Vast Horizon Policies
In short, metagaming is when you use OOC information to decide how your character will behave. While we understand that people are going to sit with their friends, discuss games they play and maybe even what their characters are doing, we ask one thing. Please do not use skype, twitter or other forms of OOC communication to disrupt a plotline that the game has going. Regardless of what you do or don't discuss out of character, take care to not let it mesh with the game.
Some examples of this could be as follows. Ray and Tina are great OOC friends. Samantha has blown up Tina's ship and stranded her. Ray, who was dating Samantha IC, lashes out and begins to cause her problems because he is friends with Tina OOCly. Tina had this big event planned IC that was to last three weeks. She gets upset and calls up her OOC friends who begin targeting Ray's friends. The end result is people get upset and leave. Then staff is left with an event that they worked hard on and now cannot do because metagamers have wrecked the storyline.
Your personal friendships are more important than a game but please respect our wishes as far as plotlines go and we'll all have a better gaming experience. Staff is not going to go so far as to ask you not to discuss the game, just be mindful of your OOC and IC actions. If staff gains proof of OOC behavior spilling out due to IC issues or vice versa, there will be no warning. Upon discussing the matter, you will receive a point deduction.
Also prohibited here is planning group game mechanic related activities using OOC methods such as those listed above. Examples here could be, hurry up and log on for this challenge. Or, I am selling crafting supplies, come get them. Also, hey wake your character up, you are about to miss the big trip. Here again, meta activity is not limited to the examples listed.
The best advice staff can give here is to separate OOC from IC. Just remember that what your character does, is not what you are doing to your OOC friend. If you are caught disrupting our plots or harassing others IC with OOC planning, there will be consequences not limited to those listed above.
A couple more examples of meta behavior are these. "Hey Bob, my character just gave yours ten donation vouchers. Log on and spend them." "Hey Nancy, Ray wants to flirt with your character." "Hey Sandy, the chief of science doesn't like what your character is doing."
Doing things like this will suggest how another character is to behave and thus it is best not to divulge information that directly involves their game play reactions. Discuss your character if you want, do not tell others how to play their character. Giving another OOC information or thoughts on how they are perceived, is meta. Why? Because you possibly are going to then hamper that character's choices.
If you feel that you are being attacked in game on a meta level, or that someone is using meta to plan their activities, please reach out to us. We cannot help you if we are not made aware of a situation.
This policy was last modified: 07/30/22 at 6:37 a.m.
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