Eldritch Code of Conduct
No illegal activity, per the laws of Washington state or federal law will ever be tolerated. There is no exception to this, and any such activity will be immediately reported to the proper authorities, and result in expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events.
The Eldritch team is committed to providing players with a safe environment, free of harassment, discrimination, bullying, griefing, and any other types of behavior that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive atmosphere. The following list of examples includes, but is not limited to, behaviors that will not be tolerated. These policies extend to the consumption of alcohol while on site. If you are overly intoxicated, you will be asked to exit play until such a time as you have returned to normal function. Exhibiting these behaviors will earn a player a documented Warning, though this is subject to the discretion of the Eldritch team and the player may receive expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events. The second time a player participates in any inappropriate behavior, it will result in guaranteed expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events. No refund in part or whole will be given to a player who has been removed from an event or events.
- Abusive and/or Disruptive Behavior
- Trolling and/or Baiting
- Unnecessary Roughness
- Sexual Harassment
- Blurring the Lines Between Out of Play and In Play
- Spreading Misinformation Out of Play
The possession and consumption of alcohol is permitted on site at Eldritch events. All sections and consequences of the Code of Conduct still apply while under the influence of alcohol. If you are overly intoxicated, you will be asked to exit play until such a time as you have returned to normal function.
Metagaming and Cheating
Metagaming is the use or application of information by a character that was not learned by their character, but by the player. It could be as innocent as a casual, Out of Play conversation they had with another player, for example. Intentional or not, the use of this information is a form of cheating and will earn a player a Warning. More than one Warning may lead to expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events and is subject to the discretion of the Eldritch team. Much of the content of Eldritch, plot or otherwise, is hidden, thereby making secret information a treasure in and of itself. We encourage you to do your best to not ruin unknown plot or content for other players by egregiously sharing this content. This same concept applies to the secret content of your fellow players.
Be Considerate and Respectful to Your Fellow Players
While we encourage conflict and drama within the context of game play, this should never come at the cost of Out of Play disenfranchisement or abuse of other members of the player community. All members of the player community should do their part to make sure every other player is having a great time. It is expected that players will check in with each other and be open, honest, and respectful of each other’s boundaries. If you are unsure if a fellow player is uncomfortable in an In Play or Out of Play situation, ask them. On the other side of that, if you are uncomfortable in a situation, speak up and let the other player know, or bring it to the attention of an Eldritch team member. If a player is found to be breaking this section of the Code of Conduct, it will result in expulsion of all current and future events of Eldritch. We will not tolerate an environment where players are disrespectful to one another.
Honor the Spirit of the Rules
While the Eldritch team has worked very hard to ensure that the rules and mechanics of the game cannot be taken advantage of in ways that were not intended, we are aware that it is difficult to find and fix every loophole. As such, we expect that our community will follow the “spirit” of the rules and mechanics. Eldritch was designed as a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) LARP. Therefore, if a player thinks that taking advantage of a rule in a certain way does not fit the intention of the rule, then they should not follow through with that action. If a player does not follow the spirit of the rules, intentionally or not, then they will receive a Warning from the Eldritch team. More than one Warning may lead to expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events and is subject to the Eldritch team discretion.
Honor the Hold
The “Hold” is a call that can be made by any player, at any time, when there is a potential serious safety issue. After the call is made, the player may find a staff member to further adjudicate the scene, or they may resume the scene when they decide they are ready to do so. After a player has called “Hold”, all other players in the scene must stop what they are doing and honor the Hold. They may not continue the scene while an Eldritch team member is located and they may not make attempts to coerce or persuade the caller of the Hold to continue the scene before they are ready. It is expected that players will follow the 4th section of the Code of Conduct, Be Considerate and Respectful to Fellow Players, especially during a Hold. If a player abuses the Hold or does not honor the Hold, they will receive a Warning. More than one Warning may lead to expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events and is subject to the Eldritch team discretion.
Be Respectful to Staff
The Eldritch team strives to provide a safe environment for the players and that safety should extend to the team itself. The same respect that we ask you to show your fellow players, we ask that you show to us. We expect that the 1st, 2nd, and 4th sections of the Code of Conduct be followed when interacting with Eldritch team members. If any of these sections are broken during a player’s interactions with an Eldritch team member, that player will either receive a Warning or be expelled from all current and future Eldritch events, subject to the section that was broken and the discretion of the Eldritch team. More than one Warning will lead to guaranteed expulsion from all current and future Eldritch events.
If you are banned from the game for any reason you will NOT be entitled to a refund of any monies paid in part or whole to Eldritch Workshop, L.L.C.