We accept roleplayers of all talents and abilities, and we strive to create a safe, enjoyable, and immersive community and experience for all.
Respect. For your fellow members, for the staff, and for guests. Be polite to even the most irritating people, especially in the cbox. It is acceptable to politely/gently encourage a member or guest to change their behavior if they are breaking rules or otherwise being disruptive. If you have a recurring problem with someone, bring it to the attention of the staff via PM. (Screenshots are always useful when lodging a complaint!)
This is NOT a one account-per-character site. It is recommended that you register with your OOC name. You may use character-specific accounts if you like, but it is not required. Also, please put links to your character's app/index in your signature, for ease of access for staff and others.
Keep all content and conversation in the cbox at a G or PG level, please. It is visible to all who visit the site, thus we should keep it at a level that will make as few people uncomfortable as possible. This especially includes sexual innuendos and cursing: such things should be kept out of the cbox entirely. Discussions on politics or any other subject that might become heated should also be kept out of the cbox. [Update 3/23/2017: due to incidents, I have decided that more in-depth cbox rules must be created. http://pokemonterrene.jcink.net/index.php?showtopic=28&st=0entry3532.]
In-character posts (as well as character applications) must be written in third person and past-tense. No first person, second person, present-tense or future-tense.
We tend toward a more realistic take on Pokemon than the anime and the games do. Pokemon tend to be more fearsome and less tame, and they take on a much greater depth of personality. Keep this in mind.
We don't have a minimum word count here, but one- or two- liners are not acceptable for in-character posts. Quality above quantity is encouraged, of course, but a handful of sentences can hardly be considered quality if that's all you post. We don't frown upon rapidfire roleplay, but you need to make sure that whoever you are roleplaying with is okay with it. It is good form to try to match what your writing partner(s) are putting out; that way it doesn't feel like one person is doing all the work while the other is barely keeping up.
Foul language is permitted both in-character and out-of-character; however, cursing at another player in a manner intended to offend or hurt them will not, in any situation, ever be permissible, even in PMs. Excessive use of heavier language will violate our PG-13 rating, so keep that in mind for IC posts. And again, keep it out of the cbox entirely.
◒ Sexual Content
Of the three sections that fall under site rating, this is most strict. Mild sexual innuendos, themes, and references are permitted, but no explicit references to genitalia or explicitly detailed sexual acts are allowed. If such a situation arises, we enforce the fade-to-black rule. Such situations may be roleplayed off-site and considered canon.
Semi-graphic violence is permitted, and even encouraged in some situations to make the roleplay seem more realistic. Explicit descriptions of gore should be toned down to appropriately fit our PG-13 rating.