Other Creative Prose - Official Rules
This forum is for posting any other form of writing outside the AE Universe. This can include anything from fantasy, science fiction, scripts, essays and non-fiction stories.
In order to keep this world in good order, there are important rules to follow. Below are these rules and failure to follow them can result in any form of punishment starting with thread deletion and locking, and leading up to a permanent ban from the forums.
The Legends and Lore Boards are a part of the Artix Entertainment Forums. You must follow the Universal Rules!
The Universal Rules are exactly that: Universal. They apply everywhere at all times, and L&L participants are expected to know and follow them. Note that claiming ignorance is not a defense for breaking them - all forum members are expected to read the rules before posting anywhere.
If you have any questions about the Universal Rules in general or how they relate to these forum-specific rules, please do not hesitate to contact either PyroPuppy, the Head Moderator for the Legends and Lore Boards, or any of the forum administration staff via a forum PM.
The Archive Board is for posting written work only. The Story Discussion Board is for feedback and story discussion.
Only the written work goes in here. Do not post commentary in these forums. Commentary threads are a must, and they belong here: Creative Works Discussion.
Write properly, remembering the basic mechanics of writing.
Remember that any story, poem or lyric you post is viewable by everyone. The rules of grammar exist for one purpose: to allow people to understand what you are trying to say. If you ignore them, no one will be able to follow you without working really hard at it, which tends to drive people away. Make your posts easy and enjoyable to read by using proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Make sure to include paragraph breaks so your post does not consist of single, intimidating wall of text. The wall of text is a pain to read through, in some cases literally, and will make it harder for people to understand you.
To help with this, double-check your post before posting it. Reading it through once before posting is an excellent way to catch grammar and spelling errors, and is even more effective if you do so out loud. A spellcheck program can help catch the spelling errors, but it will not fix grammar problems.
Do not ask people to rate, rank or grade your stories.
Commentary and criticism does not include a rating/ranking system. Please do not ask people to rank, rate or otherwise indicate that the text meets "x" qualifications. This is not constructive and does not encourage improvement. This include grades (A, B, C+ or numerical) and things like "On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being best, I give it a 2, because it is interesting, but there are minor issues that needs to be dealt with."
Plagiarism is forbidden. Do not submit plagiarised works.
Do not steal the story and/or ideas posted here, and give credit if using any material knowingly taken from someone else's creative writings. Submitting writing does not in any way mean your story, ideas, etc. will be used or included in any way in AE's games. Any stories, and/or ideas, which are submitted to Artix Entertainment, LLC (AE), are free to be used by AE as desired. Any stories, ideas, art, works, or suggestions submitted to Artix Entertainment, LLC (AE), or a member of, become property of Artix Entertainment, LLC (AE).
Submitting writing is a privilege, but also a responsibility. Anyone found to be taking advantage will receive disciplinary action.
Legends and Lore is not a writing forum that will support, nor allow, writing that is aimed towards any group or person in a derogatory manner or intended to cast hate, pain or harassment on a person or group of people.
This forum is also not a place to try and get others to do your homework for you. If you are caught using this forum to dishonestly get your homework done, action will be taken.
Maintain the family-friendly atmosphere of Artix Entertainment, keep all content PG
Although a slight allowance of above PG is allowed in L&L, it is not much. Please keep the following in mind.
This means you cannot use excessive profanity, actively promote drugs, overly detailed violence or have explicit scenes on the forums. Profanity is automatically blocked, but that does not mean your CHARACTER can’t curse. You just have to be creative (ex: A popular one in Anne McCaffrey's Pernese world "By the First Egg!" or take the easier route and simply edit the forum version).
Since these stories are submitted on the AE forums, the stories MUST be appropriate for a younger audience. Alcohol and tobacco are barely tolerated, therefore you must be discrete and do not promote their use.
In regards to violence, crimes, and such subject matters, the writer MUST remember that specific detail, overly grotesque or gory material, or action descriptions that go beyond insinuation/inference can get you in trouble. Yes, writing such things in stories provides for good storytelling and plot development, but we must remember that there are people out there who can be hurt by what you write. Keep details to a level where the reader relies more on their imagination than your words.
In regards to sex, it is not outright forbidden, but again it is a subject best left to inference. You cannot be explicit about it. When in doubt, imply; do not specify. In other words, they can enter a bedroom for the night together... but that is as far as you can take it.
Artix Entertainment's Copyrighting policy
11. USER CONTENT.
You grant Company a license to use the materials you post to the Site or Service. By posting, downloading, displaying, performing, transmitting, or otherwise distributing information or other content (“User Content”) to the Site or Service, you are granting Company, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and representatives a license to use User Content in connection with the operation of the Site and Service. Company, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and representatives, including without limitation, a right to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat User Content. You will not be compensated for any User Content. You agree that Company may publish or otherwise disclose your name in connection with your User Content. By posting User Content on the Site or Service, you warrant and represent that you own the rights to the User Content or are otherwise authorized to post, distribute, display, perform, transmit, or otherwise distribute User Content.
User Content, in this clause, is the content submitted for ingame consideration.
Those who post in L&L, aside from those who are purposely posting Quest writing, do not have to worry about AE claiming their writing as its own. Now, if a staff member was perusing L&L, found a story and liked it, the member would be spoken to about its possible use in game.
Posting in Legends and Lore has no influence on publishing aside from the publishing company itself. Many publishers will refuse to use the writings of an author that is found in the public, which is why you may have seen certain writers pull stories from L&L from time to time. If someone is looking to publish a work they've posted in L&L, it will most likely need to be removed before submission to the publishing company.
No signatures in Archive threads. Art inclusion should be minimal.
You are not allowed to use your signature at all in your story thread.
Title banners are restricted to 600x200 px and a maximum size of 50kb.
Illustrations should be of reasonable size (at the discretion of the forum staff) and have a maximum file size of 100kb and be no larger than 400X400. The maximum number of images embedded in any story is six and should not be animated.
All spam rules are in effect, with one exception: L&L does allow double posting by the author only.
This is an essential part of updating a story thread. Writers frequently post chapters in individual posts. This is acceptable and encouraged.
In addition, we now have our own IRC channels!
To talk about your works posted in the forums, join writing improvement sessions (coming soon), request feedback for your works, or talk about ideas for Legends and Lore collaboration projects, join #L&L-AE on Caelestia.net.
For general discussion of literature and writing or to socialize with fellow writers, old and new, join #LegendsAndLore on Caelestia.net.
Or, use the webchat located here. When you're connected, type /join #L&L-AE or /join #LegendsAndLore to get in.
If an issue arises within L&L (be it clarification of the rules, an issue with a specific user, or reporting rule violations), the following is a list of individuals to contact. If you wish to report threads in violation of the rules, you may contact any L&L ArchKnight. If you have an issue with an ArchKnight, please contact the head moderator of this forum. If your issue is with the moderating staff, please contact Zyrain.
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