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Age of Intrigue is a mature game for players who are 18+. Our focus is not upon sex. However sexual liaisons do feature in the game, as but another tool used in the game of court. ie. we do not advocate bedroom after bedroom scene - but hope players will enjoy a variety filled life. Sexual scenes, consensual or not, can be part of the greater stories/plots and lives of the PC's. Because of the nature of the subject however you should never feel forced to integrate this in your writing. Comfortzones are not just for players, but for moderators as well. Only write what you are comfortable with.
For a long time Erotica has been a forbidden subject in Play by Post gaming. A majority of the larger games traditionally always held to the PG13 norm, based on American movie ratings, also described as a family atmosphere. It is only natural that as increasingly roleplaying is something for grown ups, more mature themes are in growing demand. If you watch the movements in the market of Play by Post gaming by what kind of game players are asking for you will see words like gritty, dark and adult surfacing more and more. Erotica is just one genre within the whole package of mature themes.
The place of Erotica in AoI
Erotica is something else than porn. It should always be part of a plotline and thus serve a function. Note that this guideline for moderators is taken lightly when there is a case of a strictly player interaction thread by players only which doesn't take away any moderator resources.
Here are some guidelines what makes for a good erotica thread:
- some kind of underlying theme to the scene other than the erotica: a powerstruggle, a violation of ones norms, an exploration of emotions, a challenge, a religious revelation, a devilish contrick etc.
- Don't do repeats. Each scene must bring something new to that PC.
- Don't treat other players like a commodity that simply must like sex. Many players are very picky. Be mindful of assumptions as well as stepping over people's personal comfort boundaries.
- Have fun! Sex isn't always amazing, sometimes we make awkward movements or strange noises. Erotica doesn't need to involve both partners climaxing at the same time, and it will be more 'real' if you don't.
Allowing your characters to have sexual relationships is one thing. Writing them out quite another. Not everybody has the same preference. Players are requested to advise via their login profile their comfort zone:
- CZ-A. I am not comfortable with writing erotic scenes
- CZ-B. I am comfortable writing erotic scenes but would like to fade to black
- CZ-C. I am comfortable writing erotic scenes
Note: Choosing a low comfort zone does not make your PC untouchable, and if they put themselves in a compromising situation something may still happen. The difference in this players instance shall be that they refrain from writing it out. We are sensitive to your preference for content and encourage you to only seek out subjects you are comfortable with. If you need advice on this please contact us in your Player Compendium.
Rape (or any other form of sexual violence) is a sensitive issue. It is quite possible within the Rules of Realism that such stories will appear from time to time. Moderators do try to foreshadow the approach of imminent danger, giving players fair warning that a scene may have dark undercurrents. However, we do understand that this particular issue, when raised IC, can an adversely effect some players OOC. Please do let the moderating team know if such storylines would cause you distress and we will be mindful to shield your characters from such storylines.