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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.
  • Members are free to use adopted designs for their characters, as long as said designs are realistic within PMA's premise.
  • 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.



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 cool down to this event.
  • As pokemon are hatched fully functional in the canon of the pokemon world, offspring (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 cool down), 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.



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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:iconsilverdraconicangel:
SilverDraconicAngel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Are we able to create multiple characters? I just got an idea for a really strange umbra pokehuman. (Ahhh, enough with the ideas brain! DX I'm kinda beginning to regret being a concept artist.....)
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello!
The answer is actually in the journal above!
  • 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.
If you wait 2 months (though, the event will be over by then) you can create a character for free. Alternately, you can earn up 150 berries (the waiver cost) and make a new character instantly.
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SilverDraconicAngel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Student General Artist
:facepalm: Of course I missed the answer! ^^; Meh, might as well start preparing. Thanks again!
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lab-rats Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Is there a specific policy on editing existing apps? Like changing age, slightly altering personality, or updating the app art.
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
All character updates are up to your own discretion! You aren't required to inform us of minor changes or art updates, though most members send us a note or comment to let us know about big changes. Level changes, evolutions, and shadow status are the only required updates to inform mods of!
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lab-rats Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thank you!
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GiveEmTheDee Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist
I do wonder, since I started working on my app for the reopening in june, would a purple kecleon be considered a shiny or an alternate coloration?
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello!
A normal colored kecleon would have the red tummy stripe, while a shiny one would have the blue tummy stripe. It's shown in pokemon canon that this is the only part of the pokemon that doesn't really change color or go invisible.

Aside from that, because Kecleon can canonly change the color of its skin and has also been shown in alternate colorings, we have accepted different colored kecleons (black with a red tummy stripe, for example). We would like it to be mentioned in the written app under appearance. Color patterns should not be too intricate, as it's assumed that maintaining different coloring takes some level of concentration. I hope this answers your question!
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GiveEmTheDee Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist
Yes it does! Thank you very much! ^^
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botly Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I was wondering if you could fudge where certain pokemon come from if you use some logic to it (i'm thinking of using a wild born stantler but wanted him to come from dendemille area or route 17? but stantler aren't found in x/y or in snow, i just wanted to go reindeer/caribou-ish?)
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yep that's fine! As long as it makes sense logically, like you said, it's accepted.
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exdog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Just making sure before I do anything but you're allowed to use a pokemon even if there is another person in the group who has one, correct? (for example it doesnt matter if more than one person has a squirtle character, or something like that)
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:iconzhoid:
Zhoid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Duplicates of pokemon are allowed and actually already exist in the group! You can pick any pokemon as long as it's not a legendary.
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exdog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Awesome thats what I thought but I just had to be sure haaa
Thanks so much ouo
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:iconzhoid:
Zhoid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Good luck with your application.
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exdog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I hope you dont mind I ask another quick question - I saw that TMs are allowed within reason, are HMs as well?
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:iconzhoid:
Zhoid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
TM, HM, Tutor and Egg moves are all allowed as long as they're given a plausible explanation in the pokemon's backstory (eg. how they came into contact with a TM/HM, or if their trainer, if they had one, wanted to teach them these moves.) With egg moves, plan parents accordingly.
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exdog Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Awesome perfect thank you again sorry for taking up your time ;A;
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:iconepismatic:
Epismatic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Before I make my decision to join, I wanted to ask; do you accept RPers of any level, or do they have to be skilled?
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:iconzhoid:
Zhoid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pokemon-Amie is a group for all levels of rpers! We do not have any level of requirement within applicants, as long as you can provide us an example of your writing in the RP example section.
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:iconabracytrooper:
I have a really cool reference for my character or should I say that someone drew a really cool picture of my character abracytrooper.deviantart.com/a…
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asphyxis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student
your faq link is broken : (
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:iconjejunity:
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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:iconabracytrooper:
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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Autumnflake103 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have two questions:
1) Can I be a legendary
2) Is there a such thing as "genetic mutations"? (Ex: A Dark-Fire Ninetails)
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello!
As the group and character rules journal states:
"Legendaries are not allowed, from moderators and members alike."
so, no legendaries. They're far too scarce to make it fair to allow anyone to have them, and are treated more like legends and myths.

also:
"
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 occurrence."
I'm afraid drastic variations aside from shiny coloring are not allowed, sorry!
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Autumnflake103 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, okay, thank you! 
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Pavatti Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have a few questions, I want to apply as a male Sylveon, I checked there's only one other, This character already has a back story(general, still working on) but level or any need to fight or train is generally unimportant. How should I approach that in the app then? Especially the stars for balancing strengths.
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello! If fighting/battling is not important in your pokemon's backstory, it's probably easiest to pick a level near or below their actual age. You can choose their moves based on what's within their level range or think about what moves they might find useful in day to day life. Odor Sleuth for The Poochyena Line and Teleport for the Ralts Line are two examples.

As far as stats go, you can base them off the base stats for that pokemon (bulbapedia has base stats for all pokemon).
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:icongiveemthedee:
GiveEmTheDee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist
How do you go up in level? Do missions give you levels or can you gain levels with artwork submissions?
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hello!

Because members are allowed to start their pokemon at any level (within reason; generally, the rule of thumb is to keep it close to age if the pokemon is untrained, and over leveled pokemon are addressed during app checks), we do not have a strict leveling system in place for PMA. If members wish to change their pokemon character's levels, they're only required to note us to let us know and to give us a reason (character revamps, recent events (training a lot, overcame a great obstacle, been helping many pokemon out, etc), roleplaying lots of battles, etc) to justify the level change. We don't want to force level ups on characters who aren't supposed to be buff, and we don't want to restrict rapid growth or strength for characters if it makes them all ooc. I hope this explanation helps!
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Batrocha Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I have a question I have a bird pokemon character who seems to have trouble with the  digitech and cant seem to shake away the wings during the transformation. Is this fine or is this too much trouble, considering the pokemon couldn't hide their wings easily?
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Forestii Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Wings are a bit of an iffy subject! Since the point of the dittech is for a pokemon to disguise themselves as a human, it would defeat the purpose if wings were still visible, meaning the dittech is seriously broken (and when things are broken, people often buy/get new things to replace them since they no longer adequately serve their function). However, if your pokehuman can effectively hide their wings without it being suspicious, it would be alright. But since this is such an iffy subject, you'd be a lot safer just having their dittech not glitch that much :'D
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Batrocha Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Alright thank you for clearing that up! :D
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KayVeeDee Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have two questions about my possible character's history, if I may!
I'm considering making an Elgyem character who studies sociology in her human form, so I have some concerns about writing her app up.
- Can 'student' be an occupation?
- And since Elgyem are an 'alien' species of Pokemon, so would it be okay for my character to grow up on the Moon/in space? it would work out best with what I have planned for her history
Thank you!
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
- student can definitely be an occupation!
- For now, I'm going to say that yes, that'd be alright-- as long as their existence doesn't create any huge threats to overall canon (ex. potential for space invasions, a sudden advance in technology, etc) it should be fine! If anything else, I would go for it-- at app check, if there's anything wrong with it, we'll definitely let you know and give you the opportunity to edit where necessary if that happens to be the case.
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KayVeeDee Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay! That's wonderful!
About the threat to canon thing, would it be acceptable for my character to think that she's going to make a big breakthrough in Earth-to-Moon communication even though it's not likely at all that anything significant will happen? If not, I can always change that part of her history! I have a good backup plan ^^
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yep, that's fine! Haha, a lot of interesting ideas here, hope you're having fun with it!
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Mairodia Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just noticed my character's name was spelled wrong on the list- it's Gagnon, not Gangnon. No big deal, though!
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Jejunity Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, fixed!
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Mairodia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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bombblaster89 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Shiny pokemon? Hmmm
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kanamiu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! Shiny pokemon are indeed allowed, just keep in mind we will be stricter with the judging of your app due to the shiny coloration!
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