[MUD-Dev] Community Relations

Jon A. Lambert jlsysinc at ix.netcom.com
Thu Feb 3 00:01:42 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000

Lovecraft wrote:
>> Geoffrey A. MacDougall wrote:
>> > Has this strategy ever been successfully applied?
>[empowering players with political power]
>Matthew Mihaly wrote:
>> I've never heard of it being applied, but I'd really like to see someone
>> do it
>*waves his hand* Hi.  So have I.
>I had naive love and luck to do it.
>Dark Ages gives players limited administrative power in in-game context.
>Dark Ages gives direct legislative power to players (above and beyond the
>Terms of Service agreement).  I was immediately impressed by talented
>legislation while playing Dark Ages; I walked out of Mileth Village to read
>the Mileth Law Board where Mileth Demagogues posted their laws.

I love the graphics and the political game is quite fascinating.  I do have a 
few questions about administration.  Who does enforce the terms in your 
service contract? 

In particular... 
Quoted from    http://www1.darkages.com/support/index.html
"Harass, threaten or embarrass another Player in the Dark Ages or to cause 
distress, unwanted attention or discomfort of such Player, or any other person 
or entity. Nexon does not condone harassment in any form and may suspend 
or terminate the account of any Player who harasses others."
Is this handled by you or player guards and demagogues?  Or is this
considered out-of-game conduct?  Do you allow the "I'm roleplaying a
psychotic sadistic half-orc!" excuse?  ;-)
What about the provisos against multiplaying, autoplaying/robots, and
"inappropriate use of 'chat' and game play"?
Do these administrative duties strictly within your purview?

What sort of game play is considered inappropriate; players running 
superbowl pools, wheel of fortune games, singing rounds of Oasis tunes,
etc.?  Do you mean non-roleplaying activities, refusing to roleplay at all,  
or something sinister?

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