The Tangled Web - Online Pen and Paper Roleplaying FAQ

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What are the Site Rules?


In an effort to provide a friendly community for everyone, we have a few rules to follow, but our #1 most important rule is this - just don't be a jerk.

This rule is simple and easy to abide by. While you are free to disagree with folks around here, just don't be a jerk about it. If you're going to criticize a post, do it respectfully. It's really simple. If you have questions about it, feel free to PM a Staff Member for further clarification.

We don't have a lot of rules that describe exactly how you should behave here, but we have a list of things you should definitely not do. Our entire rule list is as follows:
  • Rule #1 - Don't be a jerk. That should be self-explanatory and pretty much cover everything, but if you still need more than that, it basically means no trolling, no bullying, no spamming, and no flaming. We want a kind, polite, clean, and supportive community, so typical internet comment section nonsense behavior will not be tolerated here.

  • Rule #2 - No non-recruitment threads in the Recruiting Office. Do not start new threads in the Recruiting Office unless you are posting to recruit players for a game that is ready to play, already has a GM, and just needs its players.

  • Rule #3 - Don't post in game forums that aren't yours. Do not post in anyone's game forum unless you are a part of their game. If you wish to ask a GM to join his game after it has begun and there is no recruitment thread, politely Private Message him.

  • Rule #4 - No inappropriate content. Do not post anything that you would be ashamed of if your mother were to see it. No pornographic material. We don't mind some casual swearing just like most media but don't overdo it, and try not to do it at all in the very public threads. Breaking this rule will earn you a 2-point infraction instead of just 1.

  • Rule #5 - No Users under age 13. All Users must be age 13 or older. This is worth 4 points.

  • Rule #6 - No multiple accounts. Do not create more than one account. This is worth 1 point for your oldest account and 4 points for all your newer accounts.

  • Rule #7 - Don't cheat. Come on, that's not cool. It defeats the purpose of the game and takes the fun away.

  • Rule #8 - No unintelligible posts. Here's the deal - just try to make a post that makes sense and is readable. If you aren't perfect but you're putting in the effort, then that's fine. But if you regularly submit posts that have no spaces, no punctuation, misspelled words, text-message-style shorthand, and other nuisances like that on a site built around typing stories to each other, then you might find yourself asked to either improve your performance or find somewhere else to get your online roleplaying fix. Posts that look like a text message that was written in five seconds are not allowed. We're a forum. Writing is kind of a big deal here. No posts allowed that a first grade teacher wouldn't accept.

  • Rule #9 - No advertising. Don't come here just to post about your sports news website or whatever and try to use our community as a recruiting grounds or a pool to come scoop clicks/views from. That is not appreciated and it is not allowed.
Aside from receiving an infraction, in many cases you may find that your post is also deleted.

Unless otherwise noted, infractions are worth 1 point each. A point stays with you for 90 days and then goes away if you've managed to be on your best behavior for that long. If you accumulate 3 points, you'll be automatically Banned for a week. When your week-long ban ends, you'll still have your 3 points but you'll be allowed to return to the site. If you accumulate 4 points, however, you'll be automatically Banned forever.

More rules may be added to this list if necessary, but these are all that are required right now and are the most important. Please do your best not to require us to have to add to the list.

Who is The Staff of The Tangled Web?


Here is a list of all current Staff Members for TTW. This list will be updated as necessary in order to keep it current.

If you need assistance with anything, or if there are any problems with the site that you feel are not being handled, or that you do not wish to report through the normal means, or simply want to make sure we are aware of, please feel free to PM any Staff Member at any time.

Thank you all for your dedication and continued patronage to the site. We are here to serve your needs, so don't hesitate to contact us if we can help with something.

Good luck and good gaming,

~The Tangled Web Staff~

Owners Administrators

Do I need to register and, if so, how do I do it?


Yes, you are required to register in order to use all the features of the forum. Being registered gives you an identity on the board, a fixed username on all messages you post, and an online public profile.

Basic registration is free and offers an extended range of features, including:

  • Posting new threads
  • Replying to other peoples' threads
  • Editing your posts
  • Receiving email notification of replies to posts and threads you specify
  • Sending private messages to other members
  • Setting up a 'friends list' to quickly see which of your friends are online.

You register by clicking on the Register link near the top of the page. You will be asked to choose a username, password, and enter a valid email address. In addition, there will be some other fields to which you will be invited to respond. Some will be mandatory while others are optional. Once this is complete you will need to click on a link in an activation email that will be sent to the email address you provided. Once you have done this you will be registered. Note that entering your email address will not leave you open to spam.

If you are under the age of 13, you are not allowed to register with this site.

Is this site free or does it cost money?


Both. We offer a free version and a paid version of the TTW experience. You don't need the paid version of our site to enjoy the full array of what we have to offer here, you can easily accomplish that with a free account. The paid account just has some fun extras we think you would like. Here is a breakdown of the different accounts:

Bronze Spider
Everyone starts out as one of these. You have everything that a Silver Spider has except for private messaging. Make three posts and then you will rank up and unlock your ability to send and receive PMs. The Main Gate and The Library are great places to go make your first posts.

Silver Spider
Your normal, basic, free account. You can upload up to 50 MB in attachments before you need to start getting rid of older ones to free up space for new ones, you can have up to 100 stored messages in your private messaging area, you can send a private message to up to 10 Users at once, your profile picture's size can be up to 150x200 pixels, and your avatar's size can be up to 120x120 pixels.

Gold Spider
Your normal, basic, free account that has been around long enough and achieved enough important milestones that it has ranked up yet again and can do more that its Silver Spider counterparts. You need to have a Reputation score that has reached at least 200 and either A.) 100 posts to your name, or B.) an account that is 1 year old, whichever comes first. You can then upload up to 75 MB in attachments before you need to start getting rid of older ones to free up space for new ones, you can have up to 200 stored messages in your private messaging area, you can send a private message to up to 15 Users at once, your profile picture's size can be up to 200x250 pixels, and your avatar's size can be up to 145x145 pixels.

Platinum Spider
Our paid account option. All ads will disappear from the site, you can upload up to 150 MB in attachments before you need to start getting rid of older ones to free up space for new ones, you can have up to 500 stored messages in your private messaging area, you can send a private message to up to 20 Users at once, your profile picture's size can be up to 250x300 pixels, and your avatar's size can be up to 170x170 pixels.

Diamond Spider
If you happen to see a Diamond Spider crawling around, that's a friendly TTW Staff Member. They're here to help you with whatever you need. They're in their own class of spider to help you easily spot them.

What are the site's Legal Policies?

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