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Sep 23 2016, 11:05 PM
I. Rating: Megalomania is a premium site with a 3-3-3/R-rating which means sex, excessive violence, and other heavy subject matter may take place during in-character threads. While this sort of content is by no means the focus of the RP, we've taken on this rating for the sake of creative freedom and in the hopes of cultivating a (relatively) mature, cooperative community. Consequently, we only accept members who are 18 years of age or older. If you lie about your age to view mature content, you are doing so at your own risk, and if we find out after the fact that an active member is a minor, they will be asked to leave for legal purposes.
II. OOC accounts: The first account you need to register is an OOC account with your alias as the account name. This name should be one word (for tagging purposes), and will be your nickname in the discord if you choose to join it. Post in OOC account registration to get the account sorted into its proper group. Each character account you make should be linked to this OOC account. This is so you can make use of jcink's alert system, which pushes notifications to the parent account. Go to My Controls > Personal Profile > Edit Sub-accounts to manage your sub-accounts.
III. Format: When making character/OOC accounts, please register with the character's first and last name in that order. Use proper capitalization. Example: John Smith
I. Respect: Respect is crucial. Treat staff, guests, and other members in a way you would like to be treated. If you have an issue with someone on the site, you can either resolve it by taking it up with them in private or contacting a staff member. We do not tolerate any kind of hate speech, bashing, or sexualising of our members regardless of the reason behind it.
II. Theft: Plagiarism of any sort will not be tolerated.
III. Patience: Please wait at least a week before prodding/skipping slow-posting thread partners. Different people have different posting rates, and sometimes, we get too busy to post at all. Please keep this in mind. If you feel like there isn't enough to do, you can always plot out more threads with different members!
I. Profiles: Here on Megalomania, we use profile templates instead of a traditional doHTML application. Go to My Controls > Edit Profile to find and edit said profile. Please fill out all the fields from "title" to the bottom and then post in the notification thread when you're done. Once we've checked it, we will send you a DM/PM to let you know whether you have been approved or not.
HTML is enabled in profiles - however, this is only for the purpose of bold/italics. If you change the colours/structure of the profile template, those parts will be removed.
II. Balance creativity and realism: As we do not want to stunt anyone's creativity, we are lenient when it comes to character concepts/powers. As long as your character isn't world-breakingly overpowered, their history coincides with our lore, and everything is filled out properly, you will pass muster. However, if you are asked to change something, don't cause a scene. We are trying to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
III. Face claims: Face claims are mandatory here. They need to be animanga-styled and from a published source. You can use characters from video games and shows as long as they have animanga artwork. No RL/CGI images, please. Make sure that your character is original. Do not make them a carbon copy of the FC whether it be power-wise, personality-wise, etc.
If you're new to animanga face claims, let us know and we'll be happy to help find one that fits your character.
IV. Graphics The avatar size here is 250x400px. There is also a 100x100 icon in the mini-profile. Pixlr is a decent online editor and waifu2x is great for quickly increasing the quality of your images. Feel free to ask a staff member if you need help. No gifs please.
Signature images are fine, just make sure they do not go over 500px in width.
V. Real-world references: Sium is a world completely different from Earth, so you may not mention real-life people in your profiles/posts. Real-world references in general are to be avoided. You cannot say that your character is French/Japanese/etc. because those places do not exist here. You can still give your character a Japanese name if you want, of course. Taking inspiration from existing myths is also allowed.
VI. Factions: This isn't a hard rule, but it's worth noting that we highly encourage the creation of characters that are already aligned with an official faction as opposed to the "aimless wanderer" type. It makes for easier plotting (in most cases) and allows you to participate in our intense IC events. Go to the claims board to check out the factions in their respective threads.
Of course, anyone is free to make a freelance character! This is more or less a recommendation for the first character so that new members have an easier time integrating.
Canons and Activity
I. Activity Check: We will go through characters at the end of each month to see who is still active. Any that don't have posts for a month or longer will receive a PM giving them 2 weeks to bring their activity back up. If they are still inactive after that, we will strip them of their claims. Our sentiment is that if a character isn't being used on a semi-regular basis, there is no point in them sitting on claims. If you lose muse for a character, you can always bring them back later.
II. Canons: Canons will be held to a higher standard of activity, requiring an IC post at least once every two weeks to stay in their spots. They will have a one week grace period to get active again before their claims are taken.
Typically, canons are one per member as they are in limited supply. However, we've recently added more positions and will now permit especially active members to take up to three. The activity requirements for second and third canons are more strict, however - one post every two weeks (no grace period) for the second, and one post every week (no grace period) for the third. Please stick with one canon if you have doubts about being able to maintain consistent activity.
III. Pseudo-Canons: there is a "lower" class of canon spots (noted in their respective faction thread). Each member may have one of these positions even if they already hold their limit for major canon spots. It's likely we will create more of these psuedo-canon positions in the future so that we always have some open.
IV. Getting threads: it is your responsibility to get threads. Posting a plotter of your own is one way to do that, but you should also consider posting on other people's plotters or DMing members in the discord group, because not everyone will come to you right away. Posting open threads or joining existing ones is another option. There are so many ways to get threads, so "I didn't have anywhere to post", will not be counted as a valid excuse when it comes to inactive characters.
V. Absence Threads: If you are going to be gone for a long period of time (a week or more), consider making use of the absence board to let us know when you will be back -you don't have to elaborate on your situation or anything. This way, you won't lose any characters in your absence. If you're going to be gone for a longer period of time (2 months or more), we ask that you consider dropping any characters that hold high positions as they are meant to be central to the plot.
VI. Reactivating characters: All you have to do to get inactive characters back is link their profile in the notification thread and ask us to reactivate them, assuming their claims haven't been taken by someone else. If looking to bring back multiple characters, please do one at a time, getting your first pick active before requesting more.
I. Literacy: We are not elitists here, but we ask that all members practice decent English in their posts. Excessive typos and grammatical/spelling errors make things hard to read. If we have an exceedingly difficult time reading your profile, it will be denied.
II. Templates: Templates are not mandatory. However, if you use one, please refrain from using eye-rending colours (such as bright yellow/red). For those that want to use a template but don't want to search for one/mess around with coding, we have a simple blockquote template. Wrap your posts in [blockquote*][/blockquote*] (without the asterisks) to use it.
There is also a [header*][/header*] bbcode to go with the blockquote for those who would like lyrics/a quote/whatever else to show up above their post.
III. Tagging people: To tag someone in a thread, type @[Username]. Make sure you use the person's OOC name. You can also use our tagging channel for good measure.
IV. Consequences & consent: Given the nature of the plot, unforeseen in-character consequences can arise here and there (especially in events). However, this is a tool for character development - not killing them off. We are a consent-based RP. You cannot maim/kill a character without their player's expressed permission.
In-character events can be a little more dangerous because we like our hype. While it isn't an abundant occurence, certain characters have been changed drastically and unexpectedly (ie. turned into a sin by Lucifer, horseman aspect taken away, loss of job/position, maimed, etc.) during events. If this isn't your thing, you can always opt out of them.
V. Tagging threads: If your thread contains any potentially disturbing themes, tag it "CW" for content warning. Here is a list of themes that warrant a CW tag. It is recommended you list the specific themes your tag is warning for in all posts that contain them.
VI. Races & System: We do not have stats or any tier system in place and we never will. Reason being: we just want to write, and we encourage characters from all walks of life to keep the setting from becoming homogeneous. Any fantasy/original creature is welcome. Make what you want within reason. However, if you plan on having any powers/magic that auto-hit or control another character for the sake of thematics, you need to add a note to it stating it can only be used with OOC permission.
Basically, we follow an honour system. Work with the people you are threading with to figure the outcomes of your plots. Have fun. This is not a competitive battle shounen site. On that note, godmodding (controlling another person's character without consent), metagaming (using OOC knowledge IC), and powerplaying (making your character unbeatable) are still prohibited. If you find any instances of such abuse, please PM a staff member and the situation will be promptly dealt with.
VII. No thread limit: We are liquid time. Have as many threads as you want. Just know that all your characters need to be kept active.
I. Behave yourself: Keep conversations in the server tasteful. We need not be discussing sexual or controversial (religion, politics, etc.) subjects where everyone can see them. Basically, if you need to ask if something is appropriate, it probably isn't. If you want to have those sorts of conversations, do it over DM.
II. Negativity: Avoid negative behaviour. We understand that everyone has bad days, but posting about how depressed you are or ranting is just going to bring everybody down and make things awkward.
III. Inclusiveness: Clique behaviour is to be avoided. If someone is trying to talk, do not ignore them. Be inclusive and if you see that your conversation is getting to be one-on-one (a subject that no one else can participate in), consider taking it to DM.
IV. No spam: Do not spam the server with meaningless nonsense. Examples of this are random emotes, things like /peeks/, *licks*, "hmm...", etc. If you want someone's attention, just say so. If you're confused, say so. It's hard for others to hold a conversation when it's filled with meaningless faces and RPing. The no spam rule includes advertising. We have a board for that. Anyone that promotes another RP site in any way will see their posts deleted.
V. When to drop it: If a staff member asks you to stop doing something (whether it is breaking a rule or not), you stop immediately.
We do not follow any kind of strike system on this site. Upon first offence, rule breakers will be talked to. The next step is a formal warning. If the problem persists beyond that, we will simply assume the rules are being disregarded on purpose and ask the offender to leave. If the first offence is on the heftier side (i.e. plagiarism, blatantly insulting another member, cbox advertising), the offender will be turned away/banned immediately as it is common knowledge that such behaviour is unacceptable.
In addition, the staff team reserves the right to remove from the community people that are making other members uncomfortable, even if they aren't technically breaking any rules. This is only done after thorough investigation. We will not ban Stan just because Sally doesn't like him.
We know this may seem like a strict way of doing things. The reason for it is simple: we want our members to be comfortable and have fun on Megalomania. RP is a hobby, not a job. With that in mind, we want to keep the stress levels of staff and members to an absolute minimum.
Megalomania was created by the staff team with inspiration from various magic/fantasy series. The skin was coded by Hiraeth exclusively for Megalomania using Merc's push sidebar, Black's formatted code/quote blocks, and posiden5665's default avatar code. The banner was drawn by -2x2-. Icons/macros were provided by FontAwesome. All characters, concepts, and other written works belong to their respective posters. Plagiarism will not be tolerated.