Game Team list, hierarchy and rules

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Game Team list, hierarchy and rules

Post by ardesia » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:14 am

[last edit: august, 2017]

Besides our game creator and (forum) administrator compbatant, and designers Adam and Clint, all other gamemasters are volunteers, who are not paid for their work. Therefore you should not expect them to be in a particular place for any particular time. It is always possible to leave a PM on forum and they will answer you as soon as possible.

This staff keeps our forum clean and the game running out of pure passions. If you call gamemasters in the game and they’re unable to help you, please don’t get angry with them. Be patient.
If you would like to join the team, please read the Gamemaster apprenticeship program post.

Surely, gamemasters might make decisions with which you may not agree.
You may question their decisions, but do not start to argue about it - write personal messages instead of flaming the forum.
To make it easier for you to decide, if something went wrong, we list some rules for the gamemasters further down.
Also be aware of our game rules and forum rules.


Staff list and hierarchy

[Game creator]
Creator of game. He codes, implements and adds new game content. Only logs on to check if a new feature works.
He is the head of the gamemasters and has a final say in all things.

[Forum administrators and moderators]
Forum administrators and moderators ensure, that the forum rules are followed. They tidy up the sub-forums, answer questions and ensure, that files stay updated.
  • Forum administrators: compbatant, BlitzCraig
  • Forum moderators: all gamemasters are forum moderators, too.
[Gamemasters]
The golden named gamemasters administrate the game and lead the gamemaster group. They are also referred to as Admins.
They choose new members and write and edit game rules and game help. They work closely with our creator regarding game development issues. Gamemasters are exemplary players, who moderate game and chat. They ensure, that game rules are followed and answer questions of players, fix the common issues. Gamemasters with white names are not fully part of the team, but in training.
The gamemasters have an official faction called GM.
  • Game Admins (gold names in game): Arachnia, BlitzCraig, compbatant
  • Gamemasters (blue names in game): Aegis, MazeWindow
  • Junior Gamemasters (white names in game): none at the moment
[Watchers]
Regular players, who help the staff by watching the game and reporting issues like chat abuse, bugs, etc.
Some of them might become gamemasters and being a watcher is the first step for them. They should always act fair.
Watchers are incognito, but if they want, they can unveil their position, too.

[Players]
They play and enjoy the game. They have to follow the orders of the staff team and the general rules as shown in a link above.
Players keep this game alive and running! Trusted and helpful players will get rewarded by the staff from time to time!

Note1: There are also bluenamed characters used to test new items and content. Please do not wonder, if they do not answer nor help you: they might be very busy, and some of them are bots, not controlled by an actual human.

At this moment, the following languages are spoken by at least one of the team: English (main game language), Italian, German, Polish.

Gamemaster rules

1. A gamemaster has to treat everybody equally. They shall not have enemies or friends in the game.

2. A gamemaster has to keep secrets within the team, if they learned these secrets while working.

3. To avoid any abuses, the staff team has to take extra care with safe passwords.
It is forbidden to share a gamemaster account with anybody else.

4. A gamemaster should provide assistance at any time with game issues.
Note: This does not mean that they have to help other players with gear/items/coins or help in leveling. Helping comes with the passion for playing. They are installed as supervisiors and duty comes first.

5. The Staff watches the game, but should not intervene in normal activities, including PvP or PvM.
If rules are broken, they will intervene though.

6. Killing and using powers are for work purposes only. Gamemasters may strike back if getting attacked by a player.

7. Staff should explain, before using their powers. The applied language is english.
If the player is not capable of understanding it, he/she is supposed to be able to. Staff will try different languages too, if possible.

8. Faction GM is only there to organize the staff team. Members of GM may not participate in faction wars or destroy other factions structures or any such activity.

9. Gamemasters are allowed and encouraged to create non-mod accounts. These can grind, join normal factions and have all freedoms of normal players on these accounts.
However, similar to police officers, even when off duty, they have certain responsibilities.
So evidence witnessed with non-mod account may incite them to log on GM account and act accordingly.

It is entirely up to the discretion of the gamemasters to interpret and enforce the rules above. A wrongdoing usually depends on context and we trust them to count this in correctly before making their judgment call.

If you feel abused by a staff member, remember: we are human, so we do make mistakes. Please consider, that a certain staff member is not an evil, power-hungry or sadistic person. They just did their job to the best of knowledge and ability. Please PM one of the Admins on forum if you have an issue or feel abused by one of the gamemasters.

For the regular accounts of our staff (called alts), some additional rules apply:

These rules are meant to let the staff team enjoy some normal gaming, but without reducing it for other players. Also, they stay in equal contact to the gamers - so they may understand better their needs.

9.1. Always act based on the idea, that everybody knows that this is an alt of a gamemaster. Even if nobody can know, you have to act as they would know it.

9.2. An alt is not allowed to reduce game experience for anybody!

To hunt a special (i.e. outlawed) player down is not accepted.

9.3. A little swearing in public chat is ok, but not directed to any other player!

9.4. In every action, treat the alt like a normal player! Any support by a gamemaster account (teleporting, adding gold, private spawning etc.) is strictly forbidden!

9.5. If the alts have been added level (i.e. to test new maps where you need high levels), they are not allowed to force PVP! They may hunt outlaws and defend themselves and they can create a small faction and invite some players.

9.6. If the alt was built up without any help or extras, rule 9.5 does not apply. It is still forbidden to join one of the major factions and factions fights. This is to avoid misunderstandings between staff and regular players. What a major faction is, depends on the current situation and has to be discussed within the team every time.

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