The Official Gameplay Guide

The Official Gameplay Guide

This document consists of most gameplay guidelines for Stapleton County. Updates to this document may occur at any given time without notice. It is expected for each individual to understand the basics of appropriate roleplay prior to participating within Stapleton County.


Table of Contents

I. Definitions
II. Avoidance
III. Basic Guidelines
III. Specific Scenario Guidelines
V. Use of Media Content as Evidence
VI. Exceptions
VII. Enforcement
VIII. Contesting a Moderation


Definitions

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 if no other form of identification was used. 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 stop 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.

  1. 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. If a civilian’s vehicle has flipped during a pursuit, they are unable to flip back up. If an officer’s vehicle has flipped during a pursuit, they may begin flipping their vehicle after they are about to lose sight of the suspect’s vehicle. If the suspect’s vehicle is within sight and is no longer able to keep driving (flat tires, boxed in, or otherwise), the officer should not flip their vehicle upright until the scene is over. 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. Non law enforcement and civilian vehicles such as Department of Transportation and other public employee vehicles are able to be flipped back upright as long as it is not involved within a roleplay scene.

  1. Glitching
    Glitching is the act of exploiting unintended bugs. 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.”
  1. New Life Rule (NLR)
    New Life Rule does not exist within Stapleton County. Any action you did in the past sticks with you permanently. It is recommended (but not required) 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/Arresting
    Intentionally hunting or arresting 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. Should the individual have loaded into the game for the first time (and have a warrant for an arrest), the officer should prevent from immediately going to the suspect and waiting prior to arresting. They should allow the suspect to leave the dealership and begin their gameplay prior to attempting to deliver the arrest warrant. 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. Officers are allowed to handcuff an individual who has spawned after a death while actively evading an officer.
  1. 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. Upon Death, one is expected to continue running from Law Enforcement Officers. They are unable to leave until they have successfully evaded and lost the officers for a reasonable amount of time (5 minutes or more). Should an individual have lost an officer during a pursuit, they should wait around 5-10 minutes before leaving the server. The waiting process should not happen during driving, rather during when the vehicle is stopped and you remain in a certain area. Losing an officer includes but is not limited to, escaping sight from any peace officer involved in a chase against you, escaping sight of a peace officer air support that is tracking you, or thereof.

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, as long as the location is provided, whether false or not. Spamming the 911 system however will not be tolerated.

  1. Fear Roleplay
    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. FearRP between two civilians is permitted as long as both parties involved are willing to be involved in the roleplay.
  1. Scene Disruptions
    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.
  1. Dealer Camping
    Detaining or arresting an individual for interacting with any illegal dealers is prohibited. However, officers can use this interaction to try and follow them to get a different probable cause to pull them over and initiate the search. Interaction with the dealers should not be a reason for BOLOs or other targetted means. Even if the individual is next to Paws upon the arrival of an officer, the officers still are unable to detain or search the individual until a probable cause is established. Being near or interacting with any of the dealers is not considered probable cause. Taking a weapon out in order to refill ammo is considered interacting with a dealer and may not be used as probable cause. However, taunting a nearby officer and not actually refilling ammo may be used as probable cause and is no longer considered dealer camping. Taunting is defined as willingly taking out a gun and pretending to refill ammo while talking to or attempting to get the attention of a nearby officer.

Specific Scenario Guidelines

These specific guidelines are put in place for incidents that generally are unable to fall into any categories listed in basic guidelines. This applies for only Stapleton County V2 and not Stapleton County V3.

  1. Punching Mechanics
    Stapleton County has a punching mechanism that is prone to abuse. Punching individuals within vehicles that do not have broken windows while standing outside is prohibited. Until the punching mechanics allow for breaking of windshields, individuals should attempt to prevent punching people sitting in vehicles. If an individual being punched enters their vehicle in an attempt to use this rule against them, this will not protect them from being punched in their vehicle.
  1. Boats
    With intent, boats are able to be brought on land and driven around. This is prohibited no matter what.
  1. Vehicle Usage
    With Roblox physics, it is possible for an individual to stand on top of the car, whether inside or on the hood, and move away with the vehicle. This is commonly referred to as “vehicle surfing.” This is prohibited and should be avoided. Should the vehicle they are standing upon begins to drive away, they should exit the car immediately and roleplay from that point onwards, whether it is laying down for a medical RP or just walking away. Running away from a crime by jumping on top of a moving car then trying to sit down is prohibited and may result in moderation.

    During a shootout, individuals are not allowed to run through the vehicle to avoid being shot at or tased. In most common situations, this is mostly unintentional. The person should try their best to avoid it and may be given a warning. Repetitive actions of running through vehicles during shootouts or tasering attempts will result in moderation.

  1. Wall Shooting
    Wall shooting should be avoided at all costs. During shootouts, a part of your body must be within line of sight to the target you are shooting at. Repetitive acts of wall shooting may result in moderation against the player.
  1. Spike Strips
    Spike strips should only be used during pursuits in an attempt to stop the vehicle from driving any further. They should not be used to stop a vehicle from driving away (i.e. placing in front of a vehicle during a traffic stop or thereof) and may result in moderation.
  1. Tools in Vehicles
    It is possible to glitch your backpack to view your tools in the driver seat of any ground vehicle. Use of tools while driving is prohibited. However, using a radar gun while stopped in your vehicle is permitted as long as you unequip as you start driving. Using a radar gun or any tool while flying a helicopter (being a pilot) is prohibited no matter what.
  1. Placeables
    All placeables within the game are to be used for the purposes they are given for. They should not be used as cover during a shootout or thereof.
  1. Public Transportation Crimes
    Crimes within public transportations (buses and other transit vehicles) are prohibited. However, if the operator of said transportation is permitting roleplay with an individual for an appropriate scenario, it is permitted so long the administration of the operator’s company allows it. All drivers should consult with their supervisors prior to organizing roleplays involving crimes on a transit vehicle for public transportation.
  1. Shootouts
    During a shootout, officers are expected to not use their tasers to end a shootout and arrest an individual.

Use of Media Content as Evidence

Our intention is to allow the community to freely live-stream or record themselves playing Stapleton County. 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 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. If the author is attempting to contest the consequences of their actions due to their self-published media in court, they must permit the use of their media as evidence in court. If they decline to use their media as evidence, they may not contest their consequences in court.

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 Co-Founder+ or above 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. Co-Founders+ will always attempt to do their testing sessions that do 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.


Contesting a Moderation

If you feel that you have been unfairly moderated, you may submit a ban appeal with your explanation. Often times than not, you are able to approach a game moderator in an attempt to figure out what you did wrong and what can be fixed. Targeting and harassing game moderators will not only diminish your chances at a successful appeal, but may result in loss of reputation with little to no chance of future appeals. Game moderators exist to help maintain integrity of the game and are more than willing to assist individuals with their concerns. Should you have a complaint about a game moderator, feel free to approach a Co-Founder with respect to your concern. You should have evidences of your primary concern prior to approaching a Co-Founder about your complaint.

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