The rules list below include both the on sim and game relevant rules as well as the behavior expectations and rules for our New Frontiers discord. All rules are enforced in all play spaces of New Frontiers.
Sim Specific Rules
Rule 0 - Don’t be a dick
Practice common sense while consulting these rules. The general idea counts, not the exact wording. The rules are guidelines for the sim and should be interpreted to suit the situation at hand, not manipulated to suit your needs. Attempting to Rules-Lawyer a member of staff is never a good idea. New Frontiers Management retains the right to issue ejections/bans/administrative actions to players that they consider to be a consistent net negative to the community and sim, without the need for any specific Rule to be broke
Rule 1 - Courtesy/Golden Rule
We’re here to provide a fun RP environment for all our players, but that’s only possible if our sim, team and other players are treated fairly and with respect and courtesy. All acts within the sim or in relation to the sim should be with the fun and continuity of the community in mind.
We are all here to have a fun time. Treat other players the way you wish to be treated. Players are expected to be mature enough to realize when they should be toning behaviors back to avoid ruining the enjoyment of others. Conflicts will happen, but try not to make it too personal.
That means even if something isn't detailed in the sim or dice rules, abusing, loop-holing and being discourteous on the regular is a violation of this agreement, one you agree to by playing in the sim.
Rule 2 - Abusing the System
The game systems in the sim, the HUD, and the character systems are not to be abused or exploited in any way; they are to be used as they were intended. If you find any bugs please contact an administrator as abusing these can lead to a ban. Examples of abuse include:
- Trading between your own characters or accounts, including laundering through 3rd parties.
- OOC scamming and abusing new players.
- Faking dice rolls or lying about equipment.
- Changing skills in the HUD whilst in an IC scene to gain an advantage.
Rule 3 - Limits and Consent
Some players may have limits on their RP, you may negotiate oocly to come to a conclusion that both parties agree to. If a situation is something that you (or they) do not wish to RP, you can always fade to black.
While every individual is allowed to apply their own limits to RP however players cannot opt out of consequences or combat.
Without a pattern of behavior that breaches rules 0 or 1, administration will not intervene in a combat situation and a scene will not be retconned. Whilst In character actions have in character consequences. If you feel you are being unfairly targeted, or are being targeted for actions that have been taken out of character, or actions unrelated to . Please create a ticket in the create-a-help-ticket channel.
It should be stressed you cannot prevent RP between 2 consenting parties that you are not yourself involved in. Remember Rule 1, we are all here to have fun. If your actions, whilst technically within stated rules negatively affect the community, the administration team reserves the right to act.
Consent is needed in order to permanently affect another player either through death, rape, mutilation or in any way that it would permanently affect a character's physical or mental stability. If something has led up to where consent is needed for an action that is inevitable please contact a member of administration.
If you are making a call to a scene that contains something that could be upsetting to an unknown party, please include an ooc content warning or something similar. This will allow responders to decide if it's something that they can handle.
Consent in Combat - Updated Rules
Consent is not required for combat on the New Frontiers sim. Without a significant infraction of other rules on the sim, administration will not intervene in a combat situation and a scene will not be retconned.
You must give a minimum of one round of post into a scene before combat starts, including in a surprise attack/ambush. The only exclusions to this rule are for reinforcements entering combat who may post into combat as they arrive at the appropriate time; or you have discussed and both agreed to jumping straight into combat via OOC communication.
In character actions have in character consequences. If you feel you are being unfairly targeted, or are being targeted for actions that have been taken out of character, or actions unrelated to . Please create a ticket in the create-a-help-ticket channel.
Rule 4 - Roleplay Standards
The following behaviors are prohibited in New Frontiers:
- Metagaming, using information obtained OOC in IC situations, this includes passing information between your characters off-screen without administrative approval. To obtain information from an ongoing scene, you must post into it.
- Powergaming, Playing all powerful, or forcing actions upon others. Every action on people or things outside of your own character is considered an attempt. If it affects or reaches another player. It is an attempt.
- Abusing player limits, Players cannot claim 'against limits' in some instances where the player has instigated the consequences. For example, a player cannot steal or hurt someone then once caught and taken to the police, refuse their jail time claiming its against their limits to be imprisoned. If a player has instigated a consequence, they must play out the consequence, either by Fade to Black or actually RPing it out.
Rule 5 - Personal Conduct and Griefing
Sim crashers, graphics crashers, sim wide attacks, or anything that obstructs the use of the sim will result in a permanent ban. Spamming obnoxious gestures, aggressive racism, homophobia, abuse, offensive character names, promoting politics that support any of these, or other antisocial behavior as decided by administration will result in warnings and bans for repeated offenders based on the severity of each case.
Rule 6 - Language and Identification
At New Frontiers a fluent level of English is required, this is an English language only sim, use of translators is discouraged. When you are IC you must have your titler on and active. You must be IC to use sim systems such as vendors, containers, trading, looting, mining, ect. When you are outside the hub or personal rental, please use either your HUD with visible hovertext or an OOC tag.
Rule 7 - Movement Enhancement
Use of movement enhancers is limited to having an appropriate corresponding item. Example: You cannot use a jetpack on your avatar unless you have a jetpack equipped. Movement enhancers should also be used sparingly, using them exclusively to traverse the sim is disallowed. Avatar flying is disallowed except by sim staff in the course of their duties. Sit hacking is only allowed in situations where you are returning to the sim and need to get back to somewhere your character would still be IC.
Rule 8 - Appearance
Please see the appearance guide on appropriate character designs. See Appearance Guide.
The Appearance Guide has sim rules regarding appearance, size, parody, ferals and quads, political imagery, and so on. Everything covered in the Appearance Guide is subject to enforcement just like the rules listed here at the administrations discretion. Please make sure you are abiding by our appearance guide while on sim.
Rule 9 - Prim Usage
Although rez is enabled in the sim, it must be used appropriately, and you must always pick up after you are finished. Do not wait for the auto-return to clean up behind you. The ability to rez is a privilege rather than a right, and it can be taken away at any time if it is abused.
Do not rez anything that will degrade sim performance or has heavy land impact without administrative approval.
Vehicles are allowed to be rezzed but will have no effect on combat. If a combat scene starts, the vehicle must be disembarked. Please pick them up when you are done; do not use rezzed objects to farm items or avoid RP.
Rule 10 - Adult Content
New Frontiers is an adult rated sim, sexual content is allowed however the colony has laws against public nudity and sexual behavior. Expect appropriate responses to your actions. All interactions must be consensual OOC, pressing any unwanted advances is harassment and will not be tolerated.
Rule 11 - Second Life Terms of Service
Anything that violates the SL TOS is grounds for a ban. Child avatars are not allowed. Anything that is made to look childlike falls under this rule. If it would require explaining to a Linden, it is not allowed.
Rule 12 - Player death
Player death (and the consequences/permanence of this) is purely consensual. Sim administration reserves the right to waive this rule in extreme circumstances.
Rule 13 - Changes and Precedents
Administration reserves the right to change these rules without notice to ensure the safety of the sim and player base. Changes will be announced via a changelog whenever practicable.
Discord Specific Rules
Discord Rule 1: Civility: Treat each other with respect and kindness.
Always be civil (e.g. no personal attacks, practice empathy and patience in all discussions, and learn when to leave a discussion).
Please note that tone can be difficult to read in text format, and everyone has a different perspective and frame of reference. Be aware that sarcasm, dark humor, and in-jokes may not be interpreted as you intended.
If the discussion has become circular (just rehashing/discussing the same points over and over), people are talking past each other (consistently not understanding points of view and just getting “louder”), and/or moving to personal insults or unpleasant generalizations, it’s time to pause or stop the conversation.
Additionally, asking questions in bad faith, asking questions to provoke a negative reaction or drama, and/or repeatedly asking questions in a “debate me” manner (sealioning) under the guise of civility or “just asking” is harassment. Don’t chase a conversation that someone doesn’t want to have.
Discord Rule 2: Don’t be a dick. Racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, pejorative language or any other hatred will not be tolerated.
Don’t make discord unusable or unpleasant to use. This includes spamming, abusing role pings, and everything else that’d make people not want to be here. Administration has final say on the matter.
Discord Rule 3: Each channel in this Discord has a particular function. Keep NSFW to the NSFW Channels
Check the pinned messages for the description or use of each channel. If your post is not in a suitable channel, the Moderators will kindly ask you to move your discussion to the ideal location.
All NSFW content should be kept in the NSFW channels. Read the nsfw-request channel to get your tag.
Discord Rule 4: No politics, religion, or other controversial subjects.
This includes and is not limited to speculation on real-world topics.This isn't a place for political debate, no one wants to read your 3 page libertarian manifesto on the discord for a second life space rp sim. This includes memes, current political events, online videos although some leeway may be given if the discussion is non-toxic.
Discord Rule 5: Use your SL Name
You must use your SL username as part of your discord nickname. This is your username, not your display name. This allows Administration to very quickly help you with issues by being able to identify your characters in the hud system. If you do not use your SL USERNAME we have a hard time finding you.
Discord Rule 6: If you see or suspect any rule-breaking and require immediate assistance use @Help in discord. If the problem is not immediate and requires review, use the ticket system #create-a-help-ticket
If you have questions or need help, please use help-general
If you wish to speak to an online member of Administration/Moderation staff privately, please ping @Help and staff will reach out to you.
Moderation actions will not be open for debate in public forum. Moderation actions are between the Admin team and the individual involved, and will not be discussed with others. In rare and extreme cases, an explanation will be posted by administration.
In the event moderation action is taken against you, you will receive notice from the discord bot. If you have questions or concerns regarding the bot message, you make make a ticket to discuss with staff.
General questions regarding the rules, clarifications, and/or constructive ideas are welcome in help-general