Out Of Character Rules
If you wish to travel through in character areas “out of character” please put your hand in the air to clearly indicate you are not participating at that time. Please try and keep this to a minimum to keep the realism of the site.
If at any time you hear the phrase FREEZE! or MAN DOWN! immediately stop what you are doing (something out of character and possibly dangerous is occurring) and await further instructions.
Do not attack any refs or other officials.
Only refs and other officials can demand to see your character card, no player may do this.
Should a player be nervous about being struck, act out the combat with slow and soft taps (remember this is role-playing not boxing).
Combat is not permitted in the Tavern, in the out of character areas, in the car park, outside the borders of Chaosgate’s area or near any live flames.
Should a dispute take place then remember that the refs decision is final and not open to appeal.
All weapons must be LARP safe and in good repair.
All weapons must pass a check before they can be used and spot checks may occur during the event.
We do not accept injection moulded weapons
All bows and crossbow users must attend a competency check before its use is allowed.
The maximum poundage of any bow or crossbow is not to exceed 30 pounds as LARP Standards.
If you notice someone playing unfairly or not within the spirit of the game then talk to a ref, do not try and sort this out yourself.
For a hit to succeed whether by ranged, melee or spell it must hit the body or appendage of a creature, hitting a weapon, shield or head have no effect unless otherwise stated Do not hit the head.
No full pulls with bows or crossbows at point blank range, a slight pull and release will suffice.
All chants or power commands must be loud and directed at the creature your targeting.
All spells and hits must be acknowledged.
A weapon must be wielded correctly, no small or short hits, these can be dismissed (daggers are normally the only exception).
React to all hits or effects that you take as it adds to the roleplay experience for everyone.
No thrusting with weapons or shield barging even if they have been designed to be used in this fashion.
If you are hit by a ranged weapon look to where the projectile came from for the originator and act accordingly to their call it may be a hand signal if the distance is to great for voices to carry.
No wrestling or grappling is allowed.
We will be operating a one warning policy. A verbal and/or written warning will be given, in the first instance, detailing the complaint, and warning the accused that another report against them will see them banned from all Chaosgate games in the future. The length for which the warning will remain in force will be determined on a case by case basis but will be no longer than a year.
Meta gaming is using out of character knowledge, influence or cheating while in game.
Anything that could be considered unsporting or unfair probably falls under the meta gaming remit. A few examples are:
· Learning about a characters weakness out of game time and then implementing it within game time is considered meta gaming.
· Bribery, using anything which isn’t in character, (in character money when in game time is fine, using real money at any time is not)
· Pretending to be in or out of character when you are not in order learn information which couldn’t be attained in that manner.
· Going out of character when something bad is about to befall your character is meta gaming.
· Talking to another player or npc out of character then going in character quickly to kill them is considered meta gaming.
· Not responding to hits or using abilities that you don’t possess or have used up are considered cheating, therefore meta gaming.
· Any items on your person when you suffer Permanent Death cannot be inherited by your new character.
Should you be not sure or feel someone is meta gaming then please report to a ref/admin, as they will be able to help you.
Some rules we have put in place to do with meta gaming and to try and cut down on it are as follows:
If you have walked to an area out of character then you must return to the area that you went out of character before returning into character.
If you go out of character for any reason during an encounter then you may not re-enter in character until the encounter is over (this includes any possible looting which may happen)
If a ref believes that a player is meta gaming they can and will punish that player. Depending on the severity of the meta gaming in question, punishments can range from confiscating in character money/items to warnings. In the most dire of circumstances punishment could even include being banned from Chaosgate, temporarily or permanently.
All meta gaming does is spoil the enjoyment of the game for everyone, please play responsibly and have fun.