Ruby City operates on a basic "Three Strikes" system. If a player is caught breaking the rules, that can count as a strike. Complaints brought against a player, whether by a canon-mate or not, if proven to be legitimate can also count as a strike. A warning will be issued to the player in question for each strike. Upon receipt of their third strike, the player will be removed from the game for no less than one month. After a month has passed the removed player will be permitted a chance to re-apply to the game if they so wish, but with only conditional acceptance; Any further strike will immediately cause their permanent removal from the game.
Definition of Godmoding: A player can be described as a godmoder if he or she presumes or declares that his or her own action against another player character is successful without giving the other player character the freedom to act on his own prerogative. They may also be a player who tries to force others to participate in role-playing they don't want to engage in. For instance, a player who unilaterally describes his character as doing something with (or to) another character that would usually require the other to play along — such as having a fight or a sexual encounter — is considered to be godmoding.*
Definition of Metagaming: In role-playing games, a player is metagaming when they use knowledge that is not available to their character in order to change the way they play their character (usually to give them an advantage within the game), such as knowledge of the mathematical nature of character statistics, or the statistics of a creature that the player is familiar with but the character has never encountered. In general, it refers to any gaps between player knowledge and character knowledge which the player acts upon.*
Neither is allowed here at Ruby City. In the case that godmoding or metagaming is taking place, please try to settle it between players. If this does not fix the problem, please bring the issue to the attention of one of the moderators.
✗ 4th Walling
Generally speaking, this is not allowed. However, in the case that you play a character that would be familiar with a character's canon (for example, Matt from Death Note or Konata from Lucky Star) you have the option of using a permissions meme posted to the OOC community. This is to get permission from individual players regarding 4th walling their specific characters. This way, people who do not wish to have their characters deal with 4th walling will not have to.
This should be self explanatory. In-character happenings should not transfer over into out of character feelings, and vice versa. In other words, a character who does not like your character should not transfer to assuming the player in question does not like you. If the mods see this, it will be addressed accordingly. If you feel a situation has reached this point, please approach a moderator about it so that it can be handled.
In addition, in character actions can and will spur in character consequences. Please keep this in mind when you have characters tear apart the city or other characters.
✗ "In Character"
"In Character" is a term that is often tossed around as a be all end all item. However, we at Ruby City realize that after a time in the city, characters will develop differently than they would in their canon. This is just fine. However, things such as Squall Leonhart suddenly developing the urge to be the lead singer in a rock band is something that would be considered "OOC" and would not be allowed. If you have any questions pertaining to this issue regarding your characters, please contact the moderators.
If you are concerned about other characters, please consult their player or their player's HMD. And please, be courteous when addressing concerns.
✗ Posting Format
[First person (or 'commentspam') - intended only for the main comm rubycity_rp]
[Video/Text/Audio] or [Action Bracketspam]
[Here you would put some narration, such as the sound of the voice or action that is viewable to the camera (it's a very small camera, keep that in mind, and it's viewing radius is very limited). Internal thoughts aren't necessary, as it's just what someone hears or sees or both.]
Here would be anything your character actually says. This would be just words your character is saying, either to the community intentionally, or accidentally, as though the communicator turned on by accident. Action posts are also acceptable in this format, but should preferably be placed in the logs community.
[Third Person - intended only for the logs community rubycity_logs]
Who; This would be a list of characters involved in the log. If the log is "open" this means that anyone is free to join.
When; Approximate time and day that the log is taking place.
Where; Location the log is taking place
Rating; American scale ranging from G (General Audiences) to NC-17 (These usually contain vulgar situations, language, or gratuitous violence. Remember, anything over the rating of R must be locked to friends only!)
Summary; This is a quick explantion of what is occuring in the log. One to two sentences should suffice.
(Cut your log start!)
The log itself should consist of general prose writing. That is to say, it should read like something you would read in a novel (that it certainly doesn't have to be that long). Include thoughts, feelings, actions, etc. Whatever you want, just make sure it is in prose and of a good length. Log starters are what all your responders are responding to, so make sure you're giving them something to nash on. Be sure that this is all written in Third Person Past Tense.
The rating system at Ruby City, used mostly in the logs community rubycity_logs is based on the American Rating System.
G - Refers to anything that would be generally accepted. There's no cursing and no adult situations. Little to no violence.
PG - A little more violence and slight flirting his hinted but rarely explored. The foul language isn't around.
PG-13 - Words like "Damn" and "Hell" are used, but nothing really more vulgar than that. Violence is acceptable, frightening situations such as ghosts or monsters, etc. Some partial nudity, but no genitals.
R - Female frontal nudity is possible, as well as vulgar cursing. Violence is nearly unrestrained, but there is little gore. Blood is acceptable.
NC-17 - Full nudity of both sexes, intercourse, lots of gore, etc.
Note: All posts, either in the main community or in the logs community that consist of a rating of more than R must be cut for content and friend-locked to the community. Absolutely NO sexual encounters will be permitted involving either characters or players below 18, though characters above 16 are permitted to "fade to black"- eg, no explicit playing out of sexual acts. Violations of this rule will result in a player's expulsion from the game.
✗ Character Limit
There is currently no limit on the number of characters you are allowed to play at Ruby City, though this will be on a case by case basis. If you're already struggling to make activity with the characters you currently play, odds are you will not be accepted to play more.
If you idle out of this game, you will be accepted back in on a probationary basis with one character. If you are able to make activity with that one character for two activity checks, you may be allowed to app another, so long as you aren't struggling to make activity any longer and the mods are certain you can handle another.
When choosing to play multiple characters from the same canon, keep in mind the playercest rule.
✗ Canon OCs
Ruby City has decided to allow Canon OC applications. However these characters are held to a higher standard than regular applicants. Their application is far more in depth, and the moderators will look over Canon OC applications with a much more strict eye. The only requirement Ruby City has for Canon OCs, is that they have at least a marginal presence in their Canon to begin with. In short, Canon OCs are usually extremely minor canon characters that a player has breathed life into to fully round them out.
This also applies to cases like Vocaloids, who may come from the universe of one of their songs or else in a universe the fanbase usually recognizes.
✗ AU Characters / Multiples
Ruby City's outlook on multiples and AU is very simple. Firstly, we only allow one version of any character to exist in the city at the same time. The characters do not necessarily need to match the universe any potential canonmates are from either.
Any AU must be an official canon AU, rather than a player-created or fandom AU. For example, the multitude of Legend of Zelda games all count as possible AUs, as do the myriad of DC/Marvel Universe AUs. What this does not include are universes or scenarios which the applicant has made themselves.
What is playercest? It is when a mun of two different characters interacts with themselves using said characters. Ruby City does not mind a player carrying conversations between their characters, as long as it is not the majority of what they do in game. In addition, any interaction between the characters must remain minor. Playercesting two main characters of a series, or developing important relationships between two characters with the same player is not allowed. Playercest is allowed in the rubycity_rp community, but not in rubycity_logs unless a character played by another player is also present in the log. Playercest actions will not count for activity checks.
Due to playercest concerns, we have different standards for situations where one player wishes to play more than one character from a single canon. Please see the FAQ for more on this subject.
Activity at Ruby City is simple. In order to pass monthly activity checks, your character must do one of the following each month:
✗ Two (2) posts/logs with at least one (1) comment.
✗ One (1) post/log with at least one (1) comment plus a thread of ten (10) comments total.
✗ Two (2) threads with ten (10) comments between both.
Threads are counted at their total length, with the ten comments being shared between you and the other player/s. If a post is used for the first part of the check, the thread used must be from a different post. IC Inbox threads can count for one proof, but cannot count for both.
Those who seem to be unable to meet activity checks or else have a habit of idling out of the game soon after apping in a character may be refused on such a basis to apply into Ruby City if it has shown itself to be a significant enough problem with the player. It isn't fair for anyone (castmates, other players, potential players and the like) for another person to be allowed to "character-squat."
If activity is showing itself to be a continued problem for a player, then the mods will intervene if necessary. People may be put on probation until they can prove that they are able to keep up with activity, or else dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
✗ Activity Checks
Activity checks are performed on the 5th of every month. Players are then given 4 days to post their activity proof in an Activity Check post in rubycity_ooc. At this time, characters and players who have not checked in will be listed in a separate post and given a second chance to respond with proof of activity. Players and characters who have been on Hiatus for two weeks in the check period are exempt from the Activity Check, and characters accepted into the game after the start of the previous check are also exempt, but if a player has other characters from before then, they must still check in with those characters.
If a player wishes to reclaim a character that has not met the activity requirements for the activity check period, they can comment to reclaim their characters as well. Characters reclaimed this way will then be marked with a strike which can be cleared by posting double activity. Players have one month to clear a strike before the character/s in question are swept. In the event of extenuating circumstances, a player who not able to clear a strike may contact the mods directly via PM to rubycitymods to request a one-month extension. Mods must be contacted directly and will consider extensions on a case-by-case basis. If a player is not able to clear their character's strike after two months, there are no further extensions and the character in question will be swept.
Clearing a strike requires double activity proofs. Double activity requires the player to pass one of the following:
✗ Three (3) posts/logs with at least one (1) comment
✗ Two (2) posts/logs with at least one (1) comment plus a thread of ten (10) comments total OR one post/log with two (2) threads of at least ten (10) comments overall.
✗ Twenty (20) comments total spread over two (2) to four (4) threads.
Once again, threads are counted at their total length, with the number of required comments being shared between you and the other player/s.
Players that are on hiatus during the time of the activity check may ask other people to check in for them, or contact the mods beforehand. Real life comes before RP and it is highly unlikely we will remove anyone from the game who is on hiatus during a check. That said, if it becomes apparent that hiatuses are being used to duck activity checks or to disguise a general lack of activity, this issue will be addressed with the player individually.
Characters that are lost during an Activity Check may be reapplied for by the same player, but only after a two (2) week waiting period. This two weeks begins when the second chance round of the Activity Check closes.
Hiatuses are simple. In order to go on hiatus, a player is required to post to the hiatus page. And post to the OOC community, if they want to inform those their character has CR with of their characters' absence. While we do try to look through the OOC community in case a player does not notify us via the hiatus post, it is the player's responsibility to post there and inform us that they are going on hiatus.
If you choose, when you go on hiatus all of your characters may find themselves lost in the catacombs for that duration. They will be provided enough food and drink to survive down there for however long. However, this is only an option and you are more than welcome to come up with things for your character to do while you are gone.
You will need to be on hiatus for two weeks in the checking period (6th of the previous month to the 5th of the present month) to be made exempt from the activity check, and hiatus will be allowed for a maximum of two months. If you have reason to need longer than this, please contact the mods beforehand so we can review your case.
Drops are done like hiatuses. When a player wishes to drop a character, they must make a comment on the drop post linked from the main page.
* Definitions taken from Wikipedia articles