THE RULES OF PROP HUNT ***Are subject to change ***If you think you or another player were banned incorrectly, go here ***For a list of current staff, go here ***For a list of illegal spots, go here ***Repeats of offenses may result in more severe punishments!!! ***If you have an !warn active for 2 rules and get banned you will be banned for both and their lengths will stack! ***For Username violations you will be punished as such: asked to change username, kick if the name is not changed after 1 round (5 min), !warn, ban 6-16 hours ***All rules not counting the advertisement rule affect text hats! ***Make sure to read our Player Agreement for information on our Harassment Policy General Rules: 1. Do not harass other players in an intended/mean/disrespectful manner. Spoiler If you are being mean to a person and they tell you to stop or they ask staff to tell you to stop, then just stop. Being mean in a jokingly way is okay as long as the person understands it's a joke. This includes sensitive topics like, but not limited to, rape and suicide. Usernames that target specific players in a disrespectful way are not allowed though. Please note: Use of in server private messages can still be seen by server staff, and harassment via PM is equally unacceptable. Punishments: Verbal/text warning, gag/mute 10-15m, !kick, !warn + !kick, 6 hour ban. 2. Do not mic/chat spam. Spoiler Things such making noises, singing, or other things that annoy a majority of the team, count as mic spam. Text spam is repeated use of the same general phrase. Chat messages, binds, or other chatbox based things being used repeatedly in a short time frame are effected by this rule. Please note: This includes stating a certain phrase players are annoyed by and misusing admin chat as a non-staff. Be courteous to others, and please don't use all-caps all the time, it's considered "yelling". Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, gag/mute 10-15m, !kick, !warn, permanent gag/mute. 3. No cheating/hacking/exploiting. Spoiler In most cases our anti-cheat system will pick it up and automatically kick the offender. However, if the user continues to connect and be kicked by the anti-cheat they will be punished accordingly. Exploiting is abusing things overlooked by map developers or other systems, such as, glitches, clipping, EXP/Perk exploits, illegal spots, ect. Punishments: Exploiting (General): Verbal/text warnings, !slay, !kick, !warn, 12 hour ban. Hacking/Cheating: If confirmed hacking/cheating, permanent ban. 4. Do not advertise other gmod servers/other communities. Spoiler This would be posting things like chat messages or using voice chat to encourage other players to join another server in Gmod or another server group/community whether it's of similar gamemodes or not. Please Note: Clan tags are allowed. Examples: “[RG] Rucksack”, “[CG] Averion”, similar, and etc. However, Text Hats are no-longer allowed. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, gag/mute 10-15m, !kick, !warn, 12 hour ban. 5. No racism/sexism. Spoiler Do not put down anyone for being a certain race, ethnicity, and/or gender. Refrain from using "those words", slurs, and any stereotypical phrase that would be considered racist or sexist. Only you can safely check your privilege. Please Note: This includes being in one's username! Punishments: Verbal/text warning, gag/mute 10-15m, !kick, !warn, 16 hour ban. 6. Do not post inappropriate sprays. Spoiler Things such as pornographic content, text sprays that violate other rules or other things that may offend players are considered "inappropriate". Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, !kick, !warn, 16 hour ban. 7. Do not impersonate other players. Spoiler This rule regards intentionally changing your name to appear as someone you’re not as a means to annoy and/or appear as said “person”. Please note: If the other person doesn't care, this rule does not come into effect. Also, if a name is common on the server and 2 players have it then it is not breaking this rule. Punishments: Non-staff to non-staff: Verbal/text warnings, !kick, !warn, 24 hour ban. Non-staff to staff: Verbal/text warnings, !kick, !warn, 36 hour ban. Staff to non-staff: Verbal/text warning + strike, !warn with demotion, 24-36 hour ban Staff to staff: Verbal/text warning + strike, !warn with demotion, 36-48 hour ban and fired 8. Do not evade bans/dodge punishments. Spoiler Evading/dodging includes: Disconnecting then reconnecting while muted/gaged, using paid rank (or even hired rank) powers to ungag or other ways of avoiding things. Punishments: If about to be punished 6 hour ban, if about to be banned add 6 hours to the ban 9. Stay out of an admin's business. Spoiler If staff are dealing with a situation, and did not directly ask for your input, please stay out of it. If staff need your help and/or input in a situation, they will ask you. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, gag/mute 30m, !kick, !warn, 6-hour ban 10. Please use English, unless it's a basic phrase. Spoiler Smaller phrases such as greetings are allowed. On larger phrases, if a staff asks you to translate, then please do so. Use of other languages to bypass other rules will result more-severe punishments! 11. Don’t dispute punishments on the server. Spoiler If you feel like a punishment was unfair, fill out an appeal/report it to management, on-server disputes will not be tolerated. Punishments for attempted on-server disputes: Verbal/text warnings, gag/mute 10-15m, !kick, !warn, 6-hour ban. 12. Do not abuse the !request command Spoiler Self-explantory rule, !request is designed for reports, not whatever nasty opinion you have of a staff member or player. Punishments: Verbal/text warning, !kick, !warn, 24-hour ban. 13. Do not beg for points. Spoiler All points can be earned by just playing the game and meeting objectives. Asking once or twice is not begging, however, if you are told to stop, then stop. Please note, skill points are not “handed out”, they are earned. Do not beg for them. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, !gag/!mute for 3 rounds, !kick, !warn, permanent gag/mute 14. Do not ghost Spoiler Ghosting is defined as actively giving away a players location or what a prop is, as a dead hunter or dead prop in a way that other hunters can hear it. A dead prop using the server wide text chat or a dead hunter just using any form of communication. This includes third party items like Skype or Discord. Please note: Hunters are aloud to mention what they saw when they died, but they may not actively relay current prop locations/actions. False-ghosting is O.K. to an extent, however, using “false-ghosting” to cover real ghosting will result in a more-severe punishment! Please note: Excessive false-ghosting isn't acceptable, and may result in a temporary mute. If you give yourself away, it’s not ghosting, and that’s your own fault. Punishments: Verbal/text warning, gag/mute until next map, !kick, !warn, permanent gag/mute + 8-hour ban 15. Do not excessively delay rounds Spoiler Delaying is any action that prolongs the round for no reason. Such as shooting words, designs, or other things into walls, running around doing nothing, standing around/idling (see AFK rule), or other acts that are deemed to be "unproductive" by the gamemode rules. Please note: Props hiding or remaining in one area will not violate this rule even if they are the last one alive. Along with this, the allowed period of "delay" is 30 seconds. Punishments: Verbal/text warning, slay, kick, !warn, 6-hour ban. 18. Do not encourage rule breaking Spoiler Encouraging others to break the rules is just as bad as breaking them yourself. If they end up breaking the rule (or you say in general and someone does) you will be punished along with them. Even if they don’t, you will still be punished accordingly. Punishments: Verbal/Text warning, mute/gag 15-30 minutes, kick, !warn, permanent mute + gag 19. Do not Grief Spoiler Griefing has many definitions that are already covered by other rules. This rule is for breaking multiple rules within a set time frame of 30 min. If you surpass the verbal/text warning on up to 3 or more rules then you are then considered to be "Griefing" and this rule comes into effect. Please Note: This includes excessive team-swapping for all servers that the rule applies to. Another note: Breaking multiple chat rules and being muted for one will count as being muted for all and if it's more than 3 this rule will trigger. IMPORTANT: Breaking ANY of the rules after a grief !warn is issued OR surpassing a verbal/text warn on a different rule automatically applies the first ban of this rule Punishments: !warn (All three offenses filed as "Griefing"), 24-48 hour ban, 3-7 day ban, permanent ban _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Server Specific Rules: 1. Teamswapping has a cost Spoiler If you are split from your friends and are on opposite teams, you may teamswap, but you forfeit a round unless you “slayed yourself” (Meaning you killed yourself in-game to switch teams). Please note: Team-swapping just to ghost is not allowed, and will result in an immediate 6 hour ban. IMPORTANT: More than 3 team-swaps is NOT allowed, either. Excessive team-swapping is counted as greifing, which is not tolerated. Cost for team-swapping: 1 round !slay 2. No exploitation of mechanics Spoiler Things such as using !stuck to pass barriers, get stuck in walls, or other similar scenarios that would put you in areas generally “out of bounds” is not allowed. This generally includes any location listed under the Illegal Spots thread. Punishments: Refer to Rule 3. 3. Dead bodies are illegal to hide in. Spoiler Dead Hunters are not your personal shield during the round, neither are dead bodies placed in maps. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, teleport away, slay, !kick, !warn, 6-hour ban. 4. Do not stay idle for too long. Spoiler If you will be AFK, please change to team 'Spectators.', we’ll allow you quite a bit of time for you to return. Players sitting in unassigned will be kicked after 15 min (equivalent to 3 FULL rounds/half of the map time). Please note: Hunters will be slain when the clock is at 1:50 if they fail to move/respond. Props will be slain at 2:30 if they have not moved as the old man/T-pose and it will count as 1 round AFK. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, slay, slay again if offense happens again, !kick, !warn. IMPORTANT: Continued offenses after !warn will be counted towards the “Greifing” rule. 5.Do not prop/body block. Spoiler Prop blocking is using props to block doorways or entries to areas making it difficult to access or completely inaccessible. Body Blocking is intentionally standing in a doorway while it's closed to keep it from opening as a hunter and/or, as a prop, to trap other props inside or prevent people from coming in/out. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, slay, slay at beginning of next round, !kick, !warn, 6-hour ban. 6. Do not "just be the T-pose" as a prop. Spoiler You will be slain in the event the clock is at 2:30 and you failed to become a prop. Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, slay, !kick, !warn. Please note: Continued offenses after !warn will be counted towards the “Greifing” rule. 7. No taunt spamming of the same taunt \ flashlight spamming Spoiler Intentionally spamming the same taunt “gets old” quite quickly, and flashlight spam is just plain annoying, so please refrain from doing either. Spoiler Punishments: Verbal/text warnings, slay, slay at beginning of next round, !kick, !warn. Please note: Continued offenses after !warn will be counted towards the “Greifing” rule. 8. No stealing extra grenades Spoiler This refers to being in a Hunter so that if they are a donator and use the !buy command you as a prop steal their purchased extra SMG grenades. This rule only takes effect if you are purposely inside of them to do so. Please Note: The first 5 seconds of every round are a grace period, and this rule does not apply for Props obtaining them at initial spawn. Punishments: verbal/text warning, warning with slay, kick, !warn, 6 hour ban. Notes As a prop, it is your job to disguise yourself as a prop and hide, in order to not be caught. If you are the last player on your team alive, you will be given a gun, in which case you can shoot and kill hunters. As a hunter, you look for players on the other team that are disguised as props.