Every site has rules, even this one where the one rule that rings truest is to kill 'em all dead.
Posting and Conflicts
1. Please keep OOC comments off of the roleplaying boards -- there are several sections where you can talk freely with your fellow handlers, as well as a very relaxed IRC chatroom. OOC posts on the roleplaying boards, unless done for specific reasons (i.e. an apology for being away, pointing out a critical mistake in a roleplay, etc.) are highly frowned upon and should be kept to a minimum.
2. We request that you keep all roleplays within this forum in third-person novel format, as it makes it easier on the eyes, not to mention the readers, if they aren't forced to filter between past and present tense, first and third person. (He said, she walked, etc) If you still aren't sure what third-person novel format is, then the best way to find out is to read threads, as they will point you in the right direction. Please avoid chatspeek, leetspeak, etc. in roleplays as it's quite the eyesore.
2b. Wherever possible, we'd also like you to ensure that you use correct grammar in your posts. We aren't expecting perfection, but it would be nice to see full stops in the right places and speech delineated by speech marks.
3. If you have any questions or concerns or are having trouble with a difficult handler, please contact an administrator or a moderator and inform them about your problem and they will handle it. Do not under any circumstances attempt to take the situation into your own hands by starting arguments or flaming other members. Make sure you're being part of the solution, and not part of the problem.
4. This is more of a suggestion than an actual rule, but I'd like to stress that you all do one thing before you enter SOTF: Research, research, research! Please take the time to read over these rules, read the FAQ if you've got questions, read over the storyline and the pack contents and get the gist of what's going on -- this is very important if you hope to do well in this roleplay. If you've read it all and you're still confused, feel free to go to a staff member and we'll help you, but please do what's within your power to enhance your knowledge of this forum and the content therein first and foremost.
4b. This emphasis on research also extends to character creation. If for example you intend to write a character with a medical disorder, then you will be expected to thoroughly research said disorder and its consequences on a high school student first. Poorly researched concepts are probably not going to get approved.
1. Be realistic! There's no way that you can keep running without a limp when your ankle's broken and there's no way you're going to be up and fighting when your guts are overlapping your belly (regardless of what the Battle Royale manga might lead you to believe). The characters in this roleplay are all human beings, not super heroes from planet Krypton. If you're uncomfortable with the idea of not having an infinitely powerful character, then look elsewhere; I don't think this is your kind of roleplay.
2. Every character particpating in this version of the game must be a twelfth grade student at Aurora High School in Seattle, Washington. No students from other high schools will be accepted, and no underclassmen will be accepted, so no, your character cannot be a robot created by the U.S. military to infiltrate and corrupt the SOTF program.
3. Once you're dead, you're dead. There's no resurrecting your character in this roleplay. However, if your character is rolled (randomly picked to die), then that isn't necessarily curtains for them; there are two 'cards' that can be used to save a character, known as hero cards and swap cards. For more information on these cards and how they work, please consult the FAQ.
4. No god-moding, power-playing, calling hits, or any variation thereof. Refer back to rule one. You can't automatically shoot someone with your gun, or cut them with your knife, no matter how positive you are that your hit'll connect. That being said, realize that forcing someone into a situation where they have to act a certain way (i.e. John backed Jane into a corner and fired his shotgun at her at point blank range) is still god-moding, even if you didn't specifically say that John's shot hit. My suggestion to you is to collaborate with your roleplaying partner. Usually, people are willing to compromise with you.
4b. The above rule includes metagaming. Metagaming is using information obtained out of character to your advantage in character. For example, if John has killed Bob's friend May, but Bob doesn't know that, it would be metagaming from Bob's handler to have Bob react to John as a murderer. Another example would be 'mind-reading', where a character reacts to another character's thoughts. In this case, John wants to kill Bob, but is pretending to be friendly - it would be metagaming for Bob to suddenly realise that John is going to try and kill him. That of course isn't to say that Bob must be killed! He just shouldn't see the attack coming unless John is being suspicious.
5. Survival of the Fittest is a roleplaying site geared more toward intermediate to advanced roleplayers. As such, one-line roleplays will not constitute activity. However, that doesn't mean that we don't accept roleplaying newcomers. The fact is, we've got a knowledgeable and experienced staff, as well as several members that have grown and learned with the site, that would be happy to help you improve your roleplaying skills, so long as you're willing to learn. In addition, if you're not quite ready for the main board (or just want to play more), we have another affiliated site called SOTF Mini which is geared towards new writers.
6. Adult themes, while not necessarily common, do appear in Survival of the Fittest. Please be mature enough to handle these themes and know that topics are bound to be sexual, gory, ultra violent, etc. Please label your topic accordingly. If you're unable to label your topic (hey, not everybody plans on writing that super-steamy sex scene when they send their character to the lagoon), contact a staffer and we'll take care of it for you!
7. Please at least have an understanding of the topic you will post in if you are not the first person to post in the topic. We don't want any misunderstandings. It wouldn't be good if you are walking peacefully into a gunfight and your character is oblivious to it all. If you plan on entering a topic, please take the time to read said topic beforehand, it'll save you a lot of grief in the long run.
8. This is more of a re-cap, but when your character is leaving an area please link where he/she is heading at the bottom of your post. Then link where he/she was coming from at the top of your new post. This makes it easier for people interested in your character's story to follow up on them, and doesn't make it seem like said character is in twenty different places at once since they'll probably be doing a lot of traveling during their time on the island.
9. Some changes have been made between versions of the game in regards to posting. The locations in V3 and beyond have been designed to be considerably smaller than the expansive locations V2 had to offer, because there simply wasn't enough character interaction. Because of this, we ask that you please refrain from creating multiple topics in the same area. Please observe the thread limits for any areas your character is entering, and if a new thread would exceed this limit, then you must either enter that thread or go to a different area. V2 attempted to allow multiple topics in the same area and it wound up being very confusing.
10. Multiple characters are welcome and are, in fact, encouraged. Don't feel restricted to roleplaying one character. That being said, to avoid "zerging" and to avoid a handler overwhelming themselves with characters, we have set a character cap at THREE. This means that you can control up to three characters at one given time. You don't have to have three, if you can only handle one then by all means, don't overwhelm yourself.
((These rules have been brought to you by Theseus with a bit of input in various places from Megami and some edits by Namira. These rules are subject to change without notification.))