Updated with clarified application format, now simpler to fill out, and I just made a link to the one area where we'll keep all the information. Will delete this post in a few days to keep the forums cleaner, but leave the link so its easy to find.
The City of Arabel welcomes everyone, but for the health and future of our community we have rules in place to ensure that we remain a welcoming place for everyone. When these rules are broken, we wish to give the offender a second chance. We are humans and we all make mistakes, both players and DMs. Over the years, the DM team have given various people quite a few chances, but in the end there comes a time when the DM team cannot trust the person to be given any more chances.
Sometimes the person returns years later, and is once again given another chance. For the DM team believe people learn from their mistakes and will mature over time. However, those whom do not learn and burn their chances at the cost of our community cannot be given another chance. When no other options remain, we ban the person whom has violated our rules. No matter whom they are, a friend, an old DM or someone new, we take this action and this is always a team decision. This is one of the most important and difficult responsibility as a DM team which ensures the safety and wellbeing of our community, including the DMs themselves.
We do not take these actions lightly, nor do we like to ban anyone. However, at times it is for the best of everyone, including the offender. Often there are questions which follow from this, but the DM team do not wish to burn anyone by hanging them out. After all, it makes it much harder to return and start anew.
If there are concerns of unfair treatment, the DM team is happy to help, but we do wish to stress that how these questions are delivered is also very important to consider. Hounding down DMs for answers, making public protests over a private manner and rude behaviour is very draining for a DM to handle. We are currently in a very rough period as we prepare for the transition to EE, which many of ours are spending hundreds of hours on to ensure it goes through.
Should anyone have concerns, they are welcome to approach a member in regards of it, but please have patience and understand we handle this as a team and thus our answers may be slow. Similarly, we will not explain everything which occurs behind the scene, for we wish to give everyone a fair chance to return without any stigma or public disgrace.
Thank you all for your understanding and support.
Lots of Love,
The CoA DM Team
Hi guys. While I'm very grateful that we've made the move to Discord and have a much more robust platform for talking with one another out of the game, it seems that we've started adopting some of the shittier norms in gaming culture that comes with it. Specifically, referencing the above about courtesy:
Insulting or harassing other players OOC for ANY reason is a bannable offense, and we will ban you before we deal with the original alleged offender.
Heavy-handed though it may be, I'm getting a little upset at how people are treating each other lately. Here are some things you should avoid:
Belittling Statements about Skill or RP Style
General dickery that would violate Zool's Rule
I will start delivering bans for these. There's no wiggle room in these rules either - don't commit these kinds of abuses. Furthermore, Dungeon Masters and Moderators on Discord are not above these rules. We should adhere to these same policies as well, and if you see anyone breaking these very important rules, send a Chat here on the forums to the whole team for visibility.
Thank you. Now, start being excellent to each other.