First and foremost, all players must be at least 16 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.
The Orion's main goal is to tell interesting stories, explore and develop your character and to have fun.
Real life comes first. If you are struggling to write due to a real-life issue, that is perfectly alright. Simply inform the CO and XO about the situation.
The Orion is a 16+ rated RPG and stories need to portray this.
The Orion does not tolerate any kind of discrimination, bullying, or insults related to player age, race, sex, religion, political beliefs, etc.
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 the CO or XO know. A reply to a JP needs to be done within 48 hours. Since posts involving more players may take longer, if you need more time to reply, you must notify the involved players immediately.
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. 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 that person. It may be a simple misunderstanding. If the situation is more severe you should contact the CO or XO and we'll assist in finding a solution.
Novel style writing.
We use Novel style for our posts. That entails that the story should read like a book and in past tense. Dialogue should be put in "quotation" marks, punctuation should be used correctly. The use of proper spelling and grammar is key but we realize mistakes might be made.
When expressing numbers in dialogue, spell the numbers out.
Example: "The ship is twelve hours away." or "Sickbay is located on deck twelve."
Incorrect: "Meet me on deck 12." or "The ship is bearing 1 2 3 mark 454."
Titles should not be capitalized unless a name is included.
Correct example: She smiled at the commander.
Incorrect: She smiled at the Commander.
Use a spell check program before you post a story. Simple errors can be corrected before posting.
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 outside dialogue.
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.
Example: Deck 12 - Sickbay or Deck 36 - Main Engineering
Time: Start with Mission Day followed by a military time of day.
MD XX and then a time 0000 hours. In the mission tips, there is info on the current Mission Day and a time schedule.
Example: MD 01 1400 Hours or MD 05 0800 Hours
Always use two digits for Mission Day unless told otherwise.
Proper Timeline use is essential because the website automatically organizes posts into chronological order but can only do so with everyone doing things the same way.
(This feature is great because it allows players to create posts without the annoyance of it being put in the wrong order.)
If you have a solo post that you would like another character to respond to, send the player a PM on the site or a DM on discord. If you wish to add someone to a post, simply click on the involved character name field at the top and you can add or remove.
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, the 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 like heavy, light, big, small, warm and hot in your post, instead of converting it to metric.
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 or to return a post for players to edit themselves.
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.
If you have the exception on this rule, and still post with errors in your work, you will eventually lose this privilege.
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.
The XO will take over when the CO is absent. They will assist the CO in the things above and advise the CO about things that need improvement. Another keep aspect of the XO is to help handle disputes, and assess new applications.
These positions are a back up for the command team. Most of their activities will be related to their function as department head.
Department Heads are responsible for helping new members in their department get started with writing posts,
to know about the different areas of the ship belonging to their department. (Example: The CMO needs to know how many nurseries are on board.)
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.