Game Rules

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Game Rules

This part was made after User:Jaxad0127/Rules Dialog where you can find translations

Players breaking the following rules may be banned (up to and including a permanent ban) or have their characters reset at the GM's discretion:

  1. Do not abuse other players (insults, swearing, and the like directed to a particular person or persons)
  2. No bots (and botting means ANY activity while away from keyboard)
    Botting will be determined by talking to players who are moving and/or attacking.
  3. No spamming / flooding (including trade spam)
  4. No begging
  5. Speak English on public chat
  6. Treat others the same way you would like to be treated


Game Masters (GM) and Administrators are in charge of enforcing the rules

Game and forum rules by Platyna

Platyna said: Ref. Forum Post : Game and forum rules. Well, time to set some rules:

  1. Do not abuse other players (it means insults, swearing etc. directed to a particular person/s)
  2. No bots (and by botting I also mean ANY AFK activity in game).
  3. No spamming/flooding (including trade spam).
  4. No begging.
  5. Speak English on public chat.
  6. RFC 1855.

These rules may change in the future, so it is worth to take a look on this thread from time to time.

Notice WIN ERR 001: Replying to spam threads/posts is also spamming. Five warnings will be issued and then a username/IP/email will be banned.

Spamming or trolling on forum to boost your post count, to be able to vote in GM election polls is a subject for instant ban.

Some precisions: (Post subject: Re: is it also forbidden to attack the same mobs as another

There is no rule forbidding following other players. There is a rule preventing to annoy players and to use automation to gain advantage over other players which is unfair. If a GM suspects botting, s/he is supposed to execute a standard botcheck on each char.

Also it is not forbidden to attack the same mob as another char, it is even encouraged to play in teams (of living people), this question is completely pointless as there are and there were no rule forbidding it. Common sense is a rule of all rules, appliance of the rules could be some way automated I would get rid of GMs and introduce rules-enforcing bots.


Regards.

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Zuzanna K. Filutowska,

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized,than lord among those without dreams and desires. Kahlil Gibran

Roles in TMW Project

Roles in game

  • Player (GM level 1) : Play while following the rules :)
  • Developer (GM level 40) : tmwAthena Content Developer with git push access. They have special in-game authorizations for development purposes.
  • Event Coordinator (GM level 50)
  • Game Master (GM level 60) People who enforce the game rules, Can organize game animation. GHP Members. They wear a special outfit when on duty.
  • (GM level 80)
  • Administrator (GM level 99) All previous roles, can manage characters, items, guilds...

Roles in project

  • Player : Contribute to Forum, give feedback
  • Tester : Help developers to realease reliable software. GM50 on testing server, This is a closed group, new members can only join upon invitation of a group leader.
  • Developer : Develop content and server(s), software, graphics, music...
    • tmwAthena Content Developer : People who help develop content for the current server, tmwAthena. This is an open group, members can apply to join.
    • tmwAthena Tech Developer : The people who get their hands dirty under the hood of tmwAthena, the server software of choice circa 2004. This is a closed group, new members can only join upon invitation of a group leader.
    • TMW CR Contributor (Manaserv content) : People who do maps, graphics, sounds, scripts or other content additions for TMW CR projects. This is an open group, members can apply to join.
    • Mana Developer : Member of the manasource.org development team (Manaserv and Mana Client). This is a closed group, new members can only join upon invitation of a group leader.
  • Event Coordinator :
  • Game Master : People who enforce the server rules. Moderate some Forums.
  • Group Leader :
  • Forum Moderator : Forum Moderation and administration
  • IRC operators: IRC Moderation and administration
  • Wiki administrator : Manage users, Wiki moderation, Can suppress pages, manage protection, and import in xml format
  • Administrator : Manage the server along with all other roles.

Game Mastering Guidelines

According to the forum topic : Game Master Guidelines

We will be going through all of the rules, as laid out by Platyna in this thread > http://forums.themanaworld.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=2922 (private forum)

Do not abuse other players (it means insults, swearing etc. directed to a particular person/s)

One thing that is not included in this is harrassment. Harrassment is when a player follows, sits on, and generally tries to make another player uncomfortable or angry through a game action.

First offense : Warning
Second offense : Warning, and an @kick from the server
Third offense : 1 hour ban
Fourth offense : 1 day ban
Fifth offense : 7 days ban
Sixth offense : 30 days ban
Seventh offense : Permanent Block
In the case of one offender logging in accounts to circumvent the ban, the second account should receive the next step in punishment.

No bots (and by botting I also mean ANY AFK activity in game)

Of course the punishment for this is well known, automatic block with a reset on the first offense and a block with no reset on the second.

This rule is rather specific and our previous enforcement of this rule has been narrow; Anyone suspected of botting was asked to respond to a simple question from a GM. If they answer within the 2 minute time limit, they were considered not to be botting. This interpretation to be broadened to some degree. Given that we have new tools at our disposal, there is no reason to continue to limit it to such a strict interpretation and enforcement.

It is a common occurance for players to have one character sitting in Hurnscald and one out and about killing things. I see no reason for this to change.

On the other hand, there are several players who will maintain a character in Hurnscald, a character in one area killing, a character in another area healing, and yet another character on yet another map doing some other activity. This is where the interpretation will now differ regarding enforcement. Now, all three of these characters will be warped to the botcheck area and asked to do 3 different activities at roughly the same time. I say 'roughly the same time' because it is understood that absolute synchronization is virtually impossible, however all 3 characters should be moving in different patterns at the same time, as specified by the GM. If the characters are unable to do this, then they are botting or using illegal automation.

In the case of 'autofollow' automation, the punishments under Rule 1 should be followed.

No spamming/flooding (including trade spam)

Spamming/Flooding is defined as repeating the same thing in a short time span or exclaiming nonsense or random characters. Trade requests should be limited to approximately 1 trade request every 10 minutes. This is open to interpretation by the GM to allow for mistakes, corrections or the like.

First offense : Warning
Second offense : Warning, and an @kick from the server
Third offense : 1 hour ban
Fourth offense : 1 day ban
Fifth offense : 7 days ban
Sixth offense : 30 days ban
Seventh offense : Permanent Block
In the case of one offender logging in accounts to circumvent the ban, the second account should receive the next step in punishment.

No begging

Asking for money or items with no return. This includes asking for donations.

First offense : Warning
Second offense : Warning, and an @kick from the server
Third offense : 1 hour ban
Fourth offense : 1 day ban
Fifth offense : 7 days ban
Sixth offense : 30 days ban
Seventh offense : Permanent Block
In the case of one offender logging in accounts to circumvent the ban, the second account should receive the next step in punishment.

Speak English on public chat

The punishment of these infractions should follow a strict set of consequences:


First offense : Warning
Second offense : Warning, and an @kick from the server
Third offense : 1 hour ban
Fourth offense : 1 day ban
Fifth offense : 7 days ban
Sixth offense : 30 days ban
Seventh offense : Permanent Block
In the case of one offender logging in accounts to circumvent the ban, the second account should receive the next step in punishment.


In the case of all of these rules, with the exception of the No Botting Rule, the GM is allowed a measure of discretion. If the GM feels as though someone perhaps doesnt understand then more initial warnings are absolutely encouraged.

Bans are not global (meaning a player can spam, insult, and beg and get a warning in each case) with the exception of multiple infractions within a short time frame. If a player is spamming insults in french, the GM will explain that he has broken multiple rules and will therefore be subject to a one hour ban. Each rule that was broken should be recited prior to the ban. Given the fact that someone who does not speak english will not understand a warning given in english, this is subject to the discretion of the GM as to the severity of the punishment. Account Phishing

Account phishing is the act of attempting to gain access to another players account. This will be punished with a 30 day ban for the first offense, followed by a permanent ban on the second.

Game Master Behaviors

In our game, Game Masters have been elected by the people to be the judge, jury and executioner. This is a great trust given to us by the players. Because of that we must maintain a higher standard.

Game Masters should always be impartial. There should be no difference between your treatment of a sibling and a complete stranger. Both should recieve an equal punishment for the same infraction, barring one having previous bans/punishments.

Game Masters cannot under any circumstances do things that endanger your impartiallity. Holding items or money, trading between two parties, warping a player in a beneficial way (to or out of Candor, Nivalis, terranite cave etc) should never be done. Warping a player to another tile, using @kill on townsitters, random spawns, etc, as long as they are done in a way that does not offer one player or group an advantage and are used in good nature should be acceptable.

Game Masters should be easily reconizable. Whether on an alternate character or main, if you are on duty as a GM, you should have your hat and robe and wear them when called into a situation.

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