As Midnight City Chronicles allows for freeform roleplaying outside of moderated scenarios, we have established ground rules so that all players have the same understanding of what is and is not acceptable. Freeform roleplaying is not a total free-for-all. It relies on the cooperation between players, and the mutual understanding of what is fair and appropriate, in order to create a fun environment for everyone. Therefore, the following rules outline the conduct we expect from all players and staff with regards to roleplaying in this game.
Everyone is here to have fun and relax. Nobody is playing to win, nobody is playing against each other, we're all playing together to tell fun stories.
If you find yourself becoming so invested in your character that the thought of something bad happening to them stresses you out, take a step back from the game.
If you find yourself plotting against other players to have your character 'win' at all times in cheap ways that make things unfun for everyone else, you need to take a step back from the game.
Characters may have conflicts with each other, but the players should not. This isn't a competition. Chill. Have fun.
A player is not their character, and a character is not their player.
Do not metagame. Just because you know something OOC does not mean your character knows it IC.
If you have a problem with a player OOC, that does not mean your character acts like a dick to them IC. Likewise, if someone's character does something bad to your character that is justified by the story, that does not give you license to start hating them OOC. Don't take in-character conflicts personally. Work with your fellow players to create a good story instead.
If you find yourself unable to keep your dislike of a player or character in check, then instead of creating conflict, save everyone the headache and just don't RP with them.
Use basic RP etiquette when playing in the main room. Don't be an attention hog.
Don't purposefully seek out scenes to interrupt, especially if they are low key and not being played in a public area. But likewise, don't RP a big dramatic scene in a public area and not expect other characters to comment or intervene.
Don't RP explicit sexual situations in the main room. This is not an eRP. Explicit sexual situations must be kept private.
Situations involving rape or child abuse are expressly prohibited from being RPed in any Midnight City channels, and doing so will be an instant ban. These situations may be mentioned in a character's background, but they cannot be RPed or written out in detail. No exceptions.
Don't spam OOC commentary in the main room. OOC comments should be kept to away/back/wb messages. Any further OOC discussion should go to the OOC room or /msg.
Communicate with the people you are writing with. Do not railroad players into scenes they might not want to play.
Do not godmode. You cannot control another person's character. You cannot assume their actions or reactions. You may attempt actions, such as throwing a punch, but in FFRP it is up to the other player to decide if that punch hits their character or not.
When in doubt, ask the other player.
Even in Freeform RP, your character is only as strong as the stats on their sheet dictate. A character with 20 STR on their sheet cannot suddenly lift 2 tons just because it's Freeform.
Likewise, your character cannot possess weapons, armour, vehicles, spells, and so on that do not appear on their sheet. Anything that you can buy in the shops cannot be used in Freeform RP unless it is on your character's sheet.
Everyday items like basic clothes, food, household objects and so on do not need to be on a character's sheet to be used in RP.
Likewise, your character's living space does not need to be on their sheet, though this should be kept within reason. A poor character living in the RPZ is not going to have a mansion.
We encourage everyone to be creative with their RP and explore new avenues of the setting and new facets of their characters, but it should be within reason.
Anything that would drastically alter the setting of the game can't be run in a random freeform session without GM approval. Your character can't take over an army, launch a nuke, tear open a portal to a new dimension, or release a biological weapon in the middle of the city just for kicks. If you have an idea for a large plot that could affect the setting in a significant way, run it by a GM first.
Any plots that afford your character significant financial gain or have them acquire items they did not purchase cannot be run freeform - thefts and hacks for monetary gain, building weapons and bombs, etc. all fall under moderated play as a GM must oversee any actions that would see modification of a character sheet.
Actions have consequences.
If your character decides to pick on a big angry dragon, don’t complain if they get burned to a crisp. If your character is a serial killer, the cops may investigate. If your character is a vigilante do-gooder cramping the mob's style, they may have to watch out for hit squads. This may be a fantastical world, but there are very real consequences for everything--it’s up to you and your character to navigate those consequences!