The Avlis Procedure for Punishment
When a player is warned online by a DM for a rules violation, they will be placed on the watchlist. At this time the DM may remove equipment gained via rule breaking, and may impose an EXP fine. The purpose of the watchlist is to facilitate communication among the team. If a character is seen breaking a rule after being placed on the watchlist, they will be subject to punishment.
We have decided to use what we call "Vault Jail" as a method of punishment for most infractions. "Vault Jail" consists of having all your characters removed from the servervault for a period of 2-5 days. The length of time is dependent on the type and number of infractions. Players whose characters are being investigated for cheating, exploiting, or griefing will also have their characters placed temporarily in Vault Jail.
Banning is reserved for players that cheat, exploit, grief other players, or continue to break rules after having being punished previously.
How many warnings does someone get before they are punished?
- First warning is in the application.
- Second warning is given on or off line when the problem is noticed.
The second warning can also be if the Team makes a post warning players to not do a specific thing.
- There is no third warning.
When a player is warned (on or off line) for a rules violation, (warnings) they will be placed on the watch list. Also at this time the DM may remove equipment gained via rule breaking, and may impose an EXP fine.
The purpose of the watch list is simple. It is there to facilitate communication among the staff. Nothing more, nothing less.
If after they are placed on the watch list, they are again seen to break any rule, they will be subject to punishment.
We have decided to use what we call "Vault Jail" as a method of punishment for most infractions. "Vault Jail" consists of having all your characters removed from the vault for a period of 5+ days. The length of time is dependent on the type, and number of infractions. It is also used to remove characters of players who are being investigated for cheating, exploiting or PKing (griefing).
We reserve banning for players that:
- Continue to break rules after being placed in vault jail
- Manipulate or deceive a DM.
Players who "walk" their characters over from another CoPaP world after being vault jailed are subject to being banned without further notice or discussion.
All cases are judged by a Senior/Major DM and reviewed by Orleron. Please do not PM/ICQ/Email Orleron about any punishment unless asked to do so.
When we vault jail someone we may jail ALL accounts associated with them. Simply this means that if a player has an alt account we might jail that one as well. When we ban someone, we ban ALL accounts associated with the banned account.
If a player is being placed in Vault Jail we will attempt to PM them first. We reserve the right to jail first contact later. (Many players have a different name on the forums) If you log in and find your vault suddenly and completely empty you may have been placed in vault jail, and should contact the team ASAP by sending a private message to the "Dungeon Masters" group on the Avlis forum.
One last thing, if a DM speaks to you about a problem, please be polite. We are here to have fun also, and dealing with rule breaking is not fun in the first place, a player being an ass only makes it more unpleasant.
Avlis is a cool place, we all know that. It is not uncommon that family members play on the same CD and/or Gamespy account in Avlis.
However, there has been a number of cases where ONE of the family member was banned for specific reason, and thus, making it unplayable for the rule-abiding family member.
The banning policy is such that we will ban any CD key and/or Gamespy account that is associated with the said player. That means, if your family member is playing on the same CD and/or Gamespy account, you also risk being banned from Avlis if that your brother/sister/father/mother also plays on the same CD and/or Gamespy account.
This is done because it is next to impossible to distinguish whether or not it is true that said banned player truly has a sibling/parent/child who plays on the same CD and/or Gamespy account.
Thus, in order to protect yourself if you truly do have a family member who does play in Avlis, play on seperate CD's and/or Gamespy account and DON'T SHARE! Simple as that.
See also: Public CD Key
All cases are judged by a Senior or Major DM and reviewed by Orleron. Please do not PM/ICQ/E-mail Orleron about any punishment unless asked to do so.