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  1. h1. FOIP
  2. This is one of the channel ((Rules))
  3. (Perspective is from the point of view of ((~Aquarion)) unless otherwise
  4. indicated)
  5. FOIP(Find Out In Play) is the concept that you shouldn't find out in
  6. downtime information that would affect your character's behaviour in up
  7. time. Maelstrom's system is heavily biased towards the view that you
  8. shouldn't share in-character information. My interpretation of how the FOIP
  9. rules work on IRC - a medium where we don't have the benefit of choosing
  10. not to read aspects of the community that look dangerous - is that stuff up
  11. on the website, or in the Almanac, or about the _existence_ of other
  12. peoples' characters is not FOIP. Anything about *your* character's views
  13. and affiliations isn't banned either, but do not wax lyrical about the
  14. Eidolon Toasterface's conversion to the Jaguar's "Cheese" totem, even if
  15. "Everybody knows". Maelstrom is big enough that "Everybody knows" is going
  16. to be incorrect, and if it means that the last group of Huntress followers
  17. being corrupted by Toasterface's twisted soul now know he isn't loyal
  18. anymore, you've spoilt someone's game. That's characters.
  19. -True names of any character not played by you are always banned, whether
  20. +*True names of any character not played by you are always banned*, whether
  21. they're pinned up in the bar, painted in six foot letters onto GOD or
  22. belonging to "retired" characters. Again, I don't care if "Everyone knows",
  23. you should remember that there's a huge information wall between large
  24. sections of the player-base. Even when one group of people _went around the
  25. entire site_ making sure everyone knew someone's true name, it wasn't
  26. -universal. No True Names. Even dead/retired character's ones, for reasons
  27. -starting with "how sure are you that they're retired" and diverting very
  28. -quickly into stuff I'm not going to explain. FOIP :)
  29. +universal. *No True Names*. Even dead/retired character's ones, for
  30. +reasons starting with "how sure are you that they're retired" and diverting
  31. +very quickly into stuff I'm not going to explain. FOIP :)
  32. Game element FOIP is more complicated. Personally, I think some of the FOIP
  33. around how some things work gets to the level of being silly, which is why
  34. I will tend not to step in and say "Step away from that, please" unless
  35. someone actively mentions - on channel or in query - that the current
  36. discussion is in danger of spoiling their game. Again, things you think are
  37. "universal" are decidedly not. For example, one of Maelstrom's strong areas
  38. is the in-game currency. Not just because a LARP system with this many
  39. currencies - all produced with such glorious physreps as to spoil all of us
  40. for other games - is a shining beacon, but also because there is no
  41. centralised conversion between currencies. How many schillings to the mark
  42. is fixed, but marks to florin is not and you're likely to get a different
  43. conversion rate from who you're speaking to depending on how much maths
  44. they want to do, how much they want/need the currency you're giving them
  45. and how much they like you. All this leads to a fluidity in the actual
  46. value of any items, including money itself, which brings slight confusion,
  47. and therefore Quality Role Play and fun to the player base. A minor thing,
  48. but a thing none-the-less.
  49. But, to repeat, outside stuff that's obviously FOIP, my tendency at least
  50. (and it goes without saying that this doesn't apply to Sal, Delvy,
  51. Lampstand or anyone else who gets ops) is to start stamping on people only
  52. if someone has mentioned that the current subject is spoiling their game.
  53. If it looks like that line is drawn arbitrarily, it's simply because that's
  54. what has been complained about. One day, the person whose game I'm
  55. defending could be yours, so please don't be an arse about it.
  56. In general, please don't be an arse about it and respect other people's
  57. boundaries for FOIP, please.
  58. Rant over.
  59. -- Nicholas Avenell, UsuallyKA ((~Aquarion))

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