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Game Guide (Round 7)

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General Rules

Once creating your character and it is approved by an admin, you are a full member of the Senate. Welcome! These rules will serve as an overview of the game. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the Cloak Room.

IC / OOC Distinctions

In-Character (IC) posts are ones made by your character in the game world. Out-Of-Character (OOC) posts are ones made by you, the player. With the exception of the Cloak Room forum and replies in the Characters forum, all posts made in any Capitol Hill forums are considered IC. This includes party war rooms and other private meeting rooms. Leaking of private IC information will be met with realistic IC penalties and (in very extreme cases) perhaps OOC penalties as well. On a case by case basis, penalties associated with leaking may or may not be insulated to the leaker(s) themselves.

Meanwhile, all Private Messages and off-board communication is considered to be OOC unless explicitly marked otherwise or as part of an admin-ran event.

Activity Requirements

If a player goes an entire Congressional session without making an IC post or does not visit the website for at least 1 RL month, his or her character(s) will be removed from the game and their Senate seat will become available to new players. Votes do not count towards these requirements. The President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, PPT, SML, SmL, HML, HmL, Party Chairs and Committee Chairs will be considered inactive if he or she does not make an IC public post for 7 RL days. On a case by case basis, he or she may just lose their areas of responsibility and may not automatically be signed out.

New Characters

To create a new character go here and create a new topic with your character's bio using the New Character Template. After you have submitted the form, an admin will approve your character (usually within 24 hours). Be sure to refer to the Available Senate Seats when planning your character as Senate seats are reserved per party, including for Independent Senators.

Attributes

All characters are assigned attributes after they are approved by an admin. Each individual attribute is capped at 100. Attributes can be increased through Campaign Schedules (see below).

  • Experience -- Represents the professional accomplishments of the character.
  • Name Recognition -- Represents the familiarity of the public with the character.
  • Wealth -- Represents the character's fundraising base.
  • Charisma -- Represents the character's ability to move an audience.

Party Switches

Characters are permitted to change parties, but all realistic IC consequences will apply. While war room masking will be immediate, leaking in this situation is more likely to be met with harsher consequences.

Multiple Characters

Players are permitted to have multiple characters only for specific purposes:

  • Senate (this is the default starting point for all new characters)
  • House of Representatives (only the Speaker and HmL are players)
  • White House (including POTUS, VPOTUS, WH staff, and Cabinet members)
  • Supreme Court (if nominated by the President)
  • United Nations delegate (see here)
  • Minigame characters (if available)

Roleplaying

The activities of a politician do not begin and end on Capitol Hill. Players are encouraged to communicate with one another and with their constituents in the News & Social Media forums. Participation in these forums is used for admin news commentary, approval ratings, to influence public opinion, election prepolls, and many other purposes.

PACs & Lobbying

At the beginning of each Congressional session, the admin team will create a balanced number of pertinent lobbyist groups to represent. In an effort to realistically represent the demands on members of Congress from various organizations, the groups will make demands of players, reward with donations, issue public statements, participate in elections, etc. Many times, demands from various groups will conflict with one another forcing you to choose what is best for your constituents. See the K Street forum for more information.

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Expected Behavior & Penalties

Even though we're discussing controversial issues in this game, all players are expected to uphold a certain level of etiquette with all other players and admins both IC and OOC.

TedderVision Accounts & Cloning

Players are only permitted only 1 TedderVision account. If any other person on the same IP address (i.e., siblings) is going to create an account and play, the admin team must be notified prior to registration. Both players would need to be in the same party. Furthermore, any collusion between multiple accounts (even if controlled by separate people) for the purposes of taking advantage of the game is against the rules. Do not mislead the admin team in any way on any subject.

Players are permitted to have multiple characters under the same TedderVision account under very specific circumstances (see above). A player is not allowed to transfer funds from one character they control to another for any purpose.

Forum Behavior

As with the rest of the TedderVision community, players are expected to remain courteous and respectful to all other players and admins at all times, especially OOC. We can disagree on issues, even ones of great importance, without resorting to name calling and temper tantrums.

Failure to abide by these simple rules may result in IC and OOC penalties as decided by the admin team on a case by case basis, perhaps even resulting in a permanent ban from the community on the first offense. Members of the admin team have the right to warn, suspend, and/or ban any member for behavior on the boards at admin discretion, even for the first offense.

Telegram Behavior

On Telegram when talking to admins and/or on the Capitol Hill official general chat(s), the same rules of behavior applies. The CH general chat is owned and moderated by the admin team. Therefore, in the official Capitol Hill chat room(s), the CH admin team are given full authority to moderate the chat and warn, suspend or ban people from said chats as well as warn, suspend or ban people on TedderVision for improper behavior. Likewise in any direct communication to an admin or multiple admins on Telegram, the members of the admin team have the right to moderate and warn users for improper behavior.

In non-official chats and private discussions between players, the admin team may not be present and is therefore not responsible for anything said or done here. Screenshots of improper behavior in these chats is not sufficient to warrant penalties because of their ability to be manipulated, but players are obviously expected to remain respectful at all times whether admins are around or not. The admin team reserves the right to restrict access to this game for improper behavior (trolling, harassing, etc.) by players related to the game on other forums, instant message systems, or other communicative tools.

Punishments

Generally, the admin team will issue the following punishments for breaking the standard of behavior described above. These are just a general guideline and the admin team reserves the right to issue whichever punishment deemed appropriate, even for the first offense.

Cloning

  • Cloning (having multiple accounts run by 1 person) is never tolerated as it is a form of cheating. Cloning is an automatic permanent ban.

Trolling / Abusive Behavior

  • First offense: Warning point

  • Second Offense: 2nd warning point and 24 hour suspension

  • Third Offense: 48 hour suspension and 3rd warning point

  • Fourth Offense: Permanent ban

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Government

All players play in the U.S. Senate but the entirety of the federal government is simulated with approved player multis and by the admin team with player actions in mind.

Senate Leadership

At the beginning of each new session of Congress, both parties should internally elect their leadership in the Senate. The majority party has a PPT, Majority Leader, and Majority Whip. The minority party would elect a Minority Leader and Minority Whip. The Majority and Minority Leaders also then appoint a Chair and Ranking Member of each committee respectively.

House Leadership

At the beginning of each new session of Congress, each party chair should name one player to serve as their party's leader in the House. These players will set whip levels for the NPC members of the House.

Senate Rules

House Rules

Executive Branch

The President is the leader of the executive branch and in many way shapes how his or her administration will function. Each player is permitted just one character in the executive branch, and must be appointed by the President (or their designee). There are 5 Cabinet positions (Secretaries of State, Defense, Treasury, Interior, and Attorney General), but the President may also appoint players to their staff. Cabinet secretaries generally require confirmation by the Senate. There is no limit to the number of players the President appoints to his or her staff, but there is not separate masking for each position (merely one blanket Executive Branch masking plus the use of password-protected forums or private meeting rooms).

Judicial Branch

The Supreme Court on Capitol Hill is controlled through a group of admins to bring fairness and representation of political views to Capitol hill. The admins as a whole group will decide the cases and will write decision summaries. As the game goes on, the President may be requested to nominate a new justice to the court. At the discretion of the admin team, this nominee could be a player multi.

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Elections

As a politician, elections are an important part of your life. During each election, 1/3 of Senators face reelection (according to their Class) and the entire House faces reelection every 2 years. Outside of formal elections, all characters can submit short schedules in preparation for their next election. Mid-session campaign schedules are limited to only fundraisers, attribute upgrades, HQs, PI purchases, and polling. Rallies and ads can only be held during official election schedules.

House Elections

House Elections will be every two years and welcomes participation from all players. 

Senate Elections

All Senators face reelection, 1/3 each election cycle according to their Class). When it's your turn, you may be challenged by a NPC or even another player. All players not already participating in an election that year is invited to create a multi character to run for Senate seats. If you win with a multi candidate, you'll need to abandon either that multi or your Senate character as each player can only control one Senator.

Presidential Elections

Every 4 game years, a Presidential election will be held. This starts long before the end of the Congressional session to allow for a full primary schedule. 

The Democratic primary utilizes a system of superdelegates. For this game, superdelegates are endorsements gained from other Democratic Senators and TedderVision community members that do not play this minigame. Superdelegates from Senators receive a multiple of 10 (meaning that each member casts 10 superdelegate votes, but they must all be for the same person). Meanwhile, TedderVision members that do not play this game casts just 1 vote. They are not required to create characters, though are permitted to do so if desired. Each primary season a topic will be created for superdelegates to post their endorsements as a reply. Superdelegates may change their vote at any time before the beginning of the Democratic National Convention.

No later than the Convention turn, the Presidential nominee from each party should select a Vice Presidential nominee for the General Election. There are no Independent candidates for President except by invitation by the admin team. 

Campaign Events

During each turn, all characters are invited to spend a certain number of hours on the campaign trail, allocated both per character and per party. No schedule may go over the allotted number of hours but not all hours must be used. Players should submit each turn's schedule by replying to the appropriate topic in this forum. To maintain secrecy until after the deadline, all posts in this forum are kept hidden until after the deadline.

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Build an HQ (2 Hours) -- STATE AND TYPE REQUIRED
There are 2 kinds of HQs that can be set up and upgraded twice in a state.  An HQ can give you (1) a boost with a specific demographic for every remaining turn without spending any time or (2) bring in PI points.  Each state has a different cost to purchase that can be found with ads and polling cost.  Once you set up an HQ, you may not change the kind of HQ in that state; however, you can spend an additional 2 hours twice to improve the effectiveness of that HQ. 

Fundraisers (2 hours) -- STATE REQUIRED
By holding fundraisers, characters can get donations to their warchest. The success of a fundraiser is based on the character's Wealth attribute, his or her polling, and a random number variable. Each fundraiser will generate between $0 and $100 million. A character may not hold more than 2 fundraisers per turn. The fundraiser must be held in a particular state as each state has a tier based on the wealth of that state.   Each time you fundraise in a specific state, the effectiveness of the fundraiser will slowly become less effective.  A player can have no more than $500 million cash on hand at any time among all characters they control.

Rallies (1 hour) -- STATE AND TARGET REQUIRED
The traditional campaign event where your candidate gets on stage and recites his or her stump speech. While the player does not need to post a speech, he or she must include where the rally is being held and which voting bloc is being targeted. Campaigns are permitted to target more than one voting bloc, but the impact of the rally will be split between the targeted voting blocs. Rallies do not cost any money and there is no limit on the number of rallies a candidate may do in the turn so long as he or she has enough hours to spend. 

Polls (30 minutes) -- STATE REQUIRED
While I will occasionally post public polling information, these public polls have a margin of error of 5% and are only posted sporadically. However, each campaign can conduct their own polls which have a margin of error of only 1.5% The results of these private polls will be PMed to the candidate at the conclusion of that turn. Each state has its own polling costs according to the chart below. A player may not conduct more than 10 polls per day. By default a poll will include the total of conservatives, progressives, and moderates in the state, but an individual group may also be targeted for a poll.

Ads (15 minutes) -- STATE, TARGET, AND POSITIVE/NEGATIVE REQUIRED
Media ads are vital to any campaign. While the text of the ad does not need to be written, each ad must either be a positive or negative ad (if negative, it must target a specific candidate). Ads also must target at least one voting bloc (conservatives, progressives, and moderates). Ads are permitted to target more than one voting bloc, but the impact of the ad will be split between the targeted voting blocs. A player cannot run the same ad in multiple states. In other words, you must spend an extra 15 minutes per state in the chart below. There is no limit on the number of ads a player may run in the turn so long as he or she has enough hours and money to spend.   Take note of regional ads to reach more states for less of a cost in the Ads and Polling cost thread.

Attributes Upgrade (15 minutes)
Candidates may spend 15 minutes and $2 million to upgrade one attribute by one point. A candidate is limited to no more than 4 upgrades per turn.

Political Influence Points Acquisition (15 minutes)
Candidates may spend 15 minute and $1 million to gain one Political Influence Point.  A candidate is limited to no more than 8 upgrades per turn.

Get Out The Vote (0 minutes) -- STATE AND TARGET REQUIRED
Also can be seen as campaign organization, this is an opportunity for candidates to spend money per state. This boosts the candidate's appeal among the targeted group. Unlike ads there are no tiers nor limits on spending.

National Conventions

National Conventions are an opportunity for each party to highlight their agenda and nominee for President. After one player from each party has achieved the majority of delegates, the primary is completed. When characters drop out of the primary race, they may choose to endorse another candidate. Though all delegates remain committed until after the first ballot of the Convention, the candidate being endorsed will receive momentum points.

If no candidate achieves a majority of delegates after all primaries have concluded, the nominee will need to be selected at the convention. During each round of voting, all candidates retain control of their delegates whether they have dropped out of the race or not. The first round of voting will be the results of the primaries, but in subsequent rounds all players should vote again until we have a nominee. Each party leadership and Presidential nominee can post additional Convention information for RP, but it is not required.

There are no official Conventions outside of Presidential election years, though players are free to RP equivalent events on their own.

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