First and formost, all players must be at least 13 years or older in order to join the USS Orion. Secondly, all material must be appropriate for the age group. No explicit violence or sexual content is allowed. Use the tried and true method of fading to black and leaving some things to the imagination. You may imply that certain actions have happened, but do not give explicit details. For example, Johnny can lose a leg but you can not go into the gory details of the dismemberment.
1. General rules:
The Orion's main goal is to tell interesting stories, explore and develop your character and to have fun.
The Orion is part of 16th Fleet and therefore the
rules of the fleet are to be followed.
The Orion is a 13+ rated RPG, and stories need to portray this.
The Orion does not tolerate any kind of discrimination, bullying, or verbal insults.
Writers on the Orion 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 Joint Post (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.
If you are not able to participate in 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.
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 Private Message (PM). After a total of 1 month of inactivity, combined with not responding to emails and PMs, the character will become an inactive character and his/her position will become free for new writers.
The Orion does not allow a writer to write someone else's Player Character (PC) or Non-Playing Character (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.
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 ?? and then a time 0000 hrs. In the mission tips there is info on the current Mission Day and a time schedule.
If you want to give your post a description instead of a time then please leave it out of the Time field in the intro, only give the day there. And write at the start of your post the description in cursor. 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.
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 a other character to respond to send the player a PM.
2.4 Length of posts.
Posts are expected to be at least two 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.
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.
3. Editing Rules:
3.1 For the writers:
To make sure our posts share a professional and uniform layout the Orion Command Staff reserves the right to edit any posts for spelling and grammar.
3.1.1 Everyone has the right to object to his/her work being edited. Please inform us that you do not wish for your written work to be edited by others and we will respect that. However, it does mean that you are solely responsible for contributing posts that are free of spelling and grammar mistakes.
3.1.2 If you have the exception on this rule, and still post with errors in your work, you will eventually lose this privilege.
3.2 Command Staff editing rules:
3.2.1 You cannot edit any posts or contributions of a player in a JP that have the above mentioned exception. This rule is the most important rule for the editors. If I ever get word of this rule being broken, any editing abilities are ended.
3.2.2 You are not to change anything in a post that has not been published yet. You'll have to wait until it is posted.
3.2.3 Don't change a character's accent.
3.2.4 Don't change a whole sentence, unless you have the permission of the writer.
4. OOC Expectations:
What do we expect from certain positions, and what can you as a writer expect from the leaders of this RPG.
4.1 Commanding Officer:
From me you can expect that I will do my best to keep all the characters engaged in the stories, create new missions and keep them moving along, provide a good working website and keep it up to date. And I'll keep on the lookout for new writers that might join our wonderful community.
4.2 Executive Officer:
The XO will take over for me when I am absent. She will assist me in the things above and advise me with thing that need improvement. Another keep aspect of the XO is to help handle disputes, and assess new applications.
4.3 Second/Third Officer:
These positions are a back up for the command team. Most of their activities will be related to their function as department head.
4.4 Department Heads:
I expect a department head to help new members in their department getting started. To help members of their department with a story, if necessary.
To know about the different areas of the ship belonging to your department. (Example: The CMO needs to know how many nurseries are on board.)
And the DH’s need to know what to do when a red alert is sounded, and make sure the officers/enlisted in your crew know as well. (Example: The CS/TO needs to know where the Secondary Firing Control is, and that with a Red Alert there need to be at least a security guard and tactical officer present at that location.)
4.5 Assistant Department Head:
The assistant is to take over the position of the Chief in case of a LOA, and the responsibilities that are part of it.