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Server Rules

Updated: 14.May.2022


Note: Reading through these rules may be overwhelming at first. Don't worry, we will tread beginners lightly. You'll probably appreciate these rules, once you know how things are working on the server. Rules do help with creating a more believable and satisfying experience for everyone. Questions? Please contact our Discord Support.

General

Do not destroy player made structures (exceptions listed in the pvp section).

Vandalism, especially the destruction of chiseled blocks you do not own, will result in a lifetime ban from CoB!

If you got beef with another player, go to Discord's #conflics to settle it. Do NOT argue in the global chat.

You must place a sign outside of your main entrance that includes: / in-game name / role / last login date (for the admins).

It's ok to update this once per month only. The sign must be placed in publicly accessible areas. If you are a Patreon make sure to include
that info! Claims without a name plate will get unclaimed without warning. You'll find a free sign in your /starterkit or buy them from a trader.


"In character" (IC) has priority over "out of character" (OOC) actions and conversations.

No real world chat themes in-game. Stick to either roleplay or Vintage Story themes.

Cheating, trolling and everything that spoils the fun for others on purpose WILL lead to a ban.

Do not create any provoking/ controversial stuff.



Building & Farming

Every home or settlement has to be registered in Discords #settlements thread, including it's coordinates.

Settlements of different build styles must not be in line of sight. (e.g. medieval & sci-fi towns)

Stay true to one style. Do not mix styles (e.g. medieval houses with modern skyscrapers)

Blocks must never float in the air. Roads must be on ground level (except for bridges).

All homes have to be build in realistic sizes and must somewhat fit to your role, e.g. a bandit would not live in a fancy villa.

Do not use soil or dirt to build structures higher than 1 block, except these are temporary and will be removed in the current game session.
Sand & cob is allowed, if mixed with/ supported by other materials.

Do not use slabs to build paths - use full blocks. Slabs may be used as stairs only.

No 1x1 stacking or digging of blocks without temporary constructing/prospecting purpose. Close your prospecting holes.

Structures that got a "under monument conservation" note at their entrance, are not allowed to be destroyed, but can be extended and modified to improve it.

If you like to move into such a building, you may swap chiselled interiors like furniture, if you store the originals away. Unchiselled furniture does not have to be kept.
The general style of the building has to be maintained. So if you're not a good chiseler, you should probably not expand such a building.


Do not claim or block public buildings and structures like roads or bridges. Do not claim ressources (except these are within your home area).

Players have to unclaim land & buildings and remove all name plates, if abandoned by them.

Do not kill domesticated creatures if you are not the owner, even if they roam free.

Do not build over other peoples claims, except they are ok with it.

Any structure that serves either military/war or defense purposes has to stay unclaimed. You may still reinforce and lock it.

If you dig holes on claimed soil, make sure other people can get out without help, if they fall in. Provide a ladder or something else they can use.

If a village-like community got at least 4 permanent residents and a business, they may apply for a teleporter beacon. More details in the FAQ.

Lantern cores must be chiseled and included in some design - always. Unchiseled cores will be removed.

Note: You should always claim your property to prevent people from modifying it. This also applies to shops.
Tipp: Use the '/land claim allowuseeveryone' command for your shop and place valuable items onto a rug or into a market stall.




Player vs Player (PvP)

PvP is allowed.

PvP is NOT allowed against your own group members (/group).

Do not attack others without a warning (e.g. "Give me your gold, or else...").

SAVE ZONES: Player homes (inside buildings and fenced farmland/ gardens right next to them), pathways/roads, water bodies (lakes, oceans), cave systems.
Warning: Attacking people in save zones will be punished by an admin.

Do not camp near peoples homes with the purpose of attacking them.

Do not chase people through the whole map. Let go of them after a short while, if they do not attack back or if they jump into a save zone.

Returning to attack the same person again and again will count as trolling and will result in a ban from the server.

STEALING is allowed, except: Do NOT steal items from within claimed zones. Do NOT steal Teleporter Beacons & Runes, Temporal Gears or Light Sources, like lanterns or torches. These items have to be left alone at all times, even if you're looting a dead player.

Do not destroy creations or buildings of others without proper purpose, more than necessary, to steal building materials or "just for fun".
This does not apply to military and war facilities. These can be attacked any time, as far as it serves a proper purpose. Even chiseled blocks
may be destroyed on such structures.

Arson is not allowed on the server at all. Fires that affect other peoples homes and that have been started on purpose
will be punished with either you having to build these homes up again or with a complete ban from the server.

Do not log out while in a battle with other players.



(Voice-) Chat Rules

Only light profanity, not targeting others,
no discrimination, no shouting/caps, no beef.

Language: English (server-wide).
Any other as PM (personal message) or within a text/voice clan chat only.

Please make sure you do not broadcast any constant background noise (e.g. music).

If you go offline, make sure to free the voice chat slot for others. Failing to do so several times, may cause future voice chat restrictions.

If you feel the need to argue with someone, use Discord's #conflicts channel for that. Open a private thread.



Server Activity

Please log-in at least once a month, otherwise your property will get unclaimed to make it accessible to others. If you intend to stay away from us for longer than 1 month, but don't want to risk loosing your claims, consider supporting us through Patreon to make your claims untouchable as long as we do not wipe the server
(which may happen every 6 months, depending on player votes - see #wipe-schedules in Discord).



Special Admin & Moderator Rights

Common server structures (streets, bridges, lighting etc.), landmass or special points of interest, like quest dungeons, may be created/modified by admins
anywhere in the wilderness.

Admins are allowed to play in survival mode on CoB, but won't participate in any pvp actions, will not join clans and will not do business with survival players (buying, selling, trading, etc). They will also not give away items or materials for free, except tools for public infrastructure projects, like speedways leading through wilderness.

Please note that some of our staff members DO NOT have any admin rights or access to creative mode and will play pure survival on the server like anyone else, including pvp. These people do act as support to the admins only and can be adressed by players if any problems or questions occur. They are separated from the ones with access to creative mode in our Discord, for a better overview.




If you believe, that someone is breaking rules or is cheating, please report them via our Discord.
Rules are subject to change.