i. behaviour Gossamer operates on principles of respect, tact, fairness, honesty, maturity, and kindness. All individuals are expected to act according this philosophy at all times. This rule applies across the entire board and any connected media: posts, personal messages, instant messages, the Cbox, and so on. Misbehaviours which include, but are not limited to, bullying, harassment, discrimination, hate speech, prejudice, and duplicity, will be followed up by the staff team and acted upon appropriately. Countermeasures and punishments ultimately boil down to temporary or permanent Cbox bans and/or site bans.
ii. registration Register with your character's full name (or most common name) in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Characters of Japanese origin - primarily those whose original material is in Japanese and not English - should have their family name first and their given name second. Also, no special characters in names; if Japanese characters such as Ū, Ō or Ī, they should be correctly romanised (to UU, OU, or II, respectively).
DO NOT MAKE AN OOC ACCOUNT; named accounts are for staff members only. If we see any accounts that do not match up to a known canon character, we will delete them. For your OOC alias, choose one and stick to it. Do not make it identical to the name/nickname of your character or anyone else's. Please also make sure it is short (8 characters or less is ideal).
IN REGARDS TO VPNs and Proxies (Virtual Private Networks, Proxy Servers, anything similar): because of recent attempts to evade bans, we ask of you to please not use VPNs/proxies/etc on our site. As no other person except administrators can see your IP address, there is no reason for you to hide it. If we happen to find out you're using them, you will be asked to get off of them, or else not be allowed to apply and be present on our forum.
iii. series & characters We only accept canon characters, not original ones, and they must be rooted in animation or illustration -- i.e. a series' primary medium must be animated or illustrated. This covers Japanese anime, manga, and visual novels; animated movies (Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Blue Sky, Ghibli, etc), Western cartoons and animations, comics like DC and Marvel, and video games. If a character also appears in some purely written material, such as a light novel, this information may be used as part of the character's history or development, but the majority of their material (>50%) must still be animated/illustrated, and their canon point cannot be anywhere within the written history.
More information and Q&As on characters and character aspects we do or don't allow can be found in the character portion of our FAQ. Further character inquiries may be posed here. Note that some series are not permitted all, primarily due to their style of animation and/or adult humour, including but not limited to South Park, American Dad, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.
iv. currently airing shows If you‘re thinking of applying for a character from a currently airing show, please try to be realistic about it. It‘s really hard to accurately explain, portray and understand someone if you‘ve seen only two or three episodes of the series so far, let alone if the said character is going to be an important one in the series. In the case of an anime that has no other complimentary material (manga, visual novels, etc), there must be at least one complete cour aired (~12 episodes, unless the anime ends before that) in order for us to allow you to apply for a certain character. A similar process applies to manga still in its early stages. Always make sure you have enough material that‘s already out before applying for a character, especially if things like their full backstory have not been revealed yet. If you‘re unsure about a certain case, please ask one of the staff members!
v. inclusiveness Try not to focus on plotting with characters only in the same fandoms as yours, or only from the fandoms you're familiar with. We're multi-fandom for a reason! However, the converse also holds true; don't overlook or ignore characters in the same fandom as yours.
vi. canon reservations Reserving the character you are applying for is heavily encouraged; remember that if you don't reserve a character, you are at risk of having that character taken from you by someone else. You are required to update your reservation every 7 days, and the total reservation period lasts 14 days. If by the 2-week mark your application is unfinished, it will be archived. You are required to wait 7 days between your 14 day reservation cycles. You may ask for an extra 7-day extension due to extenuating circumstances; just ask staff.
vii. rating We are rated 3-3-3 on the RPG-Rating system. This board is also Jcink Premium. All mature content is free game, as long as it is being handled by mature writers. However, always make sure to leave proper warnings for threads; if it's going to be mature, put an [M] or similar in the title, and please make a clear note at the top of the thread or post if there is any potentially triggering material present.
viii. word count None. Write what is natural to you, and understand that some people may consistently write more, or less, than you do.
ix. skill level All writing and communication on Gossamer must be comprehensible and of good quality without excess typos, spelling errors or incorrect grammar. This does not exclude ESL writers on principle. Our application serves as the primary screening process for your writing abilities, so we expect that your roleplaying on the site will not be of significantly lower quality.
x. graphics Main avatars are 250x450 pixels, and the smaller square icons are 200x200 and 100x100 (automatic resizing is in effect in some areas). GIFs may be used for the 200x200 or 100x100, but not in the Cbox. If you use incorrect sizing or poor-quality graphics, you may be contacted. Lastly, we do not allow nudity, gore, or unsettling themes in any graphical content.
xi. content ownership Plagiarising from other sources is strictly forbidden. This includes stealing art and graphics and declaring them your own, copying someone's application from another site, copying canon information from Wikipedia or a similar source, or thieving large-scale original concepts or ideas. Violation of this rule will lead to immediate banning. We will also follow up cases of content being stolen from Gossamer and utilized elsewhere.
xii. activity One post per month for each character. This rule is independent of activity checks, which generally start at the beginning of each month and run for 1 week to simply serve as a posting reminder and help us keep track of cleanouts. Absence notes are mandatory for exemption from an activity check, but keep in mind that they cannot last forever; one and a half months is the general maximum. There is a grace period of 7 days after an absence note ends in which you can post before your character(s) will be inactivated. Logins need to be performed within 14 days, especially for players with only one character, otherwise we will presume them inactive.
Simply showing up and posting once a month alone for the sake of meeting our technical requirements may be brought into question on a case-by-case basis. What this essentially means is that we'd like to see you, as a member of our forum, being up to date on our goings-on, and present in and making contributions to our community at large; there's not much point to being on an RP forum if you aren't going to, well, RP and get to know your fellow roleplayers. Going completely dry on plotting/non-IC posting/interacting with other members on-site is our main concern, as is interacting with a specific friend or group on social media or other RP sites only.
xiii. making additional characters There is no limit on the total number of characters a member may have overall. However, before you can make each subsequent new character, each of your existing characters needs ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: at least 3 in-character posts (canon or AU), one active canon IC thread, a plotter posted up, and 7 posts from other IC mediums (this can be a mixture of plotter replies, technology posts, development posts). If we feel any of these supplementary posts are low-effort, we will ask for extra site contribution. A reserve on the canon list may not be posted until these requirements are met with your most recent accepted character.
In addition, we ask you to try not to have more than one or two unsorted accounts around at any given time. If we notice you have more than two unsorted accounts, we will contact you about it, and likely asterisk one or two of those accounts depending the date they were registered on.
xiv. canons per series Each player may have no more than two characters per fandom: only one of these may be a major/popular character. They must have minimal interactions with your other character. For certain series (namely those with a large cast or with many playable minor characters), we may allow up to 3 or more characters; these tend to include larger sports series such as Haikyuu!!, or fandoms which span multiple worlds or timelines such as Final Fantasy, Fate/, Fire Emblem, and Tales of.
xv. rp etiquette No godmoding, powerplaying or metagaming. This means no taking control of another player's character without permission, no overpowering your character and manipulating situations so they can win all the time, and no implementation of outside knowledge to influence in character decisions and consequences. Some characters who are particularly overpowered, or have certain skills (e.g. bending time/space, insta-killing or totally controlling other characters), will need to be nerfed in the application process.
xvi. multiverse mechanicsThere may only be one version of each character permitted, even if their series casts them in multiple iterations. For example, we would not be able to have both the original FMA Edward Elric as well as the FMA: Brotherhood Edward.
When a character is dropped or goes inactive, the history of that character remains in the multiverse, and existing characters who interacted with them will remember those interactions. If that same character is apped again by a different player, they will not have those past memories unless the player chooses to include them.
Characters within the same fandom may be pulled from any point in the fandom that the player chooses, which means that while one character in a fandom may be from the end of the series, another character in the same fandom may be taken from the midst of the conflict. Characters also still continue to exist in canon: if character A is pulled from an earlier point than character B, character B's canon memories are not affected.
The multiverse generally diverts most circumstances - or the severity of them - that could kill a canon character. That said, canon characters can die on Gossamer, but permission must be sought from one of the admins. It must be played out IC, and it will permanently wipe all of the character's memories/history in the multiverse across all incarnations. It also means the player must drop the character, and may not take them back up for a minimum of 6 months.