RPoL's Adult Games Policy
The following Adult Games Policy applies to RPoL. If you are running or participating in an Adult game on this site, you must understand and abide by this policy. By participating in an Adult game, you are responsible for upholding this policy, and failure to do so could result in loss of site privileges or access.
Note that this policy is the official, up-to-date policy. If any policy posted elsewhere on the site is different to this one, this is the one which holds precedence.
Questions and comments should be directed to Moderators using rMail.
Adult and Mature Ratings
Games on RPoL may be rated either Adult or Mature to signal that they are not suitable for all site users.
Mature games are games which have (as some minor portion of them) mature themes, strong language, drug use, and/or extensive violence. Mature games use the Mature Content flag to warn potential readers that some of the game material may be considered offensive. Despite this flag, Mature Games must remain suitable to all ages.
Adult games are games which have as part of their content graphic sex or graphic and gratuitous violence. Though their story and plot may be very strong and elaborate, they detail sex and/or gore in a way to which children and teens should not be exposed. Adult games are restricted in access to subscribers1
who are (1) of the age of majority and (2) have specifically requested access to Adult games. In no case are Adult materials permitted in any public area of RPoL: GMs of Adult games must take care that only those users who are members of their game can view the Adult materials contained therein.
The difference between a Mature game and an Adult game is the descriptive level and the amount of mature content in the game. Games which focus exclusively on mature content for their plot or which describe such content in graphic detail are required to display the Adult rating.
(1) The Adult flag is not yet restricted to subscribers, though this will change in the future.
Even within the Adult forums, there are depictions which are considered to be outside the acceptable community standard and which are not allowed.
If a game exists for the sole purpose of describing or playing out graphic sex in conjunction with crime, cruelty, or violence, it will not be permitted. Likewise, games are not allowed which exist for the sole purpose of the graphic depiction of:
- crime and gore;
- ethnic, religious, or racial intolerance;
- sexual assault;
- dehumanizing murder; and/or
- the abuse of children.
The Artistic Merit caveat (below) exists to allow some of these materials as non-gratuitous
plot and character development devices within game Content.
Games are not allowed to exist -- at all -- which graphically describe:
- non-consensual sex, sexual assault, or rape;
- the taking of life for sexual arousal;
- sexual acts involving children under the age of 18, or
- the sexual exploitation of minors.
The Artistic Merit clause (below) does not
apply to this content ever. While a character's story or history can involve these themes, and games can refer to them as plot points, they are not permitted, under any circumstances, to be graphically role-played or detailed on the site.
Characters involved in any graphic sexual situations must be 18 or older with all modern, real-world expectations: that is, they must be at least 18 in appearance, behaviour, emotional capacity, and so on. If the character does not absolutely meet this standard
(i.e., they look younger, act younger, are child-like, they have another personality or form that is younger, &c.), then the character cannot be involved in graphic sexual situations on RPoL.
Material which, alone, would offend the community standard may be permitted within a game if it is required for the serious treatment of a game plot. This material must have a justifiable role in advancing the story and, considering the game in its entirety, must have a legitimate, non-gratuitous purpose.
Note that this clause does not in any way permit the graphic role-play of non-consensual sex, the exploitation and/or abuse of minors, or any other content previously noted as disallowed on site.
Fantasy World Exclusions
Non-human characters are permitted in sexual situations in Adult games, but they must have sentience and the ability to communicate consent. Games set in a fantasy realm or historical era where the Restricted Content items (above) would be considered normal or acceptable may contain them, but in no circumstances will the graphic description of Prohibited Content be allowed.
Because sexual assault has been a historical consequence of violence, this section attempts to clarify what can often be a matter of contention. Games that exist for the sole purpose of the depiction of sexual assault are strictly prohibited. The Artistic Merit clause applies to this within reason, such that it permits (within limited scope) scenes which are not the purpose of the game, which are not graphic, and which do not glamorize what is a tragic and brutal act.
If problems arise, Moderators will take a fair look at the game in question and will take into account the primary GM's track record and the maturity shown by all involved as well as the content and purpose of the game as a whole. Long-standing members of the RPOL community will generally have more benefit of doubt than do new users.
GMs are often offered the chance to amend or adjust their games as necessary if they are found to be outside these rules. Where it is clear that the actions of a user have occurred without GM consent, action will only be taken against the offending user, rather than the other users in the game or the game as a whole.
Age of Consent vs. Age of Majority
Players in Adult flagged games must be of the age of majority in their place of residence or eighteen years old, whichever is higher. RPoL's rules say all adult materials must go in Adult games, and the Adult games are clearly labelled, saying that no minors are allowed. There are no exceptions.
The important point is that even in cases where it is sometimes legal for a minor to consent to sexual contact, it is still not legal to allow them access to what many would consider to be pornography. It is up to each participant of Adult games, and especially those games' GMs, to understand this policy and to enforce it.
Adult games involve their players creating and receiving adult materials. Minors are not legally allowed to do this. Furthermore, it's against RPoL's rules. In no case can a minor's parents give them permission which voids this rule.
Responsibilities of Adult Gamers
Adult gaming on RPoL requires extra dedication and responsibility on behalf of the players and GMs. Every participant should be familiar with this policy and willing to speak up should they see it violated. Note particularly that:
- GMs are not required to perform any age checks before admitting a player to their game as the site automatically handles age statements. GMs may, solely at their discretion, continue to ask prospective players for their age and may refuse access based on the response (or any other reason, it is their game after all). GMs (and all members) are required to watch out for any actions or statements that may bring doubt to any other member's age or maturity. Any suspicions should be reported to the moderators for rMail.
- All participants of an Adult Game are responsible for ensuring its content does not violate our policies. Violations should be reported to the game's GM and to the site Moderators. Ignoring violations is not an option.
- All members of Adult games are considered to be participants so long as they are members of the game. This means that any user who no longer wishes to participate should speak to the GM and have themselves removed from the game.
Anyone unwilling to accept these responsibilities should refrain from Adult gaming on RPoL.
For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions apply:
- sexual assault: any non-consensual sex act.
- incest: sex between people who are too closely related to marry (people in their direct line of descent, as well as uncles, aunts, and first cousins).
- necrophilia: sex with non-sentient dead bodies.
- pedophilia: erotic contact with children under the age of 18.
- bestiality: sex with non-sentient animals.
Note that there is now a FAQ related to this Policy; titled the Adult & Mature Games FAQ, it is located under the heading "General RPoL Information".
Last updated: 00:44, Thu 17 Sept 2015.
Direct link: http://rpol.net/help/?t=faqs&page=adultpolicy