Rules

Introduction

The rules serve to protect our players from unfair gameplay and other annoyances. The rules are categorized into four sections: General, Social, Towny and Mumble Specific Rules.

The rules also apply on Mumble.

Some rules do not require any warning prior to punishment due to their severity.

The rules are explained below and they contain examples. Any attempt at getting around rules with loopholes or what not will result in a ban.


Content

  1. General Rules
    1. No Cheating, abusing glitches or any other form of exploiting game mechanics.
    2. Do not pollute the landscape (keep the map pretty).
    3. Do not grief or steal for the sake of causing grief (in town protected chunks).
    4. Do not evade punishments.
  2. Social Rules
    1. No NSFW content or anything related to it.
    2. Do not advertise.
    3. Do not spam.
    4. Do not scam.
    5. Do not harass other players.
    6. Don't be rude to others.
    7. English only in global chat.
    8. Publicly disclosing any personal information about a person without permission is not allowed.
    9. Impersonating staff members is not allowed.
    10. Encouraging somebody to break the rules is not allowed.
  3. Towny Rules
    1. No PVP in non-PVP areas.
    2. Shell towns are not allowed.
    3. If you have multiple accounts, all of them must be in the same town.
    4. Switching accounts during war is not allowed.
    5. Do not block the flag during warfare.
  4. Mumble Specific Rules
    1. Recording a player without their permission is not allowed.
    2. Annoying others through playing unwanted videos through Mumble DJ is not allowed.
    3. Lurking is not allowed.

General Rules

1.1.

1.1. No Cheating, abusing glitches or any other form of exploiting game mechanics.

Explanation

You should play the game as intended and you should not make use of hacks or glitches to play the game in an unintended way.

Clarification

  • Do not use obvious cheats such as fly and speed hacks.
  • If you find out about a glitch or bug, report it to staff immediately and do not continue abusing this glitch or bug.

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1.2.

1.2. Do not pollute the landscape (keep the map pretty).

Explanation

The landscape should remain attractive to everyone visiting our server, thus builds need to make sense in some way. Creating builds which promote unfair gameplay is not allowed either.

Clarification

  • Do not build sky bases or ocean bases (builds that float in the sky or on the water).
  • If you want to build a base in the sky or on the ocean, make sure that it is either structurally fixed to the ground or makes sense in the context of the build.
  • You are allowed to create transport animals or vehicles (for example sky bison, planes or boats), as long as you do not abuse this build.
  • You are allowed to modify landscape (for example creating ponds or mountains) as long as you keep the landscape nice and tidy.

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1.3.

1.3. Do not grief or steal (in town protected chunks).

Explanation

Griefing (including stealing) from a town is not allowed. It's an overall negative attitude and is a huge annoyance for the victims.

Clarification

  • All builds, chest contents and other contents in Towny protected chunks is protected, whether it is against stealing or griefing. This means that you are not allowed to take anything from a town or plot without permission of the owner of that town or plot.
  • Builds which are not protected under Towny, but serve for a public purpose (for example Saito Railways) are automatically considered under protection and are protected under this rule as well, even if they are not claimed under Towny.

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1.4.

1.4. Do not evade punishments.

Explanation

If you are banned, there is a reason for it. You should wait out your ban duration or file in a ban appeal if you feel like your ban was unjustified.

Clarification

  • This includes using other accounts (alts) to access our services as well.
  • In some cases you may be banned from one service only (for example only from the Mumble or only from the Server). In this case, you are allowed to access the service(s) which you are not banned from.

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Social Rules

2.1.

2.1. No NSFW content or anything related to it.

Explanation

Underaged players are frequently on the server and they should not immediately exposed to NSFW content. NSFW in this context means "not safe for work", translation: nudity, pornography or profanity.

Clarification

  • This can take many forms: dick builds, writing erotic things in global chat, linking to porn websites, etc.
  • You are allowed to communicate NSFW in private chats, such as local chat (/l), private messages, (/msg <name>), town chats (/tm) and nation chats (/tn) as long as there are no complaints.
  • Innocent forms of "fuck" or "shit" are still allowed, as long as the chat stays civil.

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2.2.

2.2. Do not advertise.

Explanation

Advertising is not nice, it really looks ugly on the server towards the general public and is considered spammy.

Clarification

  • Advertisement is defined as messages intended for the promotion of non-server related goods or services.
  • Links to non-Minecraft server related websites is fine, as long as the website itself is not malicious or the content on the page is not directly related with the aforementioned promotion.
  • You are able to contact a moderator or admin in case you do want to promote non-server related goods or services. It is then up to the moderator or admin's discretion to allow this or not to allow this.

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2.3.

2.3. Do not spam.

Explanation

The ingame chat and Mumble need to remain clean as there is no need for unnecessary clutter.

Clarification

  • Spamming is defined as (a repetition of) unwanted messages.
  • Messaging only in caps-lock can be considered as spamming as well.

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2.4.

2.4. Do not scam.

Explanation

Scamming is an unfair act in trading. When a trading deal is made, the rules of trading must be respected and both parties must receive their end of the deal.

Clarification

  • You can ask a moderator or admin to assist you with the trade if you are unsure about a trade. The moderator or admin will then function as a middleman.
  • Tea leaf locations are publicly available by asking in global chat for free. If you attempt to sell this information instead of providing it for free, you are automatically breaking this rule.

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2.5.

2.5. Do not harass other players.

Explanation

Players need to feel at comfort on the server or on mumble at all times, no matter what their characteristics, religion or origin are.

Clarification

  • Harassment is considered any general offense that directly targets a specific player or a group of players due to reasons such as: religion, skin color and their origin (country) etc.
  • This rule also includes other largely influenced annoyances as: repeating something the player said in the past just to annoy that player, making fun of a player because of his opinion, etc.

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2.6.

2.6. Don't be rude to others.

Explanation

Players should be able to feel at home when playing on the server or when communicating on Mumble. Rude behaviour does thus not belong here.

Clarification

  • This rule also includes intentionally spoiling movies, shows, series, games, comics etc. to players who have not viewed it yet.

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2.7.

2.7. English only in global chat.

Explanation

The official server language is English and as nearly everybody comprehends English, it leads to a clear communication with others. If players start talking in different languages, it leads to people feeling left confused and annoyed.

Clarification

  • You must talk English in global chat or continue with talking in your native language in local chat /l, private messages /msg, town members chat /tm or towny nation chat /tn.
  • If you are just toying around and are having fun, you will not be punished. However, when a moderator or admin requests you to stop, you should return to English immediately.

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2.8.

2.8. Publicly disclosing any personal information about a person without permission is not allowed.

Explanation

Players may share personal information with you with a sense of trust. If you leak this information out, this sense of trust is broken and you will be punished for doing so.

Clarification

  • The victim can request us to withdraw a punishment towards you if you break this rule.

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2.9.

2.9. Impersonating staff members is not allowed.

Explanation

You are not allowed to act like you are part of staff and misguide other players in the process of doing so.

Clarification

  • General guideline: just don't impersonate staff members, moderators or admins.

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2.10.

2.10. Encouraging somebody to break the rules is not allowed.

Explanation

If you encourage anybody else to break a rule, you become an accomplice and you will be punished for this reason.

Clarification

  • General guideline: just don't tell others to break rules.

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Towny Rules

3.1.

3.1. No PVP in non-PVP areas.

Explanation

You are not allowed to use displacement moves to move other players out of safe zones (their town, any city etc.).

Clarification

  • Safe zones are there for a reason, to keep players safe.
  • We request the victims to record footage of this happening or to alert a moderator or admin during the offense, due to the tracing difficulty of such offenses.

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3.2.

3.2. Shell towns are not allowed.

Explanation

Shell towns are considered to be towns that are used to solely serve for a town or nation advantage and they merely exist to teleport to, to store items, or for any other type of exploitation.

Clarification

  • Single member towns are allowed (even though they are often small and prone to exploitation), as long as it is clear that it does not serve the sole purpose of exploiting an advantage towards a town or nation.

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3.3.

3.3. If you have multiple accounts, all of them must be in the same town.

Explanation

All alts (alternative accounts) need to be in the same town as one player can only be in one town and alts are viewed as an extension of the account of a player.

Clarification

  • If you have had access to an alt in the past, but do not have access to an account anymore, please report it to a moderator or admin as this alt will then not be linked to you anymore, until you access it again.

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3.4.

3.4. Switching accounts during war is not allowed.

Explanation

This rule is set in place to prevent players to abuse the system to bend multiple elements at the same time or to change their element as to how the war would need it.

Clarification

  • You are bound to chosing a single account and thus a single element to fight the entire war with.
  • Therefore, switching accounts or logging on to multiple accounts at the same time during war is not allowed.

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3.5.

3.5. Do not block the flag during warfare.

Explanation

To make warfare more balanced for both parties, all players need to be able to access the flag. You are not allowed to build anything close to it or use bending to form walls around the flag.

Clarification

  • Players are not allowed to place or remove any blocks (including water or lava) within a 3x3 pillar, surrounding the flag, extending to the build limit.
  • This includes adjusting these blocks in any possible way, for example by bending.

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Mumble Specific Rules

4.1.

4.1. Recording a player without their permission is not allowed.

Explanation

This rule is similar to rule 2.8. Publicly disclosing any personal information about a person without permission is not allowed.

Clarification

  • If you want to start recording in a channel, request permission from the people in the channel to record.
  • If you have permission from everybody to record in the channel, use Mumble's own recording feature to record, so new people joining the channel are also aware of being recorded and can request you to stop recording.
  • If anybody requests you to stop recording, either move to a different channel with people you want to work with or stop recording.

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4.2.

4.2. Annoying others through playing unwanted videos through Mumble DJ is not allowed.

Explanation

You are not allowed to play YouTube videos on Mumble that annoy others.

Clarification

  • When you are requested to stop playing a song, you must stop playing that song and you should just listen to the song locally (on your own PC/Mac/laptop etc.) if you really want to.

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4.3.

4.3. Lurking is not allowed.

Explanation

You are not allowed to lurk in public channels as this puts others at discomfort.

Clarification

  • Lurking is defined as joining a channel merely to listen to others' conversations.
  • You must respond when a moderator or admin asks you something.
  • If you plan on going AFK, move yourself to the AFK channel or deafen yourself as that already provides enough indication for you being AFK.

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