Rules of the Role-Players Guild

1. Images

Though RPG does not enjoy limiting the creative efforts of our users, we do have to note that particular types of images are not allowed in any way on this website. This includes but is not limited to being uploaded to your character’s picture album, displayed on your layout and links provided on your layout.

Images that violate our rules include, but are not limited to, images that show the following content:

  • No Female Nipples.
  • No Exposed Genitals.
  • No Minors/Children in Sexual Situations.
  • No Sexually Related Bodily Fluids or Bodily Waste.

2. Adult Content

RPG believes in an active mature community. However, we have rules for content that is only appropriate for adults. Adult-Only Content can include any kind of theme as long as it doesn’t break any laws. The only thing we ask of you all when working with adult content is that you keep it to the areas properly and designated for it, or just keep it to private areas. Any adult content found in inappropriate sections will be deleted without warning, repeat offenses may lead to full account bans without warning.

3. Communication Etiquette

It is expected from all members that communications be kept cordial and well-mannered. When contacting another member in pursuit of Role-Play, it is also expected that members be attentive and aware of the recipient’s preferences as listed on their profile.

3.1. Harassment/Bullying

Under no circumstances is hazing, bullying, harassment or any form of those acts acceptable towards the community of RPG. Complaints that fall under this category are handled on a situational basis. Examples of this kind of harassment include repeating unwelcome advances, excessive vulgarity, threats of any kind, etc.

These issues are very serious and will be considered so by staff. If you feel you are being harassed like this, please contact staff right away. Please ensure you are including clear proof of what happened. The staff cannot act on claims without proof, unfortunately.

3.2. Blocks

Blocking is a choice of any user at any time. Anyone can block you for any reason they see fit at any moment. You do not have a say in this, nor are you owed any kind of explanation.

If you are blocked and are found to be using any method, outside of an existing thread shared between yourself and the other person, to contact that person (within the functional confines of RPG), this is considered a serious form of harassment and can result in an immediate ban from the site without warning. This includes but is not limited to creating new accounts, using a friend to relay messages, using any other site features to post a message to that person.

If a friend asks you to deliver a message to a person who has them blocked. Do not do it, it may result in both of you being banned from the site. Just respect the block and move on.

4. Public Areas

The public communication areas of RPG are meant to bring about a closer interaction to the community outside of the exclusivity of private threads and character profile pages.

Any of the above rule violations that are listed, must remain out of the public areas. We encourage the writers of RPG to pursue any genre they like, however, and if something becomes a bit too difficult to read, we also encourage that readers exercise the use of the Blocking feature.

If applicable, content ratings should always be considered when participating in a public area. Please mark Mature and Adult content as necessary and applicable. Members are expected to pay attention to the content rating of areas they are entering at all times.

4.1. Articles/Chat Rooms/Universes/Stories

Any of the public areas that are found to be created for or propagating the following will be removed from the site. If you find your content has been removed, contact Staff for an explanation.

  • Negative, slanderous, rumor-based, outright untruths or personal attacks on other Role-Players Guild writers, Role-Players Guild Owner/Staff/Villanite Enterprise or the Role-Players Guild community at large. This includes any posts that unnecessarily push the topic; positive or negative.
  • Inappropriately phrased content directed against fellow Role-Players Guild writers, Role-Players Guild Owner/Staff/Villanite Enterprise or the Role-Players Guild community at large. This includes content that is considered racist, homophobic or offensive in by the standards of the staff.
  • Destructively Critical posts regarding other Role-Players Guild writers, Role-Players Guild Owner/Staff/Villanite Enterprise or the Role-Players Guild community at large in groups or individually.
  • Non-Literary posts regarding personal issues such as your personal health, how you feel in general and blog type posts. Public areas are for literary or resource value, and not designed for status updates. Feel free to reach out to RPG Staff, however, for recommendations on personal blogging technologies that may better be suited for this.
  • Lastly, we recommend that if you need to update who you RP with on an issue, send them a thread directly, contact them through a third party medium off of RPG, or post an update on your writer and/or character profiles.

5. Character Types

While we encourage writers to pursue all desires in regards to who and what they wish to RP as, there are some restrictions that we must make in the nature of some character types.

These types of characters are subject to deletion before receiving any form of warning, request or reason given beforehand. If you feel content was removed unjustifiably, please contact us by going to Help > Contact Staff on the main navigation.

5.1. Real Life Pictures of the Writer

We ask that writers, for their own safety, refrain from using images of themselves to role-play on RPG. If, however, you choose to share your own information on RPG, please keep it on your writer profile, not on your character profiles.

5.2. Troll Profiles

Profiles made solely in the purpose for ‘Trolling’, to be offensive or contain offensive content can be requested to be removed by staff or deleted by staff without warning. Profiles that are meant for true comedic purpose are safe from this, as long as the content and purpose stays within the guidelines for all serious profiles.

5.3. Erotica Profiles

Profiles made solely in the pursuit of erotica will need to hold literary value. All pictures and biographies for Erotica fall under the same rules as above. Blank erotica profiles do nothing more than take up space and make RPG look bad. Profiles like these will be locked on sight.

5.4. Minors

While it is not against the rules to write about any content as long as it is properly labeled, we ask that the members of RPG keep explicit images of minors off of the website.

5.5. Out Of Character Pages

All Character Pages must hold literary value as stated above. Character profiles made solely for OOC purposes are not allowed.

Content not pertaining to any character in particular should be displayed using the ‘Writer’s Profile’ included with every account or via Articles.

5.6. Duplicate Pages

We at RPG know mistakes can happen that can result in a duplicate profile made for your character. If you see it, please be kind and delete the duplicate yourself. Duplicate pages take up space on the site and are an understandable mistake from the user. RPG monitors for these and will lock or delete if necessary, but if you see one on your own, please be kind and delete it.

6. Penalties

While we do not wish to penalize anyone, at times things must be done to keep the community clean, safe and friendly.

6.1. Profile Locks

Character profiles that violate any of the rules above are subject to being locked out of the community and reviewed by staff.

After the issue with the character page is corrected, the owner of the character page will need to request a review from staff via the ‘Report’ feature for the character page to be unlocked. Profiles locked and sent to review must be fixed within 30 days. If changes that violated rule are not made and re-submitted within 30 days, these profiles will be deleted.

Profile locks can occur without notice. It is the responsibility of the user to research the rules when a profile is locked to determine how they should fix their profile.

6.2. Final Written Warnings

RPG reserves the right to either issue or not issue a final written warning before proceeding to possible closure of accounts due to any rule violation. Any warnings of this type will be specific to an action and will clearly lay out reasoning if a final written warning is provided to a writer. Again, this is on a case by case basis and does not apply to every case. There are cases where RPG may not issue such a warning, and on RPG’s discretion proceed with an outright ban of a writer from the site.

6.3. Bans and Shared Network(s)

When a user has his or her account banned from RPG, this will lock delete all of their characters and label their profile as banned. None of their content at this point will be available and if they wish to use RPG again, they will need to start over from scratch.

Under more extreme circumstances, the Role-Players Guild may see it as necessary to lock out a banned user’s IP address. While we understand that this may result in the cutting off of other writers using the same IP, RPG considers that concern to be a necessary consideration and responsibility of the user and possibly the other users who are affected by the actions of the banned user.