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Veritas Gaming Rulebook - Updated Feb/2016

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VERITAS GAMING RULEBOOK

 

 

'As human beings we are used to living within constraints, and the idea that the web is a place where they are not needed is a myth.
Communities need limits, and those limits need to be communicated, discussed and thoughtfully enforced.'

 

 

 

Veritas Gaming HQ operates on a basic 3 strikes you're out system, with an innocent until proven guilty approach.

We're all humans who make mistakes and leniency is there when needed.

 

  • A first time infraction of the rules and regulations for VGHQ members will result in a verbal warning.
  • A second offense of the same will be followed by a written warning to the offending member, with necessary staff present, and the offense noted and will likely include a temporary ban.
  • A third infraction of similar rules of conduct will result in a suspension and/or complete removal from the community.

 

Content Below:

  1. General Conduct
  2. Abuse of In-Game Mechanics
  3. Trolling, Scrutinizing, and Taunting
  4. Respecting VGHQ Structure
  5. Participation
  6. Signature Regulations

 

Veritas Gaming HQ, be that abbreviated VGHQ or VG, includes the community as a whole, servers, or services, run and self-governed by long-standing, dedicated members.

Any reference to Member(s), includes founding members, staff, and all website validated members.

 

 

1. General Conduct

 

 

All members will respect each other regardless of their origin, nationality, age, gender, race, religious beliefs or creed. The same level of respect is expected to be given to non-members or the general public.

All members will show dignity, self control, and integrity towards members and non-members alike. Any insults or lack of respect towards Veritas Gaming by non-members are to be ignored and left uncommented. We do not need to defend ourselves.

 

Any threat or attempt to do harm to a member of Veritas Gaming HQ, it's properties, or services will result in an immediate ban from the Veritas Gaming HQ community, and all other associated servers, or services. The security and safety of our members, website, and services is of the utmost importance to us.

 

No member will broadcast issues involving nudity, sexual content, racial, and/or any other adult content whether that be by images, text, or voice communications. Sending of these types of materials via private communication with other members, will be judged under Rule #3, Trolling, Scrutinizing, & Taunting. In short, if you are not friends with the member, don't risk offending them or you may face punitive actions. Any infraction of this basic rule will be dealt with on a case by case basis and can include a suspension and/or ban from the Veritas Gaming HQ community, it's servers and services.


There is a language filter in place on our website for words associated with cursing or the degradation of others. While we accept that 'accidents' happen, constant attempts to subvert or activate the language filter will not be tolerated.

 

Swearing is permitted when it comes to emphasis, but cursing is not. Any aggressive posturing, messages, or vocal abuse towards either a member of VGHQ or any member of the public will not be tolerated; neither will needless and/or excessive profanity.

 

In-Game communication, 'accidents', regarding language can happen and if done in such a context where it is clear no offense is intended a casual approach will be taken. However, repeated infractions will result in a warning and/or ban from the Veritas Gaming HQ community, it's properties, and services.

No member will question VGHQ Rules and Regulations or Policies in public. They are to speak to a member of staff through private message or make a post in the Idea-box sub-forum to issue their thoughts. Every member's opinion matters and is encouraged.
 

MeMe/GIF images are considered spam when used in excess and will not be tolerated.

 

Using caps lock to excess is not acceptable. The use of capitals for large amounts of text is destructive and can be viewed as being aggressive, offensive, or construed in a shouting attitude. Using all capitals just to emphasis something in one or two words is acceptable, but full sentences is not.

Sportsmanship is a mandatory requirement for all members.

 

 

2. Abuse of In-Game Mechanics (aka Hacking, Boosting, Cheating etc)

 

  • NO CHEATING or GLITCHING


Definition of a Cheat: any modifications to the platform or official games and associated files or any utilization of a program that is meant to alter the behavior of the game in a way that either gives an advantage to players using it or gives a disadvantage to players not using it.

Examples: invincibility, invisibility, unlimited resources, speed or money cheats

Definition of a Glitch: use of any behavior of the game that is either undocumented or unintended by the manufacturer/developer in order to increase their own personal performance or decrease the performance of others.

Examples: Gaining access to parts of the game unintended for players, manipulating game mechanics to synthesize a cheat such as unlimited ammo.

No members will cheat or glitch under any circumstances in a multi-player game. Single player games or campaigns do not apply.

Should credible accusations of cheating or glitching occur, the member will be subject to an investigation by VGHQ Staff. If found guilty, the member will be banned from Veritas Gaming HQ's website, servers, and associated services.
 

  • NO BOOSTING


Definition of a Boost: any act that increases one's own stats or one's teams stats through dishonest means.

Examples: Gaining experience (XP), achievements, or game completions by means not intended by the manufacturer/developer.

No member will attempt to increase his/her own stats (be it that Kill Death Ratio, Skill Level, Experience (XP), Resources, etc...) in a way contrary to the games intended means.

No member will pursue illegitimate ways of increasing his/her teams stats.
 

  • NO STAT PADDING


As in most situations your in-game stats are used as a marker of your skill and standing in-game.

 

No VG member is to 'stat pad'.

This includes but is not limited to: arranging artificial games with deliberately poor opposition to boost your in-game character/statistics; specifically playing objective based game modes with a view to 'farm kills' and no attempt to play the game as it is intended; manipulating your ping or connection to the game to gain an advantage over others.

Pulling out an Ethernet cable or otherwise deliberately terminating an internet connection on the conclusion of a losing game or accomplishment to conserve a win or other achievement is considered Stat Padding. If you are beaten in a game accept it, it happens.
 

  • NO HACKING

 

VGHQ has a zero tolerance policy regarding anyone who modifies their system or peripheral devices including controllers to give themselves a substantial in game advantage over other players. Simply stated as a cheat.

Definition of a Cheat: any modifications to the platform or official games and associated files or any utilization of a program that is meant to alter the behavior of the game in a way that either gives an advantage to players using it or gives a disadvantage to players not using it.

 

 

3. Trolling, Scrutinizing, and Taunting

 

 

  • Trolling

 

No member will deliberately troll, bait, or taunt another member(s), or a member of the public, in a way designed to cause that person certain distress.

 

There is a definitive line when it comes to online or In-Game trolling and taunting. We hope our members know the difference between a little bit of competitive taunting compared to deliberate disrespect for another person. Sometimes the nature of the trolling falls under Rule #1, General Conduct, or Taunting as explained below. Other times the gray area simply makes the community look bad. Please tread carefully.

 

  • Scrutinizing


With the exception of not playing as a team, or playing the game as intended, any member will not be scrutinized in their approach or style to playing a game. To call someone a "noob", "camper", or any other degrading names for the way they play or the In-Game assets they use is unacceptable. If it is obvious the person is playing the game incorrectly, kindly ask questions. It may be that they are unaware of the consequences of their actions. If you need help, ask a member of VGHQ staff.
 

  • Taunting


Taunting is defined as:

verb

1. to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.

2. to provoke by taunts; twit.

noun

3. an insulting gibe or sarcasm; scornful reproach or challenge.

4. an object of insulting gibes or scornful reproaches.

 

In-Game competitiveness can cause a bit of gloating and taunting of your opponent. However it is a touchy subject and should be avoided unless you're friends with the people you are taunting.

 

It can be fun at times to tease friends to get a rise out of them. Sometimes people play better with a bit of competition. But this is something that should only be done between close friends.

We will not except the excuse "I didn't know they would be offended." The onus is on you.

If you don't know the person, or if they will be offended, keep it to yourself!

 

 

4. Respecting VGHQ Structure

 

  • Skipping the Chain of Command

Here at Veritas Gaming HQ we use structure to create stability and consistency in our members, staff, and services. To ensure all members can carry out their volunteered responsibilities and duties as efficiently as possible, we have a chain of command or simple hierarchy we ask members to respect.

 

It is a very simple system. If you have an issue or problem you need to discuss with a staff member, take it to the person directly above you in the chain of command.

 

There are two exceptions to this rule:

 

1. If the issue poses an immediate risk of harm to Veritas Gaming HQ, it's properties, services, or any member. Example: a spam attack or someone posting excessively inappropriate content on the website. If this occurs take it to the nearest member of VGHQ Staff that has the ability to resolve the issue or can contact another staff member who can do so immediately.

 

2. If the issue or problem you are having pertains to the staff member in your immediate circle, (example: a problem with the leader of your lobby). In this case please speak with the staff member next up in the Chain of Command, their superior.

 

 

For the sake of keeping things extremely clear, VGHQ's Chain of Command acts as follows:

 

Members
Lobby Leader Assistants
Lobby Leaders
Division/Department Assistants
Division/Department Leaders
Administrators

 

  • Checking in for others

 

No member should make a check-in or registration post for another member or applicant. Posting a check-in post is not only used to allocate new members to the correct member groups, it has many other benefits including getting the member used to posting on the forums. This is the best place for new members to ask questions for directions when they first arrive. If they can't be bothered to be part of the forums, then they're not part of the community at large. Simple as that. Only one half of the community activity is in the games we play together. The other half is here, on our website in interaction with other members.

 

  • Vouching Regulations


VGHQ has a general age rule. If you can legally drive, you can become a member. Underage applicants can be "Vouched" for by a member with a VGHQ ATS rank of Corporal or above. A vouching post must be made before they apply or their account will be denied. The vouching member will then be responsible for the new vouched member's actions for the next 3 months. If the new vouched for member is deemed problematic, (example: causing arguments, disrupting lobbies), then the new member as well as the vouching member will receive warnings. The voucher will lose the ability to vouch for underage applicants for a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum of 1 year.

 

 

5. Participation

 

 

In order to keep an active community we have simple and minimal requirements of membership. Members who acquire ATS (Attendance Tracking System) points have minimum requirements to attain per month. Those who do not meet the ATS point participation minimums will be restructured as Community Members/Forum users. Every member must log into their VGHQ account at least once every 3 months. After 3 months of no activity, their accounts will be made inactive. The permissions of the account while be similar to that of a validated member. In order to have their account re-instated, they will need to make a check-in post to show their return. All accounts inactive for longer than 6 months, while be deleted.

 

 

6. Signatures

 

 

Website profile signatures are setup through your profile settings and will appear beneath all of your posts on the VGHQ forums. These signatures are subject to the following regulations in addition to the normal rules and regulations:
 

  • Signatures may not exceed 425 x 200 pixels (W x H)
  • Signatures must not contain any inappropriate images
  • You may have a combination of the following:

One signature image, AND/OR

2 lines of text

 

If your signature breaks any of these regulations it will be removed.
If you continually break the signature regulations or post a signature which is hugely in breach of the regulations you will be subject to a warning.

 

 

Veritas Gaming Staff


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