DM Reminders and Messages

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Monkey » Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:24 pm

Today I've swung out of the trees to remind about: Disguises! This feature is often misused and the DM team is aware that it most likely happens through misunderstanding.

The general idea is this: -disguise exists for disguising. If your character is not trying to disguise, then you should not use -disguise.

Good Disguises:
- Invented Personas - fictional identities that your character can take to shroud his real identity. Use a description! You could: act differently, think about what the persona would do, what it would wear, make some unique outfits or use different weapons to normal.
- Other Characters - disguise pretending to be an existing character, either NPC or PC. Copy their outfit, copy their description, try to act like them.

Use Sparingly:
- Generic Disguises - Using names like 'Shrouded Rogue' or 'Elven Assassin' instead of defined identities. Identities have names, these are brief glance descriptions. Less is better. These are fine for one-shot disguises or brief encounters. Consider changing to an actual identity if you find yourself using these tags repeatedly, as the people that you interact with would start to notice that the character is, in fact, the same person. If you use it more than twice, a change would be nice.
- Breaking WYSIWYG - If you perform a cross-race disguise; you can do it, but don't expect it to hold. The same if you emote or have in your description having the fanciest ball dress while your character is actually wearing rags, don't expect the people to go along with it. Some players may let you go along with your disguise, while others will call you out, even without making the spot check. In these cases, the spotter is in their right to dictate what they actually see.

FORBIDDEN:
- Any situation where your character is not trying to disguise themselves.
- Adding a nickname to your characters name or disguising as the nickname for your character's actual name, e.g. "Mandarius 'Manly' Femson", "Laura 'Legs' Wilson", "Big Mama".
- Use of titles, e.g. "Commander Richard", "Cordor Guard Sergeant Bobby", "High Minister Crassius Vinegar", "Lord Salt of Amn"
- Added descriptions, e.g. "Tarina Tal (Bloody)", "Elven Damsel (Asleep)"

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by The GrumpyCat » Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:55 pm

A reminder to all that we ask people refrain from (ooc) talk. If you want to comment or contact someone OOC, use tells. All visable text, in whisper or voice or shout - should be entirely In Character.
This too shall pass.

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Dionysus » Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:26 pm

Hello everyone,

This is a friendly reminder from the Wine God about modern language, politics and setting atmosphere.

To preserve Arelith as a fantasy realm, we ask that players do not use politically charged language. This includes but is not limited to referencing actual ideaologies among other things.

Please do not use:

Fascism/Fascist
Communist/Communism
Terrorist/Terrorism
Racist/Racism

Please do not use their derivatives.

Instead, consider using, just to name a few alternatives:

Tyrant
Rabble Rouser
Skirmisher / Ambusher / Villainous / Villain
Prejudiced/Bigot

If you still can not figure out what word to use, please seek our advice

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Praxis » Thu Aug 05, 2021 3:56 pm

This is from the entire DM team. I will be oblique but I will not sugar-coat this.

There is currently an IC conflict between some characters on this server that has spilled heavily into OOC targeting and social jockeying- a conclusion reached across more than ten separate DM case threads and four times that number of reports concerning it. Players on both sides have expressed a desire for it all to be over with, but then refuse to compromise IG. (Frankly, this can be chalked down to an unwillingness to end the OOC upset except on their own terms.)

The problem here is not IC conflict. The issue is the degree to which many people have allowed the OOC to dominate and poison their IC interactions- and we have so many threads and posts and reports by now that yes, we're damn confident as outside observers that this IS a heap of OOC dominating IC concerns- is a problem.

We will continue to push for the IC closure of this conflict within the game narrative using NPCs.

The OOC concerns, however, are forcing us to commit the majority of our time to trying to sort out the drama of a very small minority of players. (This is time spent not handling other cases or running quests.) This minority should very quickly find more productive uses of their time and close off the OOC concerns with the openings we try to give them.

Otherwise, we will preserve the interests of the wider playerbase using MoDs, removal of characters, or removal of players, until the issue stops and we can return our focus to the needs, concerns, and fun of the other 99.85% of the playerbase.

That this announcement is even necessary at this point is insane. For those most involved in this OOCly: consider it your first and only warning. Consider very carefully how your conduct and language could reflect. Play nice or leave.

If you don't immediately know what this is about, you're fine. For the overwhelming majority of you who have nothing to do with any of this, thank you for your patience and decency.

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by The GrumpyCat » Tue Aug 10, 2021 1:00 pm

For the sake of the 'Raid' ruling the following places in the underdark are considered 'Settlments'

*Andunor (well duh)
*Saltspar
*Upperdark Tradingpost
*Treadstone Locks

'What does this mean for us?'
IF you intend to do a proper 'raid' there (kill npcs, do structural damage, ect) You need to contact the DMS under the Raid rules, with at least two weeks notice.

If you're intending more of a skirmish (A group of PCs entering this area, from a hostile locale (e.g. the surface) with the aim of attacking other PCs) Then you should attempt to contact DMs first – via the DM channel, Discord or Forums. If we cannot attend you may still continue, but you should make an good effort to try and get someone to oversee. We also ask – especially in places with portals (which covers all of the above) that you do not linger in that area either if you think it'd result in extended PvP.
This too shall pass.

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Dionysus » Tue Aug 10, 2021 3:25 pm

Let me just begin by saying we are not naïve, and are well aware that Discord channels are very much the norm for gamers in 2021, and that little we can do on our side can control which ones players may choose to create.

With that being said, let us move on to the specific issues we are faced with as Arelith, one that has not only come to concern staff, but has also been the subject of a number of reports by players, asking that we review our policy on.

Increasingly it is the case that actual Arelith settlements are being represented in private Discords, which while they appear official, are not. Players who join these settlements are invited to join them, while those that run them often assume an authority over that specific location. For many of our players this is not done maliciously, but out of a genuine wish to help coordinate the player base and strengthen the community. Nevertheless, there are some serious issues.

Let's look at them.

As mentioned above many of these are run by admins who are not the elected leaders of those settlements, and they thus exercise an OOC authority over the location that is not warrented by the in-game situation. This direclty feeds into a clique mentality, can actively discourage change, and can be used to unfairly apply pressure to new characters. If there is to be an admin of a Discord for our settlements, it should be run by the elected leader.

Our official Discord is moderated, to ensure there is no bullying, that content is kept within our 'T' rating policy, and that players are treated resepectfully within our community. On these servers this simply isn't the case. There are frequent reports of 'shit talking', and with at least one of these having a NSFW channel.

Metagaming – this is should be self explanatory, and something that, again, our moderators can control, but is continues on many of these private Discords.


Now, as we mentioned at the outset; we cannot control what Discord our players set up, or the standards to which they run then, but we do ask, that players no longer set these up, and name them, to operate as semi-official Discords for actual Arelith settlements and locations.

Those that already exist have three options.

Rename, migrate, or integrate.

Rename speaks for itself – do not name these after Arelith settlements – it gives a false impression that they are official by using a name which is clearly part of our server architecture.

To migrate, means shutting such Discords down, and asking us to set up a private channel on our official server. We will grant a leadership role to the current elected leader, and allow them to control who is able to view it. We can also do this for existing factions. Please send a PM to the active DMs in order to do this.

To integrate means bringing your already existing settlement Discord under the umbrella of the Arelith Official with appropriate Arelith moderation. We would ask that you abide by our rules of conduct, do not include adult content, and have your admin set up as whoever is the currently elected leader, or a person appointed by them. In return we will ask any participating DM to join the group, in order to answer questions, act a contact person for staff and serve in a moderating role. Disclaimer: This works to help keep existing content such as useful links, discussions in tact while aiding in removing the consistent problems with private Discords.

We sincerely hope that out community members understand why we are taking the above steps. Discord can be a huge enabler of a cohesive and supportive community, but it can also be misued, and in the case of Arelith settlement wielded to apply a degree of control that is not founded on the actual in-game situation.

We will, from this point on, moderate discord invitations placed on our Official Discord, or sent via tells in game, and ask that when appropriate, players emphasise when these are to UNOFFICIAL and UNMODERATED Arelith communities.

Any player that feels they have been subject to abuse or witness to bullying or rule breaches on unofficial Arelith Disords can report it to the Arelith Staff, and where approriate we may take action against those involved.

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by The GrumpyCat » Thu Aug 19, 2021 3:07 pm

Helloooo!

Just a reminder that, as ships are a limited resource and give access to many unique areas and features, we do expect them to be USED!

We do have ways of checking ship activity, and as such we will remove ownership from characters who do not make reasonable use of a ship. If you cannot commit to using a ship, do not purchase one!

To be clear - we're not even so much asking the owner to be using these - (Though ideally the owner should be playing regularly, like with any other quarter/shop/guildhouse) but at the least the vessal's access should be passed to others who can regularly take the ship out and enjoy it!
This too shall pass.

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Dionysus » Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:57 pm

The servers are back up. There should be no issues with property or item loss.

If you are experiencing a loss of items or your property as a result of the recent downtime and server issue, send in a report and we'll try and verify to return what we can.

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM MoonMoon » Mon Sep 06, 2021 2:36 pm

Just a reminder to everyone to not use the restrictions of Game Mechanics or OOC information to enforce RP.
By this I mean:
- Reacting to the OOC Message of a Disguise check (dont cast true seeing because your disguise was broken from stealth!)
- Buffing to overcome a Disguise (The name ABOVE someone is an OOC message)
- Using Banks, speedies, Yoink, Send Illusions, scry to check names. (Its impossible for every name to be known, but this is a limitation to the OOC mechanics for transfering gold or sending messages to stop mistypes etc.)
- Using Names as Descriptions (DO NOT use *Describes Joe Blogs* in noticeboards etc, be specific on what cloths/armor they wear and the colour.
- reacting to player list joining/leaving the current server (This extends to using the Portal to track people)
- using scry/yoink/illusion failures to tell whether someone is online or not (A failure IC can mean loads of reasons! you just cant reach them right now!)
- Reacting to ! / Hostile. (Someone setting you hostile is not really a seen thing, at the same time, the one setting to hostile MUST rp intent. such as *Draws the blade threateningly at them* etc. RP is a REQUIREMENT of PvP, but at the same time, the Hostile mechanic is OOC)
- WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get!)

Thank you for your time!
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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by The GrumpyCat » Sun Sep 19, 2021 4:05 pm

Hello everyone! Two things

The bad stuff first – We've heard a rumour going around that if you have something of a characters (e.g. severed head, lock of hair, whatever) you can scry on them without knowing their name. This is not true, (Unless the person you're scrying on gives permission for it to be true anyway.)

By our rules the following is the case.

Knowing real name - Can scry

Knowing persona (disguise) - Can Scry (Knowing they go by "Bob" all the time not knowing they are Steve. Basically – if your pc knows them as “Bob” and they are currently disguised as “Bob” Then you can scry them – as per the mechanics)

Knowing generic disguise - NO Scry (though the disguiser should not be using generic "merchant" disguises all the time)

Having sample of person - ONLY if scried person okays it!

Hope that clears things up!

The Second thing is more positive!

Over the next few months we'll be working hard to raise some of our current 20rpr players to the new 30 level. You can help us... especially if you're a 40/50 rpr player, by being liberal with the -recommend function. Or, if you like, by sending us Pms recommending people you think would work well for that rating!
We're also getting some tickets in requesting raises – and that's super! One thing that would be useful, (at least to me) is if you please state if you want feedback or not. On the one hand feedback can be useful, on the other, if it's a denial, it can also seem harsh. So – at least from a personal perspective, I'd be grateful if you state if you want such or not on your request. Other Dms may give it anyway – but I won't provide feedback unless I know it's desired.
This too shall pass.

(I now have a DM Discord (I hope) It's DM GrumpyCat#7185 but please keep in mind I'm very busy IRL so I can't promise how quick I'll get back to you.)

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Snowcat » Thu Oct 21, 2021 4:08 pm

Hello players!
A reminder from the DM's about our support ticketing system. Often there are requests from people who are unaware of this system, and have waited for long time to get their request filled in-game, when it could have been swiftly cleared off through our ticket system.

What is the ticketing system?
https://support.nwnarelith.com/ serves as portal to the tickets, you can login with your forum account. Through this site you're enabling us to remotely fill in some requests for you.
Such requests that can be filled through tickets are:
- Retaking level (Deleveling you to certain level minus one(1) XP to let you re-take the said level)
- Alignment Shift (Alignment shifts only go one step at a time. I.e. Chaotic Good can only move to Neutral Good or Chaotic Neutral at once)
- Redeem Class Token (Harper, Zhentarim, Shifter, Assassin tokens. Only ones that you have had your application approved through forums)
- Change Soundset (with the exact ID)
- Change Portrait (with the exact filename)
- Renaming Character
- RPR Evaluation (only up to RPB30. RPB40 and 50 should be done through Forum PM to Active DM's)
- Relevel token (After -relevel will be eventually disabled, all future relevel tokens will be granted through Tickets).

This can not only make it faster to get these simple procedures done, but also ease the DM workload whenever we have time for in-game attention.

Something that are NOT doable through ticket system:
- Hair/Tattoo colors
- Head changes
- Race/other reward/domain tokens

If you feel that more things should be available to you through ticketing system, DM Hoodoo can take requests for more things to be added!

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Janitor » Sun Nov 07, 2021 2:59 am

Gentle reminder in accordance of rule one on the wiki (on the Topic of Roleplay) - you are expected to play a character that fits in with the server and does not disrupt its immersion.

When you first join the server you are told that the core setting is Forgotten Realms 3x edition set upon Arelith, what this means is it is appropriate to be from the Forgotten Realms and nowhere else.

Though with exception for Imp who would have their origin in the pits of Hell - you cannot be from outside the main setting.

You should not mention other settings as a place of origin Dark Sun setting, Greyhawk setting, Planescape setting, Ravenloft setting, etc.

While you can be inspired by stuff in these settings you need to ground anything you do to the setting (Arelith FR 3x) and avoid meta-knowledge of things that would be impossible to know (a mage making uncertain claims about multispheric universes is fine, naming streets in the city of Greyhawk is not - the same goes for Ravenloft which is a prison few escape. No one really knows about it and so forth.)

If you have a character with such background try to discreetly adapt them to this. While it is integral in pursuit of roleplay to be immersive you do not need to stress over these things and if you need help adapting reach out to the staff via PM, use the Arelith Official discord lore subforum to ask for help, or the forums themselves.
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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by The GrumpyCat » Fri Nov 19, 2021 9:24 pm

'I'm gonna report you to the Dms!'
Hay guys.

So this isn't going to be a 'rule', and we aren't going to punish anyone over this – but we're putting out a request to please stop throwing the above phrase around.
Why?
Firstly – because if you are sending in a report, and if it is valid – then all you've done is give the other person pre-warning, giving them time to get their story straight, hide any evidence, plan the best thing to say ect – do you want that? Also, in some situation, you've given them a direct target to blame (you) should they get into trouble.
Secondly – Because if you aren't actually going to send a report, and/or if your complaint isn't valid, then it's basically a particularly pathetic sort of bullying and that will soon become apparent to all involved when no action happens. Do you really want to be seen that way?
Thirdly – Look, I know we're a T rated server but I like to think even the youngest of us are a bit above the whole 'I'm gonna tell my mummy on you!'

Again, this isn't a rule or such, we aren't going to punish anyone for doing the above, you can say it if you want... but in almost all situations it really does come out as a bit ill thought out and/or pathetic. Do you really want that?
This too shall pass.

(I now have a DM Discord (I hope) It's DM GrumpyCat#7185 but please keep in mind I'm very busy IRL so I can't promise how quick I'll get back to you.)

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Re: DM Reminders and Messages

Post by DM Monkey » Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:04 pm

Reminder about this - I've seen some very silly things recently. Please keep the memes OOC, not IC.
DM Monkey wrote:
Tue Jul 13, 2021 3:24 pm
Today I've swung out of the trees to remind about: Disguises! This feature is often misused and the DM team is aware that it most likely happens through misunderstanding.

The general idea is this: -disguise exists for disguising. If your character is not trying to disguise, then you should not use -disguise.

Good Disguises:
- Invented Personas - fictional identities that your character can take to shroud his real identity. Use a description! You could: act differently, think about what the persona would do, what it would wear, make some unique outfits or use different weapons to normal.
- Other Characters - disguise pretending to be an existing character, either NPC or PC. Copy their outfit, copy their description, try to act like them.

Use Sparingly:
- Generic Disguises - Using names like 'Shrouded Rogue' or 'Elven Assassin' instead of defined identities. Identities have names, these are brief glance descriptions. Less is better. These are fine for one-shot disguises or brief encounters. Consider changing to an actual identity if you find yourself using these tags repeatedly, as the people that you interact with would start to notice that the character is, in fact, the same person. If you use it more than twice, a change would be nice.
- Breaking WYSIWYG - If you perform a cross-race disguise; you can do it, but don't expect it to hold. The same if you emote or have in your description having the fanciest ball dress while your character is actually wearing rags, don't expect the people to go along with it. Some players may let you go along with your disguise, while others will call you out, even without making the spot check. In these cases, the spotter is in their right to dictate what they actually see.

FORBIDDEN:
- Any situation where your character is not trying to disguise themselves.
- Adding a nickname to your characters name or disguising as the nickname for your character's actual name, e.g. "Mandarius 'Manly' Femson", "Laura 'Legs' Wilson", "Big Mama".
- Use of titles, e.g. "Commander Richard", "Cordor Guard Sergeant Bobby", "High Minister Crassius Vinegar", "Lord Salt of Amn"
- Added descriptions, e.g. "Tarina Tal (Bloody)", "Elven Damsel (Asleep)"

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