Rules: The Blunt Version

Some people need rules spelled out explicitly with a minimum of assumptions. If you feel you may be one of those, the following section is for you. If you are left with any questions, please ask a staff member.

  • If any player asks you to stop what you’re doing with them, or indicates that they are not enjoying it, please stop. You know it’s the player if they IM you, or say something in ((double parentheses)). If they haven’t said otherwise, it’s then okay to ask what they would like to be different, or if they just want to stop entirely.
  • If a character asks you to stop, that’s different. If you’re playing a character who would ignore what that character wants, go ahead and ignore them – just make sure the player is enjoying it. If you’re not sure, it’s usually okay to ask out of character – in IM or in ((double parentheses)).

Example 1: Fun Roleplay

Visitor: Take off your clothes and let me look at you.
Gynoid starts reaching for her blouse, protesting, “No, you bastard, I’m not getting undressed for you!”
Visitor smiles and settles back in his chair. “Oh, I think you are. And make a nice show out of it for me, doll.”
Gynoid grits her teeth as her arms involuntarily lift her blouse up over her head. “I’ll get you for this, somehow…”

Example 2: Problem Averted

Visitor: Take off your clothes and let me look at you.
Gynoid: ((Actually, I’d rather not be naked here.))
Visitor: ((Oh, sorry. Would you be more comfortable going somewhere more private, or should we just keep the clothes on for now?))
Gynoid: ((Let’s keep the clothes on for now.))
Visitor: ((OK. Let me know if you change your mind.))
Visitor: No, wait… actually, leave them on. They look good on you. Come over and sit with me.

  • If you’re trying to accomplish something that doesn’t seem to be working, consider asking OOC if what you’re trying is reasonable. Sometimes people roleplay not understanding or generating error messages as a way of letting you know they don’t want to do what you’re trying to get them to do. Other times there is a way for you to get what you want, but the thing you’re trying isn’t it.