Venteris New Frontiers, Inc.

Rules

1.) GENERAL RULES


1.1) Player Conduct - We expect all players to be respectful of each other no matter their differences. Any kind of discrimination and harrassment will not be tolerated and will be considered grounds for immediate expulsion. If you are having a problem with another player, please talk to the Game Master about it. Keep in mind that the Game Master's decision on matters will be considered final.

1.2) Sim Rating - Somnambulis is rated for Mature Audiences (16+). This means the sim may contain frequent use of offensive language (cursing). It may contain graphic description of violence, but may not contain description of extreme violence, injuries, acts of mutilation or of sadism to such a level they may cause shock or offence to the average adult reader. The sim also may contain references to specific sexual acts, but may not contain descriptions of the acts being performed. No descriptions of the aroused state of any sex organs or body parts or of penetration, masturbation, rape or any other form of non-consensual sexual acts.

1.3) Leave of Absence - Every now and again players need to take time of for a variety of reasons. We encourage them to take a break when they need it and return to the sim rested and ready to participate. If at any stage you need a Leave of Absence (LOA), please contact the Game Master.

1.4) Player Activity - If a player has not responded to any form of communication or inquiry by the Game Master for at least 2 weeks, and have been inactive for a minimum of 1 month, they may be removed from the sim.

1.5) Discord Chat - Discord is used as an OOC chat space for players on Somnambulis. The application is a free chat client that can be downloaded for desktop, mobile, or used in a web browser. Any members who disregard sim rules and behaviour guidelines on Discord may be subject to dismissal from the sim.

Discord is available for download at https://discordapp.com/ or from your mobile app store.


2.) POSTING GUIDELINES


2.1) Post Frequency - Players are expected to post once every fortnight (2 weeks) at minimum for their main characters and any of their characters that are central to a plot development. While players are encouraged to post more than this, we would also like to keep the sim at a steady pace and ask that players refrain from posting too many lengthy entries so as not to overwhelm other players.

2.2) Post Length - In order to establish and maintain quality over quantity, posts are required to be at least 300 words.

2.3) Joint Posts - Players will be expected to participate in joint posts (JPs) from time to time. For larger JPs, especially ones central to plot progression, a time limit may be imposed during which participants must reply. If participants do not reply within the specified time limit, the JP will be adjusted and posted. This is done in order to keep the plot moving forward. Players who missed out on a JP they were initially included/mentioned in are welcome to write it from their point of view in a follow up post.

2.4) Post Structure
- In the Timeline field, please use Current. This references the post as being set in the mission's current time frame (eg. November 2407). This will always be indicated on the Mission Description Page.
- The post itself opens with a short summary of what happens in it. (This should be maximum three to four sentences.)
- Next is a divider that separates the post content from the summary. It can be used to indicate the location, but you can simply use a dash (-) or any other method like ON.
- Then follows the post content which should be at least 300 words.
- At the end of the post, another divider. This can be another indicator like a dash, something like End or OFF, or similar.
- And finally, the signature, which should consist of Rank (if applicable), Name and Position. Adding assignment is also preferred, but only required for characters not serving on the ship, such as visiting NPCs.

2.5) Spelling & Grammar - Because we are all from different countries and speak different languages, spelling and grammar sometimes take a back seat, but we'd like to encourage everyone to use a spellchecker and try to neaten things up a bit before posting it to the site.

2.6) Plot Development - Before delving into a subplot that could affect the sim as a whole, players are required to discuss their ideas with the Game Master and receive approval in order to go ahead. We like to encourage players to explore their characters through subplots and engage other players in their subplots. However, please do so respectfully and within the guidelines established for the sim and its setting.


3.) CHARACTER GUIDELINES


3.1) Player Characters (PC) - Players must create a main character which they will use to sim with on Somnambulis. Once a player has proven they can meet the posting requirements and responsibilities of their main character's position, they will be allowed to create a second PC. If they would like to create a third PC, they would need to prove that they can maintain the activity of their main character and second character. The creation of second and third characters is subject to the approval of the Game Master following a discussion about the character and their purpose.

3.2) Non-Player Characters (NPC) - Players are allowed to create NPCs with which to interact or post for on the Somnambulis.

3.3) Using Characters - If one player plans to use another player's character extensively in a post, they should ask them for a Joint Post instead or ask their permission before using their character. When you do use someone's character, please keep in mind their character traits and read their bio carefully. This counts for player-linked NPCs as well.

3.4) Character Behaviour - Remember that all actions have consequences. If your character behaves irresponsibly they will most likely be reprimanded by other characters for their actions. If you're uncertain how your character would respond in certain situations, please contact the Game Master for advice.