In joining, posting on or otherwise using Shaman, you are agreeing to abide by our rules.
- Matthew (ch. VII, v. 12)
Administrators: Aspelta and Merlin
Moderators: Edel, Dema
If you have a problem at all, please do not hesitate to contact one of the above persons.
I refuse to hire a lawyer to write the terms and conditions for an online game which is supposed to be fun for everyone. However, please be aware that Shaman, its parents and its affiliates (henceforth referred to as "we") are not to be held responsible for any themes or material which users or visitors may encounter or for any copyright (or other) laws which users or visitors may be in breach of while accessing and/or using Shaman. "Using" is defined as any form of interaction with the site, its parents or its affiliates, including but not limited to posting on the boards, using the chat box and reading the webpages. Users or visitors may share personal details at their own risk.
We also bear no responsibility for any addictive behaviour exhibited by players. Sorry.
a note on loopholes
The rules on this site are fairly loose, but it should be the intention of every player to follow them correctly, not try to find their way around them. We don't sit well with "well, it technically isn't a rule so you can't punish me" here. Moderators and administrators will follow their own consciences and moral codes when dealing with problems to ensure the best outcome for the biggest number of people, not necessarily the most "game-legal" outcome.
If you have a problem with anything or anyone on the site, bring it to the attention of a moderator. If said problem is with a moderator or if you disagree with a moderator's verdict, bring it directly to an administrator/owner. If you have a problem with an administrator/owner, contact a moderator. No one is exempt from the rules and no one deserves to be made to feel like less than any other player - moderators and administrators on this game are considered players just like everyone else. There is no such thing as an issue which cannot be resolved or a person who cannot be corrected and/or reprimanded for misbehaving.
I. You cannot join the following:
• A character which is not a fairy.
• A character which is or was once an original fairy, a god or a divine/omnipotent being.
• A character who is the child of or in any other way closely related to an original fairy/divine/god/omnipotent being.
• With a mythical, magical or extinct familiar.
• "Extreme" powers such as divinity, possession or hypnosis.
• As a quadruplet or higher multiple birth.
• As a character who is a twin or a triplet of an existing character.
• With the same name as another member, or as a character with the same name as another character.
However, your character can have been anything before they come to Shaman. Want to bring over a character from your favourite horse RPG, or fancy playing a flower which got turned into a fairy in some crazy magical way? Go for it. As long as you accept that you play a level 1 (largely) powerless character when you join here, it doesn't really matter much what that character's history is.
Please note that unnatural hair, eye or skin colours (e.g. purple) are considered magical traits and require the payment of one coin to gain. Feel free to use hair dye, skin paint, tattoos or coloured contact lenses on ordinary tones though.
II. This is a strictly no-drama zone. We don't tolerate arguments, fights or discrimination of any sort. If you are experiencing an issue with another player, either quietly take it to emails or speak to an administrator.
III. Please use the boards for their intended use. This applies mostly to the OOC boards, but serves more as a guideline than a rule for the IC boards. We're quite tolerant and flexible, but please don't leave updates on the chat board or anything like that ;)
IV. Keep it clean. Shaman is a child-friendly game and has some users as young as 12. Swearing, sex references, violence and the like are permitted, but all players are required to put a warning at the start of their post with details of any offensive themes their post may contain. This warning does not have to go in the subject line and should be positioned at the top of the post, before your in-character writing starts. Outright pornographic posts and animal sex posts are prohibited. These warnings should be polite and friendly; "if you don't like it, don't read it" is unnecessary and can be considered rude.
V. Familiars, powers, territory ownership, points, coins, doubloons etc are a priviledge not a right. The admin can take them away or refuse to give them out if they are not being used responsibly.
VI. Speed-aging is allowed, is a completely normal IC phenomena and is encouraged for younger fairies. You cannot, however, make your characters younger. If you put a character on hold it can remain the same age as it was when you put it on hold, but you shouldn't keep your characters at the same age if they are active without eternal youth.
VII. Fairies can exist without familiars but familiars cannot exist without fairies. If a familiar is killed the fairy cannot get a new one. Familiars age at the same rate as their fairy and cannot die of old age unless their fairy does. When a fairy dies, so does their familiar.
VIII. Deities do exist in this game, but you are not obliged to worship them. The "fairy" religion is as optional as any other; your fairy can be an atheist, a Hindu, a Christian, a Humanist - or they can believe that any of the fairy deities created the universe. It is a fact, however, that Aura created Shaman and is technically the "god" of Shaman.
IX. Territory owners are obliged to note the following:
• Banning people from territories and setting up a registration system is prohibited.
• Removing the Shaman layout from territories is prohibited. Your territory layout should sit inside the Shaman one.
• Changing the email address for the board is prohibited.
• You can change your password providing you let an admin know the new one.
• Please do not change the timezone on the board. This is more of a guideline than a rule - it just gets confusing if there are different times on different boards :)
X. Points, powers, traits and coins granted to a specific character (and thus listed in the character database) are non-intertradeable between characters. Doubloons and items (including coins found in players' banks) are completely inter-tradeable between characters and members.
XI. Your satisfaction matters to us. Do not ever consider a complaint too petty to bring forward, and never believe that we won't want to hear your views or opinions because you're new or don't think of yourself as important. If you have a suggestion or an issue, we want to know. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
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