Rules of Conduct

These are guidelines about how members at our meetups are expected to behave. These rules will only be enforced as needed to ensure that all players feel welcome and safe during our events.

  • All rules are open to debate and discussion. If a consensus on behavior cannot be agreed on, the organizers of the group will make a final decision.
  • Players are welcome to join a game after it has started if the game can accommodate it reasonably fairly.
  • Players are welcome to leave a game if they find that it is not to their liking and has become not fun for them.
  • Players are welcome to help less qualified players if the help is asked for and if all the players agree.
  • Players are welcome to take some time, as necessary, to complete their turns in a game. Players are also welcome to examine appropriate (publicly available) elements of the game more closely during other players turns as long as it does not adversely affect the game-play of the other players. Excessive time taken for turns is not acceptable when that time cannot or does not yield more positive results for a player. Distracting a player on their turn, blocking their view of the game, touching components they are using, etc., is not acceptable. Consistently taking a significantly larger amount of time on a turn than the other players is not acceptable.
  • No discrimination, negative judgement, unwanted attention, or harassment based on sex, gender, race, religion, sexual preference, or intelligence. All players are equals.
  • No negative gossip or idle talk about other people who are not present. No positive gossip if it is sexist or otherwise still offensive.
  • Players are not required to disclose their feelings, thoughts, or personal lives. People’s privacy shall be respected.
  • No comments about another persons choices of fashion, appearance, food, or other personal lifestyle choices.
  • Players will be respectful of the games, gaming space, and other gaming tools, parts, etc. This includes keeping hands clean, avoiding foul-smelling foods, and keeping drinks away from games.
  • No negative judgments or unwanted advice about another player’s gaming ability or their gaming decisions.
  • Players will act as appropriate role models to the other players.
  • Foul language will be kept to a minimum. It is not acceptable when minors are present.
  • Players will keep alcohol and other legal drug use to a minimum. Illegal drugs are unacceptable. Arriving intoxicated will not be tolerated.
  • Violence, including verbal abuse, will not be tolerated. This includes bullying, including harming another player or confusing them using mean jokes, “fake news”, and other seemingly innocuous but unkind behaviors.
  • Players will engage in games in which they are players, and will avoid distractions that hinder game-play.
  • Sore losing is not acceptable. This includes chalking up a loss to bad luck rather than another player’s good strategy, claiming the loss was a mistake made more than 1 round prior and asking to change the scores, blaming the game itself for faulty mechanisms or rules, complaining about too much luck or randomness, or attempts to diminish the win of others.
  • Players shall accept that other players will attack them within games and that this is acceptable and common. Attempts to stop the attack through non-game mechanisms like bullying or scolding, or exaggerating an emotional response to the attack, is not acceptable. In-game attacks and retaliation are acceptable for in-game reasons.
  • Excessive aggression during a game that makes a player feel targeted by one or more players, if not necessary for good game play, is not acceptable.
  • Boastful winning, in which a player makes fun of the losers or otherwise calls unnecessary attention to the other players losses, is not acceptable. Being proud of a win is great. Being a jerk about it is not great.
  • Games will be picked by a unanimous vote. If there is a player that does not want to play a specific game, the group will pick a different game, break up into smaller groups to accommodate the player, or do whatever else it takes to ensure that all players are playing a game they like (or at least are fully willing to tolerate).
  • The meetup.com/Facebook group events are scheduled by the organizers. Players are welcome and encouraged to suggest alternatives that might benefit the group and are also welcome to play in other groups at any other times to their liking. Please try to avoid scheduling other events with other groups that might make it necessary for players to pick one event over another. Poaching is not cool.
  • Players will respect the wishes of others in following these rules. If a player is asked to change their behavior because it makes someone uncomfortable, distracted, or otherwise makes them have a less fun game session, the player who is asked to change their behavior will make all attempts to do so. If that is not possible, it is fully acceptable to leave gracefully and without commotion.
  • The organizers reserve the right to ask anyone violating the rules and unwilling to change their behavior to leave the session and/or leave the group.