The following things are NOT ALLOWED for the good of the RP forum.
God Modding: God Modding is when you're character automatically succeeds at something another character would have a reasonable chance of preventing. For example you cannot say your telepathy is so powerful it automatically succeeds against another character. Or you are such an amazing hacker you hacked their base defenses and there's nothing they can do about it. When your actions affect others they must be given the chance to defend.
Nothing automatically succeeds at the expense of something that belongs to someone else.
Auto-Hits: This is when someone RP's that their attacks hit another player, without that players consent. You can RP throwing a million mile an hour punch, but no matter what the other character decides the results to their character. Everyone has control over their character. You can't take that away and say something automatically hits.
No-Selling: This is when you RP that all of another persons actions and attacks fail against you. This one is subject to a reasonable standard. Some characters are simple incapable of hurting others due to the powers involved, but please remember that the site isn't just for you to have fun its also for others to have fun. Causing everything they do to fail without exception isn't good RP, and its against the rules.
Controlling Others (without OOC permission): This does not, and should not, require much explanation. Other peoples characters belong to them, they decide what happens. Not you. Please be respectful of what belongs to other people.
Adding Powers in the Middle/During RPGs: Getting your butt kicked? Can't think of a way to win? No problem, just suddenly realize you have the exact power needed to escape your current situation, even though you've never used it before and it doesn't make any sense!
Actually don't, please. This is against the rules for the obvious reasons that its used to 'cheat' without technically god-modding or no-selling. Its just an exploit used to bypass other rules.
This applies within reason, as do all rules. Obviously you can contact the people you are RPing with and ask if they mind you developing a new power (that might even be what the RPG is about). That is between you and them, this rule is meant to prevent exploits, not restrict RP in any way.
In addition to the above the Author of an RP can set his or her own rules. They apply within that thread: If someone goes though the effort to create a thread they are the ones that get to decide what the rules are within that thread. Unless stated otherwise all the above rules apply.
Last and greatest rule: All the above rules apply within reason. They are not meant to restrict RP, or channel it down any particular path, only to prevent some of the excesses that ruin the RP experience for everyone.
Empire Creation Rules
But there are also new issues now and to create a structure that can support growth we have made rules for Empire Creation.
What do these rules apply to?
This applies only to Vine ‘Verse Prime (main Vine canon). It does not apply to empires outside the solar system, other dimensions, imaginary universes, alternate universes, future universes, or absolutely anything besides the solar system of the main Vine Verse. Outside of that you can do as you please!
What counts as an Empire? Do you govern land, dictating political policies, controlling a countries natural resources and or borders? Have you replaced a countries army with your own, or do you possess an army? In short if you have any significant control over territory inside the solar system then you have an empire.
Empires that have already been created are grandfathered in. They do not need to re-establish themselves, but from this point onward they will have to follow the empire rules if they intend to stay cannon.
To avoid problems in the future there are a few small and simple requirements to possess a Vine Canon Empire.
At least 500 posts, although this does not have to be on the same account. Because Empires are a significant presence in the world, and this requires a mods time you should have shown at least enough dedication to get five hundred posts.
This should also show you understand the basics of RPing, and can get along with other people.
How do I create a cannon Empire?
Create the OOC. You must give everyone who wishes to defend that territory the chance to do so. Period. Doing otherwise is Godmodding.
Taking unclaimed territory. You must give anyone who wishes to contest your attack three days to respond to the OOC. Anyone who wants to defend the territory and posts in the OOC with the names of the defending characters must be allowed into the RP.
Taking claimed territory. A full week must be granted for territory already claimed by an existing team. They must post the names of characters that intend to defend the territory, and must then be allowed into the RP.
STEP TWO: Wait for a mod. Once the proper time has passed a mod will come and look at the OOC to ensure that all RP rules have been followed. They will also read over any objections that players might have and make a decision.
Should they find that the thread follows all rules and meets a reasonable standard they will edit the OP with [[ VVP Canon ]]
STEP THREE: The RPG itself must follow all the normal vine rules. Godmodding and no-selling are the greatest dangers here, as players might be tempted to do one or the other to get their way.
In addition there are reasonable time limits. If one side goes more than a week without posting in the RP the other side is declared the winner. This becomes cannon, and is posted to the thread OOC and at some point in the official Vine cannon thread.
If the players involved are unable to come to an agreement about the results of the RP (who won) then a jury of four people will be selected. Two by each side. Should they be unable to decide the winner, then a mod will act as a tie breaker.
STEP FOUR: Keeping your empire.
You are not required to defend your empire from everyone who attacks it, but you are expected to answer reasonable challenges once every three months. If the attacker is willing to put forth reasonable effort, create the OOC, and operate in line with the RP rules then you are also required to follow the rules about no-selling.
This is important! Please note that it is against the comic vine rules to no-sell. That includes fights over empires, they are not somehow an exception.
Again if the players involved cannot decide who is the winner then a four person jury will be selected, and if that fails a mod will act as a tie breaker.
STEP SIX: Other problems. This is a new process. There will be unforeseen issues and problems. As a community we will resolve them as they come up.
General ComicVine Site Rules
As members of the site, signing up to ComicVine and posting on the forums mean that you agree to follow all rules. This doesn't just include the RPG rules but the general site rules as well. Breaking these rules can and will result in warnings and if continued will lead to a temporary ban followed by a permanent ban. Please take the time to read through the site rules and if you have any questions feel free to PM any of the mods so we can answer the questions for you.
You can find the ComicVine Site Rules here
UPDATE May 2017
While these are not so much as "rules", they're more clarifications of existing rules or formalizations of norms.
- "No-contact orders" are no longer a thing. They've proven to be ineffective, and tend to lead to more drama than what initiated them in the first place. You're all free to disagree, argue, and debate with whoever you like, so long as it's done respectfully. Insults, baiting, and the like will not be tolerated, as per site rules. If you can't interact with another user respectfully, don't interact with them at all. People who violate rules and cause unnecessary drama that disrupts the forum will be warned, and banned if they persist. End of story.
- We notice that some users are using . This is not against the rules, but we would like to caution those of you who are using them. As mods cannot determine who was logged into an account when a specific post was posted, the consequences for using a shared account to violate site or section rules will be applied to all users who have access to said shared account. If you're going to share an account with someone, make sure you trust them.
By participating in the RPG Forums you are agreeing to these rules. Ignoring or breaking these rules can lead to warnings, temporary ban or complete ban by the RPG Mods if deemed necessary.