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GENERAL SERVER RULES (MUST READ)
September 2018


Baldur's Gate: the Sword Coast Chronicles (BGTSCC) has become one of the largest NWN2 servers around, with many players sharing the Persistent World as a community. In order to keep things running smoothly, please be aware of the rules that this server is governed by and abide by them.

Note that these rules are not here to limit on what staff will act on, but to give you an idea of what will be acted upon. Staff reserves the ability to exercise proper judgment and act as deemed necessary even if the situation being handled isn't explicitly outlined in the rules.

The rules are as follows:






Be Respectful


Players may play a character, but they are not the character. Remember not to take in-character grievances to personal, out-of-character attacks, nor to use out-of-character motivations and agendas to fuel in-character behavior. Even when your characters are bitter enemies, remember to be respectful towards the players and that the goal of your interactions with them should be to have fun.

If you don't like someone, don't get involved with them. There are enough players in the server to go around that you should not be obligated to RP with someone who you don't like, and RPing under a hostile OOC environment only breeds poor IC and OOC behavior, drama, and frustration especially if staff gets involved.


Griefing
Do not intentionally disrupt or harass other players, either with mechanics or other means. This includes, but is not limited to, stealing from campfires/packhorses, exploiting summons to bypass PvP rules, or herding enemies to have them attack players.


Courtesy Towards Staff
Staff has the final word on a matter and if they tell you not to do something, don't do it.

Don't "fish" DMs or other staff members. "Fishing" (or "shopping") is the term used for someone who requests multiple members of staff for something despite receiving a negative response earlier. Doing so is considered poor etiquette, and staff members talk among each other so they know if you've been trying to go around looking for someone to say "yes".

If you have an issue with a staff ruling, don't argue with them but take your issue to the relevant staff member above them (Lead Moderator, QC Coordinator, Head DM, etc.).


Reporting an Issue
Whether you have a problem with a player, or you are the victim of a rule breach, do not post such matters in public. Doing so will get you in trouble even if you are the blameless party. Instead, use the Private Messaging (PM) function to send a message to the DM Team covering your problem with attached evidence (e.g. screenshots). If a DM is the source of your grievance, send a PM to the Head DM group only, and if the Head DM is the problem, PM the Global Admin group.


In-Character Behavior


This is a roleplaying server set in the Forgotten Realms. This server is considered "medium RP" and thus while some OOC behavior is permitted (such as grinding monsters and quests for experience/loot), when interacting with others please stay in-character (IC) and clearly mark any out-of-character (OOC) text being spoken.


Naming Rules
Be creative, but stick to these ground rules:
  • Do not use names of famous people or media characters wholesale (e.g. Michael Jackson, Robin Hood, Drizzt Do'Urden)
  • No titles or descriptions in place of names (e.g. Dame Alice, Bob the Bloody, Legend Killer)
  • No vulgar or offensive names (see also PG-13 Content)
  • Be sensible. Names plagued with punctuation marks are funny, but only for the first five minutes or until an attempt at meaningful interaction.


"Play Your Sheet"
If the race on your character sheet specifies that you are a human fighter, you are a human fighter and not a yugoloth wizard, polymorphed dragon, etc. and roleplaying as if you are otherwise (even under the guise of "insanity") is not acceptable. However, in-character deception regarding your character's abilities and moral leanings is fine.


Unusual Characters
Every character must be a legal adult (18 years of age for humans or the racial equivalent for nonhumans). No exceptions.

While most DM stances on certain events are covered under the DM Rulings topic, if you have a character concept that's out of the ordinary (e.g. atypical background/heritage, nobility, contact with lore NPCs, or a concept that can't be adequately described on your character sheet), send a request to the DM Team who will clarify and deal with any outstanding issues.

Be honest and as thorough as possible, and respect the stipulations the DM Team set for your character, if any. Omissions or failing to comply to the stipulations can lead to your character's background either being rejected or retroactively revoked. In extreme cases you may be subject to disciplinary action.


Godmodding
You only speak for your character's actions, not anyone else's. Do not "godmod" other peoples' characters or NPCs, or dictate their actions without the consent of the character's player or the DM(s) stewarding the NPCs. NPCs are not soulless entities to be disregarded when a DM is not present. Treat them as if they are able to react to your actions regardless if someone is behind the wheel or not.


Metagaming
Any information your character has should be gained from IC sources that are not your alternate characters. Out-of-character information can be helpful to gain context as a player, but by no means should it be used to dictate any aspect of in-character behavior. (Also see Alternate Characters under Mechanics.)

Abusing avenues of communication to facilitate metagaming from others is also prohibited. An example of such an abuse would be your character dying in a zone a long way away, so you set a Scry message for someone to come over and give you a raise so that you can avoid the experience loss.


Surface/Underdark Travel
Characters flagged as a surface race in the Underdark, and Underdark characters on the surface, will not gain any EXP from enemy kills or loot from chests in areas that are flagged on the side that isn't theirs.

When visiting the other side, have a legitimate roleplaying reason with a starting and ending point where you have to return to your home area once your business is concluded. (Being a point of contact and negotiating matters on behalf of a faction is an example of a legitimate reason, whereas going to the other side to PvP others is an example of an unacceptable reason.) Be ready to respond to a DM when asked by one.

Having a character of one side remain on a constant/permanent basis on the other side is not permitted without prior DM approval.

Players who are found to be violating or otherwise abusing this rule will find themselves ejected back to their home area and subject to disciplinary action in extreme circumstances.


Skill Rolls
You may use them as a guideline for RP, but only a DM can enforce skill rolls and the results.


Cite Your Sources
When using other peoples' content in the server, please give proper credit and attribution to the original source. This is to ensure respect towards the creators for their work.


PG-13 Content


This server, the forums, and any interactions within them should be the equivalent of PG-13/Teen at most. No violations of this rule, not even within the privacy of an inn room. This includes, but is not limited to, excessive vulgarity, gratuitous violence/torture, and graphic/extended sexual situations.

Pregnancies are strictly forbidden unless directly supervised by the DM team and approved in advance. Any pregnancies are a form of "retiring" a PC for the duration, and resulting children are NOT to be roleplayed or represented in game.

The minimum age for any PC is 18 years old or racial equivalent.

Mechanics


While the server has many roleplaying avenues to pursue, by the nature of being a game you are bound to interact with the mechanical aspects, and thus the mechanics have a few rules for you to be aware of and follow.

Regarding character builds, keep in mind that players are responsible for ensuring their build is correct. DMs are not obligated to offer assistance if a character's build goes awry due to personal error.


3-By-20 (3b20)
Your character must have at least 3 levels in every class their build plans to take when they reach character level 20, even if you are using a 100% RCR function. Prestige classes are included. So a Rogue 11/Assassin 6/Fighter 3 is valid, but a Rogue 11/Assassin 7/Fighter 2 would be invalid (Fighter only has 2 levels by level 20).


Alternate Characters
As many as you want, under two conditions:

Alternates can know of each other (and even be related), but under no circumstances are they to exchange information between each other. This includes "off-screen" interactions. Alice may know Bob is a Blood Mage, but if the player behind Alice is also playing Charlie, that player cannot have Alice tell Charlie by any means that Bob is a Blood Mage.


Cleric Domains
If you are playing a cleric, refer to the thread or wiki for the domains that your character's deity permits. If you pick an incorrect domain for your deity, you will be required to reroll your character to fix it.


AFK Grinding/Botting
Don't do this. This includes automated scripts for fishing, loot runs, emotes for RP EXP, and other activities that help make your EXP/loot numbers go up with little to no input from yourself.

Aliases and macros are fine, but under no circumstances should your character perform any actions without your involvement at the keyboard.


Looting
Don't "camp" places. This includes parking yourself in boss rooms or treasure rooms and logging in solely to loot the chests or kill the boss. If you enter a dungeon and it already has players inside, don't sneak ahead of them by stealth, invisibility, or other means just to get the loot ahead of them. It's your responsibility to communicate with the players to see if it's okay for you to participate and get the spoils.


Exploits/Cheating
If it's known, don't do it, and if it's not known, report it in a private message and don't do it again. If you're not sure, chances are if it seems like an exploit, it probably is.

Don't use custom .hak files or other third party programs. Evidence of cheating or using these programs will result in your account being banned and your character vault wiped clean.

Note that these situations are clarified to not be exploits and further examples will be edited in as they come up:
  • Power Attack with a rapier as a Small race
  • Duelist class bonuses while using Spears
  • Manually taking feats as a Ranger that are automatically gained as part of the Ranger's weapon style progression (e.g. taking One Shot as a feat despite already having One Shot from Archery Style)


The Nexus
The Nexus is where all players log in for the first time following a reset. It is not to be used as a chatroom, OOC lounge, or a place to horseplay and throw spells everywhere. Remain in the Nexus if you have a legitimate reason to do so (e.g. RCR or waiting on another player), but leave as soon as you are able for the sake of other people who log in.


Overrides
GUI and texture improvements only. If you are using content that requires files to be in your override folder, remember to clear the folder before logging into the server in order to prevent issues that could corrupt your character.

While using the "Unlimited Colors" override, please be responsible and use colors that are appropriate for your race (and when in doubt, PM the DMs). DMs may request characters abusing the function to RCR.


Rollbacks
Once a year, players can request for a character rollback if, and only if, they have a significant mechanical problem from the actions of server staff or server content, or if their character file has been corrupted or archived by the server. PM the Global Admin group if you wish to request a rollback of your character.


Administrative Rules


To aid in administration of the server, this section is for rules that don't fit in any other section.

Real Money Trading
Real Money Trading of any kind using BGTSCC as a platform is expressly forbidden. This includes (but is not limited to) the transfer of accounts, characters, items, currency, or in-game services for real life money as opposed to game currency. This also includes offering to pay developers or DMs directly for items, events, or work on the module. Any players found to have participated in this activity will have any items or accounts removed as a result, and likely will have their character vault wiped clean. Character art commissions are an exception to this rule.






Thank you for reading and enjoy your time in BG:TSCC!


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GENERAL SERVER RULES (MUST READ)
Apr - 2017


Baldur's Gate: the Sword Coast Chronicles (BGTSCC) has become one of the largest NWN2 servers around, with many players sharing the Persistent World, together, as a community. In order to keep things running smoothly for everyone, please be aware of our rules. Ignorance of the Rules is no excuse for breaking them. It is your responsibility to read and understand them when you play on this server.

The golden rule is to be respectful of other players, and remember that BGTSCC is just a game. This should always be the guideline with which to approach all other rules.


– Roleplay
– This is a roleplay server set in the Forgotten Realms campaign world. Please respect the setting and stay in-character (IC). You can go out-of-character (OOC) if there is need for clarifications, or if you wouldn't be disturbing roleplay around you by doing so (please mark your OOC speech by placing either (( , // or ooc: before or behind it). Do not talk OOC in Party Chat mode as it is reserved for DM events. Party chat and tells are not to be used to communicate ICly where in-character your PC would otherwise have to talk out loud, or could not communicate over a long distance.

– Content = Teen
– The Server, Forum and all interactions are to be rated Teen or below. ERP/sexual encounters (other than fade to black scenes), graphic or extended nudity, gratuitous violence and torture, and especially rape or miscarriage are strictly prohibited. Pregnancies are forbidden unless directly supervised by the DM team and approved in advance. Any pregnancies are a form of "retiring" a PC for the duration, and resulting children are NOT to be roleplayed or represented in game. The minimum age for any PC is 18 years old or racial equivelant.

– "Play Your Sheet"
You are required to play what is on your Character Sheet. For example, no roleplaying of another race if it does not appear on your Character Sheet. In-character (IC) lying and misinformation about your Character's skills, profession and morality is fair and acceptable, but roleplay which does not reflect the Abilities, Feats and Skills that exist on your Character Sheet, is not acceptable.

- Unusual background and character sheet requests
Anything that you wish to play that is out of the ordinary, does not appear on your character sheet or in the character creation process, or is untrue to your character mechanically, is to be submitted to the DM team as a player request. The sort of things this covers include unusual heritage, unusual age, a class that doesn't exist in the game, an atypical background, nobility or personal contact with named lore NPCs. Requests that outright contradict the mechanics or character sheet of your character will almost always be rejected. We have also made some rulings on common requests that can be found on the "DM rulings thread." If in doubt, please contact the DM team.

Failure to submit an unusual background request, being dishonest or not playing by the guidelines the DM team set out for you can lead to the unusual background request being rejected or revoked by retcon. In extreme cases further disciplinary action may be necessary.

– Three By 20
3 Levels of Each Class at Level 20 (3b20) Rule: A PC (the build plan) must have 3 levels in every class at level 20 (example of a build's class level distribution at the 20th character level: 17/3 or 14/3/3/ or 11/3/3/3). Prestige classes are included in this rule. So for example, a Rogue 12/Wizard 5/Arcane Trickster 3 is okay. A Rogue 13/Wizard 5/ Arcane Trickster 2 is not. Failure to observe this rule will result in the de-leveling of your PC to a legal state with NO XP refund!

– Custom Changes
– Read Custom Changes to this World or the BGTSCC wiki to understand which game mechanics have been changed, and that may have an impact on your character concept (or build). Many of our custom changes DO NOT match the NWN2DB.com build website. Players have a responsibility for their own builds and being aware of custom changes to the world.

– Naming Rules
– Please do not use famous names (like "Robin Hood" or "Drizzt Do'Urden") for your character. Do not put any titles in your name or biography that you did not earn. You are not a king, noble, general, baron, etc. unless the DMs grant your PC that title. And finally, please use a name rather than a description (no "Big Man" or "Larry the Wizard") for your character. This will always be decided at DM discretion and a character in violation of this rule may log in to find the character with a new name.

– Skill Rolls Between players
– Skill rolls may be used as guidelines in RP. However, a player is not required to follow any Skill rolls unless a DM enforces it. Only a DM may enforce skill rolls.

– PVP Rules
– PvP rules can be found here or in the book that is in inventory of your character.

– No Metagaming!
    "Metagaming" is the use of knowledge not lawfully gained by a character in game.
    -> Such as but not limited to the following examples:
      1. Using the name over someones head as a name tag, until you meet that person in character, you do not know their name.
      2. Sending a tell to a friend who was not with you at the time of your death, to come to your location and raise you from the dead.
      3. Using information that you learned on character 1, and playing character 2 and using said information not lawfully gained on character 2.
      4. Do not use the NWN2 game mechanics to assume things your character would not otherwise know by their skills alone (i.e. saves on an aura, or seeing a spell cast).

In addition, no meta-game looting. This includes camping at a treasure chest location waiting for resets, locating a character at chests and logging in and out every so often to loot them, etc. players may not use invisibility, stealth, or any other means of avoiding detection in order to loot chests and drops in a dungeon already occupied by anyone else. It is the responsibility of the hidden looter to ensure they do not jump ahead of others working their way through a dungeon. If there is an OOC reason to be moving ahead of another player(s), it is your responsibility to communicate that appropriately to them and seek permission first. Dungeons may extend through several maps, and would include the entire collection of maps with a similar theme and creatures. Out-of-character retaliatory PvP action for getting "skipped" by another player(s) is not legal.

- No Godmodding NPCs!
"God Modding" is when someone’s Character (PC) has the ability to do practically anything without limits or boundaries. And example is when a PC simply cannot be harmed by any means, or ignores NPCs that would otherwise take action against the Character if a DM was overseeing the roleplay situation. In addition, players are not to control or speak for or direct actions of other NPCs, especially such NPCs that do not exist in this NWN2 game. Minor instances of NPC interactions may be used, such as and for example: "The merchant said they would spread the rumor I was seeking a special item," or "the bartender takes my order and brings me my drink."

Violating this rule will lead to IC and/or OOC consequences at DMs' discretion. Hostile acts against NPCs will be treated in the same manner as PVP against PCs in front of NPCs - namely, permastrikes may well be handed out.

Sneaking in to player guild halls that have NPCs or are not publicly accessible is forbidden without DM approval and supervision, and will be treated as godmodding without it. Players sneaking in should expect significant risk (including permastrikes (Permastirke Rules: http://www.bgtscc.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25355)), and that a fair chance will be given to the defending guild to respond appropriately.

– Surface/UD Travel!
-You can be on the other side, but have some roleplay reason to be there (not just an excuse to grind or PvP). races from the surface and the Underdark, respectively, are not permitted to live on the other side without DM approval. Expeditions to the other side have a clear set start and end period for a particular objective with the character returning to it's home setting after the period is over. Stating that you are there to defeat such and such creature, or to test your skill is not a valid RP reason, that is grinding. We also do not consider general exploration, or Drow raids on the surface as a valid RP reason, although such can be fodder for DM moderated events. Please PM the team regarding this.

Valid RP reasons outside of the above are defined widely and do not require prior DM approval. Examples include meeting another PC to trade, or to RP over religion, or to establish contacts with another guild. We would ask however that you are able to state your reasons when a DM asks and abide by any decision that is made. Please note that it is not valid to grind once the reasons for travelling to the surface or Underdark are complete. Stating that you are meeting a PC in Sshamath to acquire via trade rare and valuable items is a valid reason but grinding afterwards with your trading partner is still grinding. Both surface and Underdark races are permitted on Upperdark maps and full RP outs are required to initiate PvP (no KOS on Upperdark maps). If slain in PvP on the "other" side you may be issued a permastrike as a result.

We also ask that players are respectful of the setting given the leniency of these rules. On the surface NPCs should be regarded as universally hostile to Underdark PCs and so maps with NPCs should be avoided where possible without DM supervision. In the Underdark, the peculiarities of Sshamath's lore should be respected and the Underdark itself should be considered a dangerous and hostile place. While we wish to facilitate roleplay between surface and Underdark we do not want to erode the setting and so may intervene in RP that is immersion breaking.

– AFK Grinding
AFK grinding is illegal. This rule also applies to using automated techniques for fishing, emoting, or chatting while AFK. Under no circumstances should your character be performing any action while you are not at your keyboard.

– Griefing
– Do not intentionally harass or disrupt the playerbase. This includes, but is not limited to, OOC harassment, stealing from campfires, repeatedly instigating PvP with the same person without consideration for the 24-hour rule, and using summons which can be sent hostile to circumvent PVP rules.

– Exploits
– No using known or unknown exploits, custom hak files, or third party programs. Absolutely no exceptions. Chances are if it seems like an exploit, it probably is. This is limited to circumvention of conventional game mechanics or intentional use of bugs only, and does not extend to things that normally occur in the game's mechanics (power attacking with a Rapier as a small race, using a Spear on a duelist, taking One Shot twice as a ranger, etc are fair game. Things will be appropriately patched by developers if and when the issues appear to be problematic).

– Overrides
– Only GUI Overrides and Texture Improvement Overrides are allowed on BGTSCC. Please clear your override folder before you log on the server, or very odd things will happen to your character during and after creation and you will be asked to reroll it.

– No Rebuilds
– No Character Rebuilds unless under rare circumstances (corrupted bic, etc.). This includes feat swaps. It is up to you to make sure you build the right Character. De-levels are permitted (with rare exceptions) and you may ask a DM to do so. No refunds for reset and crash deaths; no refunds for bugged bodies.

– Character Rollbacks
– Character and vault rollbacks will only be issued to you if your character file has been corrupted by the server, a significant problem has resulted from the actions of server staff or server content, or your character files have been archived after several years of inactivity and you would like them restored.

– Cleric Domains
– If you would like to play a Cleric or any other divine caster class, including Stormlord, (with the exception of nature-based ones), please read the forums rules about domains here.

– The Nexus
- The Nexus should not be used as a chatroom, OOC lounge, or place to goof off. If you have a legitimate reason to remain there (RCR, waiting on another player, etc.) you may do so, but it's asked for the sake of those logging in that you finish your business as soon as possible and head in-game. Please do not try to cast spells in the Nexus.

– Public Personal Attacks
– If you have a problem with any player or any DM or are subject to any breaches of the rules by another player, do not post it publicly on the Forums. Instead, send a PM with linked screenshots (if available) to the DM group via Private Messaging available on this Forum. It is much harder for the DM team to take action without the evidence of screenshots.


Thank you for reading and enjoy gaming on BGTSCC.


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General Rules updated on October 26, 2013.

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General Rules updated on 11 Jun 2014

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- Surface/UD Travel.

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General Rules updated on 25 Aug 2014

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UD/Surface Travel rules updated July 2015
- Added more guidance on RP reasons and clarified that such reasons are defined widely.
- Added in specifically prohibited behaviours and PVP consequences.
- Added in RP guidance

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Clarified that godmoding NPCs by taking hostile acts against them has the same ramifications as doing so by PVPing other PCs. Potential permastrike.

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- To clarify that feat swaps are included in the "No Rebuilds" rule.

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Clarifying that release of warlock summons so they are hostile to other players in such a way as to circumvent PVP rules counts as griefing.

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We keep hearing rumours about PvP bullying and that nothing is being done about it. Unfortunately, the way rule enforcement works, we can't actually do anything unless we are given reports (PMs) with evidence (screenshots). And if we give a warning to someone and then they keep doing what they were warned about, we need yet more reports to know that they haven't improved and so we can act with more severe punishments.

The bottom line is, we read your reports, but need to actually get your reports.

For this reason I have edited the rules to make clear the proper way to report rules breaches is by way of a screenshot PMed to the whole DM team.

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16/02/16 Rules update:
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- Emphasis on Rule No 1, respect for other players.
- Amendment to Godmoding rules regarding infiltration of Guildhalls.
- Clarification that players are responsible for their builds vis a vis custom changes and rules.

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Rules updated to clarify policy on the issuing of character rollbacks and vault restores.

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17/06/16 - Rules updated to cover unusual background requests

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03/08/16 - Updated griefing section.

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– Do not intentionally harass or disrupt the playerbase. This includes, but is not limited to, OOC harassment, stealing from campfires, repeatedly instigating PvP with the same person without consideration for the 24-hour rule, and using summons which can be sent hostile to circumvent PVP rules. If you are proven to be harassing players and disrupting the playerbase, you will be warned and/or removed from the Server, up to a permanent duration dependent on circumstances.


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 Post subject: Re: GENERAL SERVER RULES [MUST READ]
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:51 am 
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06/11/16 - Updated UD/Surface travel! rules. I've left them in bold, italics and yellow so the changes can be noted.

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