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FANTASY ALIVE CODE OF CONDUCT

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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, NPCs 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, NPC, 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 & NPC 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, NPCs, & Volunteer Guidelines

VIII. Be trustworthy. It is important as Plot, Marshals and NPCs 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 NPCs. Keep information obtained while NPCing, or through your position as Plot or a Marshal out of game when you play your personal character. Failure to do so constitutes meta-gaming.

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 NPCs 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 in-game 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

Fantasy Alive Code of Conduct
Updated October, 2016

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