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Welcome to TEP Evolved

Howdy! Welcome to TEP Evolved RP. This thread will give you information and links to further resources that will help make your RP experience an amazing one.


Moderators

Who are moderators?
A roleplay moderator is a player who was chosen by the admin team to help develop and enforce rules that will make roleplay balanced, fair and ethical.

How are moderators chosen?
No formal process exists to choose moderators. The moderators are chosen by the admin team from among the roleplayers based on a variety of criteria such as experience and roleplaying ability.

Who are the current moderators?
Todd McCloud, Hobbes and The Oan Isles. The Oan Isles handles most of the daily issues, but this is a matter of circumstance than anything else. Todd and Hobbes are full moderators and may be sought for help or to make a ruling on a roleplay related issue.

What do they do?
The work of the moderators is fairly broad. They enforce the rules of the game, help nations develop their nations and recognise talent. Their duties are broad and varied. They generally oversee the whole of roleplay.

Are they supposed to be here all the time?
Mods will try their best to respond to players as soon as possible and be active as often as they can, but they are not obligated to be around all the time.

Can moderators roleplay?
Mods can roleplay.

What happens if a moderator uses their authority to give themselves a roleplay advantage?
Mods are expected not to use their powers to give them an unfair advantage or push their own views or silence those that they are opposed to. If you believe that a moderator is abusing their powers, please talk to the other moderators. Do not go to an admin to resolve your issues.

How can I contact a moderator?
Please send them a message over Discord, Skype, telegram, email or direct message.



Cartographers
Who are Cartographers?
These are players who are responsible for managing the regional map.

What do they do?
They are responsible for maintaining the regional roleplay map. They draw new nations and change their borders and cities. They also make other maps (like climatic and political maps) and various map projections.

Who are they?
There’s Ember, Dylan, Furnifold and rogueparagon.

What other duties do they have?
Because they have to determine if each new nation is realistic, they also serve as roleplay mentors. They can help players develop their nations and conform to the rules.

How are they chosen?
Cartographers are usually chosen by the existing members of the group. The criteria are flexible and usually depend on whether the group is short staffed or not.

What happens if a Cartographer abuses their power?
Contact a moderator who will try to resolve the problem. Don't even try admin.

Can a Cartographer change the map as they please?
Cartographers vote on all changes to the map. If a cartographer does do an alteration on their own, they are expected to inform the others. They can be removed from the position if they are found to work against these standards.



Regional Map

What is the regional map?
It is the official map of the planet Urth. This is the planet on which roleplay in the TEP Evolved subforum takes place.

How do I get on the map?
You must follow the rules that the Cartographers develop for claiming space and post a claim in the proper thread.

Can I use my NS nation for TEP roleplay?
NO. Your TEP nation must be realistic. It must have a probable population, GDP, and type of government. While you can take elements from your NS nation, you cannot simply transpose it to the forums.

Can I be a bit whimsical with my nation?
Yes and no. You can have some things that do not exist in real life, but they must be done in a realistic way.

Can I have more than one country?
Yes. The Cartographers will decide if you can have more than one based on your role play ability, maturity, and the length of time you’ve been roleplaying.

What is the relationship between moderators and Cartographers?
They each have their own roles. Sometimes they work together, but they cannot interfere in each other's work. A moderator cannot change map rules and a Cartographer must refer all rulings on the legality of roleplay to the moderator. Mods can deal with abuse of power cases from Cartographers, but NOT the other way around.

Can I be a Cartographer (or a Mod)?
If you are interested just contact the mods or a Cartographer and ask to join. We’re not power-hungry autocrats!



Roleplay Guidelines

What are the roleplay guidelines based off of?
They are based on the rules that govern NS forum roleplay. If you cannot do it on the NS site and forums, you cannot do it here, BUT the reverse is not always true.

Who sets them?
The moderators and administrators of the TEP forum use the NS site as a base upon which to develop these policies.

What content is forbidden and which isn't?
Keep it PG-13. Your content must fall within the US delineation of appropriate content for the 13 and under parental guidance book and film rating.

What about violence?
You can talk about violence, but you cannot be excessive.

What about erotic content?
Some mild sexuality can be hinted at and maybe kissing, but excessive descriptions and even mild suggestions of sex are forbidden.

What is metagaming?
You may not give your character information that you know Out of Character that they did not logically discover in-character.

What is trolling?
Do not post disparaging remarks about other players. Constructive criticism is welcomed but chatting shit about them is not allowed.

What is flamebaiting?
This is taking action to deliberately cause another player to get upset. Do not do this.

What is godmodding?
This is giving your character unrealistic skills or an illogical and sudden fix to their problems. Likewise you cannot make your country this über rich and powerful and perfect place.

Can I impersonate a mod or Cartographer?
No.

Can I threaten another player with mod action?
No.

Can I be a rules lawyer?
No. If you have a problem, send it to the mods. Do not try to use previous incidents to argue a case for or against a situation. There are no precedents. The mods make decisions on a case by case basis and the power to decide on RP matters rests with them not you.

Can a player own a thread?
Yes. If they start the thread or are given control over it by another player, then they are in charge of it and you cannot post on that thread without their permission.

Can a player own a thread that other people are allowed to participate in?
Yes and no. While they have ultimate direction over it, if they have opened the thread and the storyline is going a particular direction, they cannot ban players or dictate to them what to post. This is a tricky issue, so ask a mod for help.

Can I do whatever I want in a thread?
Yes and no. You cannot just cause a terrorist attack or start a war or start an epidemic or cause dramatic weather change or anything extreme in that vein. Most of all, you cannot just alter the storyline in a sharp way. You can add a side story, but you cannot take away from the main idea of the thread.

How big can my country's population and military and economy be?
Ask the Cartographers and the mods for help.

Can I invade another nation?
Not without that player's permission.

Can I put my nation on isolation-mode?
Yes. If you don't want other nations to interact with yours, you can just say that you don't want your nation to be interacted with.

Can I fire missiles at another nation or use WMDs in another nation?
You cannot do that without the owner’s permission and even then, you can only detonate or launch the device but you can't dictate what happens to it (that means whether it hits or not and how badly).

Can I say I have relations with nations I haven't actually asked to have relations with?
No. You must receive some sort of permission from the owner of the nation to say that y’all are friends or are doing stuff together. You can be friendly towards them, but not necessarily friends.

Can I be enemies with anyone I want?
Yes.

Can I change my country's information whenever I please?
Yes and no. You can change your nation’s info, but you must find a way to reconcile that change with RP realities. Or you can ask other players in an RP if y’all can just delete it or pretend it never happened.

How can I ensure my RPing is good?
Be realistic and courteous and communicate clearly.

Can I RP on other sites even if they are used by the TEP Evolved RP community?
Roleplay anywhere other than the forums is not recognised.

Can I use other sites to post information about my nation?
Yes. Outside the forums, you can only use NSWiki. Even then, NSWiki is seen as a reflection of the forum roleplay not as an actual roleplay. The forums take precedence. If it hasn't happened on the forums, it hasn't happened.

Can I post adverts?
You cannot post adverts that have nothing to do with TEP Evolved RP on TEP Evolved.

Can I incentivise other players with rewards?
No! You cannot bribe players to get your desired outcome.

Can I copy someone else's work?
No. Please give them credit if you quote their work.

Can I get help with homework?
Hell NO! Not on the forums anyway.

What external sites can be used for TEP Evolved discussion?
While platforms have been provided for out of character discussion, there are reservations about their use. Discord has been used by the roleplay community, but it is more often utilized as a community center and chat room than for roleplay discussion. If you have an issue talk to the admins of those channels. As far as the mods are concerned, it has nothing to do with TEP RP. Skype is there, but we can only monitor a little of what people say and then take action on the site. Generally these rules apply to all channels equally, but our ability to enforce them varies. On Discord we can do nothing, on Skype we can try and monitor it a little.

Can disciplinary action be taken against a player who has behaved badly on an external forum?
Yes. While we aren't in charge of external sites, if we catch you behaving badly there, we can punish you on the forum.

What action does moderation take?
We can ban or suspend you, have your nation removed or freeze your nation so you can't use it for a while. It varies.

How do you make decisions?
We look at the following.
  • How often has the violation happened?
  • What was the context of the violation?
  • What is the history of the player involved?

And so on. In short, we work on a case by case basis. The same action on different threads can elicit a different response. The same action by two different players can get a different response.

What happens if a player benefits monetarily from my idea?
That's awful, but we have limited resources to run after people and enforce copyrights. Usually your description on this site isn't detailed enough to act as a blueprint for something complex like a tank. If someone makes a tank that looks like one of your designs, aren't you a lucky fish! Try not to post stuff that people CAN use like a recipe for a secret sauce or something like that.

Can I use real life people as characters on this site?
Generally we have no way to tell unless the person is famous, known personally in the RP community or you make it plainly obvious. If you have issues with a friend, don't write about their murder on this site, please. Sometimes we’ll notice, and if you make damaging accusations or reveal damaging secrets about them, we'll punish you.

Can I gloat/boast about getting my intended outcome?
No.

Can I cuss AT another player?
No. Cussing is annoying, please avoid it. You cannot say anything to a player with the intention of hurting their feelings like “you are stupid”. While this varies a LOT, try to be nice, okay?

Can I make “yo’ mama jokes”?
NO. The whole point we are making is: don't hurt other people, treat people with dignity and respect.

What about my right to free speech?
RP gives a LOT of freedom to talk about stuff. You can use.your RPs to express yourself and you may cuss in them. But when we talk out of character, we will come down on you hard for stuff like homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism and that sort of thing. Abilist elitism is especially brutally dealt with. Don't make fun of people who have special illnesses or conditions that inhibit some aspects of normal functions. If you make fun of people with autism, don't bother wasting time - just delete your account and never come back.

Can I appeal a decision that the mods or Cartographers have made?
You can politely ask them to reconsider, but they have no obligation to even consider an appeal.

Can I run to the admins if I am not happy?
Lol. No. Your issue has to be extremely severe. You cannot run to the admins if the Cartographers deleted your nation. You CAN run to the admins for criminal offences committed against you.

Can I spam a thread?
Lol. No.

Can I gravedig?
Please don't. (By that we mean, please don't post on a thread that has been dead for a long time).

Can I post in Archives?
No.

Can I post in someone else's News Broadcasts?
Not without their permission.

What technology level does TEP Evolved RP use?
Modern-day tech and prior.

Can I post comments on IC RP
NO. Out-of-character comments on an im-character/roleplay thread must be clearly marked and no comments may be posted on a roleplay thread. If players wish to comment, complain, constructively criticise or commend, they must either start a new thread in the Out-of-Character discussion thread, or use external channels.

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Edited by The Oan Isles, Feb 24 2018, 10:56:42 PM.
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