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♦ le cirque noir is on jcink premium so you are required to be at least 18 years of age before you register. please register with an OOC account first (should just be your alias) and then you may start registering your character accounts!
•• you are welcome to make your character as old or as young as you wish as long as they are no younger than 13. characters should be registered with their first and last names (ie: jason voorhees) in either upper, lowercase or proper capitalization -- it doesn't matter and is pretty much your preference.
•• when naming your character please consult the directory or active members list; we like to avoid duplicate names here. if you need a name change feel free to contact one of the admins.
♦ once you've registered your account you may start reserving your claims and you can post your application either in the incomplete or complete forum. you will have 30 days to complete your application once it has been posted. please bump your app once it is finished and an admin will check over your application within 24 hours. if the app goes 24 hours without anyone checking it over, you are free to bump it again. we try to be fast with apps but we are human!
♦ applications are 100% freestyle so there is no right or wrong way to write your application; you could format the app to be traditional if that's what you're more comfortable with, use character journal entries or even a roleplay sample with your character.
•• all we are looking for is a good feel for your character's personality, how they ended up at noir, and nothing that breaks the site's setting or lore. please keep in mind that Sombre is not a nice man and he doesn't really offer jobs; he expects and respects talent and everyone must prove themselves to him. He doesn't come to you, you come to him sort of deal. However, you should limit Sombre's activity in your applications.
•• the mini profile is considered part of the app so before we accept your app, the mini profile must be correctly filled out as well. your character's birthday must be included to be accepted.
♦ you may make up to three characters without any post requirements. after then each character you make must have at least 15 posts before you can make another. however, after 10 characters, the character last created must have at least 30 posts.
♦ we are open to any and all faces and have only a few restrictions.
♦ we do not allow duplicate faces here (there are exceptions to this such as identical twins). you are responsible for making sure that all of your claims are up to date. if you have not claimed your face within 48 hours and someone else applies using that face, they will be given it and you will be forced to change. so it's very important and we can't stress it enough to do your claims!
•• claims must be posted in the proper code or they will be ignored!
activity & posting:
♦ as far as posting goes, there is no word count because we do not want to put any restrictions on your creativity! As long as you and your thread partner(s) are happy, that's good enough for us. We do expect proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., to the best of your abilities though!
♦ in order to keep your characters active we require each character account to have two posts per month. any IC post either in threads, letters or social media will count. games in the member lounge will not count toward activity.
♦ we realize that things do pop up in real life that are much more important than this site. so, if you won't be around for any reason, please post in the absences thread or notify an admin.
♦ if you do not meet the posting requirement the admins will archive your character account(s) and they will be made inactive along with all your claims. you may of course take up your character(s) again by simply PMing an admin. you must repost your app as well as any claims, plot page and any other vital information for your character(s).
♦ you do not have to use a post template for your threads but the application template is mandatory. if you chose to use a post template, please make sure it doesn't stretch the board and works correctly. there are a few provided templates on site so you don't have to go too far to find one!
plot pages & want ads:
♦ plot pages are posted under your OOC account, with all of your characters in one thread. we recommend using compact template codes, but you are welcome to use any code that does not stretch the board. reply codes are not required.
♦ want ads can be posted 24 hours after acceptance. we're not against you requesting specific characters for yours to interact with, we'd just like to give everyone an opportunity to make some connections that are completely unexpected and new!
mature content & trigger warnings:
♦ almost anything goes on noir and we do not want to suppress your creativity. that said, even though you have the freedom to explore as many taboo subjects as you wish you're expected to treat all sensitive topics with respect. you must tag all threads with appropriate warnings in the topic description. a [m] or [tw] will suffice or if there is something specific you want to warn for [tw- specific trigger here] would also be a good option.
•• this rule also applies to applications.
•• since we understand that a lot of characters may come from eras where bigotry, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, were considered the norm, and even the circus itself has a lot of dated ideas and uses dated/offensive language, we really want to stress these views are not the views of the players. any kind of -ism or bigotry will be kept strictly in character only.
♦ the admins will not hesitate to ask you to add a content warning to your thread or application if we see anything that could be potentially triggering.
•• if you notice something before we do or if there's something we've overlooked, lets us know right away. we want to provide a safe space for you.
conduct & cbox:
♦ we'd like this to be a friendly and welcoming place! please treat everyone with respect and be civil. we understand that not everyone is going to get along but we ask you keep your disagreements out of the cbox. if there's anything another member is doing or saying to make you uncomfortable please come to an admin.
•• on that note, keep in mind that the admin staff is a team. all site matters are discussed as a group for the benefit of the site.
•• general rp conduct is also expected. no godmoding, forcing plots, power playing or any of that other nonsense. be a mature player and communicate with your writing partners.
♦ the cbox is not a place to advertise or beg for posts. we do not want anyone to be left out in the cbox and if we see this or other harassment/negative behaviour happening we will not hesitate to temporarily ban you. we'd like the cbox to be pretty upbeat. it's fine to complain about a hectic day of course but please do not hog all conversation.
♦ please enjoy the site!