owner" OOCly must respect the "slave" player's wishes once they desire to no longer have their character be a slave. Battle-capture has different rules, as players must consent to the POSSIBILITY of capture before the battle and the enslavement has a limited amount of time.
Be aware of the following. Rape, is a very real life situation for many. In fiction, it can be used to further a character's development, or cause them a personality handicap. It can sometimes be used to make someone more villainous too. We understand (on a very personal level) how sensitive this subject is. We have decided for the sake of character development and story, that rape can be mentioned in a character's history or storyline BRIEFLY (not too much detail or it may be denied) for story purpose. It will NOT be allowed to be played actively/present time in any story for any reason. No raping anyone, no being raped, no seeing rape in progress, no speaking of doing the act. We will allow it in history purposes only to describe a tragedy (or vile act) to help players who want a bit darker past for their character. Thank you for understanding, and those who do not abide by these guidelines will be warned once, and banned permanently if pushed after a warning.
Sexual content should be limited in the public chatroom/forum. Consistent displays of affection, or further "development" of sexual acts should be taken to private (PM's, IM's, E-mail, etc.), but is in no way encouraged by Mystic Worlds or it's staff. Cybering is not allowed in Delphi, and if it is insisted by the two consenting players, should be taken to a source outside of Delphi. Be careful when venturing into sexual conversations, whether "in character" or not, because this material can be documented and used against you by malicious people; sexual harassment (not allowed and against the law), blackmail, decimation of character, and regret are all possible. We do not condone or encourage sexual acts or conversations. Cybering is not allowed in Delphi, so we will not allow it in our chatrooms. Done where others cannot see is not in our jurisdiction and we don't care; though keep in mind that some players in Delphimight be under 18, and sexual discussions or approaches with minors is illegal... so be careful and smart about who you interact with behind the scenes.
No drug references. The following we'll allow, but nothing else: Mentions of "herbs" (no other name/term than herbs please, such as marijuana, especially new age references to things), tobacco (no filters, as these are new-age items. Instead use it chewed, or smoke it rolled or in pipes), and alcohol. Hallucinogenics in the form of magic or potions will be allowed to a degree. Keep all mentions of any of these materials in a fantasy-sense only.
Characters will only be able to "over-hear" each other while in the same room at normal to louder tones, or within close proximity (through a door or window). Special skills with certain races will allow heightened senses, but there are limits with these as well. Be reasonable and realistic to proximity and volume.
When there is royalty around, people should respond accordingly with gestures of respect (shaking of hands, bowing, acknowledging) or distaste (sneers, spitting, etc.) Royalty should not to be ignored. People are only officially "royal" if they've obtained a title as such through "Status". If they are not officially royal, you do not have to recognize them as such. People work hard to get their titles, so please play along... you might actually find that it gets you a new enemy/ally in the game and add some fun!
Theft, assassination attempts (unexpected/unwarranted attacks), murder, and similar crimes are not something done in the open or in front of others generally. When this happens in a public area within the chat room (tavern, busy city, etc) and a GM is present, other characters may do a "citizens arrest" if they are brave enough to try and detain the criminal, or the GM will have NPC Knights come in and arrest the offender. The person who committed the crime will be asked to roll by the GM, and more specific rules are described on the Class pages for more details.
JailIf arrested, you may play out being in jail in posts or the room, but you are not able to escape, kill guards (unless you want to extend your stay), or get out early. People arrested for theft will be in jail 1 IRL days (IC, over-night in jail), attacking someone unexpectedly 2 IRL days (IC, one week in jail), and murder will be 5 IRL days (IC, one month in jail). In this time you cannot make new story lines outside of jail, but previous ones in posts before the arrest may be continued in posts.
Mass murder (5 people or more) in public places, or murder of NPC's or PC's that are under 14 (and someone finds out) will land you in Vezeni with a life sentence. You must pay 50k gold to be released, or be pardoned by the victim (since they usually revive). Sometimes trials may take place where the person is judged by unbiased peers. If your character DOES get a life sentence, they'll get the ability to try to break free once a RL month.