Code of Conduct
The following rules are not meant to be exhaustive, and Lost Worlds Adventures, LLC, reserves the right to determine which conduct it considers to be outside the spirit of the event and to take such disciplinary measures as it sees fit up to and including termination of participation in online forums and refusal of admittance to future events organized by Lost Worlds Gaming, LLC. The Organizers reserve the right to modify these terms at any time. It is your responsibility to know, understand and abide by this Code of Conduct.
Lost Worlds Gaming, LLC has a Safety Team, which is responsible for safety matters before, during and after the events. The Safety Team hopes that these issues will not emerge during the course of the larp. We assume the best of intentions in our participants unless presented with information that suggests otherwise. In these cases, the Safety Team will not hesitate to take action based upon the below Code of Conduct.
As a private event, the Organizers can sanction or remove attendees for any reason. The Organizers have no legal obligation to disclose those reasons. However, this policy aims to provide clear and reasonable guidelines for expected behavior at the event and possible consequences if an individual transgresses against these guidelines. The consequences for breaking the Code range from verbal warnings to ejection from the event, and associated online communities, as detailed below.
All of the following constitute grounds for expulsion from the event without refund:
- Violating any federal, state, or local laws, facility rules or event policies
- Failure to comply with the instructions of the Organizers
- Using anything in a threatening or destructive manner against person or property
- Endangering the safety of oneself or others
- Threatening, stealing, cheating or harassing others
- Drinking alcohol or using illegal substances at the event
- Having sex at the event
- Failure to respect touch boundaries, larp safety words, or other safety tools
- Disruption of the event
Each complaint received by the Safety Team is evaluated based upon the evidence presented, existing information about the participants in question, and ultimately, the judgment of the members of the Safety Team. While the Safety Team likely will resolve most complaints internally, if the violation is serious enough, the Team may choose to pursue legal action.
The Safety Team will keep internally confidential any identifying details of those who report an incident as well as the incident(s) in question unless the person reporting requests otherwise or in the case of legal obligations, such as a police investigation. Members of other Rift Fallen Teams and volunteers not on the Safety Team will not receive these details, but will be informed about generalities involving the situation as needed.
Rift Fallen’s definition of harassment may not align with legal definitions of harassment. In other words, the legal expectations of tangible proof are not necessary for the Safety Team to take action upon a complaint. Rift Fallen has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind. Harassment of a participant may include, but is not limited to:
- Verbal comments, displayed images, or gestures that denigrate individuals based upon gender, gender identity/expression, sexual identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or ethnicity, age, religion, political beliefs, philosophies, geographic origin, or socioeconomic status
Physical or verbal intimidation or abuse
- Body policing
- Non-consensual photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of workshops or meals
- Inappropriate physical contact or proximity
- Non-consensual sexual acts
- Inappropriate sexual attention, whether verbal or physical, or unwelcome attention after being asked to stop
- Inappropriate physical attention related to, but not limited to: gender, gender identity/expression, sexual identity, physical ability or restrictions, physical appearance, body size, race or ethnicity, age, religion, geographic origin, socioeconomic status, or pregnancy
This harassment policy applies to both in-person and online activities. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, the Safety Team will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from NWM with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the event. Players, NPCs, staff, volunteers, guests, members of the media are all subject to our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact members of the Safety Team or the Organizers by coming to the operations center at the event, or by sending an email to email@example.com. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of the event.
Before the event: If you, or someone you know has been harassed by someone and you are concerned for your own safety or the safety of the community should this person participate, please speak up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Members of the Safety Team monitor this email and keep all reports strictly confidential. While first-hand reports are preferred to avoid hearsay, we recognize that some may have legitimate fears of retribution which may cause them to refrain from self-reporting. In these cases, please report concerning behavior on behalf of a friend, in as specific terms as possible while protecting the identity of the victim, as necessary.
During the event: If a violation of the Code of Conduct transpires, please come to the Operations Center on site and report it to a safety team member.
After the event: We prefer that action is taken during the event, but should you have concerns after the event is over that you feel Organizers should be aware of, please email email@example.com and a member of the Safety Team will follow up.
The Rift Fallen Organizers and Safety Team aim to treat reasonable misunderstandings between participants as occasions to educate and seek understanding, changes in behavior, and an increase of trust. A typical process involves education, warning, watching, and giving a person a chance to apologize, realize, and make a change. Notwithstanding the above principle, however, an organizer may take other disciplinary actions that they deem necessary. Disciplinary action will be decided on a case-by-case basis based on the circumstances of the offense, the result of the investigation, and the judgment of the Safety Team based on the guidelines below. Disciplinary steps are organized into three levels based upon the severity of the violation. Each violation will be logged in a secure location only accessible by Safety Team members.
Level 1: Monitoring the individual in question, pulling the individual aside to discuss the violation, and/or issuing verbal warnings.
A participant makes an off-color remark about the Holocaust that another participant finds offensive. A member of the Safety Team pulls the individual aside to ask for greater sensitivity and awareness in future discussions. Members of the Safety Team may choose to monitor the attendee’s behavior for the rest of the event.
Ways to avoid such incidents:
Avoid making comments that might offend or otherwise hurt people, especially individuals from marginalized groups, even when intended as a joke. If confronted about something you have said, take responsibility, apologize, correct, and continue. Err on the side of caution and respect.
Level 2: Restricting the individual’s activities at the larp based upon the report.
A participant repeatedly makes unwanted romantic advances toward another individual. The individual does not wish for the participant to be ejected, nor are they interested in discussing the situation with the other participant, but instead requests space. The Safety Team pulls the participant reported as in violation aside and asks that they refrain from interacting with the other individual for the rest of event, except when absolutely necessary.
Ways to avoid such incidents:
Avoid remarking on an individual’s personal appearance in a sexualized manner, maintaining close physical proximity unless explicitly invited, or making otherwise romantic overtures without overt reciprocation, such as a statement of interest from the individual. Err on the side of caution and respect.
Level 3: Removing the individual from the event and, potentially, from future events organized by Lost Worlds Gaming, LLC, or its online communities.
The Safety Team is given sufficient information to believe that an individual has abused or harassed another member of the larp community. This abuse may have occurred in the past or during the event itself. The Safety Team chooses to revoke the registration of the accused before the event or remove them from the premises during the event.
Ways to avoid such incidents:
Avoid behaving in ways that others might consider harassing or abusive, such as insults, physical intimidation, or unwanted sexual advances. Do not touch another player without their overt and audible consent. Do not assume your level of comfort with such behavior is the same as that of others. Err on the side of caution and respect.
Individuals who violate the Code of Conduct during the event are not eligible for a refund. Attendees who are asked to leave the event as a result of a Code of Conduct violation must do so immediately and will have no further interaction with participants before departing.
It is our goal to make certain that we write a game in which persons of all colors, creeds, sexualities, and genders have a place to play in an environment that is not hostile to them out-of-character. To build a gaming community that ensures that they feel valued, accepted for who they are, and never excluded. The book itself will contain an extensive community guidelines section, those guidelines will start from a place of acceptance and inclusion.
The setting we are trying to build is one of horror, survival, and madness. It is the story of maintaining the core of one’s humanity in the face the overwhelming evil of the elder gods and ancient things. Not every character is a hero, many will be villains, but the forces they face off against are more corrupt than they could ever dream of. Aspects of the in-character world contain: graphic violence, depictions of madness and insanity, oppression of all kinds both physically and spiritually, religions that worship hateful things, and the cruelty of beings- human, inhuman, and alien.
Because of the horror of the setting, it is vitally important for bleed to be managed. Separating the in-character horror from real world evil and malice requires work, and it is our intention to provide a framework with which players can assist themselves and others with. You the player are accepted, welcome, and respected. That is core to our gaming philosophy. Players are invited to delve into intense, and sometimes very dark, emotional places with the character they portray. Staff will never intentionally push a real-world agenda or persecution, and will always be available for discussion and debriefing after a scene is over, or between games to help manage any feelings of crossover that might take place when your character is exposed to this horror environment.
It is our hope that you always feel welcome and use this setting to explore horror extant the persecutions of the real world.
If you witness someone acting in a way that goes against the spirit of our community, we encourage that you take the following steps:
Approach the individual in a non-combative manner and calmly discuss the issue. Try not to use accusatory language. Do not have the conversation in front of others or in such a way as to potentially embarrass the individual.
If you do not feel comfortable approaching the individual, please approach a staff member wearing a Safety or Organizer badge (if online, please contact the page administrator or firstname.lastname@example.org ).
If an incident is an obvious and grievous breach of our community goals, immediately involve a staff member.
If you are approached regarding your actions not living up to the spirit of our community, we ask that you follow three simple steps for considering your actions.
Listen and be open minded. Consider what is being said to you without immediately becoming defensive. It is possible that what you are doing appears differently to others than to yourself.
Immediately stop the activity that is against the spirit of our community. Even if you do not agree that your actions are unacceptable, if your actions are causing distress to others it takes almost no effort to discontinue what you are doing.
Involve a staff member if the interaction starts causing conflict. Find a staff member if you cannot come to a reasonable, calm agreement.
The Rift Fallen game or other games hosted by Lost Worlds Gaming LLC will not engage in stories, or include topics at game that deal with sexual assault or harassment, Racism or its symbols, or Sexism or its symbols. Sexual Assault includes topics such as bestiality and pedophelia as well as any form of coercive sexual encounters. These topics are off limits for player backgrounds as well, and players should refrain from including them in plot. We reserve the right to expand restricted topics in the future, and will work with players to modify story and plot as needed.
Consent is a vital element of Rift Fallen, in both in-character and out-of-character spaces. Consent is two (or more) people deciding together to do the same thing, at the same time, in the same way with each other, whether that is physical, verbal, or sexual. It is the presence of a “yes,” not the absence of a “no.” Consent is continuously granted, and can be revoked at any time by any participant who is involved for any reason. Participants will engage in briefing and debriefing sessions to learn the specific mechanics and customs used to ask for and affirm or withhold consent during in-character parts of the larp. Rules on consent are meant to deepen the gaming experience and immersion into the story, not abused by players who use them to avoid consequences of in-game actions. Abuse of the consent system is harmful to the community and can be punished by disciplinary action.
If you need accommodations for a physical or mental disability, please list this on your sign-up survey or email email@example.com We strive to make Rift Fallen as accessible as possible to people with disabilities. We are also limited in this regard by the unchangeable aspects of our site and budget. If you reach out to us we will work with you to make accommodations to the best of our ability.
Rift Fallen Events will often be photographed or recorded. By attending you are consenting to this photography and the use of those images in subsequent materials and possible promotions. If you do not wish your likeness recorded or used in such a way email
firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for your images to be blurred or removed.
- Do not damage any of the structures or facilities provided by the camp
- Police your trash and litter
- Use increased safety with all fires and when near the fire pit
- Only smoke in staff-designated areas
- No alcohol or illegal drugs on site
- Be courteous and respectful to camp staff
- Leave the camp cleaner then when you found it
Note: This policy is in effect as of 9/04/2018 and may be amended as needed. If you have suggestions for improving the policy, please email email@example.com . This policy is based on the one used at the Living Games Conference 2016 and is used with permission.