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Group and Character Rules

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 4, 2013, 7:33 AM


General & Role-Play

  • Treat others with respect. Try to respect their boundaries and opinions. If you are having issues with another member, please contact admins privately. Public displays of aggression will not be tolerated.
  • Please be understanding to others' needs and feelings. This includes a desire for space!
  • We will attempt to solve all disagreements through discussion. PMA does not have a strict penalty system in place, however this means that if a member does cause a lot of problems, chances are they are likely to be booted from the group.
  • Though it is acceptable to use foul language in In-Character roleplays, please keep in mind that there are people of all ages on dA and PMA, and be mindful!
  • God-modding and power play are unacceptable. It is no fun when a character is over powered, and it is rude to take control of another character's actions.
  • Roleplays that occur in avenues of public interaction outside of deviantArt (twitter, tumblr, etc) are generally considered non-canon with the exception of mutual mun agreement or privatized interactions. Unofficial characters may be roleplayed, but all interactions with them should be considered non-canon until they are approved and in the group. Non-members should keep this in mind! Roleplaying is allowed before acceptance, however please keep in mind that unapproved characters may have alterations made before acceptance and this might create complications. Regardless, all group rules (no god-modding, no power playing, no harassment) are still applied, and though you may not be banned without having initially been accepted, you will be blacklisted for unruly behavior or noncompliance.
  • When role-playing 'relationship' scenarios please be sure that the member you are role-playing with is comfortable with rather intimate role-plays especially in couple scenarios. Also, please keep NSFW roleplay private!

More information on acceptable behavior and on reporting procedures can be found in the Behavior Announcement Journal.



Art and Submissions Rules

  • All art must be 100% original work. No tracing, heavy referencing, or bases. If you are caught doing any of the above, you and your art will be removed from the group.
  • We are pretty lenient concerning maturity, however we expect members to censor pieces with nudity/gore/etc accordingly.
  • Only post submissions that are related to the group.
  • Surprise fanart is fun, but please use judgement when it comes to how you portray others' characters! If you are unsure if it is okay, it's probably best to ask.



Chat Rules

  • When roleplaying in the roleplay chat, please separate out of character speech (OOC) from in character text. Use brackets such as (), (()), [], and {}.
  • Refrain from spamming of any sorts. This includes a ton of emotes or icons crowding the chat window.



Character Development

  • Before picking a Pokemon please make sure the pokemon you'd like is available from the Pokemon List. 5 of each Pokemon are allowed in the group at a time. You can search with CTRL+F; the finder will show you how many of that pokemon there are.
  • Legendaries are not allowed, from moderators and members alike.
  • Once you've decided on a pokemon, you can decide whether or not you'd like your pokemon to have the Dittech in their possession. Your character can have any range of involvement in the human world- whether they only partake occasionally, or if they live active lives with a dwelling and job.
  • Pokemon colors can vary in shades, though drastic changes will be rejected (magenta colored Ivysaurs, for example). Shiny pokemon are accepted, however we will be more critical of shiny applications seeing as shinies are a rare occurence.
  • Human colors should be logical. Skin tones cannot be pink and blue, for example. Hair colors are canonically drastic and natural in the world of pokemon, and so green or blue hair is acceptable. The point of the Dittech is to allow pokemon to blend in with humans, so keep this in mind!
  • Human forms do, however, reflect pokemon forms in coloration and appearance. Also, it is possible for the Dittech to work improperly and- duds will often leave a pokehuman with ears or a tail. Often, these parts are hidden using clothing, though some pokehumans get away with calling them accessories.
  • If a pokehuman is badly wounded, they will revert back to pokemon form. Pokemon in human forms can also use their powers, but should be reluctant to use them in plain sight of normal humans.
  • The age of a pokehuman relies on the physical age of the pokemon upon first using the Dittech (ex. A Poochyena puppy would be just a child, a full grown Poochyena dog would be a full grown adult). However, using the Dittech excessively to assume human form will a) lengthen the lifespan of a pokemon that typically doesn't live as long as humans or b) shorten the lifespan of a pokemon that typically outlives humans, to an average of about 80 years. Levels are not correlated directly with age, though an older pokemon typically has more experience. Please use background and evolution stage to justify a pokemon's level.
  • Pokemon moves depend on the level of the pokemon and all moves that your pokemon can learn can be found here. Please make sure all four moves are within the pokemon level range. You can find your pokemon from the dropdown lists given and then you can check out their movies by levels. Egg moves and TM's are acceptable, however please be realistic with TMs. For example, wild pokemon most likely will not be carrying TM moves, but pokemon that used to belong to a trainer might. Wild Pokemon cannot learn Tutor Moves.
  • If you'd like to evolve your character, you'll have to meet evolution requirements. Your character must be the appropriate level, and you can purchase an 'Evolution' in the market using berries, with a moderator's approval.
  • Characters will age in real time, like the group.
  • Members start with one character. There is no character cap or cost, but there is a 2 month cool down to character creation. The 2 month cool down can be bypassed with a slot pass in the market, purchased with berries.



Relationship Rules

  • Pokehumans should only be in relationships with other pokemon/pokehumans. Romantic relationships should not form between a human and pokehuman, because pokehumans technically do not exist.
  • NSFW decisions are up to the members, however please refrain from posting intimate sexual content in the group itself.
  • It is possible for two pokemon to create an egg if actively intimate. Please note the group to notify admins of such an event, including the mother and the father. The child's gender, species (of either mother or father), and appearance are completely up to the parents. Dittech cannot function on multiple life forms, so pokemon are stuck in pokemon form when carrying. Pregnancy lasts 1 week, after which an egg is laid. Eggs hatch after another week. The owners of the parent characters can choose whether to have 1-2 children per pregnancy. There is a 2 month cooldown to this event.
  • As pokemon are hatched fully functional in the canon of the pokemon world, offpsring (unless specifically a baby pokemon such as Pichu and Azurill) when hatched can assume Dittech form from anywhere between 4-9 years of age. Within 2 weeks of announcing pregnancy, an app should be made for the child character. The parents can assume the character as their own, or they can choose someone else to roleplay the child for them.
  • Intimate sexual relationships should only happen between characters who are of legal age. This rule applies to pregnancy as well.
  • Adoption is completely viable. Single characters can adopt (paying attention to the 2 month character creation cooldown), and coupled characters can adopt 1-2 children at a time. Adopted children do not have to share the same species as the parents, but must be pokehumans. Dittechs must be purchased from the market for each child.



Death/Withdrawal of a Character

  • It is possible for a chracter to die in PMA (through battle, accident, illness, old age, etc), however members should refrain from killing off their characters simply to replace them.
  • Characters cannot be killed in roleplay without their owner's permission- such events will not be considered canon, and the offender will be guilty of power play and possibly kicked out.
  • You must have had your character for 2 months before allowing them to be killed off.
  • Please notify the group if you decide to kill off your character. You should depict their death through roleplay, an image, or writing.
  • Characters can be withdrawn from the group instead of killed. If you only have one character and wish to replace them, your character must have existed for 2 months.



Leaving

  • Please note the group of your departure. You don't have to tell us why you're leaving, just that you are.
  • Please remove all of your character's art in the group. Art for others can remain if you so choose.
  • If you've left and you'd like to return, you may! However you must wait until the next opening.
  • Ex-members reapplying may apply with their old character or a new one altogether. Just please make sure the slots for that pokemon aren't filled up, or you'll be denied.


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:iconasphyxis:
asphyxis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student
your faq link is broken : (
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, sorry about that! We're actually still working on updating the journal skins and will fix the buttons when the new skin is finished! The FAQ was deleted because we worked in all the FAQ information into the other info journals. If you have further questions though, feel free to ask! Alternately, or tumblr blog (link on the main page) accepts anonymous questions!
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abracytrooper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
I have a question. Can I have a written bio for my character or do I have to draw out the character?
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:iconjejunity:
Jejunity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello! We require that all members draw a reference for other members on the application. I checked the drawn art in the earlier parts of your gallery, and it's definitely up to par! If you need assistance getting art onto an application, feel free to contact a moderator. You can find full details at the Joining PMA journal. Thanks for your interest!
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abracytrooper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Well I do need help on drawing my character because it's too difficult for me and the art that you saw are from the method that I use where I would trace an artwork on a piece of paper and draw it on DA muro with my mouse. I only have DA muro and my mouse to draw with and I don't have photoshop. I kinda doubt that you would make an exception only once for an artist who can barely even draw. 
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry that we cannot actually help you with the drawing of the character (only with the placing of art onto the app). We do accept traditional drawings, and do not judge members on their artistic ability during evaluation. Rather than judging the drawing ability, we look for members with a willingness to create and submit both literature and visual art. We have some inspiring artists who joined our group while literally drawing for the first time, and it's lovely to see them improve while in the group. There's many free art resources (openCanvas v. 1.1, firealpaca, GIMP, and paint.net are common and free ones), although ultimately it's up to you to give it a shot or not! Good luck!
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abracytrooper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
I just done the app, but it's in my stash and a couple of things
1) The hair style is noncanon, this is the only type of hair style I'm able to do successfully
2) He's suppose to be wearing brown boots, but I can only draw him with brown shoes
3) He's suppose to be wearing a black leather jacket, but I can only him with a yellow t-shirt.
sta.sh/0c1a61fxrnu
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cool beans, man! If there's details that don't quite fit your drawing abilities, don't forget to add them to the written 'appearance' section of the written app (it's there to explain/describe details not shown). Don't forget to add your art onto the actual app (the template is in the featured part of the gallery, and you can refer back to the drawing programs I listed earlier to help you transfer it) when openings come around!
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:iconabracytrooper:
abracytrooper Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
I checked the programs that you sent to me and I'm a little off about it. Can you just help me get the art on the app after I'm done with the written bio?
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Alright!

Though, I would keep in mind when applying that even though this is an RP group that accommodates literature works from members, most of our events are art-based. If you are unable to participate with visual submissions in the future, it may hamper your interaction with other members and with the events. Not wanting to discourage you, I just want to make sure that you feel the group will be a right fit for you should you decide to apply!
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