You are expected to follow a limited set of rules while
playing here on Demon's gate. These rules are here to
give everyone a reasonable chance to have fun and enjoy
this game which it's all about. For most people these
rules are just common sense, but they should still be
stated here as general information of what's allowed or
not. These are the rules wizards will enforce, and
breaking them can in some cases lead to destruction
of your character.
The five basic rules are:
- You are not allowed to have more than one character
logged on at the same time. This includes linkdead
characters as well. You are allowed to have as many
characters you want though, as long as the characters
have no contact whatsoever.
- Harassing other players and preventing them from
having fun and enjoying the game is not allowed.
This includes sexual harassment, serial killings
of other players and other things as well. Use your
common sense and think how you would like to be
treated by other mortals, and this rule will be very
easy to follow.
- Your player has to be interactive. Using clients or
other means to create a robot playing the game without
someone behind the keyboard controlling is forbidden.
Using a MUD-client to make it easier to play is allowed
as long you are still in control of your character.
- Using or exploiting bugs is forbidden. Report the bug
instead and leave it as is.
- It is not allowed to run people through quests. This means
leading people around telling them exactly what to do.
Giving someone a quest solution is also considered cheating.
However, giving another mortal a clue when they
are stuck on a quest and ask for help is allowed, but try
to avoid direct answers like go 3w and search the barrel to
still give the one asking for help a chance to enjoy
figuring out the quest on his own.
Additional notes & clarifications
The above 5 rules were deliberately left vague to cover almost any
situation, and are always open to interpretation by the Arch of
Players and Keeper. Rules infractions are always judged on a case
by case basis. However the following points are very important:
- Naming your character
When you create your character you have the opportunity to
name him or her anything you wish with these exceptions:
The rational for the second restriction is that the wizards who
are building worlds based on fantasy literature (such as J.R.R.
Tolkien's works, Jordan's "Wheel of Time", or the Forgotten
Realms) need the famous names available for their own storylines
and npcs. I'm sure you will agree that it is much nicer not to
have to watch an insane Gandalf the Svirfneblin Mercenary
slaughter hobbits and elves in the Shire, or Egwene the Orc
teaming with Loial the Dwarf and Lanfear the Hobbit as they
run hunting to kill Frodo the Drow.
Many of the important names are already banished (the game
will not let you chose them). However if you manage to get a name
that we find inappropriate you can expect to be forced to change
it. In the case of obscene names, you will simply be deleted. In
other cases, and arch wizard will allow you the chance to change
your name. In general this applies to newly created characters.
If there are old characters out there with famous names, they
will usually be allowed to stay.
- No obscene or otherwise offensive names are allowed.
- No character may be named after famous characters from the
literature of the mud.
- Obscene or offensive language
Simply put, it is forbidden. Use common sense and keep in mind
that what is not offensive to one person, may be highly offensive
to others. You should be very careful about this, because if
you harass other players with obscene language you will be
- Communing the wizards
You have a commune command that can be used to talk to wizards,
but you must be very careful not to abuse this privelege. All
communes are logged, so misuse of the commune will always be
detected, and usually punished. NEVER harass the wizards by
communing them. Remember the famous saying: "Meddle not in the
affairs of wizards for they are subtle and quick to anger."
Commune should be used when you are bugged and need immediate
help. It should not be used to ask for hints about the game,
nor just to chat with wizards. NEVER commune ALL unless you see
no wizards in your 'who' list. It is extremely annoying and will
probably get you zapped.
- Talking OOC
Roleplaying is not required, but is encouraged. You can certainly
talk 'Out Of Character' but you should be respectful of others
who are trying to roleplay when doing so. The worst form of
harassment is OOC harassment.
- Multiple characters
As stated in Rule 1, you are allowed multiple characters. However
each character must make his own way in the world. It is not
acceptable, for example, to have one of your characters drop
huge amounts of cash or gear for your other character to get.
Try to keep the personalities of your characters seperate. It is
recommended that if you make a second, you not reveal who your
other character is to other players when playing him.
You may notice that there is nothing about Pkilling explicitly
mentioned in the 5 rules. However common sense should tell you
that it is covered by Rule 2. You should be very careful about
this. The decision to get involved in a player fight should be
a mutual one. Killing another character who didn't want to fight
is almost always bad. Killing players who are much smaller than
you will usually lead to your deletion. Repeatedly killing the
same character (serial killing) is also forbidden. You have a
right to enjoy the game (provided you are following all the
rules), so if you have a problem with another player killing you,
please contact the Arch of Players! The AoP is there primarily
to help players.
Demons Gate is a public forum and you are never guaranteed a
right to privacy while logged into the mud. Many things that you
do are logged, and wizards are capable of 'snooping' you ..
they can listen to your conversations. In general wizards will
not snoop you without good reason (never just for entertainment),
but do not get upset if one does. Also, it is quite possible
that another mortal is hidden in the room to overhear your
conversation. Keep your conversations in control and don't
discuss things online that you don't want others to know
about. This is not a rule, just a word of friendly advice.
- The Arch of Players
Although the AoP has the unpleasant duty of punishing players who
break the rules, his real job is to help players get the most
of the game. Any time you have a problem you should feel free to
talk to the AoP .. mail him and he will try to help you. You can
suggest improvements to the game, discuss problems with other
players, or whatever. Do keep in mind though, that the AoP must
use his own judgement in each case. You can ask, but you won't
always get what you ask for.