The Alliance anti-discrimination policy states:
We’re trying to run a game that is welcoming to everyone, and these actions are a direct violation of the Code of Conduct. No one in our game is to be harassed or discriminated against based on race, sex, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, country of origin, handicap, or religion. Nor do we want you to insult other players for in-game factors: No body shaming or bullying wanted.
If you experiene or see harassment or discrimination, find a marshal and report what you saw. Do not wait for the victim to report because often victims are intimidated and afraid to do so. Protect your fellow players from abuse.
It’s really simple: respect other players and be nice. It’s not that difficult.
Alliance Oregon would like to clarify this policy for our chapter. In this clarification, be clear that the National policy is still the main document. We are simply attempting to add clarity to the policy as it is written.
Discrimination is favouring or not favouring a person over another based on a personal characteristic such as race, age, gender identity, etc. Discrimination is, by definition, unjust and prejudiced.
Discrimination may look like (this is not a comprehensive list):
- Direct discrimination:
- Being told not to apply for a staff position because of your gender expression.
- Not being allowed to sleep in a specific cabin because of your race.
- Being removed as a marshal because you are “too old”.
- Not being allowed to NPC because you have a hard time walking far from the tavern.
- Indirect discrimination:
- Not being trusted to be a rules marshal because of your country of origin.
- The owners pass a policy that requires all players to be in game Sunday to receive XP, despite the fact you need to go to mass Sunday morning.
Harassment is unwanted behaviour that the person being harassed finds offensive, and which makes them feel intimidated and humiliated. This can be written, verbal or physical. It may take place in person or online. The intent of the offender is irrelevant to whether harassment was committed or not.
Harassment may look like (this is not a comprehensive list):
- Racist microagressions such as trying to touch a black person’s hair.
- Sexist jokes.
- Calling someone “gay” as a pejorative.
- Using real world slurs of any kind.
- Making threats towards someone out of game that will be fulfilled either in game or out of game.
- Sealioning: a type of trolling or harassment which consists of pursuing people with persistent requests for evidence or repeated questions, while maintaining a pretense of civility and sincerity. It may take the form of “incessant, bad-faith invitations to engage in debate”.
Once you have witnessed or experienced harassment or discrimination, what do you do?
At Alliance Oregon, we ask that you please find a trusted member of staff to report your experience. You are welcome to approach our Player Representative or DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Coordinator, if you aren’t sure who to start with, or you can find a member of plot or a marshal. The most important thing is that you report it, not who you report it to.
Our staff recognizes that reporting such incidences is frightening, worrisome, and takes a lot of courage. Be confident that if you report the incident to a member of staff, they will listen carefully, ask the questions they need to ask, and move your complaint up the chain.
Once you have explained your situation, the staff member you reported to will report to our owner and advisory board. The advisory board is made up of our GM, the heads of Aer’Astria and Broken Shards plot, and any other member of staff whom the advisory board deems as having pertinent points of view or evidence, such as our DEI Coordinator.. If you have permitted your name to be shared with these people, they may contact you to get your experience in your own words and ask follow-up questions. If you did not permit your name to be shared, the group will begin fact-finding missions to determine what to do.
Once a decision has been reached, both parties will be informed of the decision. If an appeal is requested, due to new information, it will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Questions about this policy can be directed to the owner or any member of the advisory council.
General Manager: email@example.com
Aer’Astria Plot: firstname.lastname@example.org
Broken Shards Plot: email@example.com
Player Rep: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEI Coordinator: email@example.com