Valkyrie

18+ Posting Guidelines

Created by Commander Charles Kincaid (Deceased) on Sun Oct 1st, 2017 @ 6:53pm

18+ Content Post Guidelines

The USS Valkyrie is an 18+ simulation. First and foremost, that means that no individual under the age of 18 is allowed to participate on or interact with this sim (this includes reading posts). This also means that our players as adults should be aware of both when and how to utilize the higher rating allowance in their posts. It is a tool to use for specific purposes within a post, not something to devolve into smut, excessive gore, or excessive swearing "just because". This page is to outline what is and is not acceptable for more explicit content on the simulation and is subject to change at any time.

WARNING: The rest of this article will contain graphic examples of what is and is not acceptable on the sim. Please keep this in mind as you continue.

The primary question to answer when considering using more explicit content is as follows:

How will using explicit content communicate what my character is experiencing more than lower rated content?

If you can't come up with a valid and logical answer to this question, you do not need to use 18+ content in your post. Advanced rating content is a character and story development tool and not to be used so one can appear "edgy" for using it. If a reason is applicable, then you are free and encouraged to utilize 18+ content in your post.

All 18+ posts MUST have one of the command staff review the content BEFORE it is posted on the site. A PM should be sent to the CO/XO/SO upon completion of the post and one of them will review it within 48 hours (usually much sooner) and approve it for posting or ask for edits.

Language

Expletive language (Swearing) should always be used in moderation. Light profanity is acceptable (damn, ass, bitch, bastard, etc.) in all posts. Harder profanity (words such as shit and fuck) should be used with care and in limited instances (for example, by today's movies standards, a PG-13 movie allows the use of the word "fuck" once in the movie). Overuse of any of these words in a post will flag it for 18+ content and if they are used in an unjustifiably excessive manner, the post will require editing.

Racist, disparaging or extreme derogatory terms are NEVER acceptable in any context within a post.

Acceptable - non 18+:Jenna sighed, lounging back in her chair. These damn marines were starting to give her a headache with all their racket they were making. Such was the life living above the marine barracks. The bastards truly had no common decency in them for others who weren't awake all hours of the day. "They're fucking annoying, Danny. I can't stand them."

Acceptable - 18+: Jenna sighed, lounging back in her chair and slurping down her drink that tasted mildly of ass. These fucking marines were starting to give her a headache with all their god damn racket. Such was the life living above the marine barracks. The bastards didn't give a shit for anyone else who wasn't awake all hours of the day. "They're fucking annoying, Danny, I can't stand the little shits." Why is this 18+?: There is an overuse of swearing, however in the context of the post it is acceptable.

Not Acceptable: Jenna sighed, lounging back in her chair and slurping down her drink that tasted like complete fucking ass. These fucking cocksucker marines were starting to give her a fucking headache with all their god damn racket. Such was the shitty life living above the assholes' barracks. The fucking bastards didn't even give one flying fuck for anyone else who wasn't awake every damn moment of every day. "They're fucking annoying as shit, Danny. I can't stand those cunts." Why is this not acceptable?: Excessive use of swearing, use of extreme derogatory remarks (cocksucker, cunt).

Violence/Gore

Violence and gore are two of the hardest categories to justify the use of on an 18+ level. This is also a category that it is suggested a player run their idea for a post through the command staff to make sure that it is even acceptable. General fights or "roughing up" of a prisoner are usually acceptable without approval, however incidents such as enslavement, rape, torture, or graphic gore (think graphic depictions of entrails spilling out of a person) will most definitely need to be cleared by the command staff and need to have a solid reason as to why, not "well I just had this off the cuff idea". Be prepared to explain the long term effects that this encounter will have on your character. Also be aware that if at any point any post goes overboard or is not approached tactfully, the command staff reserves the right to withdraw approval and remove any posts pertaining to the storyline.

Acceptable: A story arc where a crewmember is kidnapped, held captive and subsequently raped and/or otherwise sexually assaulted may be accepted if the writer can demonstrate what it is they hope to achieve with the long term effects on the character. Any plotline of this type will need to be handled in a particularly mature and sensitive way.

Unacceptable: As a general rule, anything with prolonged graphic descriptions of violent acts will not be acceptable. There may be exceptions to this rule but there would have to be an astoundingly good reason for it. If the scenario above were not tactfully executed, it would have been removed and revoked from the sim.

Sexual Content

Writing sexual encounters is something that must be handled with care to ensure that it doesn't devolve into meaningless smut or sexual content "just because". Due to the physical and emotional connections sex naturally triggers, it can be a powerful development tool. This, more than any other thing, relies on a good answer to the question "How will using explicit content communicate what my character is experiencing more than lower rated content?". If such an answer is not present, then there is no reason that a "fade to black" scene would not work. As for writing style, sexual posts are to be written in a style more leaning toward a romance novel with more "poetic" terms used when possible. Acceptable - non 18+: David turned his head and looked to Michael, smirking a bit as he felt his desire growing in response to his partner's gentle kiss and touch. He coaxed Michael's head up and kissed him deeply while he swiftly stood from their place on the couch with the smaller man in his arms. Clothes fell as they made their way to the bedroom until they collapsed in bed together naked. David drew Michael close and kissed him again, moving on top of him as his hands moved over Michael's body. He gave one more smile and began to move down, instigating another long nigh of passion for the both of them. Why is this NOT 18+?: There is no explicit mention of any sexual acts and the appearance of nudity in a post does not automatically flag it as 18+. This is an example of a "fade to black" post. Acceptable - 18+: Why is this 18+?: Not Acceptable: Why is this not acceptable?:


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