- Saturday, 21 June 2014 22:04
At Story Sanctum we have decided to support all games, every game, games that only share one thing in common, stories. We love immersive, interesting, evocative and fun inducing stories. We are also really into trying new things and helping diversified styles of gaming have a place to play. This means we are willing to take on the majority of RPG Systems and not only that, but they do not all have to be run in a typical 24/7 style either. Sometimes a great game can only be run as often as a great ST is able. That may be a 3 times a week, or more formal table top style. It might be a 3 month game, it might be a year or more. Maybe you just want to be a player who contributes in a bigger way, and that's always welcome too.
Our present Venues for a full 24/7 game are new world of darkness based. We are doing a crossover game based in Massachusetts and featuring different splats of the second edition game. If you are interested in becoming an assistant for one of the present venues, contact that head ST via forum private message, or talk to them on the chat. If you have ambitions to add a new venue to our crossover game, please contact Becca in forum PM or on the chat. We will have steps to move forward in either of these facets from there, but below will describe a bit about our expectations too.
If you want to run something totally different, you are looking at hosting a 'side game' even if the game happens to be a 24/7 full venue experience. We are wanting these types of games to start as side games first, just to test out the sustainability before we consider it for a full venue. If this is your intention first make sure you have some interest! Post in our lobby section allowing players a game teaser, and collect at least 7 votes of people saying they would like to play your game. Once you have collected your votes for your game you can FPM Becca asking for a place on the side game forums for your own game, and permission to move ahead. Please wait up to a week for a response before bumping this request.
Please note that if you open a side game or a full venue with us, but fail to meet the expectations of upholding one, you will be asked to step a full game down to a Side Game, and a side game to close. We believe in trust and faith first, and then we can go from there, but these expectations are not only for our benefit as a successful chat, but also for yourself to make sure your game has the best chance of fun and longevity. Side games have to see activity every month! If they do not, Becca will get in touch with you to see if your game is still active. To understand user role expectations, and how you can help at the site, see the descriptions below!
User Roles In The Chat
If you are interested in understanding the various user roles on our chat, what is expected of each role in play (including your own!) and how you can be involved in the chat, here are some guidelines to follow!
Privs & Duties:
An important role in the chat as well! Your own expectations of course being: to learn the rules, setting, and participate in our code of conduct while having a blast! Please keep in mind that it's a game of a lot of different people and that means a lot of different personalities, opinions, and ability to make mistakes or be misunderstood. Treat each other and your STs with respect and do your best to minimize harming anyone else play experience. Together we can make this a welcoming and adventurous place to play.
You are expected to relate to us in your thread at least to avoid the 1 month inactivity de-sanction. This does mean, however, you should be in character, not just in forums. Players should also make sure to get ST approval on all new ideas, background elements, resources and other additions to your PC's story which were not originally part of your concept. We have plans for every PC here, and we need to know if you are changing your PC on a level that might conflict with plans.
If you become a Player Running Plot, unlike STs and ASTs, you will not have access to any form of ST forums or Privs. A PST is able to run small plots, pre-approved by a ST that generally is low key and non-game changing for people. There may be specific plots an ST will put forward for a PST'er to even help with, or you instead submit a plot idea to the ST of the venue in question. Usually this is done through FPM. One approved, you are free to run the scene(s) and make sure you log and submit a report on it to your ST. These plots will not touch main NPC's or heavy setting elements. They are usually 1-3 scenes long and though reward and danger can be a viable part of a PrP, it must be stated clearly to ST what you are expecting to hand out. There are different incentives for someone to run a PrP, please consult the venue wiki for details.
Though not part of the staff, we still want to assure that PrP's are run by people with an understanding of the system, our setting and have a similar style of play and vision as we do. Under the presumption that if a scene goes poorly for any reason that causes a disturbance to the player base or game, the scene as a whole can be retracted, scenes are otherwise considered as part of our setting, plot and the overall experience of the game.
Privs & Duties:
ASTs have standard player rights to the forums, wiki and character sheets as well as access to the private AST Forums. A AST is responsible for running approved scenes as delegated by the STs, as well as submitting, and running personally created and approved plots. Not all venues may want or use ASTs, so make sure to check with the venue wiki. They may also handled them differently too!
ASTs are selected of people who should enjoy each other, share a mind set and love of fun, and really work well together as a collective unit. We also want to be sure what they bring to the chat is similar to our vision and good for everyone. This means we expect ASTs to be people we find agreeable, good natured, personable, honest and dependable. They must also have a good understanding of the system and setting.
ASTs are expected to run approx. 1 scene per week, gain pre-approval for their plots, and file scene reports to follow. They can assist the STs in requested scenes, but they might not always have a good understanding of the plot elements behind a scene that are not for their eyes.
You must have an understanding of all elements of the chat, run for all players, and treat people fair and timely. It is also your responsibility to report issues, other ST misconduct and player misconduct to The Admin where needed.
Privs & Duties:
A ST has administrative rights to all forums, wiki and character sheets for sanctioning involved with their game only. A ST is responsible for attending to player thread upkeep, character sanctioning and de-sanctioning duties, approve PrP's and ASTRP's, organize their Assistants, attend needed skype chat voice meetings, help organize forums/wikis, as well as conflict resolution and disciplinary action as a result of rules breech. STs are not expected to run more than 1 Scene a week.
STs are selected of people who enjoy each other, share a mind set and love of fun, and really work well together as a collective unit. This means we are going to be picky...because choosing who you will be nattering at for hours of the day for a year or so onward is a big decision! We also want to be sure what they bring to the chat is similar to our vision and good for everyone. This means we expect STs to be people we find agreeable, good natured, personable, honest and dependable. They must also have a great understanding of the system and setting they are to run.
An understanding and partaking in all elements of the chat, running for all players, and treating all aspects and people fair and timely is expected. It is also your responsibility to report issues, other ST misconduct and player misconduct to The Admin.
Privs & Duties:
The Administrators have the same privs as any ST would. That said, they are also the ones with access to user banning, forum and wiki administration and other higher level decisions.
Privs & Duties:
The Administrators have the same privs as any Admin would. That said, they are also the ones with access to the chat database and technical support. The only real difference between them is this, and in the case of chat errors, please contact them!
› How To ST
If You are interested in assisting at Story Sanctum in any capacity, make sure to speak to the right person. To Assistant ST for a venue, contact the head ST of that venue through forum PM. If you want to consider opening a new Venue to the chat, or a side game, make sure to contact the Site Admin, Becca, through FPM. Thanks!