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Code of Conduct for RPG Projects

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This document provides a Code of Conduct you can use in your RPG projects to create a safe and positive work environment. Information is provided for both Project Owners and Contributors to use the code.

The Code of Conduct for RPG Projects provides the following:

  • A code of conduct, based on best practices in this and other industries.
  • Information on why a code of conduct is beneficial to a project.
  • Suggestions on how either a Project Owner or a Contributor can introduce the code to a project.
  • Suggestions on how to use a code of conduct.
  • Permission for you to change and even redistribute the document, so long as you provide credit and it remains free.
  • Una traducción al español está incluida. (A translation into Spanish is included.)

This document will be updated over time, incorporating feedback received.

If you organize or work on RPG projects, I hope you will use this or a similar code of conduct on your projects. If you are a part of our hobby, I hope you will help raise awareness of the benefits of a code of conduct and encourage projects to use one.

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Joseph A March 07, 2022 2:49 am UTC
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Solid work at creating a code of conduct. And there is no discounting the effect of it on making contributors feel comfortable working on these projects.
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Brent J March 05, 2022 10:49 pm UTC
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Outstanding product, something very much needed in the TTRPG space.
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Ian W March 05, 2022 11:35 am UTC
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Useful, especially if running games for people you don't know; just like safety tools.

Maybe I'd use this as a basis for my own shorter version, but really this is great - so helpful
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William H March 05, 2022 12:02 am UTC
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So for the delicate snowflakes who are leaving one star reviews - do you quit your jobs when you have to go through code of conduct training? What about when your employer doesn't let you sexually harass your co-workers or tell racist jokes?

This is a really good distillation of many employer facing code of conduct/employee manuals, focused on the vagarities and wrinkles that can come up during a project to produce roleplaying content. It's a much more casual environment than most work environments, and as such much more prone to bad behavior going unnoticed or not dealt with. Having guard rails up; to deal with bad behavior is a good thing.
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Eric M July 03, 2021 4:24 am UTC
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Physically cringed ngl
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Kirrily B February 21, 2021 3:21 am UTC
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This is a really useful resource. Thank you for making it. I never considered that safety in TTRPGs could extend to the creation process. I will for sure be directing people to this document.
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Mattias L July 19, 2020 12:46 pm UTC
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Joe C June 21, 2020 11:58 am UTC
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Read the preview that was enough
As if the Consent in gaming wasn't bad enough.
Now we have this
Will the mediocrity never end?
Why stifle imagination?
If you have problems about make believe situations
get professional help.
Other hobbies are available have you tried gardening?
it's extremely therapeutic.
The product clearly is not worth anything I guess that's why it's free.
Cheers for your contribution into adding more
To the RPG's In D Ouse F.B group.
You get Qudos for that.
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Joe C June 23, 2020 12:23 pm UTC
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/jn57oee4h90cgxz/Alternative%20Code_of_Conduct_for_RPG_Projects%20.doc?dl=0
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Teos A June 24, 2020 4:57 pm UTC
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Hi Joe, please remove my name from the footer of the document you created. It is necessary to provide attribution if you base your version on our version, but I do not want someone to think that I am the author of your version. Thank you for understanding.
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Joe C June 30, 2020 12:01 am UTC
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Have done so mate
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Joe C June 30, 2020 12:28 am UTC
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https://www.dropbox.com/s/jn57oee4h90cgxz/Alternative%20Code_of_Conduct_for_RPG_Projects%20.doc?dl=0
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Leonard A March 05, 2022 6:19 am UTC
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Thank you for this. Although even what you posted is as totally unnecessary as this product. Just deal. There's no need to protect yourself with silly agreements and codes. LOL
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Joe C March 08, 2022 12:07 am UTC
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When materiel like this starts getting released
It would be ride not to offer a full retraction.
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Ken H June 15, 2020 11:46 pm UTC
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A worthwhile document for any gaming group. It's good for those new to the hobby and who may be unsure what to expect, and it's equally as good for veteran groups -- it doesn't hurt to touch base with your players and make sure everyone is on the same page.
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Paul C June 15, 2020 6:44 pm UTC
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Funny how they locked down the review feature.
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Ginny L June 15, 2020 9:23 pm UTC
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The publisher can't change anything about the review feature. DTRPG sets a 24-hour requirement for all purchases before you can review, and you MUST own any product in order to leave a review.
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James D June 15, 2020 5:59 pm UTC
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Another empty, meaningless gesture and a recipe for mediocrity and dead projects. I can't even be bothered to be annoyed by it.
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Teos A June 15, 2020 10:16 pm UTC
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Your constructive feedback to make it more meaningful is appreciated. The code can be customized to meet your needs, and it cites other codes that have been well received, so you can use those if that is your preference. Thanks!
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Jean M June 24, 2020 10:48 pm UTC
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I looked up all the references:

Ethics in Project Management -- Seems to be a company that sells seminars and things. When I finally found their suggested Code of Conduct, it seems to be mostly about how a consultant interacts with clients, but it does include things like "We approach directly those persons with whom we have a conflict or disagreement" -- directly opposite to your approach.

Neogames -- It seems to reference mostly Finnish employment law.

citizencodeofconduct -- Down. (downforeveryoneorjustme agrees)

Django -- rules of behavior for random strangers in online forums, not collaborators on a team. And not even remotely as harsh as your CoC.

Heralds Guild -- Apparently some sort of DM group for conventions? Anyway, their rules for *their members* when dealing with *random strangers at a convention* are, once again, nothing like yours.

Alphabet -- tells me how exciting it is. Um, okay, but that is possibly the most...See more
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Jean M June 25, 2020 1:32 pm UTC
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For those who don't want to take the time to compare:

The Finnish original:

LISTEN: Listen to the person / manager explaining the situation to you.
BE CRITICAL OF YOURSELF: Try to assess your behaviour as objectively as possible and also from the perspective of the other party.
EXPLAIN: Explain your own point of view.
APOLOGISE: Be ready to apologise.
BE THE SOLUTION: Discuss possible ways of resolving the situation.

This thing:

1. STOP the behavior. If necessary, take a break to think clearly.
2. LISTEN to the team member and/or Project Owner reporting the issue.
3. BE SELF-CRITICAL. Take the time to analyze your behavior and how it could have been
problematic. Try to understand the perspective of the person reporting the problem.
4. ACCEPT your actions. Take responsibility for what took place, even if it was not your intent.
Apologize unconditionally and propose solutions.
5. DO NOT ARGUE...See more
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Paul C June 14, 2020 7:26 pm UTC
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What right does a single person have to set a code of conduct for an entire industry?!?!

Pretentious, overbearing, and just plain stupid. Zero stars!
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Teos A June 15, 2020 10:17 pm UTC
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This wasn't the work of a single person. I am glad to listen to any constructive feedback. Thanks!
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Tomas G June 06, 2020 9:14 pm UTC
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Great job on this Teos! It's a pretty complete and informative guide :)
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Teos A June 15, 2020 10:17 pm UTC
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Thanks, Tomas!
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Luke L June 02, 2020 11:47 pm UTC
Very interested to hear how the author squares any of this with his vocal assertion that Mike Mearls doxxing abuse victims to their abuser couldn't possibly have happened because he's friends with Mearls, and if anyone brings it up it's a ~witch hunt~.
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Teos A June 06, 2020 4:53 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I invite you to read what those affected have written about this. Like them, I don't believe the witch hunt is productive. There are actual bad actors in our industry with continued clear problematic behavior, and MM is not one of those. More importantly, our hobby should focus on positive practices and standards, rather than giving bad actors the spotlight they crave. I won't speak further on this topic here, but I am glad to have an honest discussion with you via the contact form at Alphastream.org.
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Asmo U June 02, 2020 4:51 pm UTC
I really don't like how this code of conduct takes the stance that you always side with the accuser and that accused aren't allowed to defend themselves.
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Teos A June 06, 2020 4:47 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I'm always open to suggested changes to the text, keeping in mind that Codes of Conduct generally leave the decision to the project manager or other responsible party and the Code of Conduct is setting forth the expectations and preventing escalation. Send any suggested text changes to me via the contact form at Alphastream.org. Thanks!
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Stacie W June 14, 2020 6:05 am UTC
This is the part that I find gross. Basically any accusation of any kind can screw the accused. There doesn't need any proof. Just boom... accuser makes accusation. Let's cancel the project and spread the word about them.
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Teos A June 15, 2020 10:19 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The outcomes you described are not at all something found in this Code of Conduct.
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