Kinship Rules

1. Real Life™ always comes first. If you have a family, a pet (or more), a job (or more), studies etc. to take care of, then you should be out there taking care of them, instead of playing LOTRO. Therefore, as long as you have a good reason to be absent (Disclaimer: we don't need to know that reason in detail, your Real Life™ is your own), then activity matters little to us. However:

a. Each member must be present in one kinship event each month, the kind of event doesn't matter. If you still can't afford the time to attend one event per month, that's fine with us, as long as we know about it.

b. Although we appreciate active members, we don't kick inactive ones. Our kinship has room for 1000 characters and it will take a long time to reach that limit in order to have need to kick inactives to make room for active members.

2. Respect among players, whether they are members of our kinship or not, is one aspect of our gaming life that we value greatly. We don't care about characters being at each other's throats RP-wise that much as having players being rude or disrespectful to other players. We won't hesitate to kick players out of the kinship if they go too far. And that's one of the two reasons why we may kick someone out of the kinship for the time being.

3. Being a mature kinship (and seeking mature players as a consequence) has nothing to do with mature/adult-only content. Such content isn't welcome in our forums or kinship chat (or any other chat channel) and members engaging in adult-only roleplay anywhere in game or in the forums may soon find our doors closed to them. This is, obviously, the second reason why we may kick someone out. The maturity we are looking for is greatly related to point 2 above.

4. Sticking to Tolkien's lore to the best of your abilities is important to us. If there are matters you know little to nothing about lore-wise, then don't be afraid to ask. We also have a dedicated forum here with guides and resources to help yourselves. We do mean it when we say we don't demand our applicants to be lore-masters, but we expect them to be willing to learn while roleplaying with us. We were all starters at some point after all.

5. Although we appreciate posts with proper syntax, grammar, punctuation etc., we don't expect our members to write like academics. Our officers who are tasked with keeping logs of our roleplays also do a bit of proof-reading, before publishing those logs in our website. So don't worry too much about a mistyped word or two. What we DON'T like is using l33t speak, modern slang terms etc. while in-character, which is not only annoying but it doesn't fit to the lore of the game either, even more so when it comes to roleplaying an Elf.

6. Make your opinion known either in the kinship chat or here in our forums. It DOES matter to us. The leader and officers alike must listen to every member of the kinship and listen carefully, whether they agree or disagree with the opinion shared. You never know. Your opinion, suggestion or idea may make us all better at our tasks and our kinship a place where more players would like to have their characters in.

7. The leader and officers of the kinship need to make each decision of theirs clear to all members. Never leave anyone in the dark. Members who know what the leadership is doing and why will be more understanding and willing to help the kinship than members who have no idea what's going on about.

8. New members need to go through a one-time one-month-long probationary period. Why one month? Isn't that too long a time? Look back at 1.a. Since we request members to attend one event only each month, a one-month-long probationary period makes sure that each new member will attend at least one such event. Plus, it also gives the leader, the officers and the rest of the members plenty of time to make sure that the new member fits finely with the rest of the team.

9. If a member decides to leave the kinship, it's a good idea to listen to their reasoning behind them leaving, for it may be our own fault that made said member leave. We all need to remember that there is always room for improvement and that the leader and officers of the kinship don't know everything, they should never behave as if they know everything nor should they be treated that way. Also, members leaving the kinship on their own for whatever reason should still be treated with respect.

10. Being in the position of the leader or an officer doesn't mean more power or authority. On the contrary, it means more responsibility. Most of the time it's a thankless job that requires a lot of Real Life™ time and this is something that all members should keep in mind while in-game, especially those members who wish to assume such roles in the kinship.