Rules

16+ Rating

First and foremost, all players must be at least 16 years or older in order to join the USS Liberty. Secondly, all material must be appropriate for the age group. No explicit violence or sexual content is allowed. Use the tried and true method of fading to black and leaving some things to the imagination. You may imply that certain actions have happened, but do not give explicit details. For example, Johnny can lose a leg but you can not go into the gory details of the dismemberment.

General rules:

The Liberty's main goal is to tell interesting stories, explore and develop your character and to have fun.

The Liberty is a 16+ rated RPG, and stories need to portray this.

The Liberty does not tolerate any kind of discrimination, bullying, or verbal insults.

The Liberty is a military dictatorship. This means that we follow the chain of command. Junior officers and Assistant Department Heads report to Department Heads. Department Heads report directly to the Executive Officer. The Executive Officer reports directly to the Commanding Officer.

That means if you have a dispute involving another player and feel that it cannot be resolved between yourselves, you will go to your Department Head. If you are a Department Head, you will notify the Executive Officer of the situation. If the Executive Officer cannot correct the issue with both parties, the XO may get the CO involved at any point.

Any decision reached by the Commanding Officer regarding disputes is final.

Writers on the Liberty are expected to post once every two weeks. Exceptions are made when multiple players are engaged in large joint posts with three or more players. If you are working on a large Joint Post (JP), let the XO or CO know. A reply to a JP needs to be done within 3 days. This guideline is here to ensure that there is a smaller chance of large JPs holding up posting for too long.

If you are unable to participate in the RPG, for whatever reason (family illness, vacation, world domination fulfillment), you need to apply for a leave of absence. An absence of less than 2 weeks is a LOA, and an absence of more than 2 weeks is an ELOA (Extended Leave of Absence). If you are working on a JP, you are also required to let your fellow writers know, and you need to agree what to do with the JP during your absence. Submitting an LOA request on the Liberty website is required. Posting your LOA on the Liberty Discord LOA channel is optional but encouraged.

After someone has missed the posting deadline they will receive a personal message reminding them they haven't posted for more than 2 weeks and asking for a reason. I will send emails and Private Message (PM), as well as Discord Direct Message (DM). After a total of 1 month of inactivity, combined with not responding to emails, PMs and DMs, the character will become an inactive character and his/her position will become free for new writers.

The Liberty does not allow a writer to write someone else's Player Character (PC) or Non-Playing Character (NPC) without the permission of the writer. If you make an agreement with another writer to write each other's characters, please make good and clear rules about it, so the chance for any problem is limited.


Posting Rules:

Novel style writing.
We use novel style for our posts. That entails that the story should read like a book. Dialogue should be put in "quotation" marks, punctuation should be used correctly. And use proper spelling and grammar.

Use a spell check program before you post a story. Simple errors can be made easily. Please utilize a web browser spell check or a typing program. Also, proof read your work. A spell checker won't know if you meant "to" instead of "too". Please double check your work.

You are allowed to give your character an accent. However, it should be done in such a way that it does not affect spelling and grammar.

Post introduction.
Pay close attention that you give the correct data in the field before your post. This will be the intro to your post.

Select the correct mission, if there are more than two active. In the mission tips will be an explanation for which one you are expected to use.

Give your post a title.

Location: Start with the Deck - followed by the area, office or room in which the story takes place.

Time: We use a mod on the website that automatically sorts posts according to mission time. So for Time, we use Mission Day first, separated from hourly time by a hyphen. However, it must be typed exactly as follows:

Time: MD ## - #### Hours

Length of posts.
Posts are expected to be at least two paragraphs, containing of a minimum of 10 sentences. If you have a very long post, post it in two parts. And give the title the addition of Part 1, or Part 2.

Editing Rules:
To make sure the posts share a professional and uniform layout, the Liberty Command Staff reserves the right to edit any posts for spelling and grammar.

Everyone has the right to object to his/her work being edited. Please inform us that you do not wish for your written work to be edited by others and we will respect that. However, it does mean that you are solely responsible for contributing posts that are free of spelling and grammar mistakes.

If you have the exception on this rule, and still post with errors in your work, you will eventually lose this privilege.

OOC Expectations:
What do we expect from certain positions, and what can you as a writer expect from the leaders of this RPG.

Commanding Officer:
From me you can expect that I will do my best to keep all the characters engaged in the stories, create new missions and keep them moving along, provide a good working website and keep it up to date. And I'll keep on the lookout for new writers that might join our wonderful community.

Executive Officer:
The XO will take over for me when I am absent. She will assist me in the things above and advise me with thing that need improvement. Another keep aspect of the XO is to help handle disputes, and assess new applications.

Second/Third Officer:
These positions are a back up for the command team. Most of their activities will be related to their function as department head.

Department Heads:
I expect a department head to help new members in their department getting started, to help members of their department with a story, and to know about the different areas of the ship belonging to your department. (Example: The CMO needs to know how many biobeds are in sickbay.)

Department Heads also need to know what to do when a red alert is sounded, and make sure the officers/enlisted in your crew know as well. (Example: The CS/TO needs to know where the Secondary Firing Control is, and that with a Red Alert there need to be at least a security guard and tactical officer present at that location.)

Assistant Department Head:
The assistant is to take over the position of the Chief in case of a LOA, and the responsibilities that are part of it.