Sinful Grace House Rules:

A Note Regarding the Sinful Grace's 18+ Rating
On a ship like the Gracie, with the mature crew that she was, some storylines will take us into areas that explore very adult topics, and some of those topics will not be suitable for persons under the age of 18. I want to make sure that we're free to explore whatever story points our plots and machinations give us, so I wanted to make sure we were prepared for it. The rating is not to allow us to write foul mouthed smut gore posts. It's to allow us the freedom to tell good, rich stories.

You can see at the top of the main page a big red 18+ with "3 2 3" beneath it. For those not familiar with the RPG Ratings system, here is the breakdown:

Language 3: Pretty much anything is ratings level approved. Sometimes things get salty, and the language won't be nice. Sometimes we'll be dealing with down and dirty pirates and scum sucking sons of mothers. They won't have any of the refinement that our officers have, so it would only stand to reason that those characters may have a foul mouth. Write what fits, write what works.

Sexual Content 2: Romance, kissing, cuddling, closeness, that's a-okay. Making it VERY clear what's about to happen with your lovers, a-okay. Heavy petting and clothes coming off? Not a problem. Going through the motions in a very tasteful, but non-graphic way? I'm still with ya there. Writing full on, detailed pornography? Let's go ahead and stop the wagon train right there. Keep it tasteful, not excessive and you should be okay. If you're not sure, ask you're beloved Captain.

Violence 3: Pretty much anything is ratings level approved. We got everything from Alliance to Niska to Reavers, so we like to leave our options open a little. Have fun.

There is only one real steadfast rule that I want you to all follow:
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!

Just because you CAN write a gory violent doesn't mean you should do it every time. Just because you CAN use curse words freely doesn't mean you should have every post littered with profanity. Think about your characters, think about what the situation is, think about what's going on, but understand that when you need to... you can!

Basic House Rules
This one is the most important house rule of them all. Please please, always communicate with your command staff! If you’re going to be out of town for the weekend or week, let us know. That certainly wouldn’t require an LOA or anything, but we can at least plan accordingly for plot lines currently in motion. If you do require an LOA, please make sure you let us know! Nova has a really easy system for requesting them built in. If you’re unsure about a plot, if you’re having trouble fitting in, if you just want to say hi: Do it! We don’t bite. Much. Okay, we do bite, but it’s totally playful. Promise.

Be Respectful
Remember that the words from the other side of the computer screen are coming from a person. Be respectful to your fellow players at all times. If there are any issues, remember that your CO and XO are always available to help.

Be a Story Teller
Playing on a sim isn’t all post counts and action plots. Remember that you’re crafting a person with your writing. Your character, your NPCs, and the stories that you tell with them are what makes the Sim rich and meaningful. Don’t be afraid to tell story, and don’t be afraid to let the CO and XO know if you have ideas for new stories, or if you have ideas for integrating your character or their past into a current plot line. We love that!

Throw Wrenches
The command team has a plot. They’ve got a beginning, middle, and an end in mind. And the best thing in the world is to have a wrench thrown into that that you didn’t expect. Don’t be afraid to add to the plot, or even alter it some. If it’s a big change, speak to the CO and XO first, but don’t be afraid of it! We live and breathe for this stuff. We might not accept every idea that you have (we have to consider everyone on the ship and how they may be effected), but we’ll happily hear it. Your wrench might take us to an even better plot than we’d imagined ourselves! So throw wrenches often!

Post Often
The Sinful Grace is an Independent sim, but we still require 1 post every two weeks from each player. If you meet that quota, your command staff will be happy, but remember this: the more you post, the more you’ll have to post. Get yourself into every plot and narrative you reasonably can. Show us that you care and want to be involved, and we’ll make sure that you are involved. It's a small crew on the Gracie, so we all should know each other. Make use of those friendships, and if you haven't quite made friends with someone, do it!

Have Fun
Remember, this is a “Happy Fun Time Game”. Sometimes, things don’t go our way, but that isn’t a reason to get bent out of shape and unhappy. If you need help, or guidance, if you have problems with another player, anything at all, come and talk to your CO and XO. If you’re not having fun, then something is wrong. We’re all here to have fun!