Rules and Regulations

Even though we try to be very relaxed and easygoing, we still have a number of rules that help us manage this game.

General rules

  1. Langley Station's main goal is to tell interesting stories, explore and develop your character and to have fun.
  2. Langley Station is a 13+ rated RPG, and stories need to portray this. For more info on that subject go here.
  3. Langley Station does not tolerate any kind of discrimination, bullying, or verbal insults.
  4. Writers on Langley Station are expected to post once a month. And tag within four days. Exceptions are made when multiple players are engaged in large joint posts with three or more players. If you are working on a large JP, let a member of the command team know.
  5. If you are not able to participate with the RPG, for whatever reason, you need to apply for a leave of absence. An absence of less than 2 weeks is a LOA, and an absence of more than 2 weeks is an ELOA (Extended Leave of Absence). If you are working on a JP, you are also required to let your fellow writers know, and you need to agree what to do with the JP during your absence.
  6. After someone has missed the posting deadline they will receive a personal message reminding them they haven't posted for more than a month. We will also be asking for a reason. Multiple emails and PM’s will be sent. After a total of 2 months of inactivity, combined with the failure to respond to mails and PMs, the character will become an inactive character and his/her position will become free for new writers.
  7. Langley Station does not allow a writer to write someone else's character, or NPC, without the permission of the writer. If you make an agreement with another writer to write each other's characters, please make good and clear rules about it, so the chance for any problem is limited.
  8. If you have a disagreement with another writer you should first seek to solve the issue between yourselves, in a polite manner, and in private. If you feel someone has made a negative comment, contact the person and explain the problem to that person. There is a good chance that they won’t even be aware that they have offended you. If the situation is more severe you can contact any member of the command staff, and we'll assist in finding a solution.
  9. All members of Langley Station are required to have a discord account and to have joined the Langley Station Discord channel.

Posting rules

  1. Novel style writing
    • We use Novel style for our posts. That entails that the story should read like a book. Dialogue should be put in "quotation" marks, punctuation should be used correctly. And use proper spelling and grammar.
    • Use a spell check program before you post a story. Simple errors can be made easily.
    • You are allowed to give your character an accent. That however should be done in such a way that it does not affect spelling and grammar.
  2. Post introduction
    • Pay close attention that you give the correct data in the fields before you post. This will be the intro to your post.
    • Select the correct mission, if there are more than two active. In the mission tips will be an explanation for which one you are expected to use.
    • Give your post a title.
    • Location: Start with the Deck - followed by the area, office or room in which the story takes place.
    • Time: We use a mod for our time telling. Therefor you add the number of the MD the story is happening on Must be between 1 and 90 and the time in four letters (24 hours).
    • If you want to give your post a description instead of a time then please leave it out of the Time field and give the day and time there. And write at the start of your post the description in cursive. With a time description is meant "a quiet evening in ten forward" or "right after the away mission" This to emphasize a mood in your post.
  3. Signatures and ON/OFF.
    • Each post is started with ON: and finished with OFF:.
    • After OFF come the signatures of every character involved in the post. So, if you have written a post with your PC and two PNPC's you need to write 3 signatures. A signature consist of 3 or 4 lines. 1: Rank and Name of your character, 2: Position, 3: Location of posting (station, ship or colony) and 4: in case of a PNPC you write between brackets PNPC and the name of your PC.
    • Example:
      Lt JG Jaana Voutilainen
      Stellar Cartographer
      Langley Station
      [PNPC Kate]
  4. Tagging: Nova offers a great possibility for writing joint posts. Therefore it is not necessary to leave a tag in any finished posts. If you have a solo post that you would like another character to respond to, send that player a PM.
  5. Length of posts: Posts are expected to be at least 1 paragraphs, containing of a minimum of 10 sentences. If you have a very long post, post it in two parts. And give the title the addition of Part 1, or Part 2.
  6. Measurements
    • We use the (European) metric system in our writing. This means that if you want to write a length, weight, temperature you need to use cm/m, kg, or Celsius. There are many websites that offer a conversion tool, in case you are not familiar with the metric system. You can also use words as heavy, light, big, small, warm and hot in your post, instead of converting it to metric.
    • In a characters bio the length and a weight of your character needs to be displayed in cm, and kg. If you want you can put the imperial system between brackets after the metric system, using ' and '' for length and lbs for weight.
  7. Backposts: Posts that are outside of the current mission's 90 MD's aren't allowed to be posted in the current mission. We have a separate missions for posts that outside our current timeframe. Further Adventures. Stories in this mission don't need a MD or time, you can just fill out 00 with MD and 0000 with time and then add the date or a description of the time below the start of your mission. Like the earlier mentioned description in 2.2 post introduction.

Character Creation Rules

  1. Every new application will be discussed with the members of the command team and appropriate department head before a decision is made if a character will be accepted. The command team is available to help you with your application, and if your application is not up to standards, we will help you improve.
  2. Your character may be any canon Star Trek race. Note that for certain exotic races such as Talarian, Son’a, or Dosi, you will have to have a logical reason as to how and why they joined Starfleet.
  3. Non-cannon or custom races will need to be discussed with the Command Staff prior to applying. It would depend on the amount and quality of background information whether a custom species will be accepted.
  4. Lesser known races require references to a reputable Star Trek repositories such as Memory Alpha, or Memory Beta. Any one of these databases can be utilized to provide background information on your selected race.
  5. If your race only has a Stub Article as defined by Wikipedia, your application may be rejected.
  6. Langley Station does not accept any animal based species outside of Star Trek Cannon.

13+ rating

  • A writer on Langley Station needs to be older than 13 to participate.
  • You have to moderate what you write on the topics of sex or violence.
  • Star Trek as we know it from television is rated 13+. So if you are second guessing what is appropriate and what is not, try to think if it would be shown on screen or not. Basically, you are not allowed any explicitly sexual or violent scenes. If you want to write a scene like that, use the fade black principle. You can imply a certain action happening or have happened, but you cannot describe the action. The same goes for violence scenes. You can write someone's arm being cut off, but you cannot describe how that would look like.
  • This rating is very important for us and therefor we are very strict with it. We strive to be a fun and open environment for everyone from 13 years and up. I understand this might make some writers feel restricted, but I also hope you can understand the need for everyone to feel free to read whatever we write and feel comfortable doing so. This also applies to our Discord channel, and any other public communication Out of Character.
  • What is allowed:
    • Language: Infrequent, mild swearing is allowed.
    • Sex: Mild sexual innuendo and references permitted.
    • Violence: Mild violence is allowed.