Like anywhere else, there are rules to follow if you want to play at 'Souls. By joining the game, you agree to abide by these rules. Failure to do so can result in a variety of consequences, elaborated on in the Punishments section.
Rule infractions are dealt with by the administration; please contact a member of the 'Souls Assemblage if you feel there has been a violation of the rules.
Conduct and Courtesy
- Disrespect or harassment to any member of 'Souls will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Remember your manners; act maturely and respectfully. You are free to disagree, but if you can't say something kindly, kindly don't say anything at all.
- No drama. Either keep it off of the board or don't bother at all.
- You must be 13 years of age to register on the forum.
- Mature content is prohibited in character names, avatars, and signatures. 'Souls is rated PG-13, except in properly-marked mature threads. See our Mature Content Guidelines for further information.
- Character appearances must be realistic. See Character Appearance for complete information. (Show More!)
- The minimum playable age for characters born on-board and adopted is two months. The minimum playable age for all other characters is seven months.
- Character histories must be realistic. (Show More!)
- Character skillsets must be realistic. (Show More!)
- Luperci must be of the genus Canis. See Species for a list of Luperci-capable species. (Show More!)
- Once accepted, new characters must make an in character post within five days.
- Each character must make an IC post at least once every four (4) weeks. After roughly three (3) weeks of inactivity, the player is given a 7 day post-by deadline. If the member fails to reply to the message and/or does not make an IC post, the character is removed from the game. (Note: accounts are not deleted, so members are free to rejoin later).
- While it does not exempt them from the previous, players may post official absences of 1-4 weeks. Leaders may choose to give consideration to absences when evaluating for rank changes.
- Artwork by artists other than yourself must be credited. Make sure the artist allows use of their artwork! If possible, try to credit photographic sources as well. However, we understand that sources for photos are harder to track and organize, and photo credit is not mandatory.
- The maximum width for tables and signatures is 698 pixels; the board automatically truncates anything wider. The maximum height for signatures is 400 pixels.
- You may not have more than ten total adoptable character clickables from any adoptable pet website on any part of the board, including a maximum of five in your forum signature, five in your forum profile, and any individual topics.
- Avatars must depict your character. E.g., a photo or drawing of them. Silly avatars are welcome, so long as they're still relevant to the character and of the correct species. This rule is waived annually on April 1st.
- Animated images (GIF files) and text (marquees, blinking effects) may not be used in avatars or post tables. GIFs may be used in profiles and signatures, provided the animation is non-intrusive (e.g., not overly distracting), loops smoothly (e.g., not flashing, strobing, or looping at a high speed), and not excessive (e.g., 10+ animated banners in your signature).
- In adherence to our Mature Content Guidelines, all imagery exceeding a PG-13 rating must be clearly marked.
- In addition to the above game rules, 'Souls also has a list of Procedures for additional characters, changing characters, mateship, puppies, and other roleplay-related rules.
Warnings & Bans
- Warnings. A warning about a rule infraction will usually come via Private Message or, in rarer instances, by email. Most of the time, the 'Souls Assemblage will issue multiple warnings to those who violates the rules and work extensively with them to resolve issues and misunderstandings before resorting to a ban of any type.
However, for some severe cases, bans may be instated without prior warning.
- Types of Bans. (Show!)
Regardless of which type of ban they are receiving, individuals will be banned, or suspended, for a set amount of time -- a week, a month, several months, a year. However, we have also banned members permanently. The length of a ban depends on the type of offense and the severity. For contest, OOC, and chat bans, members will be PM'd the details of and reasoning behind the ban, as well the date and time the ban expires. For full bans, members will be emailed. You may, of course, appeal to the administration if you wish to contest the ban.
- Warn-able and bannable offenses include, but are not limited to: (Show!)