Mission Rules and Creation Aug 21, 2017 22:13:10 GMT
Post by Bonetrousled? on Aug 21, 2017 22:13:10 GMT
Missions are one of the most important elements of Digimon Forum RP. They are a chance for your characters to take the skills and experience which they've gained in the Digital World and put them into practice helping others. Whether as simple as helping find a Digimon's lost possessions or as complex as leading a jailbreak in Terminus City's highest security prison, these are surefire ways of injecting some drama, chaos, and action into your character's life. They are also important sources of posts, bits, and occasionally even exclusive rewards such as items and moves.
Mission threads are, compared to most other threads on site, uniquely focused. They are inherently geared towards achieving a specific goal, and both the mission creator and most participants have a vested interest in seeing the mission brought to completion. For this reason, please always keep this golden rule of mission threads in mind: Show respect to the mission's creator, and your fellow participants, by focusing on the mission's success. Tensions and disagreements are fine, as is some flexibility in how the thread's events play out, but please at least try to properly complete the mission. What you see as fun may be seen as irritating to everyone else in the thread, and may just be wasting their time. If the rest of the thread agrees that you've been an active detriment to their success and enjoyment and approaches us about the matter, we reserve the right to deny you the mission's reward.
Joining a mission is simple. Just look for an actively recruiting mission thread, post your interest, and come along for the ride. These threads can be found under Active Missions, and should have a title which uses the following template;
[X-RANK] Mission McMissionface (Y/Z)
So long as you fit a mission's qualifications, and the mission still has space, consider yourself along for the ride.
As missions can be quite lengthy threads, we want to be flexible with the amount that a member can partake in at once. After all, nobody wants to be locked out of other interesting threads just because of a single thread they committed to several months ago. On a single character, you may join up to three missions. Any number of these missions may be small missions; that is to say, with three or less other members along for the ride. Only one of these three missions may be large; that is to say, with four or more members.
Furthermore, there is a restriction on overall missions that a user can join. We will leave this at five, as any further risks a single user spreading themselves far too thin.
However, just because you can be in five missions at all times doesn't mean you always should. Please be conscientious of other users when joining mission threads. In addition, mission recruiters should always prioritize members who are not currently in missions when recruiting, rather than constantly picking from the same pool of 3-4 consistently active users.
Once you've joined a mission, it plays out like any other thread. However, as these threads are both limited in number and important sources of resources, we want to make sure they move along smoothly at all times. For this reason, it is important that a somewhat consistent posting schedule arises for missions. Don't worry; nobody is ever going to expect you to post all day every day. However, out of respect for the mission creator's time, as well as that of your fellow members, every mission has a grace period of sorts. This can be between 3 to 5 days, depending on the mission creator's wishes and the pace they wish to set for the mission. Once it is your turn in the thread, you have that many days to post.
If you do not respond in this time frame, you are temporarily moved out of the posting order. You can cut back in at any time, but if you do not post before the last member in the thread your turn is skipped. Your character will be assumed to have done the bare minimum needed to follow along and keep participating. We don't want to speak for what they would have done in this situation, but at the same time we don't want them left behind either, so we keep this as nonspecific as possible so that you can fill in the blanks when you return. Then the posting order is returned to normal.
If for the second time in a row you miss this grace period, unfortunately your attendance will have been deemed too unreliable for the mission. It is the responsibility of the mission writer to come up with an exit for your character, ideally one as harmless as possible. You will be given a share of the reward proportional to your character's time in the mission, because sometimes IRL can cause sudden problems and we think it would be unfair to penalize a member for being drained by them. However, if we notice that this is a recurring trend, we may be forced to stop giving this reward to repeat offenders. The last thing we'd want is for others to take advantage of this system and make things horribly inconvenient for their fellow members in the process.
Above all, please communicate! Removal from the mission is only a last resort for consistent, unannounced inactivities. If you know you're hitting a rocky activity period, or are suddenly hit with IRL struggles, there's no shame in taking a hiatus and temporary break from the mission. We all do our best to be understanding here, and who knows? When you're feeling more up to it, you and the mission creator might be able to brainstorm up a really cool comeback for your character.