wecanhasmods (wecanhasmods) wrote in nextgen_ooc,

Marvel NextGen Rules

Timeline started in: 1988
Game began: 2008
Current year: present


01. Play nice with others. This really shouldn't require further elaboration.

02. Canon is a guide, not a straitjacket. There are big canon issues and little canon issues. The X-Men are mutants. Galactus is a cosmic being that eats planets to survive. Those are both good examples of big canon issues that don't change. Smaller issues that are subject to change would include things like who a character is dating or where they are living at a particular time - as long as we have internal story logic, we'll be happy.

An encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel Universe canon is not a requirement. We have several useful reference sites linked on the main community the OOC community and many helpful players willing to answer any questions you might have.

03. We are suspending the character limit indefinitely. For the time being, and until/unless it becomes an issue, there will be no limit to how many characters one player can have in the game at a time. However, there will be a time delay of one month between new apps in order to curb the 'ooh shiny' reflex and to give the new characters time to be established in game. If you have an urgent reason for the time delay to be waived, such as an urgent plot issue, contact the mods and we'll be happy to work with you.

We have a character limit of ten characters per person. This is to encourage people to play the characters they have and to avoid the "Oooh! Shiny!" syndrome of apping a bunch characters and then not playing them.

  • The ten character limit is split between six "kid" characters and four villains or team adults. For our purposes "adult" will be defined as a canon or non-canon character whose skill/ability level at the time they are apped puts them on par with the adult Avengers/X-Men in the game. They don't necessarily have to be on either team, although we do strongly suggest at least one per player.

04. NPCs created for a game community are very different from PCs. NPCs, and any connected journals created for those NPCs, belong to the community and should stay with the community whether the creator does or not. If the creator leaves, the NPCs stay, but the creator will continue to receive credit.

05. PCs are an entirely different matter. If a player leaves the game, we strongly encourage them to write their characters out first. If a player does not, and leaves a major PC with many plots and relationships hanging, the mods reserve the right to gracefully write that character out, in a way that is respectful to both the character, the player, and the players remaining. (We will not kill your character.)

06. Please remember to add a tag for your character and any others in posts. You can use either the character's real name or the character's code name as your tag. It is your choice, but please only use one tag and tag all of your posts.

07. Please refrain from giving NPCs used in PC backgrounds families or spouses (Example: If you are apping the child of Aurora, please do not name her brother Northstar's lover, children, etc). This is to allow greater flexibility to new players coming into the game. If you absolutely must for some reason or another, contact the mods and we can work something out.

08. Please be vague regarding siblings in applications for the children of canon characters. Mentioning names is fine only if the siblings are already a part of game canon or Marvel canon. This is to allow other players greater flexibility in creating characters. (You will be given a heads up and an opportunity to comment before a sibling to one of your characters is introduced. We require players to discuss potential siblings with any other players affected before submitting their applications.)

09. Characters with non-canon parents can have named siblings in their applications.

10. Game-related posts should be posted in marvel_nextgen. First person, journal entries should be kept to the characters personal journals.

11. If you RP something out in a character journal and want it to be part of canon, you must link to it in a post in game for easy accessibility. Not all players read all the character journals.

12. Any upgrades made to a character during game play must be cleared with the mods. This includes powers and equipment.

13. We don't have a minimum posting requirement because some characters (Aunt May, for example) only pop up when they're needed. However, if you agree to participate in a plot, let folks know if you're going to be taking extended time away from the game. Real life always comes first, but as a courtesy to your fellow players, please try to give some notice and plan for how your character will be handled in ongoing plots while you're away.

14. The three day rule. (In relation to Rule # 13). If your character is in a thread and you do not tag in for three consecutive days without notice to the plot admin or the mods, the mods will write around your character to keep the story moving. We understand that emergencies come up and not every hiatus is planned, so exceptions will be made the first time. If a pattern of behavior becomes a problem, then this rule will come into play.

15. Regarding character violence: No maiming or killing without the other player's permission. Generally when playing out a fight scene on LJ, the players involved will be consulting each other via IM or in email. Fight fairly as players, even if it's a dirty street fight between characters. Hit and be hit.

16. Let's talk about sex:

  • Consensual - Things leading up to sex, ie kissing, groping, and removing of clothes is fine in comm. Anything else... keep it in individual journals. A reference to it is fine, like someone waking up next to someone else and mentioning last night's activities. Going into explicit detail is not.

  • Non-consensual - Off comm. Period. A vague reference to something happening in comm is fine, just nothing explicit.

17. Abuse:

  • Physical and mental - Within reason and not over the top. Please check for comfort level in the OOC comm or chat before posting and give the mods a heads up before posting.

  • Child - Extremely vague references only on comm. Anything else, behind a cut in personal journals. Overly explicit posts may be subject to a mod request for editing. Always check with the mods before posting.

18. Age differences in character relationships: 1 - 3 years between the two ages is acceptable for any characters under the age of 18. No characters younger than 14 should be shown having a sexual relationship (extremely vague references to off screen dating may be made, but don't expect the adult population of the game to look fondly on child sex).

19. Other trigger issues (torture, etc) - check with mods before posting

20. Plot form. Please fill this out and email it to the mods when you want to run a plot. This is not asking for permission to run a plot, but merely a head's up so the mods know what's going on. This is helpful for us in case for some reason a plot admin is unable to finish a plot. The mods are more than happy to help with any plot.

  • Major plots with game-wide implications DO need mod approval.

  • The Plot Form can be found here

21. Bendytime posts backwards are a not a problem as long as the event can be easily slotted. When in doubt, check with a mod. But most past events can be nestled into time pretty easily.

22. Bendytime forward is only done when the mods have been notified. We want scenes finished before someone goes off and ignores implications of what has been done.
Tags: mod post: rules update
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