First of all, these won't be long and detailed, because honestly, these things are everywhere, and are basically the same no matter where you are. No, there isn't some secret password you need to find. You're on the honor system. But FYI, not having read the rules does not excuse you if you break them. If you have any questions at all, or if a rule is confusing to you, you can PM an admin or post in the help forum.
ONE , the basics
Basically, don't be a dick. You should know how to behave properly, both online and in real life. Don't be a dick to people. If you disagree with someone, talk it out respectfully. And do NOT bring your OOC drama into the cbox or forums. Talk it out via PM or IM or something. This also encompasses obeying staff. If you make a suggestion or ask for something and are told no, it means no. But basically, be nice and respectful to everyone. We'd like this to be a very low-stress environment.
TWO , characters
You play your character(s), not anybody else's; this means that you cannot say what another person's character is saying, thinking, or doing without the other player's permission. Aside from that, know that NO character may be perfect. Everyone has their flaws. But at the same time, not everyone has the most tragic past ever. Try to strike a nice balance. Also, regarding names, feel free to be creative, but also remember that most people have "normal" names. If staff feels that your character's name is too
"out there," you will be asked to change it. The minimum character age is 18, meaning this is an adult character only
RP. We encourage characters that are in their mid-twenties and up! There is no character limit. You know what you can handle. However, if staff notices that your previous characters are lacking in activity, we may ask you not to make another one. Lastly, characters may (and probably will, at some point) reproduce. However, we require that you stop by the stork thread
before going too far with your pregnancy plot.
THREE , accounts
Sign up with your character's FIRST AND LAST NAME (i.e. James Wilson.) No punctuation. Capitalization is irrelevant, since the coding turns everything lowercase anyway.
FOUR , graphics
Any graphics you have must have your character in them (unless it's lyrics.) This means that no, you may not have random images from an irrelevant movie in your sig. For sizes, the avatar may be maximum 200 x 300 pixels (width x height), and signatures should be no larger than 500 x 300 (maximum 500 width, height is flexible.) Also, no nudes.
FIVE , posting
Remember that this is a real-life RP, so the situations your character is in should be realistic. That being said, just about anything goes- drugs, alcohol, violence, sex. However, your post can not be extremely graphic, in any of those respects. Explicit threads could get the forum deleted. So please "fade to black" before the thread gets too explicit (for example- in a ~sexy thread, if you start talking about thrusting, you've gone too far.) Finally, there is NO minimum word count. However, please make sure you give others something to work with. Absolutely no one-liners.
SIX , more posting
We don't expect anybody to be perfect, but at least try to use proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Your posts should not be too full of typos to the point of being illegible. Make use of spell check! Posts should be done in third-person and past-tense. You can do whatever you want with post titles, though we discourage excessive use of symbols. (Some are okay, but nothing like ~~~~~~~~~~title*************)
SEVEN , aging
We do require that characters age eventually- you can't be 21 forever, you know. The way we will work here is that every five months in real life will equal six months in the RP world. Why such a big window? Because we want to allow people as much freedom as possible, while not having GIANT logical holes in timelines, especially for people who can't post as often. This also allows for plots to progress a little faster than if the site was in "real time". The birthday claim is mandatory. If we are in the six months that includes your character's birth month, you must age them one year some time before the change. Make sense? Also, since there is such a large window of time, make sure you say WHEN your post is taking place. It doesn't have to be a specific day, but at least state what month it is.