Equality and Diversity

The Paradiso Team is committed to ensuring that anyone and everyone can enjoy its games and events and as such real world discrimination is unacceptable. We will not tolerate discrimination or harassment. 


These guidelines have been put in place to protect both players and GMs in the Society Game, and to ensure that the “unspoken rules” of Roleplaying are made available and clear. These guidelines are designed to deal with behaviour during the Society Game, but we expect members to behave appropriately at out-of-game social events as well.

Behaviour during Paradiso

By the very nature of Roleplaying Games, Paradiso may include adult themes, verbal and in-character physical conflict. It is, therefore, acceptable to insult another character on the basis of an in-character attribute, but completely unacceptable to insult another player on an out-of-character attribute if their character does not have it.

For instance, say that Bob is playing an Sophoston Academic called Quintus and some characters consider Sophostons to be arrogant know-it-alls. It is fine for other players to insult Quintus for this, but not to insult him for Bob’s natural accent.

If you are unclear on whether something would class as out-of-character discrimination, then err on the side of caution and seek an opinion from GMs or other players.

Certain themes are unacceptable to bring up regardless of the setting. At this time, the Paradiso GM Team explicitly does not endorse any of the following themes in Paradiso.

  • Sexism
  • Real-world racism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Non-consensual sex
  • Sex with minors

It is impossible to know the real-life experiences of any player. As such, both players and GMs should not introduce into a game any of these themes. If you are unsure as to whether something violates this rule, again, err on the side of caution. A good guide to this can be found at http://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/equalityanddiversity.

Sexual Harassment

Socialising is an important part of Paradiso, but nobody should have to tolerate sexual harassment. We encourage any player who experiences sexual harassment from another individual to report the incident to either the appropriate GM or a member of the Committee so we the matter can be dealt with appropriately.

Unwelcome actions such as the following are entirely inappropriate and may in and of themselves meet the definition of sexual harassment or contribute to a hostile environment:

  • Sexual pranks, or repeated sexual teasing, jokes, or innuendo.
  • Verbal abuse, touching or grabbing of a sexual nature.
  • Repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person.
  • Repeatedly asking a person to socialise outside of character when the person has said no or has indicated that they are not interested.

A victim of sexual harassment can be of any gender. The victim can be of the same sex as the harasser. The harasser can be any participant: a player or a GM.

Many sexual harassment issues in live roleplaying occur when participants use their character to justify what would clearly be inappropriate when not roleplaying. Participants should take care to ensure that if their behaviour involves conversation or physical contact in a sexual or intimate manner that they do not do so in a way that causes the recipient to feel out-of-character uncomfortable, regardless of any in-character considerations. Again, if you are unsure, always err on the side of caution.

In particular, please note that although Paradiso may include themes of drugs and addictions, in-character prejudice, prostitution, violence, robbery, torture and murder, they will never include non-consensual sex or sex with minors. It is not possible to know what real life experiences other participants have suffered, so all players and GMs should avoid IC references to either of these two subjects in play.

Combat

For various reasons, combat and other harmful activities aren't possible during the meetings - if anything unusual has to happen which can't be acted out, the GMs will freeze the scene and describe what occurs. Never make physical contact with another player without checking with them that it is okay for you to do so; they may have injuries that you are not aware of.

Behaviour outside of Paradiso

OURPGSoc holds a number of social events alongside games, and we are committed to ensuring that these are safe and enjoyable for everyone. While it should go without saying that no discrimination or harassment should occur, we also ask members not to bring in-character grudges and prejudice to an out-of-character setting, in the same way you would not bring an out-of-character character grudge into an in-character setting.

For instance, say that Bob is playing his Academic, Quintus, and that Charlotte is playing her Rogue, Ela, and that in the last turn Ela stole Quintus’s prized steam engine. It is not at all okay for Bob to exclude or insult Charlotte because of this in the same way that Bob should not insult Charlotte because of her gender.

Paradiso will also involve IC and OOC email communications. We ask everyone using these platforms to be courteous to each other and to abide by the spirit of rules on discrimination in text as well as in person. All emails sent to a name@paradiso.chaosdeathfish.com account will be automatically forwarded to and monitored by the GMs.

Complaints

Nobody should ever have to deal with harassment - whether sexual or otherwise. The Paradiso takes a firm line on this issue and encourages anyone who experiences harassment to be confident that they can bring complaints to the GM team and that they will be dealt with properly and respectfully.

In the event that a complaint should need to be levelled against a member of the GM team, please contact the CAMPO1), who will deal with the incident properly. Should the complaint be against the CAMPO, then please contact one of the other GMs, or the Society President2).

1) James Wallis
2) Tom Lear
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