Okay, here are the rules. It is easy to distinguish whether they apply to in-character or out of character, as they are clearly written for one of these two roles, and it should therefore be obvious which each rule applies to.
DO NOT flame, or bully out of character. These are VERY serious offences, and you are likely to be banned for repeatedly offending. In-character bullying is OK, but we would also like you to keep that to the bare minimum, as some people may still take offence at bullying in-character.
DO NOT make people's characters do stuff they don't want to do. You need permission, for example, before making a private topic with them.
DO NOT God Mod or power play. This is one of the most serious offences that can be committed on the Nether; it has happened too many times in the past to be overlooked as a "minor" problem.
Please note that killing NPCs (not bots) is fine, if they are just random soldiers of little importance, but characters and registered bots are off-limits without permission. Example of god-modding: Robert hacked his double handed sword into the throat of Kirel, killing the warrior in a shower of blood and gore. Anything that looks like this, or leaves a character with no opportunity of escape from certain death or mutilation, then it is god-modding. Report it, if it has not already been seen.
Likewise, power play is outlawed. Power play is, for example, dodging dozens of bullets, when you have no powers that allow you to do so, and are just randomly dodging them.
DO NOT spam, even on the Off-Topic Boards. Spam isn't appreciated. Topics about jokes and things like that are fine, as long as spam doesn’t appear in them. For example people randomly posting about what they’ve done today or taking a thread off of its original topic is classed as spam on the Nether, and will be punished as such.
Staff Members words are final. You should remember this; once a punishment has been given, you may appeal your case to a higher power (me, for example), but in the main the word of the staff will be taken above all others.
State your post contains scenes of a sexual nature with a simple X in the topic title, please. We have younger members on this site, and it is common courtesy to warn them about a thread involving sex. Saying this, though, we (the staff) would prefer if you skipped the sex scenes altogether, and moved to "the morning after".
If making new topics as part of a plot, please post a link and a summary in the appropriate "New Plots" topic, with links/clear statement of where this fits in with the plot. This will allow readers and participants to easily follow the plot, and ensure your topic will not be overlooked. Also, if you are not the person who is running a plot, and you wish to make a new topic for it, it is best that you ask them whether or not you can first; this is to prevent people changing the originally planned course of a plot without the plot owner’s permission.
If you break any of the rules above you will be punished according to how serious the offence is; there are no set penalties for certain rule breakings, as the administrators will decide what the punishment for each individual case should be. Also note that these rules are subject to change at any time, and the changes will be posted in the “rules update” thread in this forum when changed ARE made.
This is a Role-Play, not MSN. I want everything written in proper English, with correct grammar, not in "txt language".
If you write anything like this, then VERY harsh action will be taken. Well den lets go said Alan as he ran 4ward at da demon.
It’s a horrible way to write, and it is hard to read and interpret. We want full sentences, preferably with correct spellings, so that it is easier to read. It should be written like this: "Well then, let’s go," said Alan as he ran forward at the demon.
Grammar and spelling should be taken to account in this forum. You’re not illiterate. You can all spell and use correct grammar and that's what is expected of you all.
One word posts are deemed unacceptable, except in off topic, where the occasional “lol” will be tolerated, as posts in off-topic to not count towards a members post-count.
Your display name must be your main character's name. This way role-playing and spelling names is a lot easier. If your character has a nick name then include this in your signature.
If you have more then one character please include their names and a link to their profiles in your signature, for reasons listed above.
When continuing in another thread please include a link to show where your character is going, just so that people can read it, and can join into the plot if they want.
You do not have to post up RPs where no one will post. This is a RP, not a story. Who’s going to read "I got up in the morning" in a password locked forum? No one is. Just use common sense.
When you are level one, you may have one power. When level two you may have two, and so on. This system continues until you become level seven, when you may have seven powers, but no more. This rule is in place to prevent ridiculously powerful characters from roaming the Nether. Each level 'pip' you rise after that is to show how much more powerful your powers are, and in a way how respected you are around Nether City.
Until you get to character level 3, you are only allowed to have one character. At level three you are permitted to have three characters. At level five you may have four, and upon attaining the level of Veteran Citizen you are allowed six.
You are only allowed to control a “bot” for a week, or for the duration of a plot, no longer!
Any other additional rules and restrictions will be added here when I think of them, along with a post in the “rules update” topic.