ARCHIVED RULES AND REGULATIONS 1
To be edited!
Wiki Requirements ARCHIVED:
After the initial 'Try-Outs' to make sure that the player has the right idea of how to do things, they can sign up, and one of the three Admin will quickly find them a thread to play in. Competition for the new characters is pretty intense. If characters are non-specific to any one continuity - like Shadow, instead of Turbo, for example - then mini fights have started to get that character into Gameverse role play, rather than STC, or whatever. We at SS believe that this competition is healthy, and that gouged eyes can indeed be replaced at a later date.
Players are given about 2 weeks between start of the turn to the deadline to post for their character in the threads they are in. The turn for the next player starts either with the preset time from the turn order, or from the day that the last player posted, depending on how fast the RP goes. Despite this, it tends to be even more low-key, and the admin will sneak people more time out of generosity or their own laziness.
The admin are not the strictest of people - okay, maybe Bass is - but they will keep a few laws clamped tight, just for the integrity of the forum. AKA, they're Grammar Nazis. So long as you can stick to the rules and post on time, you should be fine.
NPC Requirements ARCHIVED:
'Guidelines on NPCs'
They may be used to facilitate a story moving along, or bulk up a plot-line, if they can be contained.
They can be susceptible to 'god-modding', like killing the character off without permission of the player.
The actions may be shared by all, so long as it is continuous; i.e., if one player makes the NPC swing her fist out toward the other character, in the next turn, the other player cannot make the NPC suddenly turn into diamonds, or move to Vegas, or actually attack the first character/default on the attack against the other character. Think follow through.
The Dead are a messy subject in SS. We would like to say that any character has the potential to return, and so they are always open for use or return to Character status.
Actually though, Tommy the Turtle will never, ever be up for use. Sorry.
In the case that the Dead should like to be used, there had very well better be a darn good reason for using them. Examples include flashback to the past, warp to the past, and zombification of these characters, but in the case of the last, or other forms of the same result, remember 'ashes to ashes, dust to dust, NPC to NPC'... they'll have to be returned eventually, or promoted to full character status.
'Minor Character Information'
Many of these characters have not shown up in the forum (yet) or have been mentioned, but this in no way questions the validity of their existence. (Basically, if Mai, Jet, Mephi, or Laz created them, they're clean, bro.)
Characters might not receive information pages of their own yet, but will definitely be detailed out if they have enough importance or details that need to be addressed.
1) TIME: Everyone is given about a week to post. This makes things a bit slower, if everyone takes their entire week, but I am also aware that a lot of the members have jobs or schoolwork that conflicts with a large amount of post-time, so this is a nice approximation. If you are going to be gone for that term, and you know, then PM or IM me, and we can skip over you, or work out some way to accommodate. If you do not post within that timeframe without proper warning, you will be skipped, and you will have to wait for your next turn. If you're going to be gone substantially longer than a week or so, also PM, and we will try to find a little recession for your character(s) until you can return. If you are gone for more than two months without any form of warning or notice, then your username will be disabled, your password changed, and the character up for consideration for other people on the 'waiting list'. This is probably as harsh as I will ever sound, but it's also fair to the people who don't have characters yet, and to your fellow RP-ers.
1.5) TIME COROLLARY: The time requirement will be flexible, to an extent, based on the number of people in the thread. The more people, the less time. One more person, one less day to post. This seems the most reasonable way to get things to move along. However, this only applies when the groups are four people or more, and only up to about five decreases in post time.
4 people - 7 days
5 people - 6 days
6 people - 5 days
7 people - 4 days
8 people - 3 days
9 and up - 3 days
2) SIZE: A lot of people think that size doesn't matter in posting, and I would tend to agree, so long as information got across, and the plot was advanced with each turn. However, unless you are really a veteran RP-er, and I give my total support to, I'm thinking a minimum of three paragraphs, about four sentences each would suffice. Just think, that's only twelve sentences, and it makes your posts look meatier! Moreover, it seems that a lot of posting is speech, as the most effective way of allowing a character to get what you are doing and where you are trying to go. It allows them to post off you and advance, even if you feel like you have nothing to say for that turn. How much does a character talk? Then it's simple to fill those paragraphs! Remember, that's the bare minimum. You can have two paragraphs with six sentences, or try to go for more sentences, so long as it's not a random tangent to pass the size requirement. If I continue to get more complaints about size of posts, then your character will be up for discussion on the chop block... Another 'harsh' law from Jack...
3) QUALITY: This one basically asks you to think about your post. Posts need to relate to the thread, i.e. lollipops does not exactly fit in Shadow's Gloomy Revenge 4, even if it is Cream talking. Also, don't let the quality suffer to fit the size requirement. If sentences go along the lines of: 'Shadow was mad. He punched the wall. It hurt his hand. He growled. He did not like Sonic. Not at all.' Well, then we have a problem, because that's something that primary school-children put out. Especially since that could be construed as six sentences right there... And that's not even one line long... While you don't have to be eloquent, it's simple good manner to fill each sentence, and a good indication of having done so is to have one or more commas, or something to that extent. This is not to tell you how to write each post, but rather a guideline of what has to be for each post, so, not content, but standard. If quality causes complaint, then see the size requirement for the due punishment...