01. ESSENTIAL — Site Policies
June 23, 2016, 07:27 PM
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WOLF's Guidelines

WOLF is a roleplaying community that strives to be simple, casual and fun. Our game is intermediate, which means that we target a mature audience (young adults and adults) who can write with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Although the game has a "3-3-3" rating, we do require mature content to be marked and tagged appropriately. It is also semi-realistic, which essentially means that anything that's possible for a real wolf can be done by your character.

By participating in WOLF's community, you agree that you are 18 or over, or have consent from your legal guardian.

Everyone at WOLF must adhere to a few overarching polices as outlined below so that we can all function as a fun and cohesive community! We recognize that membership is conditional. Sometimes disagreements happen and passions run high, necessitating occasional breaks from the game. If a member feels they're no longer enjoying themselves and decides to take a step back either temporarily or permanently, we will not attempt to directly influence their decision. We will, however, gladly welcome them back if/when they decide to return!

If you have a question or concern about any of our policies, please drop by the Help Desk, ask in our Discord Game-HQ channel or reach out to a community manager!

Here at WOLF, we expect the following:

  • Courtesy, above all else! This extends to all avenues of WOLF (IC, OOC and chat). It does not include off-site spaces (though we encourage our members to keep courtesy in mind wherever they go).
    • Discourtesy toward other players will be addressed (but not mediated) by the community managers as appropriate; this includes the forum and all Discord channels (public or private).
    • If you disagree with a thread partner or another member, we expect it to be communicated and handled civilly and maturely.  More information on our site's terms around disagreements and discourtesy can be found here.
    • Remember that you should not assume that anything is truly private, on the forums or in Discord — not even PM or DMs. Members can and do share private conversations, though we encourage everyone to respect the confidentiality of conversations they participate in.
  • The roleplay basics. Most of this should be common knowledge for intermediate players. For more information on meta-gaming, power-playing, etc., please see this guide.
  • Activity and engagement! While of course we'd love to see more, each character is required to make at least one post every two weeks to remain active in the game.
  • No purely OOC posts in IC forums. These will be deleted!
  • Adherence to post order, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Third person posts. This is the generally accepted standard on most forum roleplay and unless you and your thread partner explicitly agree otherwise, the style that should be used.
  • Embracing consequences. Everyone makes mistakes and no character is perfect. Part of collaborative writing is accepting that situations may not always go your way!
  • Please note that these guidelines are the default baseline for game play. Because WOLF is a member-driven community and we encourage free-form play (within reason), it should be noted that individual characters and packs may vary their rules about power-playing, consent*, etc., to allow for more variety.

Think WOLF sounds like a good fit? Here's how to join:

When creating a character, keep the following in mind:
  • Your account name should be your character's name (correctly capitalized). Keep in mind this rule also applies to OOC accounts.
  • A joining character's age must be between 1 and 10 years.
  • Appearance must follow the site theme of semi-realism (so only natural appearance will be accepted, within reason). Unnatural eye colors are acceptable. Wolves may be a maximum of 3ft (36in, ~1m) tall at the shoulder and 200lbs (~90kg). (Updated 01/21/2020)
  • Copycat characters (those based entirely on existing fictional individuals) will not be accepted. Inspiration is fine, but please be sparing.
  • Character history must indicate a birthplace outside of Teekon Wilds if provided. This prevents timeline inconsistencies between characters on WOLF.
  • If your character is born outside of the mainland (IE born in Europe, Africa, etc) or a wolf subspecies NOT native to the setting, you must provide a backstory to how your character arrived in the Teekons.
For Wild Fauna, there are some extra considerations:
  • Characters that are less than 50% wolf are categorized as Wild Fauna and cannot join packs.
  • Wild Fauna must be at adulthood and must be native to our PNW setting. Click here for our GB's exhaustive list of Wild Fauna. When applying, please include a link to a research article that proves your character's age is equivalent to adulthood for its species.
  • All members must already have an approved wolf character in order to play a Wild Fauna, although the character does not have to be currently active.
  • These characters may be close companions to wolves but cannot be used unfairly to meta-game or aid in combat. It will be the responsibility of involved players to report any suspected abuse.
  • Keep in mind like wolves, Wild Fauna require permission in order to breed, and must breed during their normal season. In order to obtain WF breeding rights, you must contact the CMs for permission.
New Members: Don't forget to fill out the prompts! Be sure to do so as though responding to a thread partner.
Old Members: Don't forget to link to an existing approved account!

Once your character has been approved, you can begin posting! New characters default to lone wolves but we encourage everyone to look into joining a pack. Pack information can be found in the Pack Records. To join one, simply post a joining thread in your chosen pack's forum.

Character Designs

WOLF has a semi-realism policy that extends to character creation, in that players are free to design wolves with unusual markings or patterns, but all wolves must have realistic coloring.

Wolves can come in any shade of black, grey, white, tan, or brown -- and any agouti derivative of these colors. Depending on subspecies, some wolves can come in shades of russet brown or orange-tan. Iberian wolves, ethiopian wolves, and mexican wolves all demonstrate higher saturation of "rust", while arctic wolves, tundra wolves, and other subspecies tend to typically come in whites, greys, and agouti.

Patterning and markings can vary by subspecies, but please keep it realistic! Piebald markings, tri-color, dilutes, merles, and brindle are all unlikely to occur in purebred wolves and should only be used in wolves with direct dog ancestry.

Players are free to select any eye color.

Unrealistic Designs

Wolves cannot be blue, purple, red, green or any other color that is not explicitly mentioned above. Included in the non-permissible category are stripes and markings resembling stripes. Wolves may not have accessories unless they have a compelling backstory, and these accessories must be limited to realistic means such as: collars, tracking collars, harnesses, or tags.

Please don't send PMs to this account, as we don't check it very often and they may go unread! Instead, direct admin inquiries to our personal accounts as listed on the staff directory. Thank you!
January 15, 2017, 06:51 PM
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Nudge/Strike System

When rules are broken on WOLF, it will be handled one of two ways.

Nudges (Players)

To decrease administrative policing and to give members more power over their preferences, the nudge system should be used for minor infractions. Some examples include: skipping the post order, minor power-play or meta-gaming and refusal to embrace consequences of a situation.

These nudges are not meant to be a punishment and shouldn't be given as such. They are a way for members to mentor one another in what it means to roleplay well. They also provide a reference point for players to judge site preference when it comes to certain actions or situations (e.g. realism, meta-gaming, etc.).

Strikes (Admins)

Strikes are reserved for extreme circumstances and are given by the admin team. Some examples of strike-able situations include: extreme OOC discourtesy or bullying, bypassing blocks or ignores, repeated nudges for similar behavior with inability to learn/try to correct mistakes, abusing the nudge system, or harassing other members for nudges given.

Players who receive 3 strikes will be banned from WOLF.
These should not be given often, since WOLF is a community and players are expected to be mature to one another while participating. Players who cannot get along and play respectfully with the rest of the membership ruin the fun for all involved. Accumulating three strikes is the only way to receive a ban from the game, and each strike will be explained in full to allow for correction in the future.

Please don't send PMs to this account, as we don't check it very often and they may go unread! Instead, direct admin inquiries to our personal accounts as listed on the staff directory. Thank you!