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Genesaris: Rules of Engagement

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The following are the Rules of Engagement (ROE) for the Genesaris board. While board owners may apply additional rules for their specific territories, the rules detailed in this thread/post must always be adhered to during individual (character vs. character) or large-scale (armies, fortresses, etc.) story elements.

This is a living document, which means that it is liable to frequent changes and updates. To ensure that you’re up to date with the current rules, check the Genesaris News and Updates thread regularly.

  1. Send PM to the target of the ROE claim - with relevant board leaders copied into the message - informing on intent to attack and seeking approval. BLs can veto if the proposition fails to meet the standards, even if both parties agree. The attacker has to convince the defender that the attack is both justified and worthwhile. Forcing someone to defend their territory when they don't want to is a recipe for disaster.

  2. In the PM, determine the terms under which the engagement will be fought. If T1, acquire a judge and copy them into the PM. If a system cannot be agreed upon between parties, I am likely to use the NPC combat system and assign a point value to each player/side.

  3. All details should be included prior to the event’s beginning, such as setting, map, size and ability of forces, etc.

  4. Once the ROE is approved, there is a two week period where members can join the thread. After which, it becomes semi-closed where both parties must agree to any new member.

  5. In large-scale combat, all forces are roughly equal in number and capability unless otherwise stated and agreed upon by all parties, or if the board leaders or judges have reasonable belief that one force would have an advantage.

  6. In threads with a lot of members, groups should be split by objectives to avoid congestion.

  7. There is a maximum posting time of 72 hours. Failure to post results in an automatic hit. You have 24 hours to accept the hit. After which, your character is considered defeated and your troops retreating without a leader. If not in active combat, failure to post results in the post being skipped. Three skips result in an automatic disqualification (and unable to rejoin the setting).

  8. Each side must appoint an OOC delegate to convene with the other party and handle arbitration. To clarify, this means that one-- one --person from both sides will communicate any questions, concerns, and grievances their fellow writers might have. Anyone who starts any problems gets one warning before an ejection (including the inability to rejoin the setting). Please, be civil.

  9. Representatives should hash out issues in private or in the official OOC thread for the event.

  10. Each leader must maintain a cliff-notes account of the thread to be provided to an arbiter during disputes.   

  11. If all conditions are met and the thread can be canonized, all future canonization attempts by the "dead" character and their participation in future battles are void. We will not enforce character death (you’re free to write if you choose), but all canonical options will be closed to the deceased character and all holdings forfeited. PM the board leader to discuss resurrection options.

  12. If someone starts an ROE thread and has not met any of the previously stated standards, the thread should be paused until all conditions are met. Otherwise, the thread will be non-canon and may be archived.

  13. Any time that a plot results in the destruction of anything building-sized or larger, or incurs a major loss of life, anticipate story-teller level interference or auditing.


Special Notes:

  1. Assuming a role of authority over a city or town means you are free to create lore and canonize events within that city. However, it also means that if someone attacks or wishes to declare conflict or war on your city or town, they must contact you. You and you alone are responsible for this city and you alone must accept or deny conflict.

  2. Slaughtering a minor, unlisted village with no ruler would not require canonization. Laying siege to one of the main cities listed on the board itself does, and I should be notified well before the thread's conclusion.

  3. Genesaris, like the rest of Valucre, is a backdrop against which you're free to create any kind of story you desire. But if you intend to influence or change the communal setting, to alter what is written in the lore articles, you will need to submit your thread for canonization.

Credit: Supernal for use of the Terran ROE system, with minor edits/changes.

Edited by King

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Open Warfare Rules of Engagement

This will be a list of rules specific to total warfare engagements (large armies vs. large armies). These should be considered additions to the standard Rules of Engagement (as they will apply).


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