ShadowGate is a Role Playing MUD. Traditionally these terms don't go together. We are making our best attempt to provide for those who want the functionality of a mud but RP as well. By logging into ShadowGate you agree to at all times attempt to abide by the general rules and the rules of Role Playing outlined below.
1: Golden Rules
A. Immortals have created this game with a goal and vision in mind.
This vision is the goal of their actions. Their reward comes from
the successfull movement toward this goal. Ultimately this goal is
to make ShadowGate as successful a role playing environment and as
near to Table top situation as possible in a MUD environment. Their
actions are all geared toward the furtherance of this goal.
Therefore, immortals' words are final. They also can act outside of
the rules listed here when it is in the best interest of the MUD.
Immortals are also human. They can act rashly and improperly. You
can appeal decisions made by an immortal to LAW. This can be done by
MUD mailing law, or mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The word of law
2: Concerning OOC
A. OOC means out of character. OOG means out of game. OOC is as your
player not as your character. OOC should has its place on the MUD.
This is best used when speaking about the game in general, asking
functional questions, or making suggestions/comments. OOG has NO
place on the MUD. ShadowGate is not a meeting ground for long lost
friends. ShadowGate is not a cyber dating service. Email addresses,
ICQ, AIM, etc information should not be exchanged on the MUD. If you
are caught you will be at least jailed, at most removed completely.
Please refer to the help roleplaying for more information.
3: Concerning multi characters
A. We allow a single player to have multiple characters. We believe
that at times you may want to play something different, get away
from a current character. We frown upon having armies of other
characters. We feel that the MUD's greatest experience is the
continued dedication and connectedness with a single character.
It may take a while to find the character that has the personality
and situation that best fits for you. We ask that you use the
ability to make multiple characters with respect to the goal
of making ShadowGate a community of meaningful characters.
A. Quests exist in many forms. We commonly term them as quests, mini
quests, random quests and avatar quests. They are all made to add
more structure to the adventuring lives of the characters. Many
people have had lots of fun figuring out quests. This is what we
are striving for in the quests.
5: Inter player relations/inter character relations
A. As an environment of people from across the global coming together
to play as other beings in another world. There are obviously
some interaction problems that arise. As already stated, there
should be no OOG interactions here. However, RL personalities
may clash over IG (In game) issues. Typically we should all act as
adults and treat the others as such until they prove to be
6: General Conduct
A. There are some common sense things that apply to any game. When
playing a game of Monopoly, there is not a rule stating "Don't rob
the bank" yet clearly that is not allowed. The game has a spirit about
it and if you work against that spirit regardless of a direct
reference to that action in the rules you are in fact breaking the
A. Bugs and features are a common source of problems. Bugs fall into
two major catagories, things that are broken, (true bugs) or
features that interact with other features in an unrealized or
unforeseen manner. Some MUDs spend (literally) years testing and
retesting areas, functionality etc, trying to track down the bugs.
We on ShadowGate feel that we serve the MUD better by doing the
basic testing and play testing, and then allowing the populace
to play in the area. We improve the MUD at a greater rate and we
can let the player base help us shape things as we go more effectly.
This, however, can create situations where things are broken, both
for the benefit and detriment of the player. This will also
introduce functionality that may conflict with other functionality.
We expect players to always report these situations.
ShadowGate's Interpretation of Role-playing.
Role Playing is the total assumption of a role separate from
that of your own. This implies that you become the person you are
playing. This entails when entering the virtual world of ShadowGate
you become totally the character you are playing, assuming that
characters attributes including intelligence, age, etc. You should
also completely leave the real world behind. Forget who you are IRL
and become Conan or Grimsaddle or Fletch. Conversely, when you log
out of the MUD you should leave it behind. Don't take the mud to RL
just as you don't take RL to the MUD. Two different worlds, two