We recognise that the Net can be extremely valuable to enhance
downtime character development and to get plot out to people . However,
in all cases, our primary focus is live roleplaying events. So the
primary aim of net-based communication should be to enhance LT main
events and sanctioned events.
We can't think up rules to cover every set of circumstances, and
we wouldn't want to. So in all cases Rule 7 takes precedence.
1.IC consequences In all cases, conversation between players
is fine. But if you post something, expect consequences. [Example:
Drizzt posts "all Gryphons are scum" on the Harts notice board.
He shouldn't be surprised to get trouble from the Gryphons, friends
of the Gryphons, and the Harts diplomatic staff.] Posting controversial
stuff as anyone other than your LT character ("virtual PCs") is
frowned on, as it doesn't allow other people to follow up at events.
2.Identification Notice board posts should generally be
signed and have an email address. This is to stop irresponsible
anonymous postings that break the 'consensus view' of the world.
Sometimes there are good reasons to post anonymously - but see Rule
3.Responsibility In the majority of cases, no-one can exceed
their responsibility. NPCs and Plot Teams have defined areas of
authority. Players are responsible for themselves only. If you have
'virtual' net-based characters working for you, their abilities
are limited to reaction. They can't initiate action. (Plot is intended
for real players not virtual players!) [Example: You can post messages
from your 'virtual' scribe announcing your character's current whereabouts.
You can't use your scribe to conduct independent investigations.]
NPCs should be careful to bear the LT's NPC Guidelines in mind.
4.Exceptions Players and NPCs can take action outside their
area of responsibility if all concerned agree to the actions. e.g.
a player can deliver troops under their command if they have been
given IC responsibility for that army. [Example: Lady Lucy can say
"I'm going to Bristol." She can't say "The York Army is marching
to Bristol" unless she has been given IC responsibility for that
army. For instance, (a) it is agreed by Plot Team that the Earl
Marshall of York has IC control over that army, and (b) that player
then gives IC permission to Lady Lucy.] Harts Plot Team can only
run activity on non-Harts boards if they have the permission of
other plot teams that would be affected.
5.Time It takes time to carry out certain activities, so
this needs to be taken into account. If you're not sure how much
time it would take to do something or go somewhere, contact Plot
Team. [Example: If it takes a week to get somewhere, Drizzt can't
post "I'm here!" a day after he announces he's setting out.] Please
be aware that not everyone has or wants to have 24 hour net access.
Therefore you have to allow more than 'real time' for other people
to respond to your posts.
6.Considerate behaviour On the Net, there's no body language
and you can't hear tones of voice. So it's very easy for misunderstandings
to happen, and feelings can run high. If it seems that OOC offence
is being caused, then please back off. (If appropriate, pick the
matter up again at an event.)
7.Rule 7 "Don't take the piss."
drafted by Roz Horton 23-June-00,
adopted by Harts Plot Team 08-July-00
shamelessly adapted from Harry's original