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Bump for the new Pokemon release~
Aw I won't be able to get on that early either, but hopefully can make the afterparty! And yes... that invite holy cow.
Gorgeous invite, holy crap!! Wish I could attend but I won't be around at that time. Can't wait to see screenshots!! YAY!!
It was brought to my attention recently that some members of the company may have been engaging in certain activities which would be deemed 'meta-gaming', and thus in violation of our company rules.
While we take these allegations very seriously, they are still yet allegations. So in the interest of fairness, I am going to clarify our stance with regards to meta-gaming on a few key issues that I am either aware of and have previously addressed, or relate to the recent incident(s). Following this clarification, I will accept no further excuses or claims of ignorance - if an individual is found guilty of breaching our code of conduct, they will be removed from the company.
1. Usage of alts and/or NPCs to inform other characters you play
It has been alleged that some individuals have been using a series of alts and/or "NPCs" (that is, made-up entities) to act as informants for their own player characters.
For the purposes of the free company, we do not permit the transfer of knowledge between characters played by the same individual. If you wish to maintain multiple alts, that's perfectly fine, however these characters must remain separate enough to the point that they will not be engaged in similar sociopolitical interests and thus, not be at risk to share information about other player characters between one another either behind-the-scenes or via any middleman player-character.
The usage of NPCs of any kind is strictly forbidden outside of pre-approved storyline entities.
TL;DR: If your primary play character did not witness it in-character, or was not informed of it by someone else's primary PC / other legitimate means of information transference, then they should not possess that knowledge.
2. Pre-Determined Outcomes of Events
As a reminder to all, we pride ourselves on what I refer to as an 'organic' style of roleplay. Specifically, this means that most interactions are informed by prior interactions, and storylines develop naturally through that. This is very much improv-heavy, where one player may introduce an unexpected element that forces others to react and adapt.
Most of us are working adults and we have busy real-life schedules. To that end, this is not me telling people that they should not pre-schedule roleplaying sessions. What I am advising against however, is coordinating roleplaying with a specific, set outcome in mind. Any interactions between characters, or events which occur, should always be open to adaptation and even significant changes to their outcomes.
TL;DR: Scheduling RP sessions is cool, just don't do it from the perspective of "we need to get our characters to meet up to justify them heading into that dungeon we want them to investigate."
3. Being a Bitch IC Because You Hate So-and-So OOCly
This one is pretty much just a rehash of the distinct 'don't mix IC and OOC' rule, but also falls under the umbrella of meta-gaming. Your character's actions and opinions of others should not be informed by any external factor - regardless of how you feel about someone OOCly, you should not adjust the way you play your character in the presence of theirs if your character has not experienced circumstances to warrant it.
The only exception to this rule is if you feel so uncomfortable with an individual OOCly that you must avoid them ICly, however if you have reached such an extreme then you very likely should bring it to my attention for resolution.
TL;DR: Just because Johnny might be an obnoxious cunt OOCly doesn't mean you get to suddenly decide your character is going to treat him flippantly if he or she does not have any in-character reason to do so.
Hopefully this provides everyone with some clarification on where we stand with regards to meta-gaming. If you're still uncertain about what constitutes meta-gaming, I would suggest reviewing this wikipedia article - there are likely plenty more resources on google as well.
Ultimately, if you do not feel you are capable of refraining from engaging in meta-gaming, you may wish to consult with me and may need to consider objective preventative measures (refraining from alt play altogether, as an example for #1). Additionally, if you are still unclear about the policy or have concerns that something you may want to engage in could be considered metagaming, I heavily recommend that you contact me about it before it happens and someone brings it to my attention.
Lastly, once again I take any allegations of metagaming - or any other breach of our code of conduct - seriously, however documentation and evidence are key in my ability to address these issues. If you suspect an individual of continuous breaches of our policy, please be certain you can provide me with the relevant screenshots and logs. This isn't an invitation to go on a witch hunt, mind you, but I'm not going to waste my time chasing shadows because your feelings were hurt.
Thank you all for your continued support of the company, and your cooperation with our policies.