1. I will maintain the
illusion of the game by staying in character whenever possible. I will
withhold out of character comments until absolutely necessary and even
then I will whisper or ICQ them to the other players.
If I discuss the game with other players out of character, I will not
allow my character to be influenced by this knowledge without express
permission of the other players. I will take the time to allow my
character to learn these things on his or her own during the course of
I will separate myself as a player from my character as much as
possible. While I understand that a lot of myself goes into my
character and because the game is so very intense often real emotions
will be drawn from me as a player, I also understand that my character
is not me.
If I am not in the mood to play, I won't interrupt other people's games
by coming into it out of character. I will find others who are not in
character and go somewhere meant for out of character discussion.
I will not use my character as a vehicle for racism or bigotry. I will
not use my character to promote child pornography or bestiality. I, as
a player, understand that there is no room in the real world for such
things and will, to the best of my ability, not let it seep into the
virtual world as well.
If I, as a player, feel that my character has been treated unfairly or
that another character has overstepped the bounds of their abilities, I
will approach the other character's player privately and discuss the
situation in a calm adult manner and try to come to a resolution or
I will accept the hand that is dealt me in the game, understanding that
it is a game and it's not about winning or losing, but about playing.
I will not allow setbacks in the game to be blown out of proportion. If
I am overly emotional about what is happening, I will step back and not
play until I can compose myself.
I will not carry grudges against fellow players. My character might not
like another character, but again, I am an adult and understand that
they are 'characters' and not the player that portrays them.
If I find that I simply can not get along with another player, I will
avoid playing with them. But I will do so in a way that does not draw
attention to this and I will not badmouth or otherwise slander the
other player as such actions only makes myself look bad.
If my character is killed, I will obviously grieve for the loss, but I
will also view the situation as an opportunity for me to grow as a
player. By starting anew with a fresh identity, I will be able to leave
all the negatives of that character behind - any grudges, dislikes or
just plain bad habits- and take away the good, thus making my next
character even better and more interesting.
I, as a player, will keep an open mind and allow people to play their
characters the way their imagination leads them regardless if their
interpretation matches that of some book, guideline...or creed.