This just means that our first priority is to have fun in a fun environment. If you wish to join us you are not required to participate in operations a certain number of nights a week, or have a certain ship with X outfittings. All are welcome, as long as they're willing to follow the rules, and have fun.
1.2 We are also a Serious Player Group
While this is a game, we take it seriously. We expect people to treat the Player Group as if it were analogous to say a club soccer team you were on in real life. This isn't a solo game, it's a group game. We're here for fun, but treat each other with respect, and play to win. If all you do is log on and solo quest, this is easy to follow. If you wish to participate in operations, then it's important to respect people's time, and take the game seriously.
1.3 We are NOT an operation Player Group
While we participate in operations, we are not a "operation" Player Group. We do not have set requirements. Anyone who has an interest in participate in operations will have opportunities to participate in operations. Nobody is required to participate in operations a certain number of nights a week, and will not be punished for not participate in operations. It's just a part of the game, and if you want to participate, we want to help you participate.
1.4 Don't be an asshole. (This pertains to conduct towards our members.)
1.5 Do be a space-asshole, if you want to be. (This pertains to *actions* against other players.)
II. PRIMARY RULES
2.1 Don't be a Jerk
If you're a jerk, you won't last. We're a group of people here to enjoy a game together, not act as your punching bag or therapy session. We're looking for people who want a fun and positive environment (that doesn't mean we don't talk about gross things though. We just do it politely). We expect our members to be civil and accommodating and considerate and respectful. We're a community and we like to think of ourselves as more than just pixels on a screen, but a group of online friends. Treat your fellow EIC members as if they were your real life friends (unless you treat your real life friends like shit, you probably won't fit in here). Calling people out on their skill level, or lack thereof is not tolerated. We also have a strict harassment policy.
2.2 An Open and Welcoming Player Group
We welcome people of any race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else that you feel is worthy of defining yourself as, and hence we have a zero tolerance policy for racial, homophobic, or similar hate speech, even on a jokey ground (other than anti-Aussie stuff). Plenty of things to make fun of each other for, no need to poke fun at what we can't change.
2.3 Real Life Comes First.
If you have to leave an instance or participate in operations suddenly because the baby is crying, or if you can't help someone out on Thursday because you have a hockey game, then that's more than cool. We don't want people putting game before real life. However at the same time, see rule 1. If you know in advance you can't make it to participate in operations that you signed up for, let someone know.
2.4 Treat Us Like People
If you're not scheduled for anything, then do what you want. However, if you sign up for something, treat it like you've signed up to play with us in real life, and that we're counting on you. If 10 people sign up to participate in operations, and you don't show up, then 9 people may have changed their schedules to play that night, and you disrespected their time. This is a game, and we're here to have fun, but when we do things that are group activities, you are expected to respect each others times. Treat it like you would a club sport team in real life. If you sign up to play on Tuesday with your soccer club, and Tuesday afternoon a hot girl/guy (Whatever you’re into) asks YOU out, then by all means go for it, just let us know first you won't be making it that night. If you parents show up at your doorstep to surprise you for a visit the night before, and they're staying all week, then nothing you can do about it, just let us know. At the same time though, if it's 20 minutes before game time, and you're planning on playing in the soccer game, and your friend comes over and asks you to play X-Box, and you bail without a word, leaving us at the field with a man down, and either having to play the game a man short, or trying to find someone else at the last minute to play for you, then what kind of teammate or friend are you? Real life comes first but treat us like people too. If you think this is idiotic and "it's just a game" then don't bother applying. We all have busy schedules, and not all of us can do whatever we want whenever we want, and scheduling things is sometimes the only way we can guarantee we do stuff. If you can't respect that, then this isn't the place for you.
2.5 Zero Drama
This one is a little subjective. Basically, we don't want drama in EIC. We like having a friendly atmosphere, and we find that there are certain people that no matter whether we like them or not, just cause drama and unpleasantness. More often than not those that do so aren't even aware that they do it. Some people are just drama magnets. They thrive on it, and unconsciously create it in everything they do, so they don't understand that it's not normal. We're not going to put up with it. Will there be disputes and arguments? Of course. We just expect people to handle legitimate disputes maturely, and not in EIC chat. If there is a problem that can't be resolved directly between two EIC members, escalate it to an Admin. If they are involved elevate it to the Catnip. If you piss off Catnip you must be loco, but then talk to another Admin about it. If an Admin talks to you about something, your behavior, a dispute, or whatever. Assume that even if they don't say so, that they've been delegated to talk to you about it and the matter has been discussed in the admin channel. We give warnings to people who we feel are causing drama, and you're free to take them to heart and change your ways, or leave the Player Group, because if we've talked to you, and you don't change your ways, you're probably going to get kicked from the Player Group sooner rather than later.
2.6 Most members are 18 and Over
Currently we're accepting members younger than 18 as well. We're not making a judgment based on the maturity of players as individuals. Several of us have children and we really play the game to get away. We don't want to have to watch our language and what we say in EIC because a younger child is playing. If you are under 18 talk to one of the leaders first. And remember you will be responsible for what you hear.
3.1 Participating in Operations
If you're a new EIC member, and want to participate in Operations with us, be sure to be in Discord and check the forums for what is going on, and respond to any invites there. If there isn't a specific sign up, ask an Admin. Instructions for Joining Discord can be found here.
3.2 Leading Operations
If you see free nights within 7 days of the current day, and want to be part of an operation, please schedule and lead one. We like it when people take the initiative for their own fun, just try not to step on the toes of otherwise scheduled operations. Post your ideas for an operation on the forums, and see who is interested.
3.3 Taking It Seriously
When we do participate in operations we take it seriously. We like people to show up on time, not afk out for extended periods, or to just drop out with no warning. Real life happens, and comes first, but regular disrespect for other people's time will probably result in that person being invited to fewer operations and instances. We pride ourselves in being good players who help each other to be better and improve ourselves as individual players and a team as a whole, and pound by pound we're proud of our skills.....we just want to keep the basis of the whole thing relaxed and casual as far as scheduling goes, yet maintain a semblance of order as well.
3.5 Participation is Up To You
If you don't sign up for operations, don't read up on operations, don't participate in our forums, don’t socialize with people in Discord and on the forums, etc, then don't be surprised if you don't ever go on anything. If you want to participate in operations, and feel like you're not getting to go, talk to an Admin about it. We want to get everyone participating in operations that possibly can, and usually we can work something out.
IV. OPERATIONS RULES
4.1 Be Ready at Start Time
Be at the designated star system and ready to participate in the operation at the start time. If you're not online at the time agreed on you may get bumped for someone else (If there is a limit because of Wing sizes and such), if there is a replacement available. If you show up a minute late and we've already added someone to the operation, but haven't started the operation yet, it doesn't matter. You've lost your spot. If you sign up, be on time. (If you know you're going to be 5 minutes late and can communicate that via text or something to someone else, we can hold a spot for you. Just try not to have it be a regular occurrence) You can also start a wing of your own, once again we love people who take the initiative.
4.2 Use Voice Chat
Be in the appropriate Discord voice channel, and be able to hear. Being in voice does no good if you can't hear anything. The whole point is to have better communication during Operations, and especially during combat. You don't have to talk, but you have to be able to hear.
Don't come into the voice channel and start asking stupid questions such as:
What system are we meeting in?
What side are we going with?
Where are we going to hand in our combat bonds?
All the information you will need will be in the forum post when you sign up. There may be times at which the info isn't ready on hand when the Operation is first published, but the forum will be updated accordingly. Check the forum prior to the operation and if you notice something is missing PM the operation leader when appropriate.
4.3 Don't Abuse Voice Chat
During operations try to keep voice comms to a minimum and be in the appropriate channel. We like to have fun but when it's time to work and many people are trying to communicate you need to keep it short and clear.
Good: "This is [your name here]. I have two hostiles on my tail; request back up."
Bad: "WTF!?!?! Someone help!!! Oh shit oh shit oh shit, FUCK, where are you guys?!"
In the first example, we know who is in trouble and what they need. In the second, all we know is that someone is having a bad time, which is not very useful for anyone involved.
If voice comms are very busy and your question or problem can wait, take it to an appropriate text channel on Discord.
4.4 Be Self-Sufficient
If you do intend to participate in an Operation, Make sure you bring with you enough Credits in store for re-buys, if you don't and are returned to a sidewinder The EIC WILL NOT be held accountable for your losses. Operations should be posted on the forums several days in advance, so you will have plenty of time to get those space-bucks in your wallet.
4.5 Participate in Operation Addons
These add-ons are not optional! If you are not running them, the operation’s leader may, at his/her discretion, remove you from the operation group.
5.1 We DO NOT exploit.
No combat-logging and obviously no hacks or exploiting of bugs. The only time you should be Ctrl+Alt+Del or Alt+F4ing is to avoid someone else's exploiting/hacking (firing missiles in station and combat logging) or to avoid a game-breaking bug. This will be strictly enforced!
5.2 Zero Tolerance for Spies.
Spies are one of the lowest classes of players. We do not condone the actions of spies. In fact, we are against spies in Elite Dangerous! It doesn’t matter what player group you are with, or what player group you are spying on! If you are found to be a spy you will be put on our KILL ON SIGHT list for life. Even if your twisted sense of reasoning lead you to do it in order to “help” EIC, you will be KOS. There are no second warnings. This is your one and only warning. You aren’t Role Playing! You are a fake person, a “Poser” who will use the friendship of others to hurt them. It's coward's work. We want to know, trust, and love the people we play with. So please realize what you do when you're hanging out with us is developing a relationship under false pretenses. By agreeing to these rules, you agree that you (or your RP persona) are note a spy. And you agree that spies in E:D are pathetic people.
If you're a spy and pretending to be our friend or someone else's (if you're going to another group). You're not "role-playing", you're a shitheel. And you make Combat Loggers look like players with honor.
This rule is written because of the respect we have for EIC members. Here at EIC you are more than pixels on a screen or a voice in Discord. You are a person, and the friendships we have are real.
VI. ROLE PLAYING
6.1 Role Playing is optional!
You are under no obligation to RP... don't be a jackass to those who do RP. Some people RP, some don't.
6.2 Post Details for your RP.
If you are going to Role Play then you agree to first post the honest details of who you are role playing as. This will help everyone understand who you are and where your role playing perspectives are coming from. If you don't have an honest post in our Role Playing section of the forums then your RP will not be recognized. By saying you agree to these rules and the harassment policy, you are stating that this is you & your role playing character/s that agree.
Don't be a jerk...follow the rules, but don't stick to them like they're the code of flippin’ Achenar. Try and help your fellow EIC members. For serious, this stuff should be obvious. Exercise common sense and don't be an idiot.