This section explains the logistics of the Lorien Trust Role-Playing System Rules and Handbook and includes details on how this information is laid out for ease of understanding.
About the Handbook
To make the Handbook easier to understand, a few layout conventions have been adopted. Any text that is in bold must be read, or you will not have the information needed to play within the L.T.R.P. system. All of the remaining text still constitutes the rules and cannot be ignored, but it only applies in specific situations, or is a further explanation of a situation or a call.
Where the Handbook uses a term that has a specific meaning within the context of the rules system, it appears in italics and is defined in the Definitions of Terms Section of Appendix 4, page 58. These terms contain rules and should always be read along with the section in which they are mentioned.
None of the Rules in Chapter One are ever overridden by any lammie, loresheet or OS.
All the Rules in Chapter Two and Three may be overridden by a lammie, loresheet or OS.
Throughout this booklet, the abbreviation IC refers to In-Character, or actions taken by the character rather than the player, and the abbreviation OOC to Out-Of-Character, or actions taken by the player rather than the character. Distances are given in Imperial, with an approximate value given in metric in parentheses. In cases of dispute, the Imperial measurement will be used.
The Spirit of the Game
All participants at Lorien Trust events are requested and required to uphold the spirit, not just the letter, of the rules. Referees and Marshals can only make decisions based on the information at hand; if they feel it is necessary they will consult with a Senior Referee before making a decision. The ultimate aim of live role-playing is to have fun. Role-playing a character in such a way as to deliberately upset others OOC is not within the spirit of the rules. The Lorien Trust would like to ask all participants to leave OOC disagreements with other people outside the event.
Please note that these rules exist to be an aid to your role-playing, not the basis of it. However, please be aware that breaking these rules, whether intentionally or not, is cheating and this is considered a very serious offence. A first offence is likely to generate a warning, further offences are likely to incur more severe sanctions such as your character losing Occupational Skills (without refund of the OSPs), or could ultimately lead to you being banned from Lorien Trust events. Please also note that deliberately misleading someone OOC in a way that could lead to them inadvertently cheating also counts in it’s self as cheating. Be careful about spreading OOC information that you are not sure of, in case your actions lead to others inadvertently cheating.
The main LT events are family events and all participants are requested to respect the fact that children will be present at the event. There are certain limits to the depth of role-playing that is permitted at these events. Physical restraint and force should never be used when role-playing; if you are kidnapping or arresting someone IC, you should tell them if they are being tied, then ask them to role-play the effects without actual physical restraint.
References to racism, sexism and crimes such as rape and torture are not acceptable. It is not acceptable to run any plots featuring scenes containing offensive material or role-play behaviour of this nature. Arson should not be discussed at events due to the potential confusion between a real OOC fire and an IC fire. Fire safety is a serious issue and for this reason, it is not permissible under the rules to set fire IC to any building, structure, person, or to perpetrate any other inappropriate act of this nature, IC or OOC. Acts of arson as character background or part of a plot are permissible as long as there is no danger that they could be misunderstood to apply during time-in.
Persons found not abiding by the spirit of these guidelines face being warned, asked to leave site or banned from LT events, depending on the severity of their actions. If in doubt consult a Referee or Marshal or enquire at Game Control, as to what is considered appropriate or not.
Some Sanctioned events may have a darker feel than is outlined above and will state clearly that they are only suitable for adults on their event literature. All plot of this nature will be reviewed by the Head of Plot prior to receiving approval as part of the event sanctioning process.
When am I IC?
Apart from designated OOC areas, all areas accessible to players at Lorien Trust events are In-Character for the entirety of time-in. If you are in an IC area during time-in whilst wearing IC costume then you are considered IC. Personal tents are OOC areas, unless a part or the entire tent is specifically used for IC purposes, in which case those areas will be considered IC areas.
On very rare occasions, it may be necessary to drop briefly OOC. If it is not possible to move to an OOC area, change out of costume or to wait until time-out, and then you should indicate that you are OOC by raising your hand straight up in the air clearly above your head and keeping it there. This may only be done in the case of emergencies, in situations specified in a valid Lorien Trust publication, or at the discretion of a Referee or Marshal. This does not give you the right to drop OOC at will.
GOING OUT OF CHARACTER
A person with their hand straight up in the air above their head is deemed to be not present IC. Before dropping OOC, or crossing from an IC area to an OOC area, you must first extract yourself from all IC action. Please be aware that in an IC area, only emergencies and Lorien Trust staff members have priority over IC action, so please ensure that you do not disturb any IC activities which may be taking place and that whilst OOC, you avoid interacting with any people who are IC. If you are using your hand in the air to indicate that you are OOC, be prepared to explain your legitimate reasons to a Referee or Marshal, who may assess the validity of your reason and may require you to become IC again.
Head of Department
The LT is made up of various in game and out of game Departments that help run events. There will be a Head of each Department and may be a deputy. Their decision on any matter relating to their department is final.