Welcome Adventurers! The X-Card Safety Tool is our Official Safety Tool!
This convention’s goal is to create an INCLUSIVE gaming community to celebrate and enjoy Dungeons and Dragons and other Role Play Games together. All participants must adhere to the Safe Space Rules and the Code of Conduct listed below.
**Safe Space rules for everyone: No abusive behavior. If there is a conflict between players then the Game Master will arbitrate, if there is a conflict with the Game Master, then the Organizer will arbitrate. A Safe Space is a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, or physical or mental ability. A place where the rules guard each person’s self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others.
CODE of CONDUCT: (Borrowed from the Adventurers League)
BE INCLUSIVE, FUN, AND SAFE!
All Participants are here to have fun and should ALWAYS feel safe and included. All participants (Players, Game Masters, and Organizers) are expected to adhere to the following Code of Conduct.
– Participants must conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the enjoyment and safety of others at the event.
– Avoid excessively vulgar, sexual, or overly mature language and themes.
– Follow the GMs lead, avoid arguing with the GM or other players over rules.
– Let other players speak, avoid talking over others.
– Avoid excessive cross-talk that is not relevant to the adventure being played.
– Allow other players to get attention from the GM.
– Discourage others from using social media to bully, shame, or intimidate other participants.
– Avoid phone conversations at the table.
– If you must take a call, please excuse yourself from the table until your call is completed.
– No tolerance is given for theft or aggressive behavior.
– Theft and aggressive behavior are grounds for immediate removal from the play area and the premises.
– Aggressive behavior includes threats of or actual physical aggression, using racial, gender, or cultural slurs against another participant, and otherwise harassing other participants.
**WHAT TO DO?
Participants who feel as though they are in an unsafe environment should notify the organizer of the event immediately. Participants noticing disruptive behavior should make those responsible for the behavior aware of their actions. If a participant feels uncomfortable bringing it to the attention of the disruptive individual, the participant should notify the Game Master or Organizer of the event immediately. The Game Master has the right to ask a disruptive player to leave the table and speak with the organizer.
The Organizer has the right to remove a disruptive or aggressive player or Game Master from the play area or premises or meet up group.
WHERE FRIENDSHIPS ARE FORGED AT THE TABLE!
Gaming Stores: Remember it’s important that we support our FLGS (Friendly Local Games Stores), as they help us grow our community.
An X-card is a tool that helps maintain a safe environment at the gaming table. Roleplaying games can be very improvisational and adventures can vary widely in content. It can be impossible to predict when uncomfortable content might come up.
An X-card is a tool to keep the content at the table safe for everyone. It is a card in the middle of the table with an X on it. Should someone feel uncomfortable at anytime, they can tap the X-card. The event host and other players will change the content, dial it back, or skip the scene.
This convention endorses and uses the X-Card as part of our plan to create a safe and inclusive environment for gamers.
The X-Card was designed by John Stavropoulos and more information about it can be found at X-Card by John Stavropoulos
We are also trying out the TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY rules using glow sticks, another good idea from your surveys! Everyone wants to make new friends, some folks might be looking for more. We’re going to use the TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY SYSTEM so that everyone knows what your social boundaries are. The color GREEN means that one is SINGLE and looking for a relationship. RED means NOT LOOKING for a relationship. Yellow may mean “unsure” or “maybe,” or could mean that one is in a relationship but still open to advances. The purpose of a traffic light party is to decrease the apprehension associated with approaching potential mates at parties. It also serves the purpose of providing an easy indicator of one’s unavailability, to fend off unwelcome advances. Because we are an INCLUSIVE community we are adding 3 Extra colours: BLUE if seeking a MALE identified person, PINK if seeking a FEMALE identified person, PURPLE if seeking a NON-GENDER CONFORMING person. Now we’re running out of colours, but this is a good place to start.