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PostSubject: THE GREYHOUND OFFCIAL RULE BOOK OF RULES   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:02 pm

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Table of Contents:

Introduction
1 ) How do you begin?

Character Creation
2 ) Creating a character
3 ) General character approval terms
4 ) Character Limitations / Important Notes

General Rules
5 ) Roleplaying Rules
6 ) Chatbox rules
7 ) Rules on general behavior

Questions and Answers
8 ) Questions and Answers


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PostSubject: INTRODUCTION.   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:03 pm

Introduction


1) How do you begin?

Hello and welcome to the Greyhound Psycho Hospital!

Before you can get started, you will first have to create an account. Creating an account is easy. First you have to click the 'Register' button on the top of the website and fill in your desired account name, password and your e-mail address. When this is a done, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you specified. Inside that mail you will find a link. Click/Follow this link and your account will be activated.

After this, please have a look around the site. Check how everything is noted down, maybe look at a few posts to see how people roleplay and interact, before moving on. You are not yet able to respond to them, but you will be soon enough! When you think you are ready, go to the ''Character' Category, and click on the 'Introduce your character' sub-category. Without a character, you cannot join Roleplays set out by other members nor can you create one yourself.

So far, all you can do is look around, read posts, reply in the chat rooms, enter the chatbox, and edit your profile. However, next to personal data you can generate a character sheet. Unfortunately these won't be legitimate until you have made a character which has been approved. You can color up your profile with your birthday date, age, location, an avatar and a personal signature.


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PostSubject: CHARACTER CREATION   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:39 pm

Character Creation


2 ) Creating a character

Now that you have successfully created an account, it is time to create your own character! If you have experience creating original characters (or OC's in short), feel free to use any kind of application you like, but if you do not, there's a useful format inside the 'Introduce your character' that can help you. It asks general information and character history, providing you with a format which ensures you will write a certain basic amount down.

Of course, there's also the possibility you want to roleplay as a canon character. Canon characters are basically characters that have already previously been created but need an actual user to roleplay with them. Most Medical Personnel at Greyhound Hospital will be Canons that a person may claim unless otherwise stated. (i.e. Dr. Sidoh can only be played by myself and Alyoshenka.

An individual member is allowed a maximum of 5 characters per account (as long as they can handle that many characters and keep them all, with one account maximum. However, if a user proves themself competent enough to handle more than 5 characters, exceptions can but rarely are made. Exceeding this limit will unfortunately result in deletion of some contend and a decisive penalty.

Whenever you start making a character but do not have the time to finish it, you can still post it. If you do so, please add '(WIP)' in the title. This stands for Work in Progress, and assures us you are not done yet. When you are, a moderator or Admin will review your application. Don't forget to notify them if you are done by replying to your own application ONCE! Removing (WIP) would also be a good idea. This is done by simply editing the application and removing it from the title. What should always remain in the Title is the name/nickname of the character (in my case, Honest

3 ) General character approval terms

Once you have finished your character application, there's a process called ''Character Review'' that will take place. It's a simple process which makes sure you character is suitable enough to enter the world of Greyhound Hospital. It's a very flexible process, which can take some time.

There are two versions of this ''Character Review'' process: Canon Character Review and Original Character Review. While both bear certain similarities, they have some defining differences.

3.1) Original Character Review:

Whenever you have created an applicational profile for your Original Character and have completed it, a Moderator or Admin will read it through when he or she has time. They will look for a few key points: Personality, Affiliation (Good/Neutral/Evil) and Powers. These affect most of your characters actions and possibilities, but logically, everything else will be looked at as well. One of the things that will be looked at is the strength of your character. Strength in terms meaning how much use his power is in every situation, how it can be used or possibly abused.

A character may be strong, but there's a thin line between a good strong character and one that is overpowering in many aspects. As stated earlier, it's a flexible process, but if you feel like you need a guideline of sorts, keep in mind that a character would have a maximum of four powers. These four powers could be strong and weak, and a character with 5 'lesser' powers would get approved earlier then one with 4 'greater' powers. Per example, a power such as night vision would be significantly less strong and overpowering then immortality or invulnerability. Keep in mind that if fire magic would be a power, all the abilities that come with it do not count as powers (Such as a fireball another spell) however do describe what your character does with the fire magic. The more detail, the better!

Those in charge of the reviewing process will also look at other aspects to see if your character is quite well put together. It needs to be a real character, not a combination of some random facts. Per example, if you would have an alien mother and an other alien father and your character would be a human, then that would certainly raise some questions. The Admins and Moderators check this to make sure there are no weird things or uprising questions about your character. In doing this, we try to ensure roleplay creativity, unblocked by questions and unresolved matters.

If a Moderator or Administrator does not think a profile is adequate enough, they will ask the creator to either elaborate on things, clear things up, or probably to change things. Their reply will contain all information you should need to further your application. When you have made said changes or answered said questions, they will look over your profile again, repeating the evaluation process until the character is acceptable enough.

Whenever a Moderator or Administrator thinks your character has what it takes to enter the world of Greyhound Hospital, they will approve the profile with a positive reply . After that, the profile will soon be moved to the 'Active' Roster.

3.2) Canon Character Review:

The reviewing process regarding 'Canon' character is almost identical to that of of a custom character. Canon characters, again, are basically characters that have already previously been created but need an actual user to roleplay with them. Most Medical Personnel at Greyhound Hospital will be Canons that a person may claim unless otherwise stated. (i.e. Dr. Sidoh can only be played by myself and Alyoshenka.)

Common examples for Canon Characters are doctors, psychiatrists, night guards, anesthesiologists, or other specialized positions such a recreation yoga instructor or psychical therapist. If you want to play one, just submit this simplified application to the "Canon" section under "Characters."

Quote :
Name:
Gender:
Power:
Age:
Position: Like, what job you're paid to do.

An important and helpful topic to visit for Canon Characters can be found here:
[click these wonderful words.].


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PostSubject: GENERAL RULES   Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:47 pm

General Rules


5 ) Roleplaying Rules

Every forum has rules set in stone regarding their roleplays. Some point at consistency, length of posts and usage of words. On Greyhound Hospital, we believe common sense is the best pointer, but what those words hold is always a debate amongst members. We try to keep the rules simple, and to a minimum preferably, but expect this section to be updated. On Greyhound Hospital does not have a fixed minimum of words your posts needs to have, but we encourage you to push yourself and write as much detail as would be regarded good!

The big rules regard the phenomena called Godmodding, Powerplaying, Ninjadodging and Rhinohiding. These terms are explained as such:

Godmodding is the term used to describe typed out actions by individuals that makes other characters do or say things that's unlike them, and/or without their consent. You are not allowed to force any character you do not own to perform any action without their consent. Per example, if Honest was fighting Alcatraz, I would not be allowed to let Alcatraz to say things ('Lady Gaga is my frakkin' idol') or be automatically hit by my attacks.

Powerplaying has a slight overlap with Godmodding, but it's meaning is slightly different. While we try to keep a balance in characters to make sure there's still some growth possible and there's no unfair edge they can have, there will always be situations where one character is stronger then the other. Powerplaying basically is a series of actions done by your characters that completely dominates or obliterates your opponent, such as beating them down without any possible escape, defensive mechanism or counterattack possible. Again, without consent of your opponent. Whatever you attempt, your opponent must have the ability to react or do something.

Ninjadodging and Rhinohiding are almost direct opposites of Powerplaying and Godmodding, but they are still quite illegal regarding roleplay activities. Ninjadodging refers to a character dodging everything that is thrown at him, time and time again. I would not think any opponent would still want to RP with such an adversary after two posts of Ninjadodging, but it's unrealistic as well. No character can see every attack coming, and dodge every single one of them, possibly even counter-attacking.

Rhinohiding is almost the same as Ninjadodging. It's where a character either takes all the attacks thrown at him (and not even be fazed, nor have any damage) or hides behind objects such as walls or cars to shield himself from all of it.

It's logical not to allow any form of these abusive roleplaying styles. Would we catch any of you, or would any member report of it, the punishment will be high. If that would not be enough, the community will not like any roleplayer who employs such tactics. The following rules are quite minor, but important nonetheless.

Your character MAY NOT rule the world.

You may not kill off your or other characters without their consent, of that of a Mod/Admin. We have this rule to ensure one does not create characters and kills them off within days. Character reviewing is not something that should be overexerted.

Your character may be in as much threads as possible, but needs to know which one happened first. Messing up the chronological order would be quite sad.

Keep any topic PG-13. We are trying to stay close to a logical psychiatric hospital's principals, and while some things may be gruesome, don't go too far.

Your character may NOT swear on this site. Even if it is a quirk of your character, a swear here and there is no problem, but it's extremely distracting if done more then once or two in a big post, even if you are a skilled roleplayer. Players will hesitate roleplaying with somebody who swears a lot. Keep that in mind. As a member, try to be a bit polite at the very least. Politeness pays off, trust me on that one. Being polite ushers in respect from other members, and it's much more pleasant roleplaying with polite people.

More rules may be added if the need for them arises.

6) Chat rules

The rules are short, simple, and easy to follow. So you really have no excuse for failing to do so. These rules were all provided by Simca, for which she has my gratitude.

- Don't harass other members. You may talk about generally whatever you want with the exceptions named, but if it becomes a problem and they tell you to stop, do so. Obviously, flaming is also a no-no.

- Keep it clean. I don't mind profanity, but when it's being used every other word, we have a problem.

- A little flirting or whatever is fine, but cybering is a big, big problem. If I catch ANYONE cybering in the chatbox, BOTH parties will be banned immediately from the chat boards for a duration of three days. No questions asked, no penalties raised.

- No religious discussion. Sorry, we may have a whole lot of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Atheists etc on here and we all have our beliefs and practices and no one has any right to criticize them. Some people are more sensitive than others, so even if you say say something you don't deem offensive, it might be so to another person. Hence, any and all discussion about religion is banned. If you wanna debate, take it to PMs. If I catch you, it has the same penalty as cybering.

- Keep everything PG-13. You should all know what that means.

- The user of the account through which any of the above rules were violated, is at all times responsible of anything that occurs with his/her account. Hackers, little brothers, retarded kittens, possessing Symbiotes, or mysterious glitches are not any excuse.

- Most important, have fun, even while chatting! That's the point of this RPG, and by extension the chat forum, and that's why we're all here! Don't hamper other people's fun. Someone who isn't having fun isn't someone who wants to stay here.

7 ) Rules on general behavior

Unfortunately, every website has to have one of these parts. Rules on general behavior regarding members and their interactions. Simply pointing to common sense would not be enough in this case, which forces us to write down a few simple things you need to keep in mind. There's an overlap with the Chatbox rules, logically. More rules can be added if the need for them arises.

Rules regarding interaction with other members:

– Be polite. If you know others personally, they will understand all things you say, but you must keep discrepancy if the user has not given you the O.K. for sharing their lives and stuff. Don't be a bastard on your first trip to the chat forum or any thread. In character is one thing, out of character is another.

– Do not harass other members. If members do not want to talk in the Chat forum, or do not feel like Pming, do not harass or flame them for this. Each member has his or her own life to attend to. Likewise, do not bury them in endless PM's when they do not reply within 24 hours on any PM or thread you posted in.

– Be patient. Greyhound does not enforce any time limits. When you have posted your character, do not throw a fit when the profile has not been assessed within 24 hours.

– Discussions are alright in general, but do not start pointless discussions time and time again, and do not start these within threads. Take it to an appropriate place, such as the Chat Forum.

Rules regarding interactions with the Moderators and Administrators:

– The Moderators and Administrators have the right to point you at the Forumotion Terms of Service accepted when creating your account or any other ruling stated in this rulebook or elsewhere.

– If a Moderators sees any unjust action, he or she has the right to correct it even if the action was not yet spoken about in the rulebook. They will then proceed to contact the Administrator to add a rule correcting this.

– Moderators and Administrators have the right to edit any content on this site, including but not limited to any profiles, avatars, rules, and signatures.

– Unless clearly stated they allow this, no verdict made by a Moderator or Administrator may be up for discussion. If you really think a decision they made is unjust, PM the appropriate Moderator or Administrator and carefully explain why. If they feel your reasoning is valid, they will undo their decision. If not, it stays final.

– The Moderators and Administrators at Greyhound strive to create a suitable environment for everyone to roleplay in. Respect their decisions, as sometimes, this means a little taking and giving. We want everyone to be satisfied, and have reasons behind everything we do. Moderators and Administrators however, will not voice those reasons every time it is asked for, especially not after they have already done it once or twice.

– Misinterpretation of anything typed by a Moderator or Administrator is not their error, but those who misinterpreted the information. Make sure to carefully read their posts.

– Decisions made by Moderators can only be revoked by the same Moderator, or the Administrator.

Do keep in mind the Moderators and Administrators are here to help. Contrary to popular belief, they are human. You can ignore personal advises about your character, but every official command they give is to be followed. Don't worry, they're not too bad, they only bark if you behave and only bite if you don't. Talking to them in a formal manner will probably pay off more then the usual internet slang that appears everywhere.
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