Roleplaying Rules

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.

  1. Remember: it's about fun

  2. Keep OOC and IC separate

  3. Be respectful

  4. Play cooperatively

  5. Mind your stats

  6. Plot sensibly

  7. Accept consequences

Remember: it's about fun.

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.

Keep OOC and IC separate.

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.

Be respectful.

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.

Play cooperatively.

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.

Keep your stats in mind.

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.

Plot within reason.

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.

Accept the consequences.

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!

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rez rez  Jan 04, 2020 / 2:02 PM
art added to the races pages

guest guest  May 06, 2019 / 6:36 AM
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rez rez  Feb 24, 2019 / 12:03 PM
hacking/theft rules and driving/vehicle combat rules are up! now on to crafting

rez rez  Apr 25, 2018 / 8:09 AM
Assorted updates have been posted. Check the forum for details!

Boone Boone  Aug 25, 2017 / 7:25 AM
shiny new sidebar!

rez rez  Aug 16, 2017 / 10:01 PM
duel rules done wheeee

rez rez  Aug 13, 2017 / 1:37 AM
added 2 new classes, operative and street preacher

rez rez  Aug 08, 2017 / 11:19 PM
combat rules are done (mostly). paladin class name changed to defender. paladin group description done. itshappening.gif

rez rez  Jul 30, 2017 / 1:00 PM
doing a big overhaul of combat rules. basically using D&D 5e as the framework and changing where necessary. much simpler than trying to start from scratch -__-

Boone Boone  Jul 23, 2017 / 1:23 PM
doot doot

chadamas chadamas  May 28, 2017 / 12:22 AM
Glad you had a good time! (And good bread and cheese.) Hope to hear more about it soon.

guest guest  May 26, 2017 / 2:03 PM
europe was excellent and so very full of bread and cheese

guest guest  May 09, 2017 / 11:27 PM
Have fun in Europe! -Chad

guest guest  May 07, 2017 / 12:56 AM
in europe atm. work begins again when i return -rez

Boone Boone  Apr 02, 2017 / 11:19 AM
he lives!

guest guest  Apr 02, 2017 / 1:41 AM
Yeah, this is Chad, btw :)

guest guest  Apr 02, 2017 / 1:41 AM
I'm still alive and am still working on this when I can! Promise to have more for you soon.

Boone Boone  Mar 29, 2017 / 8:23 PM
Slowly but surely picking away at the groups

Boone Boone  Mar 15, 2017 / 11:58 PM
No worries! Hope things settle down for you soon.

chadamas chadamas  Mar 15, 2017 / 9:41 PM
Nice! Wanted to pop in here and say that I haven't forgotten about this...just a hectic time right now. I'm still working when I can, though, and am hoping to push a few new things live as soon as possible.

Boone Boone  Mar 13, 2017 / 3:04 PM
started on the engineer skill tree

Boone Boone  Mar 11, 2017 / 10:55 PM
got channels registered on darkmyst, #vancity for IC and #2277 for OOC

Boone Boone  Mar 05, 2017 / 10:50 PM
awesome. I'm mainly working on organization and posting up all the rest of the stuff from the docs right now. I think maybe next weekend I'll see about getting the rooms set up. Should be enough info up to do some test RP.

chadamas chadamas  Mar 05, 2017 / 10:01 PM
Yeah, absolutely! I didn't really have any time this weekend to work on stuff, but should have time to dig back in probably around the middle of next week.

Boone Boone  Mar 03, 2017 / 1:53 PM
question: would it be possible to have a notification/link that shows up to unregistered users and directs them to the newbie/starter guide that I haven't written yet? sort of a "Hey, it looks like you're new, please go here instead of stumbling around in confusion" thing

Boone Boone  Mar 02, 2017 / 9:41 PM
haha, I was going to ask you how I could tweak the css for the blockquotes, but it looks perfect now. also I haven't finished the udemy course yet, still kind of getting through all the stuff I already know since it starts from the ground up, but it's really well structured so far. I signed up for a bunch of other ones to do after it. JS, Python, SQL

chadamas chadamas  Mar 02, 2017 / 8:22 PM
Also: I like the new dice page! Made a quick change to the blockquotes so your examples are more visible.

chadamas chadamas  Mar 02, 2017 / 8:20 PM
Btw, how was the udemy course?

chadamas chadamas  Mar 02, 2017 / 8:18 PM
OK, cool. Really, any time you want to should be fine. If you want to wait a little longer until more of the game-related stuff is ready, though, I'm good with that. I've been paying for this website forever and there has been practically nothing on it for years, so it's not hurting me any to keep it here as long as we need, haha.

Boone Boone  Mar 02, 2017 / 12:40 PM
btw, let me know when it's time to set up the real hosting and buy the domain and all that. i do have a free year of hosting that came with a web dev course on udemy, but i think it'll be a little pricier (to renew) than bluehost and also doesn't come with a domain.

Boone Boone  Mar 02, 2017 / 9:21 AM
ooo, shiny

chadamas chadamas  Mar 02, 2017 / 12:02 AM
Oh, by the way, there is another admin theme installed for Processwire if you want to check it out. When you're in there, click your name in the top-right corner, go to Profile, and then switch to Reno. If you don't like it you can always switch back, but I much prefer it :)

chadamas chadamas  Mar 01, 2017 / 11:56 PM
Thank you--I like the work you've been doing too! I went ahead and added a profile switcher in the sidebar as well. I could see scenarios where it would be annoying to navigate to an entirely separate page to switch accounts and then try to find your way back to where you were. This should switch you right there on whatever page you're viewing.

rez rez  Mar 01, 2017 / 11:53 AM
this profile switcher is snazzy

Boone Boone  Mar 01, 2017 / 12:19 AM
no worries! The game system isn't even finished yet, lol, so it's not like anything's being held up

chadamas chadamas  Mar 01, 2017 / 12:13 AM
One more thing that just occurred to me to mention: I know I'm spending a lot of time on the interface/player front, but I promise I haven't forgotten about the game itself. I am working on character generation, level-up functionality, shops, etc. as well...am just trying to get a solid foundation here to build on as we progress.

chadamas chadamas  Mar 01, 2017 / 12:04 AM
Oh, the changes might require a hard refresh or cache clearing again.

chadamas chadamas  Mar 01, 2017 / 12:04 AM
Went ahead and uploaded some new stuff--mostly account page-related. You should be able to select your active profile directly from there now. Edit functionality is still in the works but should be coming soon. Also, if you're seeing the Admin Dashboard link in the nav next to Processwire, the Site Setting portion should actually allow you to change the site title and the homepage text for now.

chadamas chadamas  Feb 28, 2017 / 7:25 PM
Sounds good and should be fine. Anything and everything here will be exportable. Page looks good, by the way! Going to try to finish up a couple of things in the next day or so and then will push some more updates live.

Boone Boone  Feb 28, 2017 / 8:38 AM
google drive is blocked at work so I'm doing some updates to the race descriptions directly on here >.>

chadamas chadamas  Feb 22, 2017 / 11:33 PM
Cool...shoutbox still works :)

chadamas chadamas  Feb 22, 2017 / 11:33 PM
Just a test after some updates

Boone Boone  Feb 18, 2017 / 9:17 AM
Oooh, I really like that level up indicator! Also like the changes to the navigation

chadamas chadamas  Feb 18, 2017 / 12:05 AM
Haven't pushed a whole lot more live yet, but there are a few new UI-related things ready for review. Might require a hard refresh or cache clearing. Mostly just in relation to heading and form label fonts, subtle navigation menu changes, and sidebar updates. The sidebar shows one idea of how to show that a character has earned enough XP to level up and is ready to upgrade stats.

chadamas chadamas  Feb 15, 2017 / 10:30 PM
Yeah, I'm liking it too. Good suggestion! I've done some more work locally but haven't uploaded it yet. Working back and forth between an admin editor so that you can create/edit pages and a more robust character generator with stats included. Hopefully have more for you to see this weekend.

Boone Boone  Feb 15, 2017 / 10:11 PM
really digging the greyscale sidebar

Boone Boone  Feb 14, 2017 / 9:35 PM
sounds good. I can do something in Illustrator and scale as needed

chadamas chadamas  Feb 14, 2017 / 9:31 PM
For the logo size, not sure off the top of my head what would work best, but I'd go large initially if you decide to go ahead and start working on something. Much easier to scale down than up. To work in the menu for this layout, probably something with a greater width than height would work best.

chadamas chadamas  Feb 14, 2017 / 9:28 PM
Glad you're liking it and glad to see that you were able to successfully create a character account! Edit functionality is coming soon. I like the idea of the grayscale pattern with a thin blue border. I will give that a try!

Boone Boone  Feb 14, 2017 / 9:24 PM
this is so cool. also re: logo, let me know the size and I'll whip something up. As for the sidebar, maybe just a grayscale of that techy pattern with a thin blue border?

blah blah  Feb 13, 2017 / 11:13 PM
Also just discovered that there was a problem with sub-profile creation related to avatars. You should now be able to create new characters from the account page with or without a profile picture.

chadamas chadamas  Feb 13, 2017 / 10:20 PM
Think the navigation is looking a little better now. A nice logo to replace the "Vancity" text would probably bring the whole thing together. Wondering about that blue in the sidebar now too, though...not sure it's needed with a cityscape background in the header.

rez rez  Feb 13, 2017 / 3:35 PM
testing

chadamas chadamas  Feb 13, 2017 / 1:13 AM
Oh yeah, and the navigation menu looks pretty bad right now. That's on my radar and will be pretty high on my to-do list.

asdf asdf  Feb 13, 2017 / 12:58 AM
It's all extremely rough, the stuff in the sidebar is static and non-functional (just as a placeholder) for now, but I think we're building on a solid foundation here. And hopefully having a live example that we can play with will let us collaborate more quickly and efficiently. See something wrong or have an idea? Shout it!

chadamas chadamas  Feb 13, 2017 / 12:53 AM
Eventually, many, many things (like this shoutbox) will load asynchronously, so that the entire page doesn't have to be reloaded.

chadamas chadamas  Feb 13, 2017 / 12:51 AM
Just here testing a shout.

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