#0 You must be 18+ to join TALE
Not really a rule, more like a prerequisite.
#1 Do be awesome to each other
This guild is for friends, OOC and IC. Treat each other with respect, watch each other’s backs, share the sad times and the happy ones, have a good time. All friends fight from time to time, true friends can get past their inevitable differences.
#2 Do participate regularly in events and come prepared
Any good adventurer loves a good adventure! TALE tries to hold a minimum of three “official” (ie. officer hosted) events a week, plus any events that members want to host. Attendance is not mandatory for every event, however, all TALE members should be showing up to at least one event a week. We hold an all-hands meeting once a month, which is mandatory for all players online in the game. If you are taking time off from the game, let us know.
#3 Don’t be douchey
Childish behavior like shout-fights in Ul’dah, spamming, harassment of other players, anything that breaks FFXIV’s terms of service, and general ass-hattery will not be tolerated. TALE strives to be a solid, positive part of our server’s community. Members that threaten our reputation will find themselves shortly without a guild.
#4 Don’t plagiarize
Let’s face it, roleplaying in an MMORPG is basically long-term improv acting. It can be hard to always come up with original stuff. If you’re having trouble, talk with someone about it, don’t rip off your favorite anime or fantasy novels.
#5 Do keep learning
MMORPGs are games in constant states of change. There are always strategies to be learned, patches that alter how jobs are played, new monsters to be fought and battles to be won. All members of TALE are expected to keep tabs on what’s going on in the game world, read patch notes, and hone their playing skills. As a team, we all hold each other up.
#1 TALE members roleplay within the world of FFXIV
Think of our RP style like a game of Dungeons and Dragons: You have a character sheet, you roleplay with what you have on that character sheet, and in response to the world around you. You do not make up weapons or races or magic items that are not on that character sheet, unless you want your DM to explode you. That is how TALE functions. We roleplay our characters, as created in the character creator and filtered through our own creative imaginations, in the world of FFXIV in the land of Eorzea.
Some creative license is freely given, so long as it is for flavor text only and does not interfere with other characters or break their immersion in the game. For instance, currently we do not have player houses, but obviously we aren’t all sleeping on the street. S-E just hasn’t implemented housing yet. So it would be completely acceptable that an adventurer has their own apartment in Ul’dah. However, even though magitek exists in the game, it is not usable by players at this time. Therefore, someone running around with a functioning magitek arm-cannon would not be acceptable under this rule. You could, however, find a non-functioning (basically scrap metal) arm-cannon from a Garlean crash site and keep it on your mantle as a conversation piece. If in doubt, ask a guild officer.
All members of TALE can have one alt character in the guild (for a total of two active characters in TALE). Your alt can be non-RP, or in character. However, any in-character alts will need a full profile posted in the applications section on the forum, so we can keep track of characters. Your alt, of course, will not need to go through an interview, but they do need an IC reason for joining TALE (if you are roleplaying on them).
#3 Mixed-race characters
Half-breed characters are officially canon, according to Square-Enix representatives! They are, however, still relatively rare, according to lore. We accept anyone with a mixture of any of the playable races in the game.
Please note: Square-Enix has not said anything about half-breed characters being physically “different” from other races (ie. they don’t smell “off” to full-blooded characters, they are capable of having children themselves, etc.). Keep in mind, if you play a half-breed, to keep any unusual characteristics as part of your own character and not a defining trait of all half-Miqo’te, half-Elezen, or what-have-you, to avoid stepping on the toes of others.
#4 Naming conventions
You may choose to follow the naming conventions for each race that Square-Enix has created (such as a Miqo'te named Y'shtolai Oya), or you could have a specific name in mind that you'd love to use instead. Names are funny things and parents can have all sorts of reasons for naming their child Rainbow or Hickory. The childhood nickname “Feathers” or “Milk Tea” might have stuck. If you have a decent reason for your name and it's not too implausible, you're fine.
What's not okay are names that disrupt the atmosphere of the game, like Sephiroth, Lalafell Superstar, Mister Bojangles, Britney Spears, Captin Hook, royal titles like King/Queen/Prince etc. or names of popular or well-known characters, like Gene Starwind, Vash, Drizzt, Legolas, etc. If you've leveled up your character quite a bit and you've got one of those unfortunate names... sorry, but you will not be approved for TALE membership.
#5 Godmodding and Metagaming
Godmoding and metagaming are strictly against the rules. Any use of out-of-character knowledge for in-character purposes (reading a character's bio on the website and using that out-of-character knowledge in game, for example) will not be tolerated and repeated offenses may face punishment including expulsion from TALE. If you are unfamiliar with the terms Godmoding and Metagaming, there is a great write up of the terms here.
#6 ERP/Erotic Roleplay
Don’t be skanky about it. What you do in your own private chats is your business and we don’t want to hear about it. Don’t bring it over the pearl or in public areas. Don’t try to turn TALE into your own personal harem, either. Your character is free to be flirty, if that is how you play them, but it is very obvious when someone is confusing the term “roleplaying” with “fap material.” We reserve the right to kick anyone from TALE who is creeping the rest of us out.
#7 Linkshell functionality
The linkshell in Final Fantasy XIV is a magical device that connects players through small pearls worn in the ear. It has been decided by a majority vote that linkshells can only be used for audio communication. Therefore, it is important that when roleplaying over the T.A.L.E. linkshell, you restrict your character only to sound, much like using a cell phone for a conference call. Emotes such as *waves* or *bows* should not be used for roleplaying in the linkshell channel***. It has been demonstrated in-game through quest cut-scenes that linkshells can be used on a private channel. When a linkshell member is trying to get a hold of you, your pearl will glow softly. Private linkshell communication should be restricted to /tells between members.
***However, if you are talking with someone else through the linkshell pearl, but they're in front of you in person (such as if we were RPing that we were hanging out in headquarters, but OOCly were out killing raptors), you can do emotes as long as they are in parenthesis to denote that they are only visible to the people in front of you. Example:
Aedida: Aveline, here, try this brew. I think I may have used too much hog in it. (*hands Aveline a cup of questionable looking liquid*)
Aveline: (*hesitantly accepting the glass*) ....What's it supposed to do?