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The rules in Cantr are enforced by the Players Department and set by the Game Administration Council. Note that the text below is not the authoritative representation of the rules, since this page can be edited by anyone.
"In the Land of Cantr where the Shadows lie. One Rule to rule them all..."
There is one rule that governs the interaction among the characters in Cantr II.
While each individual player is allowed to have multiple characters, those characters MUST be separate and distinct individuals. This has several ramifications for the game:
- Your characters are not automatically a family, a clan, a tribe, an army, a company, or so on - not necessarily even friends. They should have their own interests and goals. They should not know each other unless they happen to meet. If two of your characters interact, they should do so as though each were looking out for their own interests and goals - essentially, as though the other character were being played by a stranger. Describing your characters as a family, banding all of your characters together to form an army, or starting a character solely to produce goods or perform services for the benefit of another one of your characters (making a 'mule' character) are all violations of this aspect of the Capital Rule.
- Your characters do not automatically know what your other characters have seen or done. If you have a character in a city, that character should not know that there's been a revolution to overthrow the empress of another town and establish democracy until someone travels from the latter city to the first to spread the news, even if you have another character in the empress's city. Discussing events that happened elsewhere before the news has spread by in-game means is a violation of this aspect of the Capital Rule.
- Similarly, a multi-location organization should not exist without some member of the organization fairly traveling from one location to the other. ABC Corporation should not open offices in two cities, unless someone travels from one of the two to the other to open the second office. The creation of organizations should take place in the game - not among your personal characters, and not offline among your friends who also play.
- You should also refrain from organizing events with your friends, who also play Cantr, outside of the game. This, although it may be hard to catch, is considered cheating as it presents an unfair advantage to the other characters in Cantr.
- Your character should not have a background story describing the time before they spawned. They can have set personalities, and you can even have them act as if they have a back story, but this should not be made public to the other characters. If it is, your character will likely be treated as insane.
The Players Department is here to help with interpretation of the Capital Rule. If you're not sure if something you're about to do is a violation, ask first! If you think someone else is breaking the rule, the Players Department can investigate. The Department can be contacted by using the Contact Cantr II Departments form, which can be accessed through the main page or after you've logged in.
Although these do not fully capture the Capital Rule, a number of simple guidelines assist the Players Department in dealing with (likely) breaches:
- You are not allowed to have more than one character in the same organization.
- You are discouraged from having more than two characters on the same location.
- You are not allowed to ask friends out-of-character to help you with something in-character, or to quickly log in to help.
- You are not allowed to attack the same character by several of your own characters.
- You are not allowed to spread maps or other in-game information by out-of-character means, like your own website.
Although these rules help as simple guidelines, it should be emphasized that they do not replace the Capital Rule as such. The key is to understand the spirit of the Capital Rule, which is basically about roleplaying. When you play your characters, imagine diving into their skin, and think from their perspective. None of the actions of your characters should be on the basis of your knowledge as a player about other locations, fellow characters, or the history of the game, or on the basis of your communication with fellow players out-of-character. Play your character from his or her in-game experiences, with his or her in-game knowledge, and taking his or her in-game personality and interests in mind. There should be no difference between the interaction between your character and a perfect stranger and the interaction between your character and another character of yourself or of a friendly player.
Part of the capital rule is that you are not allowed to talk about any in-game developments on the forum or chat channel - or anywhere else, really - within the four days following the development. This is to avoid the spreading of news about upcoming attacks or exciting developments in the game before players have had a chance to experience these events through the eyes of their own characters.
Non-Consensual Sex Rule (NCS) Rule
The Game Administration Board has enacted a policy regarding the role-play of non-consensual sex (rape, sexual assault, etc.). A player that intends their character to force themselves upon another character MUST obtain the OOC consent of the player of the intended victim prior to role-playing the event. If consent is not obtained, then it cannot be role-played. If the attacker pursues the event without the victim's player's consent, then severe disciplinary action will be taken. A more detailed explanation can be found on the forum at http://forum.cantr.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19795&p=462215#p462215 .
Foreign Language Rule
Your character initially only knows the language that they spawned in. Characters can learn other languages provided that they are exposed to them in-game and role-play a learning process for at least forty days. This is prevents multilingual players from having too much of an advantage over players that only speak one language.
Cantr characters are human, or as human as they can be as dictated by the game mechanics. That still leaves a great deal open to interpretation by the players. This is not intended to start an inquisition against characters that may be considered human with exotic features (odd hair colors, deformities, genetic diseases, etc.) This is meant to give the PD a platform to stop 8-armed giants and other such extremes.