It is our goal to create an environment where all players can have fun, improve their game play, develop friendships, and contribute positively to those who choose to spend their time with us playing. If at any point you feel that we are coming up short, please mail @Ryvirath via forum PM. If you have anything that you believe would improve the forums or the game, please let us know as well. Thank you for playing Grepolis and enjoy the game! Forum Rules Posting Language Grepolis.us is an English only game. All communications, either in forum posts or private messages should be in English. If you post in any other language, it should be kept to a minimum and an English translation must be provided with that post. Anything deemed politically extreme, pornographic, illegal, racist, ethnic bashing, or unsavory in any way is prohibited. Comments that play down the use of illegal drugs or promote the use of said substances are strictly forbidden. No use of profanity will be permitted, including masked profanity (E.G. ****). If it's something a moderator feels is inappropriate, it will be edited. General Be respectful. Personal insults are not allowed anywhere in this forum, including reputation and private messages. It is permissible to insult a player's gameplay (calling someone a noob is acceptable). Users are not allowed to impersonate moderators. Spam and off topic comments will be deleted. This includes comments such as “In before Lock” and one word posts.If you wish to let the poster know you approve or disapprove of their post, please use the reputation system. Please edit posts, do not post multiple times in a row. It's allowed to double post important updates in threads about maps, newspapers, milestones or in showrooms. Do not attempt to provoke the moderators. Players who deliberately act against the building of the community will be denied access to these forums. Do not use copyrighted materials of any kind in your posts. It is not allowed to rebuke another user concerning his grammar/spelling. If the grammar/spelling makes a post unreadable, report the post. Do not include lots of unnecessary quotations. Each Grepolis player may only use one account for Forum use, regardless of the number of accounts he or she has in game. Images Maximum size images you are allowed to post are 640 by 640 pixels in dimension. No animated images are allowed. With the exception of the animated smileys. Topics Please ensure you are creating topics in the right forum. Avoid repetition of topics. If you post a repeat topic, please alert a moderator! Please choose appropriate topic titles. A bad example would be “Help!” or “Question”. P&P (Politics and Propaganda) The idea of P&P is to post about ongoing conflicts in the attempt to spread information, ideas and even rumors in order to help yourself or harm your opponents. P&P can be a valuable tool on the forums and bring a new element to the game. For a thread to qualify as P&P, please ensure when creating the topic the P&P prefix is used. All P&P should be done in character. No personal attacks or flaming are allowed. For example “Player Joe is a coward because he hides his troops from our attacks.” or “Metropolis is full of noobs who can't shoot their slings straight” Unacceptable examples: “Player Joe has a court ordered psychiatrist and really needs to get a life. “ Advertising Topics and/or posts that are created solely for the purpose of advertising other websites without connection to Grepolis or InnoGames GmbH are forbidden. "Referrer-ID's" and thief-game-links are particularly unwanted. Discussions relating to other non-browser games are allowed. Signatures and Avatars Avatars can be 100 x 100 pixels. Signatures must be a maximum of 120 pixels high, and 720 pixels wide. This also includes any lines of text added to the side or underneath the signature. They both must comply with all other rules. They may not be animated Moderation Guidelines for the forum If you have a query or problem with any of the moderation, do not create a topic or post about it. Please PM @Ryvirath . If you wish to create a topic or post regarding moderation, please contact the relevant moderator first. Do not insult or degrade any of the moderators in any way. Treat them as you would a normal player – remember they play Grepolis too! The moderators have the right to edit or delete posts and close topics. Please follow their instructions. If you notice that your post or topic was deleted, it has been removed for a good reason. Do not rewrite it. If need be, PM the moderator in question about why it was removed. Ban or infraction discussion is not allowed on the forums. Punishments When you breach a rule, you will receive a warning. After this initial warning, infractions will be handed out. In some extreme circumstances, the warning will not be given. If you are banned from the forum, you are not allowed to create an account to evade this ban. Doing so will result in a month added to your ban, and the ban evade account permanently banned. Arguing against the Grepolis team who uphold these rules will be punished and topics that seek to create or worsen existing problems will be deleted. Repeated violations may result in probation or permanent removal from the forums and/or the game. Please note that we reserve the right to ban or infract players even if they haven't violated the stated forum rules. Other Conversations, discussions and arguments between two people should be done in private. Please use the private message system in this forum or other applications (e.g. IRC, skype, …) Do not harass other people through use of private messages. Repeatedly spamming private messages for personal gain or to irritate other users will result in infractions. All forum rules also apply to private messages unless stated otherwise. Do not discuss in-game bans. Discussions on cheating and rule-breaking is not allowed anywhere on the forums. This includes forum posts a profile messages. Contact a forum mod if you would like clarification of the rules or put in a support ticket if you suspect players of cheating but do not post it on the forums. If you are unsure as to whether something is against the rules or not, please contact a moderator before you go ahead with it! We will advise you as soon as possible on whether it is allowed on the forum or not. The administrators of Grepolis.us are the final arbiters of any rules dispute. Their interpretation of these rules is final. We reserve the right to exclude anyone from the forums or from the game for any reason. Mistreating the support team or abusing the support tools can also result in an forum ban. These rules can be altered or adapted to different cases, at the discretion of the Community Manager.