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Circus Maximus Rules v4.0 (06 Sept 16) - Required reading for both players and hosts!

Discussion in 'Circus Maximus' started by Mekkah, Feb 5, 2010.

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  1. Mekkah

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    Hello, Smogonites and Smogonettes! Before reading through the rules, it would be a good use of your time to first read through this introduction thread to get your bearings. Forum games, most notably mafia (which grew too big and serious for Firebot), are hosted here. Please read through these rules before posting, and have a fun time!

    Informal Guidelines:
    • No "postcount++" games will be accepted. This includes most (all) "poster above" or "poster below" games or games that require little to no effort to participate in.
    • Don't request to host a game that's too similar in gameplay to other games that are already running (with the exception of Mafia).
    • Games that require thought and/or involvement from the players are preferred.
    • Please do not post in Mafia games that you are not in, and if you do be very careful not to suggest strategy to the players involved.
    • This should go without saying, but all forum-wide rules apply. It's ok to be salty after losing a game, but insulting other users is never acceptable, and will be dealt with accordingly.
    Forum-Specific Rules: Failure to adhere to these will result in an infraction and a blacklisting
    • You may NOT invite any users to a conversation who were not a part of the conversation when it was formed. This obviously includes the conversation containing your role PM and any other conversations with the host.
    • Screenshoting of any kind is banned.
    • Do not comment on anything strategic involving games which you are not an active player in. This includes both outside commentary and deadtalking.
    • I said this above, but DO NOT INSULT OTHER USERS. You may think their play was poor and it's fine to say that or to suggest how they should improve in the future, but do not attack other people's character.
    • Impersonation of other users is banned.
    NEW Hosting Process:

    1) ALL new games must be posted the Games Proposal forums for review, with no exceptions. If you do not post your game in that forum, it will not be approved by the Circus team and therefore will not be added to the queue.
    2) Games will only be added to the game queue once they have been approved by the Circus team. Usually, games will have to be completed in order to be approved but exceptions may be made for high quality hosts, simple games and Bigs. Incomplete games and games that people say they're going to create on a whim will no longer be added to the queue.
    3) Upon approval, games will be added to the queue. The queue will be made visible in the Game Listing thread but is at the full discretion of the moderators. Games may be moved in the queue if necessary, but it is unlikely this will ever arise.
    4) If you are the top of the queue and fail to post your game within a reasonable time frame, you will be shifted down the queue. The Circus mods will let you know when it is time to post your game and when you are at risk of losing your spot in the queue.
    5) Some games, such as the haxball tournament, will probably not need to be queued and will be able to start straight on approval. The mods will let the host know if this is the case, but these games should still be posted in Game Proposals so we have a record.

    The Queue
    In general, at any one time, there should only be 1 Big, 1 NOC and 1 Standard running concurrently. In times when there is no Big game taking place, multiple smaller games will be allowed to take place. This will be at the discretion of the mods.

    Bass Games/Misc. Forum Games
    Usually, we will allow multiple miscellaneous games to run concurrently. Games that are extremely similar in concept and play will probably be queued, however they may be allowed to run simultaneously if there is clearly enough of a playerbase to make this successful

    Tabletop Games
    Tabletop games will not be subject to these rules as stringently as other types of forum games as it is rare that there are multiple of these games running at once. Tabletop games that need a thread should still be posted in Game Proposals and upcoming games will be listed in the queue.
    Other Games
    See: Bass Games/Misc. Forum Games. Games that do not fall in to any of the above categories will be queued at moderator discretion, but it is likely they will be able to start as soon as they are approved by a moderator.

    Example queue:

    Current: UncleSam is my hero mafia / Hosts: Yeti & Yeti2
    Q1. I quit every mafia game when i'm losing mafia / Host: zorbees
    Q2. NIGMAFIA / Hosts: Usain Bolt & Nicki Minaj

    Current: yaydyay / hosts: yayayaya
    Q1. etc
    Q2. etc

    Current: etc
    Q1. etc
    Q2. etc

    Forum Games
    Current: Bass Game 7 / host: bass
    Current: survivor / host: jalmont
    Current: interpret lightwolf's broken english game / host: everyone
    Q1. survivor2 / host jalmont (to start after survivor1)


    Other Games
    Current: Haxball
    Current: isketch tourney

    During the game:

    If a player in the game requests a substitution, then make an effort to find a suitable substitute, with preference given to players who signed up for the game but who did not get in. If a player is idling and you feel that a forcible substitute is necessary, PM a moderator, and the moderator will decide whether any additional action (ie infraction) is needed.

    After the game:

    You are allowed to create a postgame thread after your game ends, if you want. Either way, remember to send UncleSam the relevant Game Listing information upon the game's conclusion.

    Generic Ruleset:

    If you need a good ruleset to serve as a template for your game, consider adopting the following:

    Rules (open)

    1. Whilst you are alive you can talk to anyone about the game. Once you are dead you cannot talk to anyone about the game, unless you are mafia and on the same team, in which case you may talk with members of your team only, and only for strategy purposes. Knowledge acquired after death cannot be transferred from a dead player to a living player.

    2. Every user has a role PM. Role PMs may not be shown to other users on Night 0, but starting from Day 1 onwards they may be freely distributed. Screenshotting of all forms is banned. If anyone finds a person encouraging others to take screenshots or taking screenshots and showing other people, please be sure to report it.

    3. You can paste things told to you by the host. You may fake logs. Do not take pasting of a host conversation as definite proof, these can be faked. If you want to fake a log, feel free to PM one of the hosts for assistance. Impersonation of a host or another user however, is banned at all points. Please do not attempt to impersonate in any way.

    4. Each cycle will have a deadline of 48 hours. You may vote to lynch users during this time by posting "lynch USER" in bold, or "No lynch" if you don't want to lynch anyone (lynch votes will not count if they're not in the correct format!), and if you change your vote, you MUST edit the bolded text out of the old post if you post with a new vote. In addition, you have 48 hours to send in any abilities you may be able to use as a result of your role. State what you are doing in the PM title if possible, it makes it MUCH easier to handle. Remember that PMs are to be sent to both the primary host AND cohost!

    5. If there's a tie, both users with the highest amount of votes will be lynched, but no lynch will take place the next day.

    6. If you're not going to do anything at night, send a PM titled "Night X - idling". This makes keeping track of things easier and informs me that you're still playing the game.

    7. Priorities have been decided beforehand and will not be revealed.

    8. This game features items. Items can be used at the same time as regular night actions, unless stated otherwise. You can give an item away at any time by sending a pm to the hosts stating "Cycle X - Give ITEM to USER." You cannot use an item during the same cycle you give it away; however, you can use an unrelated ability whilst giving away an item. Giving away an item has the lowest priority, and if you are killed/lynched the same cycle you attempt to give away an item, it won't be moved.

    9. Items held by players who are killed/lynched will be passed to the killer/a random player who voted for that person.

    10. Only sign up if you know you're going to be at least fairly active. If I notice that you seem to be idle, I reserve the right to have you forcefully subbed out if necessary, which will carry an infraction. I'll most likely nudge first, though.

    11. The hosts reserve the right to lie their asses off to you.

    12. Please add the hosts to all conversations and spreadsheets related to the game.

    Current Staff:

    If you have any questions regarding the rules or general policies on this subforum, contact these users!
    Moderators: UncleSam, Da Letter El, shade, LightWolf, zorbees

    Community Contributors: Walrein, Yeti, vonFiedler

    Black List:

    This is a list of players who have shown to be either really terrible at mafia, notorious idlers, or something else that makes them less than desirable to have in your game. These players are banned from playing in games on this forum unless a written request by both the player and the host of the game is sent to a moderator with a valid reason why the player should be allowed to play in a new game.

    Current list:
    - Cleared - April, 2016. Try not to be the first person back on this list!
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 12, 2016
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  2. UncleSam

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    May 12, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    We've updated the rules to better reflect the current state of the forum in the here and now. We anticipate small additions in the coming days/weeks, but everything there now is unlikely to change.
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  3. shade

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    Mar 28, 2008
    Hey guys, I think we all know the rules around hosting games and the game listing/queue have been a bit out whack recently in Circus and, if we are serious about this forum progressing, we need to make this more efficient. This is the fault of lax moderation mostly, so now is the time to sort this out.

    If you could all check out the new hosting rules that would be grand, games that don't follow them will not be accepted. The queue will be built added to Game Listing thread over the coming days.
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  4. shade

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    Mar 28, 2008
    Hi all,

    It is a shame that I have to make this post, but let me clear: personal attacks and flaming on users will not be tolerated in Circus. I understand that mafia can get heated and competitive, but that sort of behaviour is severely detrimental to the community we are trying to rebuild here. Light ribbing will of course be tolerated, but I think we all know when something has been taken too far. Going forward, people falling foul of this rule will be infracted and potentially blacklisted.
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