Where Anyone is Possible
While I understand that I am a fairly new player (about three months), it has come to my attention that there have been a number of instances where characters are adding/removing plotlines without other players/character's permission. What I mean by this is that people's characters are being tortured, altered, maimed, or otherwise changed without express permission. There have even been cases where the player wasn't even informed of what was happening, only to log on to find it in a blog, or have been asked about it by other players, causing some confusion and upset. I would like to take the time to point everyone to the Roleplaying Guidelines of the site, which can be found here: http://www.rolepages.com/page/roleplaying-guidelines-1
Specifically this passage:
" The One Overriding Roleplaying Rule
Roleplaying is an interactive experience where you try to create a complex multi media story along with other members of the community. While we try to leave the roleplaying on this site as free form as possible, the following rule is important to ensure that all characters on the site are treated with respect, and if necessary, it will be enforced by moderators.
No character is allowed to impose any major life changes on another character without their express permission received either publicly or through private messages.
This means that you cannot kill another character, maim them, cause them permanent bodily harm, steal from them, alter their body or personality permanently, or affect any change that lasts longer than a few days without their express consent.
You are also not allowed to rape or sexually assault another character in any chat, forum, or private message without prior consent from that character's player.
If you wish to pursue a story that requires another character to be permanently altered, you should contact them ahead of time via private messaging in order to work out the details of the story and ensure that you have their permission.
If during the course of a story you inadvertently cause something permanent to happen to another character without their permission, you should do your best to work with them on a creative means of resolving the issue in as friendly and respectful a manner as possible."
This site is a great way for people to express and develop their creativity, but it becomes a problem when people no longer want to play after their characters are having things done to them that they have not agreed to, but are acted out anyway. Anyone's input/opinion is appreciated and encouraged on the subject, as it seems to be a growing issue.
As an older player (About 3 years) I understand what you're talking about, Eve. There have been a few occurrences lately where this has happened. Specifically, one happened this week where the player was unaware of any torture being discussed at all. The girl was offline when the article was posted and was made aware when she logged on and she had no idea that it was happening, no one had prior informed her of anything like that happening. Such instances include branding, causing bodily harm, physical abuse, etc. The rules clearly state that any and all torture/physical harm needs to be discussed when in such situations. I'm glad you posted this blog.
With much love,
Ans, I love you. x) And yes, it has been causing some confusion and some interference in plot lines, from what I've seen. I know recently, someone attempted to kidnap Evelynne without consent with her player. This caused the character to look foolish, to a certain degree. They were upset by her refusal to go along as was their plan, however she did not consent to it. As is stated in the rules, these occasions need to be discussed before any plans actually are enforced.
So I have been here for 6 months as various characters, and In some of the characters I played it meant serious maiming. The person I was role playing this with always checked with me first, that I would not be offended or get upset by the changes and permanent damage it would do to my character. This is how situations like this should be handled and not post a blog about it without discussing it with the characters player. In my opinion it makes you a coward.
Lots of hugs kisses and candyfloss,
Signed Kai's Plays
As have I, Kai. This past week with Rom, he asked me if he was allowed to mentally shatter Delilah's mind, and I told both him and all of the Zagurians to do anything and everything they thought of to her, as long as she could heal and it didn't kill her as well as cause full permanent damage. And I fully agree with everything posted on this thread.
I agree. *Snuggles Kai's player, had soooo much fun with screwing with her chara. OOC Communication is everything with rp's like this*
Again, this is just to point out what seems to be a growing problem. I know for me, personally, it was very frustrating when telling someone else's player that I couldn't agree to a certain plotline/situation, only to be told "I can do what I want", or be "spoken to" because I didn't agree/act out the idea. Situations like this make it less fun for everyone else and should be put into the spotlight, so to speak, and dealt with.
Having came from another site and handling Marcel there, it was an issue there as well.
We are all very close to our characters thus, not wanting to see any harm come to them with torture ETC without permission. Truly it is a form of respect to act first in these things.
Like when Girly turned Marcel, it was something we talked over as it was happening. I was asked permission before hand to either turn him, or have him be healed.
We all work hard to create story with ourselves and others on this site.
I may have only been here for just a week, though ethics come into play as well as plain and simple common sense with these things.
I do not rest blame on others who are new to RP all around the bush, as they were like ourselves and had to learn at some point or another. However those here as myself who are no where new to RP should know much better and how to behave ourselves in an adult fashion.
If you truly find it hard to ask permission first...then why even try? Such simply things should come to one naturally and never forced at at all.
For the most part, the players here are the face of Role Pages. We can make it or break it, and by far this is the best place for RP in my eyes, so let us all keep this in mind when we are on.
Yours Ever So Truly,
I just posted this earlier today, so I'll do it again in here since it pertains to the same thing... REPORT IT. SCREEN CAPTURE IT. Nobody can do a damn thing if the one who's hurt and seeing this isn't saying a word about it. A lot of things are plotted in private messages, so everyone assumes that those taking place in situations like that have already discussed and given their consent. If you haven't given your complete, 100% permission and gone over a list of things someone can and cannot do, you gotta report them. Rules exist for a very important reason. We all have to work together to make sure this stops, especially since there are so many people on nowadays. Back when I started, ten was the highest amount in chat.. now there's up to 102 at a time. Keep your damn eyes peeled soldiers!!
Eva has no comment...o_o...just wants to feel important....so....Ta-da! best logic post every written about a serious topic.
Secret Agent Sheriff Evaline
P.S Cookies rule.
♥Wishes to feel important too!!! Giggles.♥ It'd be best if everyone just talks it out! Confront and figure out a solution to previous happenings that weren't approved of! Maybe someone misunderstood??
Considering this website is only just over three years old and not even I have been here for three years, I'm surprised at how many veterans have mysteriously popped up out of the woodwork that I don't remember. Oh well, I guess I'll join in.
As one of countless older players, this has been happening here all the time since I first arrived. I've seen so many different people be pounced with sudden character changes they can barely do anything about, so many different times. Even I've been victim to them but without 'em, Carol wouldn't be anything like the character she is today.
My personal belief is that you should roll with the punches. If someone's actions have the potential to change or affect your character and/or its story, you should either deal with it or talk out a middle ground with the aggressor. You're free to outright say "no" and deny any changes done to your character but I'll be honest: that's likely to damage your reputation and your integrity as a roleplayer. God, do I know this from experience.
Not many people want to roleplay with someone who doesn't let others interact with their character and you're unlikely to be included into storylines or plots because of how rigid you are. You end up being ignored because you refuse to let others have any impact on your character or your story. It's the equivalent of a spoiled child keeping all of its toy to itself.
But like all things, I think there's a line here and that line shouldn't be crossed. People might sneer at you if you say no but you should always have the opportunity to say no. You should not be able to affect another person's character without their consent if the player isn't around to say anything about it. If something's being done to your creation, you need to know about it either before it happens or when it happens.
So yeah, this one incident of someone's posting a torture-porn blog about another character without their player's permission? That's bad. Almost everything else? Suck it up and deal with it. Without these shocking developments and unexpected twists, roleplay would be so more boring. Any drama can be avoided by having just a little respect for one another.
With all of my obnoxious and monotonous irritation,
As an Older r'per who has been on this site for Two years now and a bit, and been roleplaying for Seven years. I understand the weight of the seriousness of this matter, It happened alot on some of the other sites I use to roleplay on. and It even happened to one of my alts. which I told the person to go fuck himself over, since I didn't agree to such a thing. It destroy's characters and peoples love for them. more Importantly some It can disgust to the point they get ashamed using their characters. If their of the Morally right type OOCLY.