|Rules and Guidelines|
The Next Incantation (TNI) is an 18+/M-rated site. By registering on this board, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older and that you accept responsibility for your actions and the content you peruse while on this site. Our members are expected to be of-age and to practice caution with threads they read and/or engage in. Underage members will be denied to ensure the safety of everyone. We are rated 3-3-3 which means threads may contain graphic content.|
Our focus is not upon sex, but sexual liaisons do feature in the game. Sexual scenes, consensual or not, can be part of the stories/plots and lives of our characters. To make sure everyone is comfortable with reading and/or writing such content, there is a section in the application that MUST be agreed to, or you will not be approved.
We want to ensure everyone is comfortable, happy, and knows what's going on with the site. Please never hesitate to ask in the c-box, send a PM to ♕ Shadow, or post in Staff Help.
★ Sign up characters with first and last name like this: John Smith. OOC accounts are for staff use only.|
★ It would be helpful to check the Master Sign-Up to keep the different chosen names varied.
★ Avoid using names from the series or from any other fandoms.
★ If you make a mistake with the name you’ve joined with, or want to change it, ask the staff. If you register with a name, but put another in your application, the name will be changed to reflect the Application. Offensive names will be changed outright to something adorable.
★ There is no limit on the number of characters a person can have. However, a character must have 15 in-character posts before another can be made.
★ Stuck in validating? Try this thread!
Out of character, the golden rule is to treat others how you would like to be treated. Manners cost nothing. Sometimes it’s hard to see sarcasm and jokes when they’re typed, so think about what you say and remember other peoples’ feelings.|
★ Be respectful to everyone equally. Characters may be racist, sexist or homophobic, but we don't allow that here in the C-box as we're decent human beings.
★ Sensitive topics such as religion and politics are to be avoided at all costs. We want everyone to feel safe and welcomed.
★ The cbox is for chatting, not for spam or advertising. Such messages will be deleted and users will be banned with subsequent attempts.
★ Think before you type. The cbox is not for personal conversations, nor are we qualified to be your psychologist. If it's not something that everyone could participate in, please take it to PMs or IMs.
★ Bullying/harassment is never tolerated and will result in a temporary cbox ban if necessary. Repeated attempts will result in a permanent ban and removal from the site as that is not the sort of behavior we allow or condone on TNI.
★ If you feel you have been mistreated, address it with a member of staff. We’re here to resolve issues and protect members and no one should ever feel targeted or unwelcome.
★ In addition, there are certain things that should be avoided in the chat box, which are outlined here.
★ Applications must be completed within SEVEN days. If you have a personal issue, talk to the staff. If the form isn’t completed in seven days and we don't hear from you, we’ll automatically archive your application. The Character Creation Guide can help you get a full grasp of your character as you write it, and the Application Guide details every part of the application and what's expected. The application itself is available here and must be posted in the Apply forum.|
★ For the face claim: faces must be of actors, musicians and models only and represent the appropriate age of your character. Please do NOT use significant faces from the HP movies and stay away from youtubers, myspace, facebook, porn stars, etc. Also, keep the images tasteful. This means nothing overly lewd or sexual should be used in your avatars or signatures. This thread has more details regarding Face Claims.
★ Avatars/Signatures for Characters Under the Age of Consent (16): Do NOT sexually objectify your underage character. Yes, the playby you selected might be 18+ with some risqué images that are fun to play with, but the fact remains that the character themselves is underage. If your clothes look like a good breeze would cause a wardrobe malfunction, it’s inappropriate, if they’re in just their underwear, it’s inappropriate. This isn’t just for the girls, either. Let’s not oversexualize our young boys, either. If they’re under sixteen, please, let’s avoid any “beefcake” shots. If you’re unsure if something you’re wanting to use is appropriate or not, please contact a member of staff.
★ Plagiarism is not tolerated and will result in denial.
★ Most applications, particularly those of new members, will be marked 'Pending' and a PM will be sent regarding changes. This is a normal part of the process.
★ If you have trouble with the coding, ask us! If you have sections written in Word, for example, we'll happily add the information to the code for you!
★ We have ratio restrictions for certain things. ABILITIES: 1:3 (1 character with an ability, three without.) PUREBLOODS: Same as abilities.
This means that for each pureblood and character with an ability you will need to make three without if you are wanting another. This is to keep the balances as realistic as possible.
|In Character Posts|
★ All posts must be in past tense, third person perspective. Example: "He walked into the room." instead of "I walk into the room."|
★ Timeframe is posted beneath the banner. We will change the month of the board on or around the first of every month, so plots don't stagnate. Please pay attention and attempt to have your character behave in a manner appropriate for the year and month in which the RP is currently taking place in. Your char may go streaking through Hogsmeade in January if he so chooses, but be prepared for certain bits of his anatomy to drop off from frostbite. Also, it is expected that your roleplay take place within the month that the board is currently in. No working ahead, kids, it gets confusing. The exception is any AU rping or rping to showcase something that happened in the past. Both cases should be written in the Time Turner forum.
★ No god-moding. You can’t control any character other than your own. Characters are not all-powerful and must behave within reason. Always ask permission and communicate clear boundaries.
★ No meta-gaming. You can’t use OOC knowledge in IC posts.
★ We don't have a strict word-count, but keep to a minimum of 100 words. Give your partner something to work with! 400 word posts can be brilliant, and are always better than 1200 word posts that contain 1000 words describing a wand.
Especially for characters in positions such as Professors/Brotherhood/Aurors it's important to put your best foot forward.
★ Everyone should be able to give at least two roleplaying posts a week, unless they've stated that they’re away for a while in our Absentee List. Try not to keep your partner waiting too long for a reply.
★ If you're participating in a group thread, keep an eye on it and post when it's your turn to keep it fair for the others involved.
★ If you are using sensitive/mature matters in a thread, be sure to tag it as per the Graphic Content guidelines.
★ SEX: We're an adult site and so, yes, sex happens. We don't want every thread you're in to be a sexual one though and if you're writing smut ONLY then you'll be given a warning. While sex is a lot of fun and a part of life, it's not all this site is about. Character development, moving a story forward, these are good reasons to write a sex scene. Because you're sexually frustrated and need an outlet is NOT.
We know you can't always foresee where a thread may go, but there's so much more to character development and relationships than sex.
Be wary of realism. Adults can easily get away with having relations, but they still have to be careful about where. Students are far more restricted. Sex in dorms, in common rooms, classrooms, etc will most likely have your character in deep trouble. Use common sense!
★ Babies/Children: If your upcoming plot involves your character having, adopting, or otherwise obtaining a child, and your character is an ADULT, then you are free to do so. If your character is still SCHOOL AGED, you are required to submit that plot to admin for approval. In RP as in life, children are a big step. With most of our site situated at a school, this makes things even more serious. If you are wanting a STUDENT pregnancy, you will have to be prepared for the severity of the situation and MUST seek admin approval. Having a baby is not something to take lightly and there will be consequences, including the possibility of being pulled out of school. Regardless of the scenario, BOTH parties involved have to agree to it.
★ Characters are not their writers and will behave differently. However, each writer should keep in mind the Comfort Level Worksheet of the person they are writing with.
|Info for student characters|
★ TNI canon has all tunnels/passages into and out of Hogwarts sealed.|
★ The Hogwarts School Rules are detailed here.
★ Sexual misconduct is strictly forbidden on Hogwarts' grounds and will result in severe punishment. This thread has more information regarding underage sexual behavior.
★ Magic practiced within the halls of Hogwarts should exercise good judgement. Any disruptive behavior will be punished. For what spells a student knows/learns each year, please refer to the Spell List. Magic outside of one's ability will be dangerous to everyone involved.
★ Each House has a Quidditch team and we do hold regular Quidditch games for the students in the form of trivia. The Quidditch Rules are available here.
|Info for adult characters|
★ Abilities may only be used if they have been accepted via the Master Sign-Up.|
★ Be realistic with behavior and portrayals.
★ The Job Directory can help you choose a profession and understand what is required for said profession. Professional Quidditch is detailed within this thread.
|General Site Conduct|
★ Respect your fellow members; do not harass them on the board (including begging for posts) and do not engage in extraboard harassment. If two members have personal conflicts (from other sites or history), these conflicts are expected to remain OFF of The Next Incantation site, including PM. OOC nonsense can get you banned from the site, I won't have it.|
★ Respect staff; listen and do what you are told the first time. If you have a question or have found a bug and wish to notify the staff, please feel free to do so quietly. In addition, if there is a problem/conflict between you and the staff, I promise to conduct myself professionally, talk things out with you in an appropriate private setting, and not discuss my position with others who are not involved. I expect the same from you.
★ If someone has an issue or questions with the board, including newbies, politely help them as best as you can. If the member behaves inappropriately, warn them; if they persist, send the webmaster and any available staff member a message detailing the name, date, and actions of the offender. Screenshots and documentation are always good backup (though not infallible for obvious reasons).
★ No netspeak please. It reflects badly upon you and I know you can do better. Shameful content like discrimination or ad hominem attacks are not tolerated.
★ Finish what you start; don't leave threads languishing in limbo while other people's characters are trapped there. If you start a plot, you should either finish it OR hand it off to another willing player for THEM to finish it however they want. If you do abandon a major plot point and leave another character hanging, they have the express right to make up what happened with the plot. Please do not whine if this happens.
★ Metagaming: Don't do it. Metagaming means taking advantage of what you, the player, know about game mechanics and other players and characters. What you know and what your characters know are different. Your character's access to information is necessarily narrower than yours; don't abuse your personal knowledge in order to place your character in a "better" position. It's poor gamesmanship and just plain boring. No one loves someone who wins all the time.
★ Character Limit: We have NO LIMIT on the number of characters any one member may play, but you will be expected to be active with ALL and we ask that you will have made at least 15 posts with your previous character before making another. People get attached to characters, and when those characters get neglected, it affects the flow of the board and the RP. If any character is simply neglected, you will not be approved to "fill the slot" with another. If you are clearly unable to handle four or more, you will only be permitted to play what you can conceivably handle. Any questions on this, feel free to seek out an Admin.
Any of the following behaviors will have you immediately banned. There are no second chances.
★ Harassment: Making repeated attacks on another member or staffee. These include attacks on a member's property (i.e. computer, home, etc.), their person (threatening messages, stalking, excessive insulting, et al), or their intellectual properties (coding, sites, games, traditional arts, etc.).
★ Libel: Publishing false statements damaging to a person's reputation.
★ Misrepresentation: Deliberately publishing false information in the aim of misleading the general public.
★ Cracking: Maliciously hacking into The Next Incantation site and its properties or its friends in order to steal, destroy, or alter without the owner's consent.
★ Plagiarism: Misrepresenting another's works as your own in violation of copyright or stealing another's works before copyright can be verified.
★ Impostering: Posing as or stealing someone else's identity in order to mislead others and destroy reputations.
★ Spamming/Flooding: Posting useless, inappropriate, or misplaced content; reposting the same information continually. This tends to piss people off, so don't do it.
★ Signatures should be no more than 500x250|
★ Avatars are 250x400, hover images can be any size, but square so they resize correctly.
★ Photos only. No drawings or anime.