No, seriously -- don't. Castle Ghrian is meant to be a fun place to play and the mods have no tolerance for anyone who might ruin the fun of everyone else. Not sure what being a dick entails? Avoid any of what's listed below:
Being rude to other players unprovoked and/or creating unnecessary drama. Not respecting the IC/OOC divide, which includes --
♕ Conflating IC actions with OOC feelings. ♕ Using OOC knowledge to make IC decisions. ♕ Assuming relationships or events between characters without explicitly speaking to the other player (or better yet playing it out). ♕ Harassing other players into playing certain lines (especially romantic ones) with you.
Not respecting that you can't just do whatever you want, which includes --
♕ Going ahead with certain plots without the full approval of the mods. ♕ Canon puncturing any character without the player's approval. ♕ GODMODDING. Just... don't do it if it's not pre-approved/necessary.
This shouldn't even need to be said, but don't plagiarize. Any and all things that make fun play in this game harder for other people.
Activity is an important part to any game. You must have at least 3 pieces of activity by the end of the month, that's it. This gives each character 90 points to be spent on plots, character updates and items from home. (See the Points Info page for more information.)
At least one piece of activity has to be some form of open communication that invites the potential for interaction from those not within your character's immediate circle/plot, whether this is a log or other communication. To count for activity, a piece must, at the very least, have three comments per player, making a total of 6 comments, whether a network or log.
There will be a check-in post at the end of the month. You will have 5 days to check-in. Failure to check-in gets you removed from the game unless you contact the mods to explain any sort of special circumstances.
What do you need points for? To update your characters or to put certain plots into action. Special plots. As mentioned above, when you check in for activity, you are given 90 points. You can also get extra points by submitting completed logs. With these points you can then go here and spend them. Don't worry. It's that simple.
We require that all players are at least 18 years of age. This is an adult game where certain situations may occur and our players should match appropriately.
We have certain rules on characters:
♕ Players are allowed to play a maximum of eight characters. ♕ This is a panfandom game. At this time we are not accepting original characters or those with game history. ♕ We do not accept AU characters or more than one version of the same character (except in the case of in-universe occurrences, such as the Doctor) ♕ Development is great, but wildly out of character portrayals will not be tolerated. ♕ At this time players are allowed one character per fandom. ♕ All characters must be 17+. ♕ No totally evil characters are accepted. Please ask if you're unsure or to plead your case. ♕ At this time one player playing multiple characters with the same PB is not allowed. ♕ Characters from the following works are not and will never be allowed:
The works of Cassandra Clare. 50 Shades of Grey or similar properties. Works by creators who disapprove of fanfiction (such as George R. R. Martin).
All logs must be properly tagged and have a heading such as the one below. Warnings are very important in the case of sensitive topics, as well as noting properly if a thread is not safe for work. Logs should always be under a cut as well.
in character actions.
Do we want things to be all hunky-dory all the time? No. But if you have a character that insists on being a trouble maker, the mods appreciate if you would refer to the plot request page on how to proceed.
So you want to update your character. That's fine, we're all for that. There's only one rule we have about this. If the new canon point is for an episode/book/movie that just aired or was released, you must wait a minimum of eight days. This also goes for picking up characters from new material.
when is the game set?
Good question! The short answer is never. Or maybe always. Truth is — there is no year in game and no one on staff will be able to tell your character what year it is. The game follows the typical 24-hour day, the 7-day week, and the 12-month year, but mysteriously, the year is missing. The castle is old-world, but there are tablets, so people from older times might not feel too out of place while more contemporary characters can appreciate the luxury of the modern touches.
I want to play a character from XYZ fandom but you're not accepting the fandom.
Yeah, sorry about that. We just feel like games are currently oversaturated with these fandoms and we'd like to see other characters shine. Don't worry, it's probably not forever. Probably.
Fandoms currently on this list are Teen Wolf, and The Vampire Diaries/The Originals.
I want to play a vampire/werewolf/other species.
That’s perfectly acceptable. The castle will provide all special dietary needs, including blood, directly to the rooms. Please be aware that feeding on other guests or staff members without permission is considered assault and will be punished accordingly. For werewolves who lose control at the full moon, special arrangements will be made. For all supernatural characters with special requirements or requests, please make a note in your application.
why is your application so detailed?
We’re a writing community. We want the players in this game to have a good understanding of their characters and we’d rather you take your time on an application for a few strong muses rather than pick all your favorites from a fandom to play.
why don't you accept characters under 17? can my character bring a child in?
We’re an adult game with adult characters and situations. If you have a character who really needs to bring their child into the game, this will be decided on a case by case basis. In general, these kids should be under six years old.
how does my character arrive in the game? can they bring anything?
We’ve got a whole page on that here. All characters will appear in the lobby. If they arrive injured or near death, they will be taken from the lobby to the infirmary to make a full recovery.
Characters may arrive with the clothes on their back and anything on their immediate person (for example, if they're holding something). The castle information details where they can find new clothes. Remember, anything electronic will immediately cease working without any hope of recovery.
how does communication work? can I access the Internet?
There is a special castle network accessible via the tablet devices given to you when you first arrive. They are on a closed network and do not connect to the Internet (guests are encouraged to use the library for research) or anything outside of the castle, but they provide information about the castle and can connect you to staff when you need them (for things like room service).
The tablet also lets characters speak to other guests on the network, allowing for both private and public communication. Please note that guests may only view posts on the network from the time of their arrival. Network posts will include character names next to their messages, but no pictures/icons.
how does housing work?
There is a page for that here. Characters will reside in their own rooms in suites ranging in size from 1-bedroom to 6-bedrooms in one of six different wings of the castle. Housing will be assigned upon acceptance and cannot be changed. There is a question on the application for those wishing to make requests, but we don’t guarantee your character will get a private suite just because they want one.
what is the barrier?
No one knows. It is invisible. It is powerful. But aside from keeping you inside, it seems benign. Crossing the barrier results in an instant return to the castle lobby. The barrier line may change a little — a few feet further north on one day and back again the next. No one can really tell or measure because...they can’t see it. The barrier does extend all the way up, so characters who might try flying through might have a hard landing in the lobby. It is a little curious that the birds seem to travel through without any problems...
I play a god/being with powerful magic.
Cool story. They’re still subject to the barrier like anyone else. They are welcome to use their powers within the castle, but if they cause trouble, there will be consequences. Please remember there is no godmodding permitted in this game no matter how powerful the character. If we see this becoming an issue, we will talk to you. We trust that players will be sensible about their character's abilities and if we have concerns about a character being overpowered or not quite fitting in the game, we'll talk to you when you apply.
I want to bring in XYZ electronic device for my character.
Sure, as long as you realize that the moment it's on the castle grounds, it will become a hunk of garbage that doesn't work no matter what kind of expert you are. That means you, Scotty. Also you, Arthur Weasley.
what about money? a job?
Everything in the castle is provided as courtesy for guests. Yes, this includes the clothing “shop.” No money is necessary and no jobs are currently available.
my character knows XYZ fandom. can my character watch/read XYZ fandom?
Is it canon? The only canon puncturing can be done by fandoms who have mentioned other fandoms in their actual works (for example, Martha Jones and The Doctor have canonically spoken about reading Harry Potter. This means that it is reasonable to expect characters from the Doctor Who and Torchwood fandoms born in the right era to be familiar with Harry Potter). Permission must also be granted by the characters being punctured. If you are unsure, please ask!
There is limited access for fictional books, TV shows, and movies. In the library and in the cinema’s rental room, works that a character is already familiar with/clearly exist in their canon may be seen, while for other characters they will not appear. No character is able to “look up” their own canon. (For example, Dawn Summers could say to a canon punctured Severus Snape that she read books all about him. Severus could search the castle for days and never find the Harry Potter series)
can I update my character’s canon point? what happens when I do?
Yes you may. It costs points which are earned through activity and bonuses, which you can find out more about here.
When you update your character, they will disappear from the castle for a length of time determined by you. When they return, they will reappear in the lobby where the receptionist might give them a courteous “welcome back.” Don’t worry. Their room will be kept nice and tidy.
Have a question that hasn't been answered? Ask it, and we'll get back to you! These are by no means complete or final and we reserve the right to add to them in the future.