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1.1.1 Ground Rules

Created by Captain Kate Banninga on Thu Oct 12, 2017 @ 4:19am

1. General rules:

    1.1 Langley Station's main goal is to tell interesting stories, explore and develop your character and to have fun.
    1.2 Langley Station is part of Obsidian Fleet and therefore the rules of the fleet are to be followed.
    1.3 Langley Station is a 13+ rated RPG, and stories need to portray this. For more info on that subject go here
    1.4 Langley Station does not tolerate any kind of discrimination, bullying, or verbal insults.
    1.5 Writers on Langley Station are expected to post once every two weeks. 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 me know. A reply to a JP needs to be done within 3 days. So there is a smaller chance of large JPs holding up posting for too long.
    1.6 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.
    1.7 After someone has missed the posting deadline they will receive a personal message reminding them they haven't posted for more than 2 weeks and asking for a reason. I will send multiple emails and PM. After a total of 1 month of inactivity, combined with not responding to mails and PMs, the character will become an inactive character and his/her position will become free for new writers.
    1.8 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.
    1.9 If you disagree with another writer you first need to solve the issue yourself. If you feel someone has made a negative comment, contact the person and explain the problem to the person. Most of the time the person isn't aware of it. If the situation is more severe you can contact both myself and the Executive Officer, and we'll assist in finding a solution.

2. Posting Rules:

    2.1 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.

    2.2 Post introduction.
    Pay close attention that you give the correct data in the field before your 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: Start with MD ?? a - and then a time 00.00 hrs. In the mission tips there is info on the current Mission Day and a time schedule. Only exception are backposts. Here just give the date of when the happens.
    • 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.

    2.3 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.

    Lt JG Jaana Voutilainen
    Stellar Cartographer
    Langley Station
    [PNPC Kate]

    2.4 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.

    2.5 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.

    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.
Last updated on 20-01-2018 to elaborate the posting guidelines.

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