The Official "FRP" Guide

The Official “FRP” Guide

This document will consist of all the guidelines that fall under “Fail Role-Playing,” with respect to common sense, statements by the founders, and the Roblox Terms of Service. Updates to this document may occur at any given time without notice. It is expected for each individual to understand the basics of “FRP” prior to participating within Stapleton County.


Table of Contents

I. Definition
II. Avoidance
III. Basic Guidelines
IV. Use of Media Content as Evidence
V. Exceptions
VI. Enforcement


Definition

Fail Roleplaying is an event surrounding an action that your character commits that is not probable. For example, if your character is locked in a police cruiser, your character does not have the ability to break out of their handcuffs and the cruiser. Thus, leaving the cruiser would result in “Fail Roleplaying.” All players within the game should respect the appropriate guidelines.


Avoiding FailRP

The best way to avoid Fail Roleplay is to always stay in character and being realistic. You should be aware of your character and your boundaries, attempting your best to avoid exceeding said boundary.


Basic Guidelines

  1. Metagaming
    Metagaming is the act of a character receiving information that would not have been possible in the actual world. For example, if the player sees someone an item in secret to another person via a live stream on twitch or any other streaming platform, the player would then have to act as if they never have seen such an item while in-game. Thus, their actions should not depend on what they have seen on the stream.

    If an individual releases his name to another individual, then the use of the leaderboard or any outside source to match the individual is allowed. If the individual was identified through a vehicle license plate or any other means of in-game tools, the use of leaderboard or any outside source to match the individual is allowed. However, going through the leaderboard to match an individual who is evading is not permitted. This is considered as “random searching” that would not have been possible in a real world situation.

Exceptions: If an individual is constantly being harassed by another individual (i.e. Obvious Attention Seeking) and there is no way to tell an individual’s name without looking at the player list, then looking at the player list or any other source to find out the individual’s information is allowed. However, if a criminal is role-playing and an officer or another individual is unable to identify the suspect, they should not look at the player list or any other source to identify the individual. Should the suspect immediately halt role-playing, then looking at sources to identify the suspect is allowed.

  1. Power-playing
    Power-playing is the act of controlling another character without their consent. For example, your character is not able to force another character to do such an action, such as “your character trips over the banana.” This ruins roleplay for the other player, thus should be avoided at all costs.

    Players are recommended to follow along most power-playing attempts so long they are not intrusive or ridiculous. The enhancement of roleplay comes when both parties are willing roleplaying with each other that does not cross any boundaries.

  2. Self-harm
    In accordance to the Roblox Terms of Service, your character does not wield the power to inflict self-harm. This means that you are not able to commit suicide by falling off the bridge, or by another other means.

Exceptions: Your character is able to alter their state-of-mind by incorporating depression, anxiety, or other. However, they may not lead to self-harm.

  1. Vehicular Operations
    Generally, when your vehicle is flipped during an action (e.g. pursuits), the entire action halts. The officer would have to leave the pursuit for a certain amount of time, should they be flipped. The citizen would have to continue roleplay with their vehicle flipped without flipping it back upright. If an officer’s vehicles flips during a pursuit, they should use reasonable and fair judgement on the cooldown time before rejoining the pursuit. They have the ability to confirm with the moderators on the definition of reasonable and fair. Other vehicular actions should be followed through and can not be reverted.

Exceptions: If a vehicle has been flipped due to an individual purposely glitching, they wield the power to flip their vehicle upright and continue with the action.

  1. Glitching
    Glitching is the act of exploiting bugs that were unintended for gameplay. For example, to view inside a building, an individual is able to use the shift-lock glitch on a brick to see the interior of such a building that would not be visible without. This is disallowed and considered as “Fail Role-Playing.”

  2. New Life Rule (NLR)
    New Life Rule does not exist within Stapleton County under the Founder’s orders. Whatever action you did in the past sticks with you permanently. It is recommended that actions that occur within the server stay in the server, unless otherwise being prosecuted or other forms of roleplay outside of the server. An example of such would include BOLOs.

Exceptions: Law Enforcement Officers may choose to not pursue a suspect after they have died, whether it is the officer or the suspect that died. However, should they choose to continue pursuing the suspect, that is allowed. It is not an obligation of the officer to pursue the suspect after a death, should they choose to maintain realism.

  1. Spawn-Killing
    Intentionally hunting players loading in and/or on spawn is forbidden. Should the individual have the infinity sign above their head (to dictate forcefield), that means they have just spawned and/or loading into Stapleton County.

  2. Logging
    This action results in an immediate ban. If you are being detained by an officer, you are obligated to remain in the server until the officer has completed their respective action. Leaving during the detainment process will result in an immediate ban.

Exceptions: If you disconnect from the server, be sure to immediately notify the officer and a game moderator that was arresting you. You will be required to send a photo or video evidence of your disconnection.

  1. Obvious Attention Seeking
    Typically criminals want to gain the attention of an officer by purposely ramming into an active crime scene, or doing donuts in front of an officer. This is unrealistic as ramming into an active crime scene in most cases would disable your vehicle. You should attempt to find other ways that do not cause annoyance to individuals around you and respect realism.

    Stalking an officer during their movements, such as pursuits or traffic stops, is considered as attention-seeking. Unless it is causing server disturbance, officers should attempt to prosecute said individuals in-game.

Exceptions: Dialing 911 to gain the attention of the law enforcement is allowed. Spamming the 911 system however will not be tolerated.

  1. Fear RolePlay
    Per the orders of the Founder, Fear Roleplay (FearRP) does not exist between citizens and public employees. Kidnapping or controlling an officer or other public employees based on fear, such as holding them at gun point or other means necessary, is prohibited.

Exceptions: FearRP between two civilians is permitted granted both parties are role-playing appropriately.

  1. Spawn Arresting
    Spawn arresting is forbidden. Officers should grant individuals a decent amount of time to load into the game and move around prior to chasing them for an arrest. Should the individual have the infinity sign above their head (to dictate forcefield), officers are forbidden from arresting them. It is metagaming (#1) to identify an individual that is loading in with their name shown above their head. All players load in with their name hidden, but the server takes time to physically hide their name.

Exceptions: If the individual has reset to avoid arrest or logged to avoid arrest, this protection does not apply to them.

  1. Scene Disruptions
    Stapleton County v2 attempts to achieve the maximum possible aspect of roleplaying. Disrupting active roleplaying scenes for the sole purpose of pure enjoyment and annoyance is prohibited. However, roleplaying scene disruptions in respect to your character is permitted, so long it does not harm gameplay. Individuals often times will randomly shoot public employees for pure enjoyment without any benefit. This is considered as scene disruption and can be subject to moderation. However, if the individual that is shooting premeditated their actions with due reason, it is permitted. Scene Disruptions are purely up to the officer’s standpoint and the game moderation team, depending on prior history of the user and the actions of said user.

Use of Media Content as Evidence

Our intention is to allow the community to freely live-stream or record themselves playing Stapleton County v2. Allowing the legal system to prosecute individuals who stream their crimes for entertainment purposes will push away streamers and youtubers out of the community, hence the creation of this regulation.

Criminals who livestream or record their actions on Twitch, YouTube, or any other platform may not be used as evidence for prosecution within the justice system. However, if the author of the media permits the use of said media, then the legal system may use said media for prosecution purposes. However, said permission may not be retracted unless the individual deletes or edits the content, which they may get prosecuted for tampering with (if permitted).

Public Employees have the same right as criminal when it comes to use of evidence during prosecution. However, public employees within the State of Firestone may be punished accordingly by their Department Head(s) with their media as evidence, whether the original author permits or not. However, the media may only be used in courts if the author permits, the same regulation as stated above for criminals.

It is expected that Public Employees do not misuse this regulation and any intentional misuse permits the courts and their department head(s) to use said media whether permission was granted or not. Any media content can be used for expungement cases, but the author of the media can not be prosecuted whether the expungement passes or fails, unless the author gives explicit permission.

Game Moderator can take action(s) on any users breaking game regulations if the media shows said evidence. Permission is not needed from the author.


Exceptions

  1. If a game developer is testing something out, they are to be considered as players that are not actively roleplaying, unless they so choose to decide to roleplay. If they explicitly mention that they are testing something, then the individual is unable to perform any action on any other player and vice versa. Developers will always attempt to do their testing sessions that does not interrupt gameplay.

  2. If a player is exploiting the game, then they are to be treated as if they do not exist within the game. Their actions breaks every role-playing guidelines in existence.


Enforcement

Most fail-roleplaying actions are enforced by the law enforcement agencies within the game. Violations of a bigger scale (such as Logging) are enforced by Game Moderators. Typically, if there is a clear breach of “FRP,” both parties should ignore such an action and return to what they were doing previously. In extreme cases however, the officers have the ability to arrest or the game moderators have the ability to kick or ban.

“Cuff-rushing” is not allowed except under certain circumstances. Those circumstances only include the following: If the user continuously logs on the officer but they are unable to cuff them in-time; if the user continuously seeks attention and leaves the scene upon pursuit; if the user continuously fail roleplays and the officer is unable to grab them appropriately; or if the user is glitching and/or exploiting the game.

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