The Devil's Due is a multi-Faction roleplaying group for The Secret World MMO that focuses on dark, tragic, and taboo themes. You can learn more on our Metaconspiracy page. This group is the home of three cabals. Horseman Resources - a group of Illuminati talent scouts and monster hunters. The Stormchasers - a collection of Dragon specialists that gather data for the models. The Ordo Obscurus - a Templar suicide squad of misfits and monsters.
ERP is erotic
roleplay. This is any sort of sexual RP between characters. Like many
other types of sexual conduct, it means something a little bit
different to everyone. It could be flirting in character, making out
and then "fading to black", or it could be a pretty graphic description
ERP has not ever
been and will not ever be a cabal activity in the Devil's Due. The
majority of the Devil's Due isn't interested in it and those sort of
things fade to black (FTB) and are not RPed. If the majority of your publicly
visible RP seems to be soliciting, having, or talking about sex or
titillation - you don't belong here. This sort of stuff - at
most - is an interesting side-dish on the RP-buffet and not the main
course. We have far more interesting stories to tell.
that, as a group, we're willing to turn a blind eye to it if it's done
privately and safely and never ever ends up on a cabal leader's
"radar". Our people are adults and we do not police their private
activities. We chose to address the issue directly, since the
metaconspiracy is based on adult themes, and to have an open and frank
discussion about what our rules and social norms are so people aren't
making mistakes based on ignorance. If you’re curious about ERP, then
these are some things you should consider to protect yourself. Your
safety and privacy are your responsibility
As a social
group, with a reputation to consider, we want to make sure that if you
choose to ERP, that you do so privately, safely, and responsibly for
the good of yourself and the Devil's Due. If you choose not to make
good judgments along these lines, you will be asked to leave.
If you don't
like ERP, it should be easy to avoid
If you don't
like ERP, you won't be exposed to it. Our chat on Enjin and in game is
SFW, and the cabal leaders and metaconspirators are quick to correct
people who toe the line.
You are not and
will never be required to participate in any sort of RP that you are
not comfortable with. If at any point you’re uncomfortable, type "I’m
uncomfortable with this” and leave the scene (log out, leave the page,
leave the group). That is the adult way to handle it and everyone will
is completely against Funcom's code of conduct and you can be banned
for doing it
You may not use any sexually explicit,
harmful, threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, hateful, racially
or ethnically offensive language. This includes all communication with
By doing this in
game you are running the risk of being banned if someone complains.
are seriously unbalanced people out there. Protect yourself; be
Make sure your
digital identity used for ERP is a couple of steps removed from your
IRL identity. Don't use your work or personal email address or any
variant of your real name. Make it impossible for any of your ERP
partners to actually find you or contact you IRL. There are numerous
horror stories of unbalanced ERP partners turning into stalkers and
making contact with people in real life.
never forgets. You don't want a potential employer googling you and
finding this. Or one of your family members, students, or colleagues.
Remember that whoever you're ERPing with can copy the log and
distribute it without your knowledge or consent. Take whatever actions
are necessary to obscure your identity.
expectations and boundaries beforehand
You can save
yourself a lot of frustration with a simple OOC (out of character)
discussion about what you want and what you expect from the other
person(s). Did you know that X is only interested in people of one
particular gender? Did you know that Y hates that particular sex act?
Did you know that Z is actually a woman disguised as a man? Do you have
only 30 min to play? Ask OOC, "are you sure you're okay with this?" or
"are you sure you have enough time for this?” That's polite, and may
save you a lot of frustration.
If, for any
reason, from the first flirting to being in the thick of it and your
partner(s) suddenly change their mind, then back off. If they say
"don't contact me again" then don't pursue or pester that person or be
a creeper. If you aren't sure whether or not you're being a creeper,
then assume you are and back off. Regardless, if someone tells you to
go away, then GO AWAY.
If you say no,
people will think you mean no. It is bad RP to say no and mean yes - it
leads to confusion and frustration. If you're looking to do a
nonconsensual scene (nonconsensual between characters, consensual
between players) work out the details OOC clearly ahead of time.
of consent is a thing
Age of consent
laws vary from country to country and sometimes within a country. The
metconspiracy application asks if a person is 18, but has no way to
independently verify that. Online age verification is challenging, even
for the experts (LINK).
The TSW terms of service (LINK)
part 4A states that:
You may establish a
Service account ("Account”) only if you are (i) a "natural person,”
(ii) at least 18 years of age or older, and (iii) of the age of
majority in your place of residence and legally able to enter into and
be bound by such an agreement according to the laws of your country. By
accepting this Terms of Service, you hereby represent and warrant that
you meet each of these eligibility requirements.
theoretically, everyone in the metaconspiracy and playing TSW is at
least 18 years of age. You may choose to take the terms of service at
face value. That's up to you, we are not lawyers, and have no advice on
seek out underage partners or pretend to be underage
player should be at least 18 and every character should be roleplayed
as if they were at least physically and mentally 18. This is for
everyone’s protection. Within the Devil's Due this is not negotiable.
happens in party chat STAYS in party chat
gossip about ERP. ERP requires vulnerability and trust to show another
human being your secret desires. If you want to talk about ERP, keep
the identity of your partners private. You should never "out" someone
as an ERPer. Also, do not copy and save the chat log of an ERP
encounter without asking the other person if it's okay to do so.
can only control your own actions and body
describe how the other person reacts or feels. The other person could
decide that their character wouldn't react or feel that way. Keep your
actions focused on what your own character does and says. You can be a
dominant partner and boss the other person around, but that's still
limited to you describing what your own character says and does. Even
when writing as a dominant, you should include words that indicate the
other player has a choice of how to respond to your actions.
I reach over to rip off your shirt.
I rip your shirt off.
The first option
gives the other person the choice of either going with you taking the
shirt off or doing something else. The second option give the other
player no choices.
does not = real person - Don’t ask, don’t tell
Very few of us
are as good looking as our avatars. People may wish to explore ERP as
males, females, hermaphrodites, homosexuals, bisexuals, omnisexuals,
humans, catgirls, vampires, or who knows what. You have no idea who or
what is on the other end of that avatar and it doesn't matter. Just go
with it. You're RPing with the online fantasy character, not the real
Don’t ask other
persons for their real-life gender, details, or contact information (no
email address, no Skype, no telephone numbers, no ASL). They don’t
matter AND you shouldn’t give people on the internet those sort of
details anyway. See the above advice about stalkers and creepers.
the other person’s fantasy, too
Be as kind,
generous, and understanding as you can with your partner(s). Think
about the other person’s point of view, and try to indulge their
fantasies and desires as much as you are comfortable with doing.
Generally, a good ERPer wants to please you as much as you want to
please him or her. The golden rule is in effect.
People only know
what you show them. If your public RP is focused on sexual things then
people are going to draw conclusions on that. Even if you TELL people
"Oh, no, I do other things too..." they are not going to believe that
because it's not what THEY SEE. When it comes to ERP in particular,
actions speak far louder than words. Consider what public image you're
crafting and be circumspect. Or not! But do so intentionally, knowing
that opinions will be formed about that character.
isn't a relationship - IC doesn’t equal OOC
Most people who
are ERPing are looking for something recreational, not a relationship.
If you’re looking for an online love interest, ERP might not be the
best way to do it. If you ERP with someone, don’t expect a relationship
afterwards. The characters being involved in the game doesn’t mean
anything between you and the other player in real life.
and respect your limits
If you have a
partner IRL, you may consider discussing the role of ERP in your
relationship with that partner. Also, if you think you are too involved
in ERP then you should know your limits and back off. Internet
addiction is a real thing.
you see someone violating the rules or the rules of common courtesy,
say something politely and/or report it
If you see
someone crossing the line of ERP in public, please ask them politely
and privately to move the discussion to somewhere else, like tells or a
party chat channel. They might tell you off, though at least you tried
at that point. Don't get in an argument with them, just move along. If
you see someone stalking or harassing someone, then do not confront
them, but rather report the incident to a GM. We're not the police - we
can just call the police.
The internet is
full of people who act deranged when cloaked in anonymity. If you think
someone is creeping on you, they probably are, and you need to sever
the connection quickly, cleanly, and with finality. You can't be their
friend when they are confusing OOC and IC and it is up to you to be
responsible and set good boundaries. Send them a clear, unequivocal
message saying something like "This message is OOC. Do not contact me
ever again. If you do, I will report you for harassment." Then block
the person on every method of contact (in game, Twitter, Enjin, email,
you make a bad decision or do something stupid, we are not responsible
If you ERP in
public and get reported and banned, that’s your own fault. If you
stalk, pester, annoy, or harass someone and get reported and banned,
then that is also your own fault. If you use your real name and someone
sends the chat log to your partner, then that is your own fault. Do not
seek to involve this group in your problems. Furthermore, if someone
complains to us about you and/or your actions in public, then you may
to be asked to leave if you are demonstrating bad judgement. If you
spend most of your public RP time finding, having, or talking about
sex, you may also be asked to leave. You have been notified of the
customs of the culture and you have been encouraged to be a good
citizen. It’s your own personal responsibility to educate yourself and