Rules are subject to change with the needs of the community, and announcements will be made in Discord to call out changes. It’s the responsibility of players to stay up to date on the rules.

Community Rules

  1. No win-only mentalities. Counter play is necessary to successful roleplay.
  2. Role Play Before Bloodshed: No Random Death Matching (RDM) or Kill on Sight (KOS). All conflict must be initiated verbally or with an abundance of story lead-up within close proximity of the conflict. The target of conflict attack must be able to recognize they’re being threatened with harm, why and by whom before they’re injured.
  3. Metagaming is prohibited.
    • You are not your character; do not act on or disclose information your character didn’t gain on-server.
  4. Power gaming is prohibited.
    • Roleplay that does not give other players the opportunity to roleplay their character’s own actions is considered power gaming (e.g., using the /me command to force an outcome: /me knocks them out with the butt of a gun instead of /me hits your temple with the butt of a gun ).
  5. Stream sniping is prohibited.
    • Presence in a streamer’s chat while on the server will be assumed as evidence of stream sniping if there is a complaint submitted.
  6. RP that violates the Twitch Terms of Service (ToS) and Twitch Community Guidelines is prohibited.
  7. Players and their characters must be 18 years or older.
  8. Players must have English fluency enough to easily understand and be understood.
  9. You must have your Steam account linked to your Discord, in the event that admins need to find you on the allowlist. You should still have your character names as part of your name.
    • In the event that you don’t feel comfortable showing your steam account then please make sure your name is your steam name on your application.
  10. Admin actions via Discord must be given priority.
    • If an admin contacts you to discuss a timeout, the ban will not be lifted (regardless of its initial duration) until you have spoken to the admin. If an admin contacts you to discuss a rule break and you do not acknowledge the message with a response, you may be timed out until you do so.
  11. Be respectful of other players in the community; personal insults or attacks outside of roleplay are strictly prohibited.
    • Speaking poorly of others on stream, in chats or elsewhere will not be tolerated. If you have a concern that someone broke a community or on-server rule, submit a report.
    • Any player caught harassing or bullying another player on the server, or outside of the server but in relation to their presence on the server, will be permanently removed and barred from the current and any future allowlist.
  12. Voice Communication:
    • Players must have a good quality and functioning microphone and headset for VoIP RP.
    • Players who are mute may use or /me tools for roleplay (See also Getting Started).
    • You must not use external communication to communicate with other players while on the server.
    • Any music played on the server must be DMCA compliant.
  13. Make use of the appropriate tools and #channels to report issues or request support.
    • If you need to DM another community member for any reason, you should ask and receive permission first in a public channel.
  14. Glitching/Exploiting is prohibited.
    • Use of game mechanics (intended or otherwise) to gain an unfair advantage is considered exploiting (e.g., using known bugs or using game features in inappropriate and unintended ways).
    • Logging out during conflict (“combat-logging”) is prohibited.
  15. Players must be in character at all times on-server. This includes communication and actions.
    • IC conflict is to be resolved IC. If rule-related concerns arise, players are expected to remain IC to the conclusion of the scene, and file a player report.
  16. Content Restrictions:
    • Extreme Violence: OOC consent must be obtained through Discord between all parties before torture/mutilation RP. Descriptions (verbal or /me) cannot be overly descriptive or gruesome.
      • Hanging and scalping are not allowed.
    • Prohibited Topics: Roleplay and references to the following topics, both verbal and written, are absolutely not permitted by TRP or allowed on any of its servers, Discord, or other hosted services and may result in a permanent community ban:
      • Racism or Sexism
      • Suicide or self-harm
      • Children/Pregnancy roleplay
      • Erotic Role Play (ERP), especially anything actually or inferred to be non-consensual
      • Slavery roleplay
      • No hate speech, slurs, or portrayals of hate crimes
  17. Discord Rules:
    • You must follow Discord’s ToS
    • Advertising of any sort will not be tolerated unless given explicit permission from an admin.
    • Do not spam the bot. He has feelings too, ya know.
    • Offensive/NSFW names and avatars are not allowed and will result in a warning.
    • Staff have the final say in what is allowed. They have the right to remove posts as they see fit.

Server Rules

  1. Sniping (scoped long arms or bows used from stealth or extreme distance) may not be used in PVP.
    • Note: Some allowlisted law roles are permitted use of these weapons in PVP due to an extensive additional ruleset that balances their advantage.
  2. You must value your life, freedom, and the lives of others (including NPCs) by taking risks appropriate for your character and role playing authentic consequences. This ain’t your average NVL rule folks! Taking a high risk action must result in reciprocally high consequences should you fail.
  3. PVP Conflict: 2 to 1 advantage, maximum. 
    • The initiating party in player vs player conflict may not outnumber the targeted characters by more that 2 to 1.
      • This also applies to parties initiating into a scene that’s already in progress.
    • Law groups are permitted +1
  4. Super Group and Super Character Restrictions:
    • Groups, Families or Enterprises (civilian or criminal) are limited to 16 people max.
      • Groups with 8-16 consistent collaborators are a super group and must open a super group channel in TRP’s Group Discord
      • Groups with fewer than 8 are encouraged to open a super group channel and in TRP’s Group Discord, and those which are conflict heavy may be required to on CM request.
    • Serial Killers (murderers who have committed 3+ murders) are “Super Characters.” Players must apply to play serial killer characters via TRP’s Group Discord.
  5. Character conduct and server aesthetic is Lore Friendly and Authentic.
    • Our expectation is that at all times, players are mindful of game and community rules, the lore and setting in which their character exists (RDR2 in 1895), and their impact on the RP happening around them.
  6. Players must play original characters.
    • Players may not play a character affiliated with an RDR2 organization, location, or character with the intention of receiving an in-game benefit (e.g., playing a character with the last name Braithwaite does not entitle the character to Braithwaite manor without purchase).
    • Players may not play active members of the military. Veterans are acceptable.
    • Characters who were played on other servers are blank slates.
    • See also Rule Set: Special Characters.
  7. /me and Scenes must be used to facilitate and enable Role Play.
    • When committing a crime, where there are no witnesses or no witnesses left alive (e.g., NPCs or the victim has chosen to perma), scenes must be placed as evidence to allow counterplay.
    • Emojis or smiley faces, etc., in place of descriptive sentences are not acceptable in /me (e.g., ‘/me winks’ is correct. ‘/me ;)’ is not).
  8. Hostage taking as a method of manipulating Law Characters to release a prisoner is not allowed.
  9. Permanent death isn’t required for any reason and is the sole decision of the character’s player.
    • See also Rule Set: Losing Consciousness and Incapacitation.
  10. Diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric conditions is prohibited.
    • Limited exceptions apply to characters specifically licensed, trained, and approved by the Chief of Medicine.
    • Inquiries regarding medical licensing and training can be directed to the Chief of Medicine via telegram (first step on your journey will be to discover contact information IC on server).

Character Restrictions

Downed Outside of Conflict

  • If you’re downed but aren’t in active conflict (e.g., kicked by a horse, falling damage), you are incapacitated.
  • You may speak and choose to retain your memory.
  • You may respawn in place or at the nearest doctor.

Downed During PvP Conflict

  • If you are downed during an active player-to-player conflict, you are unconscious. You may remember everything up until you lose consciousness, but remember nothing until you revive (wake up/F). While unconscious, you may make utterances, but cannot remember the details or subject of any conversations.
  • If downed due to law enforcement action, you must submit to detainment on scene.
  • You may not re-engage another player during an encounter after they’ve been downed.
  • If you revive/wake up during active PVP; you may only seek medical aid, hide, or flee the scene.
    • You may choose to remain downed until other characters provide assistance.
    • You may not respawn at the doctor.

Indigenous Characters

  • Characters who are indigenous must identify as or play as part of a fictionalized tribe rather than portraying a member of an existing nation (e.g., Cherokee, Apache, etc.). Native stories and identities are woefully under-represented in the media in accurate, respectful ways, and as such, we do not wish anyone’s portrayal of indigenous characters on this server to further mis-represent.
    • Further, we want to prevent “RP-checking” that may occur, and give players the freedom to make authentic roleplay decisions based on their character and the moment without feeling bound by the responsibility of portraying a representative of an existing tribe.
  • Tribal names and customs may be inspired by existing tribes, but should be fictionalized. As an example, the RDR2 Wapiti nation’s name is an anglicized spelling of the Shawnee and Cree nations’ word for elk.
  • Indigenous characters can request special items, such as tipis, via filing a support ticket.

Supernatural Character

  • Characters may have the appearance of being ‘supernatural’ but may not actually be supernatural, and a rational explanation must be discoverable by other players.
    • Characters appearing to be vampires, aliens, ghosts, or time travelers are not allowed.

Home Ownership

  • Players are permitted to own 1 residential property across all characters.
    • Players found with more than 1 residential property will be asked to give up the extra of their choosing to be redistributed by the CM team.
  • Purchased homes may restrict access and be defended up to 15 paces from the exterior walls or to the fence line if one exists.
  • Rentals such as hotel rooms, Pronghorn Ranch, and Manzanita post are not purchased properties.
  • Restricted access does not prohibit law from investigating crimes that may have taken place on the property.

Squatting and Territory Claims

  • You may have your character squat on a property. This is not a legal claim, and others may also squat. (See also, Federal Laws > Trespassing)
  • An individual cannot claim territory. However, if your group wishes to claim territory (e.g., a gang’s turf) then the following steps must be taken:
    • Your group must have an active Super Group agreement (see Rule Set: Super Group and Special Characters).
    • Your territory cannot block access to server mechanics (e.g., hotels, stores, stables, etc.) or other areas on the map, nor be chosen with the intention of making access to those mechanics difficult.

Business Ownership vs Management

  • Players are permitted to own 1 business across all characters.
    • NOTE: Properties like ranches/farms/plantations count as both your business and your residential property.
  • Business ownership can be acquired by purchasing the deed from the owner, or by submitting an application when they open (keep an eye on server announcements in Discord.)
  • You character can work at any non-purchasable property all they want, but cannot claim ownership.
  • You may “rent” non-purchasable businesses directly from a town Sheriff if they agree to it. This gives you legal standing to manage the business, however it is “owned” by the town.
    • Local business rentals are limited to 1 per player across all characters.