Riverside Opera Code of Conduct
- Personal Space – Personal space is an important part of Riverside Opera. Please respect player boundaries both in and out of character. All physical contact between players must be consensual. If your character would take an action that would require physical contact with another player, please narrate that action unless the other player has explicitly given you permission to touch them beforehand.
- Check In – Be mindful of other players and their out of character reactions to things happening in character and check in on them using the Ok Check-In mechanic as outlined here.
- No Harassment or Abuse – Riverside Opera is a safe and welcoming community. Harassment and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. Abuse—whether emotional, physical, or mental—will not be tolerated, either. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography, or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
- Drug and Alcohol Free Zone – All Riverside Opera events are to remain drug and alcohol free. Because of the nature of live action roleplaying games, intoxication can have a serious negative effect on the immersion and safety of all players involved. Unlike the rest of the Code of Conduct, the staff reserves the right to ban players who violate this rule upon a first offense.
- No Stunting, Prop Weapons, or Blood Drinking – For safety reasons, weapons or weapon props, stunting, blood drinking, and any other activity a staff member judges as potentially dangerous are not allowed at Riverside Opera. To reiterate: We do not condone any actual acts of “vampirism.” We are a roleplaying game.
- Respect the Venue – Whether the game takes place at a private residence or at another location, we are all guests, and we should treat the property with respect. That means putting out cigarettes in the proper disposal area, keeping the play space tidy, and not engaging in activity that may harm the property, its contents, or one of your fellow players.
- Respect the Staff – Do not attempt to act with the authority of the Narrator or Storyteller if you are not on the staff, which includes answering rules questions, adjudicating Challenges, or disciplining other players. All such matters should be brought to the staff to handle. Additionally, the people on staff are volunteers, giving their time and energy to provide free entertainment to everyone in the game. To that end, please be polite and patient with us. “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way.
- Law of the Land – While participating in Riverside Opera, all players and staff members are expected to abide by the law—including federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and statutes.
- Leave Drama at the Door – All out of character drama between players is to be left at the door. We understand that it can be difficult to do so, especially when emotions might run high in character, but Riverside Opera is supposed to be a break from these feelings, not a place to cultivate them.
- Metagaming and Cheating – Metagaming and cheating are not allowed at Riverside Opera. Metagaming is defined as, “Any out-of-character knowledge used to your character’s direct or indirect benefit in-character.” Cheating includes changing or falsifying what’s on your character sheet, lying to a member of the staff (out of character), using powers when your character is unable to pay their costs, etc.
If you see any player in violation of these policies, please report it to a staff member immediately.