Code Of Conduct

A) Definitions

  1.  Member – any attendee of BLOOD RED ROSES in any manner or role.
  2.  Ref/referee – any individual tasked with the running, administration and management of BLOOD RED ROSES as a whole
  3.  Player – any paying member
  4.  Crew – any non-paying member
  5.  IC – In Character – any actions or interactions taken as a character, player or non-player, involved with the game
  6.  OOC – Out Of Character – any actions or interactions taken “in real life” by a member of the community
  7.  Uptime – any period of live roleplaying
  8.  Downtime – any period of non-live roleplaying by any medium
  9.  Gamespace – the immediate uptime play environment in which live roleplaying occurs
  10.  Other Space – any other space where interaction between BLOOD RED ROSES members takes place, including but not limited to online communication, forums and social media sites.
  11.  Site – the location hired or designated for the purposes of a BLOOD RED ROSES event, be it Caddihoe for a weekend event, a pub or hall for a social-only event, or any other environment
  12.  “Man Down” – a call used in uptime to alert first aiders to an injured or potentially injured member
  13.  “Stop the game” – a call used to alert members in near vicinity during uptime that a potential personal boundary has been crossed, or that an aspect of the immediate roleplaying environment needs to change swiftly. A “Safe phrase” intended to allow for rapid adjustment of environment without shutting down the entire game space or requiring a “time out”
  14.  Cheating – any violation of the BLOOD RED ROSES core rules, or violation of a ruling given by a referee
  15.  Metagaming – the use of knowledge available to a member OOC in an IC context
  16.  The plot – any storyline for an event, or between characters (often divided into “Main plot” – the primary plotline for an event, “Minor plot” – smaller storylines aimed at or between smaller groups of characters, and “Personal Plot” – storylines aimed at one particular character)

B)  Expectations

  1.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will act by the “spirit of the rules” and the “spirit” of this document – it is impossible to cover every conceivable eventuality.
  2.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member, regardless of their role in the community, will act in a mature and reasonable fashion at all times and that members will treat other members of the community with respect, dignity and civility in all avenues of OOC discourse, be it in uptime, downtime, at events or in other spaces.
  3.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will take personal responsibility for their own personal safety, and for the safety of others attending an event.
  4.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will follow the rules defined on the website, and in the core rules document.
  5.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member remembers and appreciates the difference between IC and OOC interactions.
  6.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will do their best to preserve the integrity of the game space as IC.
  7.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will treat a Referee’s judgement as final during an event. Whilst every effort is made to predict what judgements might be necessary, not everything can be accounted for. Judgements can be discussed with the ref team outside an event to establish a precedent for future judgements.
  8.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will obey a Referee’s commands on safety matters promptly. Referees may have to use an OOC stern tone or raised voice in heated moments to ensure the safety of members – this is a regrettable necessity.
  9.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will take personal responsibility for the enjoyment of other members at an event. That they will act appropriately IC, and take both their successes and failure with good grace.
  10.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will discuss IC actions that may cause problems or discomfort for other members of the community with the Referee team for approval and to ensure appropriate ref coverage prior to acting.
  11.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will, during the occasional interaction with people not involved with the game, treat the public with courtesy and respect and do their best to show larping in a good light and not bring us into disrepute.
  12.  BLOOD RED ROSES expects that every member will treat the site with respect: “Leave only footprints, take only memories”
  13.  BLOOD RED ROSES understands that its members of the community, in any capacity, are human, that mistakes can be made, and should be rectified at the earliest possible opportunity.

C)  Misconduct

  1.  The following is considered misconduct and will lead to an immediate temporary removal from the game space, with the option in severe or repeated instances, of extending to an event or permanent ban from all BLOOD RED ROSES community activities, events and environments. Removal from the game space is expected to be a temporary measure to ensure understanding of the rules in most cases. Additional sanctions may also be administered.
  2.  In other spaces, misconduct will lead to censoring of offending material, with the option reserved for temporary banning from BLOOD RED ROSES controlled environments, and in severe or repeated instances of extending to a permanent ban from all BLOOD RED ROSES community activities, events and environments.
  3.  BLOOD RED ROSES recognises that misconduct may not be a single, clear event, but may also take the form of a pattern of seemingly innocuous behaviour, and is prepared to treat such instances as offences.
  4.  Misconduct includes any lacking in behaviours as defined under the “expectations” but also includes (but is not limited to) the following:

i.    OOC acts of aggression

ii.   OOC intimidation

iii.  OOC bullying

iv.   OOC ostracisation or social censure

v.    OOC harassment

vi.   OOC incitement to misconduct

vii.  Failure to respect a call of “Stop the Game”

viii. Failure to respect a call of “Man Down”

ix.   Failure to respect a call of “Time Out”

x.    Abuse or misuse of any of the safety calls: “stop the game”, “Man Down” and “Time out.”

xi.   Cheating or Metagaming

xii.  OOC personal attacks of any kind

xiii. Failure to respect “the fourth wall” – the divide between IC and OOC interactions and actions

xiv.  Failure to preserve the IC integrity of the game space

xv.   OOC intoxication during uptime

D)  Gross Misconduct

  1.  The following is considered gross misconduct and will lead to an immediate banning from an event site pending a full investigation, with the option of extending to a permanent and complete ban from all BLOOD RED ROSES community activities and events.
  2.  Gross misconduct performed in other spaces will lead to an immediate ban from all BLOOD RED ROSES community spaces pending a full investigation, as detailed under section E.
  3.  BLOOD RED ROSES recognises that gross misconduct may not be a single, clear event, but may also take the form of a pattern of seemingly innocuous behaviour, and is prepared to treat such instances as offences.
  4.  Gross misconduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

i.    Any behaviour listed under section C(4) can be considered as gross misconduct in repeat, or persistent instances, or where OOC malice is considered to be a factor, or where the severity of the offence marks it as beyond simple misconduct at the ref team’s discretion.

ii.   OOC discrimination based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation

iii.  OOC violence of any kind

iv.   Wilful vandalism or destruction of any member’s belongings

v.    Wilful vandalism or destruction of any BLOOD RED ROSES equipment or kit

vi.   Wilful vandalism or destruction of the site and its property

vii.  OOC theft

viii. Cheating or metagaming that leads to fundamental damage to a plot

ix.   Cheating or metagaming that leads to the death of a character

x.    Causing a gross breakdown of the IC integrity of the game space

xi.   Misuse or attempted abuse of the Code Of Conduct

E)  Grievances

  1.  In the event that a member experiences misconduct of any sort it should be reported to the ref team at the first available opportunity.
  2.  The ref team will enact an immediate response in accordance with parts C(1), C(2), D(1) and D(2), Removal from the game space, event, or other spaces respectively.
  3.  It is expected that in many, minor cases, counselling, guidance or a reprimand from the ref team will be enough to resolve matters sufficiently. Additional sanctions may be administered (see below).
  4.  In any case that results in an event ban, or more severe allegations, a team of at least 3 referees, or agreed independent parties, will be convened within 14 days to investigate the matter, with the option of extending a ban indefinitely, or enacting additional sanctions (see below).

F)  Additional Sanctions

  1.  Additional punitive measures including but not limited to:

i.    Removal of experience points for an event

ii.   Temporary removal from game space

iii.  Worsening of bead draws for injuries

iv.   Worsening of bead draws for taint or magic use

v.    Instant or retroactive loss of hit points or “hidden injuries”

vi.   Removal of the right to use weapons

vii.  Removal of the right to wear armour