THE SITE'S RULES
Read through them carefully
00. No cheating.
This should be an obvious understanding, but clarification never hurts. The three main methods of cheating on the site are as follows.
01. No spamming or flooding.
- Godmodding When a player is directly controlling the outcome or actions of another person's character without their consent. This usually occurs when a post states that an action did take place, when it should have stated that the action would, or could in given the situation. Even in a situation where one is certain to an action will be performed as stated, a player cannot state that the action has been. This rule should come off as common knowledge, and as such, players will receive only one warning.
- Metagaming When a character has access to knowledge outside of their ability to have obtained. In more relatable terms, when the player uses out of character information to detail an action, thought, etc. for their character to perform. A secret meeting being known by someone who wasn't involved would also count as metagaming. However, there is a fine line between metagaming and appropriate actions. A thief may decide to deflect a barrage of spells from a mage, but decide to jump clean out of the way of spells that can secretly explode, considering the second action was just as possible a choice as the first in the situation. The punishment for metagaming will be to change your post at least, but continuous metagaming will result in a ban if the habit does not cease.
- Power Playing When a player encompasses the highest possibly ranked spots within the site, takes a number of the legendary armor and/or weaponry, etc. Though there really isn't anything punishable through power playing, if the staff believe you are guilty of such, they have the power to deny you of any more special positions. They may also take away a number of your held positions as well, granted the other staff are in agreement.
Meaning that you don't double-post, you don't destroy topics with unrelated comments, and you don't reply on your own topic to bump it up. However, if it has been over a week since the last reply on a thread in the RP Registry, you may bump it up, just once. We will warn you once. Second warning will be a ban.
02. No open fire.
If you have anything against a fellow member or are feeling attacked by a member, no matter their position on the site, discuss this privately. Do not create a ruckus among other members nor in the Chat Box, and if you feel the situation cannot be worked out by yourself, contact a person in power through PM for help or advice. If you DO wreak havoc upon others on the forum, you are banned. Given that this is the second rule in our long list, we expect our members to know this; seldom will staff ever hand out a warning for breaking this rule.
03. No interfering in RP sessions and stories.
If you're not in the story, don't reply on it. It would be considered spamming or just being blatantly stupid. In other words, do not post in threads which are labeled closed, and do not do OOC posts in threads you are not involved in. You will receive a warning on your first offense, but it should be clear that you are not to post in certain threads. Any other offenses will end in a ban.
04. No use of foreign languages.
As far as language goes, the large majority of the site members primarily speak and write in English. In that, we require all those who wish to post and roleplay on our board have a decent, or hopefully strong, understanding of the language and the ability to type it out well. This isn't meant to be a rule of discrimination; the site is 98% writing and reading, so it would be appreciated if the members would write in a language that the majority are familiar with.
05. Don't ask for anything illegal.
No warez, appz, hacks, porn, or anything considered sick. You ask once, you will be told the rules. You ask twice, you are banned. This should be pretty obvious.
06. Create your topics with relevant titles.
Don't name your topic "Help me" or "THIS IS COOL." This more so applies to registration threads, seeing as they are organized and sorted by what is in their title. As far as roleplay threads go, just avoid profanity and other foul things. Titles are what everyone sees, even if they do not read the threads.
07. Don't use your sig space for advertising.
This site exists to share your works and most importantly, to have fun doing it. We're not here to host a banner for you so you can make money. People hate ads as it is, and having it underneath postings makes the site look too cheap. Also, ad servers (the one that the click-throughs go through) have a tendency to spider the source web site (that would be us) for email addresses, which would be exploiting our email addresses for spam. If you ignore this rule, you will be banned.
08. Try typing using correct grammar.
Don't use l33t talk, or anything that's found annoying by members. We understand that not everyone here speaks perfect English. However, being a forum where writing skills matter in roleplaying, we heavily encourage that you try to spell correctly using correct grammar. It's ok to use l33t or some garbled language as a joke once in a while, but don't make it a habit. It annoys everyone here, and will make your time on the forum short-lived.
09. Follow the Staff.
We are here to provide the best experience for you and the general public of BtF. What is decided is what we believe to be best for the site and for our members. You are very much allowed to disagree with a reason or idea behind a staff member's decision, but do so with them if you wish for it to be altered. This does not mean, however, that you are allowed to go against what was decided. The staff seldom make decisions on their own, often bringing issues or conflicts to one another in the staff board when they arise. Thus, when a staff member makes a decision, they are doing so on the behalf of the entire group. As such, a mod's ruling or decision is just as powerful and adamant as an Admin's.
10. No disgusting or x-rated material in your avatars or signatures.
Don't use images in your sig/avatar that clearly display signs of hate groups like Nazism and the KKK, even if meant as a joke. Not even in links. The reason for this is that lots people view the forums in public places, and smearing offensive stuff all over the forum might alert others, physically around you, that you're nothing but trouble. If you're in doubt if it might offend others, then simply don't do it, or ask a staff member.
11. Keep images in your sig under 500px in width.
Images bigger than this and the signature image will start poking into the miniprofile.
12. Don't create an account just for shameless plugs.
We are not here to help your marketing campaign. If we see you with less than 10 posts giving away links and encouraging users to go to different places on the net, you will be banned. Even if you have more than 10 posts, and we feel that all you're doing is shamelessly smearing your good-for-nothing plugs on the forums, you will be banned and your site will be notified.
13. Don't fill the staff's PM box with approval requests.
Nor may you send a PM simply asking a staff member to look at the thread, as we all know the reasoning behind that. Making them go through PMs only wastes that time and annoys them, making them less inclined to approve. An exception to this rule may be made when the staff member you are PMing is a specific person whose approval you need, or your profile has gone unchecked for over 48 hours.
14. Use Readable Colors
We have some people here with color blindness, and sometimes people seem to use colors that are unreadable either way. Try to use easily read colors as much as possible, and they often vary depending on the skins. Pay attention to which skin is the default skin, and make sure it can be read on that. If a color's ability to be read is questionable, then adjust it. Being able to read a wall of text or dialogue easily definitely has a positive impact on another person's roleplaying experience.
15. Back Up Your Stuff
Make sure you have all of your profiles or anything that you want to have for the future saved. Character profiles, weapons, anything that you might want to keep. Have it saved on your own computer. We try not to delete anything, but if a mistake happens, we are not liable,
16. Accounts and Usernames
Your display name for each account should be the same as your character’s name, first name and then last name. It should be proper format, meaning that the first letter of the first and last name should be capitalized. Any and all avatars, icons, and signatures should be related to your character (we would prefer to have visual aid as we rp). If you feel that it is necessary to have an account which is not related to your character, refer to rule 17.
17. Out of Character Accounts (OOC Accounts)
If you feel that you need an account that is not related to your character with which to post in the OOC boards, such as discussion, hello’s and goodbyes, etc, then you may make a single OOC account.
18. Face Claims
It is required on this forum that your character have a Face Claim. As this is a Skyrim forum based on the game "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim", your character’s Face Claim can be realistically-styled, as well. This means that you may use real life face claims, such as celebrities and models. 3D-styled face claims are allowed as they promote from the feel of this being a Skyrim-themed roleplay. In-game Screenshots are absolutely welcome.
In addition, you must know where your face claim comes from. If it is an original art of an original character, then you MUST credit the author. For example, if the character was one that was made by a Deviantart Artist, then when signing up for your face claim in your application you would need to put "Deviantart" for the Source and for the character name, you would put the username of the person who made the character. Also, when using original art, make sure that you have the permission of the artist. In the event that the artist feels that you stole their work by using it without his/her permission, you may be instantly banned from the forum. Thus, it is advised that you speak to the artist prior to using his/her art. If you do not know where your face claim comes from, then find a new face claim. Additionally, any art used is expected to be of quality and appear professional for the face of the site.
19. Death & Killing.
As a general rule of balance and stability on a site bound to have combat, characters cannot be killed, disemboweled, or otherwise mutilated permanently without the consent of the person who plays them. The only exceptions to this rule is if a character enters into a thread marked DE, or Death Enabled, or if they get into a situation where death is an expected outcome
**********All threads containing Death and violence must be labeled [DE] for Death Enabled.******
Posting ideas which are not your own is stealing. Be sure to have obtained permission from the creators and that you adhere to any conditions they set forth (issuing proper credit, etc). Violation of this may result in a ban from the forum.
21. SITE RATING
Language 2: Swearing is generally permitted. However, the language cannot be used to severely abuse.
Sexual Content 2: Sexual content is permitted. References and writing about genitalia and sex acts are permitted, but explicit detail is not. Fade to black, or mature tagging are recommended.
Violence 2: Graphic violence is permitted. Explicit description or in-game narration violence is allowed.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Rating Category: m
Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol
Rating Summary: This is a fantasy role-playing game in which players assume the role of Dovakin, a prophesied figure with the power to combat dragons in the fictional world of Skyrim. As players traverse through mountainous 'open-world' environments, they complete missions and quests that impact the eventual fate of their character. Players use swords, bows and arrows, axes, and magic attacks (e.g., fireballs, ice shards) to kill various enemies (e.g., wolves, dragons, human bandits and soldiers).
As players engage in melee-style combat, some sequences are highlighted by slow-motion effects, particularly for decapitations. Large blood-splatter effects also occur during combat, and some environments are stained with blood or body parts (e.g., heads impaled on spikes). Some sequences allow players to injure/kill nonadversary characters, including prisoners chained to a wall; they scream in pain amid splashes of blood or fire.
As the game progresses, the dialogue and on-screen text contains references to sexual material (e.g., “. . . all the whores your heart, or any other organ, desires,” “She . . . raped the men as cruelly as Bal had ravished her,” and “Remember when you thought [he] was . . . intent on making you . . . into his personal sex slave?”). Alcohol such as wine, mead, and ale can be purchased and consumed by players' character throughout the game; in one sequence, players can engage in a drinking contest with another character, which eventually results in slurred speech (e.g., “One more. No problemsh . . . Thash grape!”).
*****All threads and apps containing Mature content must be labeled [M] for Mature.********
A reminder that when you join this forum, you are thereby accepting that this forum contains adult content, MATURE
Content, and is MOST suitable for ages 18 and up. Threads may contain violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. If you do not accept this and think that you might react sensitively to explicitly adult topics, then this forum is not for you.
That being said, just because we allow Mature content does not mean we allow disrespect. If something happens to a character that the owner did not approve of, or if someone feels uncomfortable, offended or hurt, stop it, drop it, apologize, and move it along, or you will risk being permanently banned from the forum.