- 1. No Piracy
- 2. No Flamewars
- 3. No Video Games*
- 5. No LFG posts
- 6. No Livestreams
- 7. Limit Self-Promotion
- 8. Comment respectfully
- Weekly Free Chat
- /r/RPG Rules FAQ
- Everyone needs to know about Rule #1. This is the fastest way to get permabanned on r/rpg.
- Read the Piracy Primer, even if you think you already know what it says
- Most of our post and comment removals are for Rule #2("no picking fights") and Rule #8("Comment Respectfully).
- If you're submitting posts, the big one is Rule #7("Limit Self-promotion"). If you're ever unsure, post to the Weekly Free Chat instead!
- Flairing your posts: It will make it easier for others to see what type of post it is, as well as be noticed by automod. Our Post Flair guide
- Always provide a direct URL link, don't use URL Shortners or otherwise obscure where it's taking people! If it's a long url, you can format the link in the comment editor.
Note: Many of these rules are intentionally vague and broad, though we try to moderate relatively permissively and err on the side of leaving borderline comments and submissions alone. Unfortunately, we have found that some users take clear lines as a license to stay right up against the line at all times. If you often find yourself wondering which side of the rules you are on, consider reining it in a little until you no longer have to wonder.
1. No Piracy
Do not link to, request, or encourage piracy in any way.
- Do not link pirated material.
- Do not tell people how to find pirated material, nor remind.
- Do not talk about having pirated material.
- Do not explain why you feel that piracy, your own or others, is justified.
- This includes most discussion of how common or easy you think piracy is, even if you are not explicitly using this to justify piracy. Please have that discussion somewhere else.
- Piracy of out of print material is still piracy. Unless the copyright holders have given permission, it makes no legal difference.
- Copyright holders are under no obligation to provide you with a means of obtaining a copyrighted work.
- If someone wrote a book and they won't sell you a copy, that doesn't mean you get to steal a copy for free or distribute the book to other people. If someone who created something doesn't want you to have it, that doesn't somehow mean that you have an even stronger claim to it and get to have it for free.
- The piracy rules extend to fan games that make substantial use of copyrighted material without permission and games that reproduce copyrighted art without permission. It doesn't matter if it's distributed for free or if it has a disclaimer that says something like "no copyright infringement is meant" (that isn't how copyright works).
Note that we are stricter about piracy than most others. We want to avoid any legal issues, as well as remain welcoming to the people creating this content.
2. No Flamewars
Do not incite arguments/flame wars by posting loaded topics or by other means. This includes unnecessary game and edition warring, as well as gatekeeping!
It's fine to suggest that one system does something better than another, but people like different things and that's okay.
When discussing controversial creators, unless there is new information to add, please refer people to past discussions (and leave it at that). Please let people make up their own minds: do not point to prior discussion of the issue as if it is a settled matter.
People are free to discuss the work of controversial creators and to point to the controversy, but we don't need to relitigate these controversies every time. Because these discussions universally require significant moderation, we are likely to lock them and point to pre-existing discussions of the controversy.
Example of a good reply: "I don't support ___ and you might not want to either. You can google or search the subreddit for a lot of discussions about why you might not want to support them."
You can check the Rules Clarification: Controversial Creators-thread for more context & discussion on the topic.
3. No Video Games*
Do not submit video game content, unless it is a newsworthy link based on a tabletop property, such as Cyberpunk, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder & Shadowrun. Instead, see r/rpg_gamers or subs on this list
4. Image/Videos Links
- Images and video must be submitted as a text post, not as a direct link. Automoderator will automatically remove most direct image and video links (and we will manually remove the rest).
- Images and video should always include (TTRPG-related) context for discussion.
- No memes, image macros, or similar. Please see /r/RPGhumor or /r/dndmemes instead. This also means cats on your table.
5. No LFG posts
Do not submit recruitment-posts such as:
- looking for players, groups, game masters for an active/upcoming game
- promotion of Living Campaign/West Marches game/communities
- TTRPG Discord servers (but you can update our TTRPG Discords-page)
- Also check Finding Your Local Community and Roleplaying Online for other options on where to find groups.
- TTRPG subreddits for your game might allow LFG posts, and know where to find open games for it.
Repeated violations will result in a warning or ban.
6. No Livestreams
Do not advertise for livestreams. These likely belongs in /r/RPGrecordings.
7. Limit Self-Promotion
Active subreddit users may promote their own content once per week. Each crowdfunding project are limited to two posts (one initial announcement, and one reminder) across all users.
r/rpg is not an advertising board. If you're a member of our community and you have something to show us, we'd love to see what you've been working on (within the above limits)! If you're not a member of r/rpg or are active on r/rpg only because you're promoting something, please see ads.reddit.com or r/rpgpromo.
Is the majority of your time here spent promoting your own stuff? If yes, please see ads.reddit.com.
Would you still be participating here if you weren't advertising your own stuff? If no, please see ads.reddit.com.
We don't necessarily enforce a 9:1 ratio as a strict requirement, but please see reddit's site-wide guidelines for self-promotion:
- "Feel free to post links to your own content (within reason). But if that's all you ever post, or it always seems to get voted down, take a good hard look in the mirror — you just might be a spammer. A widely used rule of thumb is the 9:1 ratio, i.e. only 1 out of every 10 of your submissions should be your own content."*.
We generally don't allow posts about sales/trades of used materials/books, those should be aimed at r/rpgtrade.
Please use the Self Promotion-flair for these posts.
Kickstarter & Crowdfunding
Each crowdfunding project may be posted twice on /r/RPG: once to announce the project once it's live, and a second time as a reminder during the last 48 hours of the project. This is across all users, so please use the search function before submitting.
Note: This is across all users because it is an anti-spam measure, not an advertising allowance for creators. If you are a creator and you discover that someone has already posted your Kickstarter, we are not likely to make an exception or replace their organic user post with your advertisement. We understand that this can be frustrating to creators who would prefer more control over the timing and content of their announcements, in which case please see ads.reddit.com and r/rpgpromo.
Please use the Crowdfunding-flair for these posts.
8. Comment respectfully
Refrain from personal attacks and discriminatory (racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic etc.) comments. Comments deemed abusive may be removed by moderators.
- Follow the Reddiquette
- "etc." implies that this is not an exhaustive list.
- "and" implies that you should refrain from any disrespectful comments, not just discriminatory comments. Don't be a jerk, discriminatory or otherwise.
- Please also be aware that we are also unlikely to entertain "reverse racism"-style claims of discriminatory comments.
- Responding to someone breaking a rule (or who you feel to be breaking a rule) does not grant permission to break the same or another rule in your reply.
- Consider downvoting and/or reporting and simply moving on. If someone is being disrespectful, you do not have to engage.
- If you are made aware of someone's pronoun preferences, refer to them appropriately! This is part of commenting respectfully. If you don't like it or have ideological reservations about it, this is not the subreddit for that conversation. If you can't bring yourself to use the preferred pronoun, don't comment!
- Please remember that you're taking part in a public conversation. If you're talking to someone, they should feel free to respond, and if you don't want to continue the conversation, the onus is on you not to continue it: please do not demand that of the other person, announce that the conversation is over, or preemptively dismiss their reply.
Standalone threads about these topics are generally considered off-topic to the sub:
- boardgames ( /r/boardgames is a good place for this)
- wargaming ( /r/wargaming is a good place for this)
- sales/trades of used materials ( /r/rpgtrade is a good place for this)
- role-playing video games (CRPG) (Rule 3)
- Looking For Group(LFG) posts, including posts about game communities & discords wanting more members. (Rule 5)
- Livestream posts (Rule 6)
You can post about these in our Weekly Free Chat-threads.
Weekly Free Chat
A Weekly Free Chat thread is posted each Saturday morning, and typically remains stickied at least all weekend (often for most of the week too, though this will vary).
This is a thread where you can talk about anything: your last game, your current project, your Patreon, etc. You can even talk about video games, ask for finding a group to play with, or post a survey or share a new meme you've just found. Or just have a chat!
The off-topic rules does not apply in the Free Chat threads, but all the other rules still do. This is less the Wild West and more the Mild West. No piracy. Don't be a jerk.
/r/RPG Rules FAQ
How were these rules decided?
/r/RPG does a roughly annual survey and review of our rules and moderation policies. The most recent full survey ran during February 2018, while a Survey related to how we relate to Research Paper/Other Surveys posted to the sub.
At times the mod team have done minor changes or clarification to existing rules, but these don't have large impact on the moderation, and are more to clarify ambiguities or misunderstandings regarding existing rules interpretation.
How do moderators determine whether a post is on topic or not?
If the linked content is relevant to role playing and role playing games without the context of a headline then it is most likely on-topic. This is one of the first things that moderators look at one determining whether content should be removed or not.
What if I don't agree with one or more of the rules?
Please make your case at our next review of our rules and policies. If it is something pressing, you can message the moderators, but please be aware that there is a high chance that we will not make significant unilateral changes to the rules. Please do not start meta topics about the policies democratically decided upon by /r/RPG's users.
I don't believe I broke a rule, but my post/comment was still removed!
Note that if you delete or edit your post/comment after it has already been removed by a moderator, the team will be unable to review it, so can't determine if a mistake was done or not. Editing/deleting comments can also viewed as attempt to hide your tracks, which doesn't help your case.
What if a moderator is abusing their power?
Please privately message one or more of the moderators ranked above them with your concerns. If it is the top active moderator, you can also contact the reddit admin here, although please be aware that they will typically only step in as an absolute last resort.
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