Besides the hidden acronym that sounds almost too obvious, MSF stands for the above title. Modern Scifi Fantasy. Aka: We have settings to fix all your problems, and solve all your gaps...And if our main setting/genre, Verashor, isn't good enough for you, we'll also have plenty of alternate roleplays and settings that have any range of depth or story to suit your needs.
When we first started this back in late June, 7/31/2011 to be precise, there were about five of us in all. Akkhenaton, Alex, Choopy, Dave, Justin, and Houston. We each had our own settings, managed our own crap, and vaguely rattled each others' cages. Since then our group has grown and changed. We've gained experience, on the server and with ourselves, and we've also gained some new people. (You can see for yourself by clicking "The Crew".) But we've at least tried our best to keep Roleplaying our main priority, and we ask that you try and maintain it as yours as well.
We're all here to have fun and we're all here to enjoy ourselves and writing. As such, we shouldn't be scared to say anything (appropriate, that is) in the channel or post...And have redrawn a Creed that's followed us from our homeland of Battle.net.
Read it, and enjoy it. Like the United States' Constitution, it's a guideline that has been followed and modified to suit the purposes of the channel. Please, do your best to accept it as well.
The Roleplayer's Creed
These are the honors of Roleplay which have always existed on Battle.net and should continue to exist where we Roleplay.
They should be not be considered rules, but virtues of the art that all Roleplayer's should follow.
1. I will maintain the illusion of Roleplay by staying in character whenever possible. I will withhold out of character comments (during an RP) unless absolutely necessary, and even then I will whisper them or at the very least use bracketed text. Ex: (Yes, I understand.)
I will not be disruptive to others who are Roleplaying with my out of character text.
2. If I discuss Roleplay with other users out of character, I will not allow my character to be influenced by this knowledge (meta-gaming) without express permission of the other Roleplayers. I will take the time to allow my character to learn these things on his or her own during the course of the Roleplay storyline.
3. I will separate myself as a user from my character as much as possible. While I understand that a lot of myself goes into my character, and the intensity of interacting with other users during Roleplay can evoke real emotions in me, I will not allow my character to be affected by these feelings. I also understand that my character is -not- me.
4. If I am not in the mood to Roleplay, I will not interrupt other users who are Roleplaying by coming into the realm out of character. I will find others who are not in character and go somewhere meant for out of character discussion.
5. I will not harass someone else due to spelling/grammatical errors in their writing, as the only way to improve one's writing is to practice. If I must criticize another's work, I will do so in private, as to not berate them in front of everyone.
6. If I, as a user, feel that my character has been treated unfairly, or another character has overstepped the boundaries of their abilities, I will approach the other character's user privately to discuss the situation in a calm, adult manner to try to come to a resolution or compromise.
7. I will accept the hand that is dealt me in a Roleplay, understanding that it is only a hobby, not about winning or losing, but about enjoying myself.
8. I will not allow setbacks in Roleplay to be blown out of proportion. If I am overly emotional about what is happening, I will step back and not Roleplay until I can compose myself.
9. I will not carry grudges against fellow users. My character might not like another character, but again, I am an adult and understand that they are 'characters' and not the user that portrays them.
10. If I find that I simply can not get along with another user, I will avoid Roleplaying with them. However, I will do so in a way that does not draw attention to my dislike for them, and I will not badmouth or otherwise slander the other user, as such actions only make myself look foolish.
11. If my character is killed, I will obviously grieve for the loss, but I will also view the situation as an opportunity to grow as a Roleplayer. By starting anew with a fresh identity, I will be able to leave all the negatives of my previous character(s) behind - any grudges, dislikes or just plain bad habits - and take away the good, thus making my next character even better and more interesting.
12. I, as a user, will keep an open mind and allow people to play their characters the way their imagination leads them, regardless of if their interpretation matches that of some book, guidelines... or creed.
13. I will not exclude another user due to lack of 'Skill', nor will I insult them. The only way for someone to become better at Roleplay is by watching people with more 'Talent', and I will do whatever I can do foster Roleplay as a whole.
14. I will do my best to foster and encourage an environment in which all players and their characters can be comfortable in. I will refrain from posting any material which can be discerned by a channel operator or the channel master as being intentionally controversial or ill-willed towards another channel user.
The intentions of any post are up to interpretation by anyone they are aimed at, or any channel overseer viewing them. Thus, if a person is found to be intentionally attacking others, they can be rightfully removed from the channel by an operator, or disciplined accordingly, based on an operator's ruling.
Ill-willed and controversial things include, but are not limited to, hateful name-calling, intentionally aggravating trolling, intentionally aggravating spamming, etc. There is a fine line between debate and argument. Tread lightly if you wish to cross it. The constitution of any category, as to whether or not something is ill-willed, is up to the discernment of channel overseers. Their decision is always final.
Those that respond to belligerent messages with similar behavior are equally to blame as those who "started it first."
While some items on the creed may not apply in certain areas, it's always best to look on and sort of acknowledge the wisdom that it shows towards Roleplay as a whole.
In a perfect Roleplay Realm, there would be no need for rules, guidelines, or a creed...But just like there is no such thing as a perfect world, there is no such thing as a perfect Realm. Even if others do not follow the rules or make themselves better known by behaving with respect that all deserve, that does not mean that you have the right or the privilege to follow their bad example. Show off your integrity by not requiring rules and behaving well upon your own accord.