Code of Conduct

Forward

Fantasy Alive (FA) strives to maintain a good atmosphere for Live Action Role-play (LARP) as well as to
make people feel welcome. Doing so provides an enjoyable and entertaining experience for everyone.
In a game such as FA, which can be socially competitive and at times high adrenaline, it can be easy to
come across misunderstandings and disagreements. This Code of Conduct outlines what is expected at FA
events and on any FA public or private forums such as the website or Facebook pages.
Please play smart and be respectful of each other.

 

Introduction

Fantasy Alive aims to create an in-game experience that is filled with danger and challenges both physical
and social. This allows players to explore both positive and negative aspects of society in a safe
atmosphere. Out of game however, we expect our community to maintain an environment free of
harassment or behaviour that causes other players to feel unsafe or unwelcome.

All players of Fantasy Alive are required to abide by this Code while participating in Fantasy Alive events
or within the Fantasy Alive community. This policy applies to everyone in the FA community; Players,
Marshals, Plot, Cast Members and Volunteers, the Owner and Staff.

The following Code of Conduct is not meant to be exhaustive and may be changed in the future at which
point an updated Code will be released. Participating in any Fantasy Alive events, functions, or forums
indicates agreement to this Code of Conduct. Breaking the Code of Conduct can result in corrective
action up to and including termination of your ability to play or participate.

 

Violence, Discrimination & Harassment

Abusive, overly harsh, consistently derogatory, insulting, or intentionally demeaning behaviour will not
be tolerated by Fantasy Alive. Out of Character physical abuse, discrimination, or verbal abuse will also
not be accepted. Such behaviour, will lead to corrective punishment ranging from verbal warnings or
docking of XP to temporary or permanent removal from FA events, based on the severity of the abuse.
They will only be allowed to return to FA events at the discretion of the Owner.

The policy is guided by the Ontario Human Rights Code. This Code defines harassment as: “engaging in
a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome.” We all
have some common sense around what are appropriate comments for public consumption and what
aren’t. The Code also prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of: age, race, creed, gender,
and sexual orientation. For more information on the Ontario Human Rights Code go to www.ohrc.on.ca.
Reporting: If you are the target of violence, discrimination or harassment by a Player, Cast, Plot
Member, Marshall, or Staff of FA please speak to the Owner, Head of Rules Committee or a Player
Relations Officer. If the incident is of a criminal nature, ensure that you also report it to the police. When
possible, FA will offer assistance with reporting issues to the police. Complaints can also be made
through a third party, but will need to be confirmed with the complainant as well as those involved before
corrective action can be taken.

All complaints will be heard and investigated with as much sensitivity and care as possible. Fantasy Alive
is intended to be a welcoming place for all so it is our hope that no one will ever feel as though they
cannot speak to one of the representatives listed.

 

Drugs & Alcohol

Fantasy Alive does not allow alcohol or any illegal drugs or any player under the influence at its events.
This includes in the parking lot or anywhere on the premises, even before the game begins or after it ends.
FA will remove any member suspected of being intoxicated from game. Further infractions by an
individual will lead to more severe corrective action.

Any illegal drugs found will be immediately reported to the police and that player will be removed from
the event.

 

Player, Staff, Plot and Cast Expectations

I. Communicate. Everyone has different comfort levels. If you’re not sure if your behaviour is welcome,
just ask. If you feel unsure after an emotionally charged event or discussion has happened in game feel
free to speak to the other people involved. Check in with the person by putting your hand or weapon on
your head or don a yellow headband to signify that you’re asking out of game or if needed call “zebra”. If
you are uncomfortable with someone’s behaviour towards you ask them to desist with the offending
behaviour. If it persists report it to the Owner, Head of Rules Committee or a Player Relations Officer.

II. Show respect toward all property and possessions. Damage or theft of Out of Game property will not
be tolerated.

III. Player VS Player is defined as actions taken against another PC that would significantly and
negatively affect that character’s story arc. Player VS Player should only take place due to in-game
conflict and not be driven by Out of Game motivations. For this reasoning, Plot, Head of Rules
Committee, or the Owner may question a player at any point on their character’s motivation for targeting
another player.

IV. Due to the sensitive and controversial nature of the subject, Fantasy Alive will not employ themes or
story lines that depict acts of simulated or story-related sexual violence. Scenes of sexual violence
between players are strictly prohibited, and jokes about sexual violence are neither amusing nor
appropriate. Sexual violence may appear in character histories with the approval of the Owner only, but
may not be discussed in detail within the game. Any Player including these themes in their role play will
be warned by Plot, Marshals, or the Owner, and may lead to corrective action up to a permanent ban from
the game.

V. Meta-gaming. Use of out of game knowledge to your own advantage or to affect in game actions is
meta-gaming. Some examples of this would be looting a Player to take special items that you know they
possess through out of game knowledge or targeting them for death or attack because you do not
personally like them. Meta-gaming hurts the game and constitutes cheating. Please report instances of
meta-gaming to the Owner, Head of Rules, Rules Team, Head of Plot or a Player Relations Officer.

VI. If you have to go out of game, you must signify that you are out of game either by placing your hand
or weapon on the top of your head or by wearing a yellow headband. Going out of game should only be
done during events for good reasons, such as to use the washroom, ensure that players are safe and
uninjured, if a player is feeling unwell out of game, to ask a question that is immediately pertinent, or to
tend and ensure the safety of a campfire. Examples of improper reasons for going out of game are:
avoiding a situation that is detrimental to your character, to listen to conversations that would not be had
while your character was present in game, or to discuss out of game topics not relevant to the current in
game situation. Going out of game for improper reasons constitutes cheating.

VII. In game, adventure and danger go hand in hand. It is expected that characters will achieve both
victories and also suffer defeats. These may range anywhere from feeling part of an epic adventure or
finding in game items to a character taking a death or the finishment of a character. We ask out of game
that with either victory or defeat, successes and reversals or achievements and setbacks, you be
considerate to others and remember that either can lead to interesting plot or character development down
the line.

Plot, Marshals, Cast Members, & Volunteer Guidelines

VIII. Be trustworthy. It is important as Plot, Marshals and Cast to keep a level of trust with Players in
regards to skills, abilities, and information. Information attained about a Player should not be discussed or
shared with other Players or Cast. Keep information obtained while a Cast Member, or through your position as
Plot or a Marshal out of game when you play your personal character. Failure to do so constitutes metagaming.

IX. Help to preserve the in-game atmosphere. It can be as simple as throwing on a tabard or a few simple
costume items to go out as a farmer when going to the inn for meals instead of sitting in the tavern out of
game. It creates a richer environment for Players and assists with game immersion.

X. Plot and Cast are not to use their positions to positively or negatively affect players for personal or
Out of Game reasons.

XI. Marshals and Plot members act as the face of the game and organization behind the Fantasy Alive
community. They are expected to be leaders in upholding the Fantasy Alive Code of Conduct and treating
those in the FA community with respect during all FA related interactions. This does not mean that they
are denied of the ability to share their opinion so long as it’s done in a respectful and appropriate manner.
Marshals or Plot members acting contrary to this Code will be removed from their position at Fantasy
Alive.

 

Fantasy Alive Website and Facebook Pages

Online interactions on the Fantasy Alive public forums and Facebook pages can become bullying or
harassing if they’re persistent and unwanted. While we expect debate to happen online, it is expected it to
be conducted in a civil manner and with the same courtesy and manners as you would in person.
Post material under the appropriate designations. For example, in-game material such as role-play or ingame
announcements should be posted on the “Fantasy Alive: In Game” page. Do not deliberately share
material on out-of-game forum(s) that would reveal the secrets of your character or other players’
characters. Doing so constitutes meta-gaming. Any group or individual wishing to create public or private
web spaces associated with Fantasy Alive must be approved by the Owner and adhere to the Fantasy
Alive Code of Conduct. These spaces must also allow the Owner or a representative chosen by the Owner
to have access to these web spaces.

The Owner (or Moderators designated by the Owner) reserve(s) the right to remove any post(s) and or
comments from the FA website or Facebook pages; be it that they’re unrelated to the LARP and FA
community, that they violate the Code of Conduct or are seen to cause harm to Fantasy Alive.

If you’re joking around, and people tell you to stop, and you don’t, you are in the wrong. The law requires
that you give someone “warning” in regards to being offended. Therefore, if you find a post on the FA
website or Facebook pages offensive please let the poster know in a polite manner. If they persist on the
topic, contact the Owner, Head of Rules Committee or a Player Relations Officer and corrective action
will be taken.

Tagging Photos: It is FA’s policy that when posting photos or tagging photos on the FA Facebook pages
that you tag only yourself.

 

Corrective Action

It’s easy to misunderstand each other at times. While we hope that players can communicate and self-correct
poor behaviour and misunderstandings, Fantasy Alive understands there are times when
intervention is needed. In such cases please report any infractions against the Code of Conduct to the
Owner, the Head of Rules Committee or a Player Relations Officer. While we will strive to keep those
involved in a conflict informed, please do not expect immediate action. It takes time to properly assess the
situation and speak with everyone who is involved. We must allow all involved individuals to tell their
side in order to come to an educated conclusion. In the case of a misunderstanding staff can take steps to
moderate discussion between both parties to try and come to a solution.

Player infractions will be investigated by the Owner, Head of Rules and Marshals or Plot as the Owner
deems necessary. The Owner reserves the right to decide and enforce corrective action against a player
should they be found to have committed an infraction. The decision of corrective action will be based on
prior history, severity of effect to the game and intent.

Examples of corrective action include the docking of XP or OC, verbal warnings, written warnings,
dismissal from game, being suspended from game, and up to and including being banned. One example
that could call for a player to receive corrective action is if a player is excessively belligerent out of game
or in-game after they’ve been asked out of game to stop.

 

Infractions Outside of Fantasy Alive

Fantasy Alive will take into consideration and listen to any concerns in regards to conflict from out of
game interactions entering into game. FA is unable to police conflicts outside of FA events or outside of
its affiliated forums. However, please let the Owner, Head of Rules or a Player Relations Officer know if
you are being bullied or harassed by another member of FA. If you are being harassed, discriminated
against, or threatened on Facebook we suggest that you contact Facebook and report the misconduct. If
the offense is of a criminal or threatening nature, we encourage that you also report it to the police. The
Owner reserves the right to take corrective action with out of game interactions taken into consideration
as those also could negatively affect FA.

 

Links

Ontario Human Rights Code
http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/guide-your-rights-and-responsibilities-under-human-rights-code-0

Facebook – Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

Facebook – What to do if you’re being bullied, harassed or attacked on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/help/116326365118751