I write this for a couple of reasons, first, I want Achaea to stay somewhat the place I remember and second, because no one else has in some time...
Here we go. Most of you don't know of me, my name is Cobra and I am 467 in Achaean years. I have been "in love" with Achaea long before most of you. But for real life reasons...I had to step away and this is something most of you will have to do. Fear not! 18 years later, Achaea exists and all my feeble attempts at being cool are still here...SO.
You'll log onto this "game" and you will think, awe, how cool is this...Exactly! How cool it is, (Thank you @Sarapis), and I feel exactly the same way. However, due to Achaea's nature, some of you may find it not so easy at first, Most "games" have you in mind...The player...you are the HERO! Not in Achaea...You have to BECOME a hero...Achaea doesn't assume you are anything but a bag of meat.
That's what makes it SO cool...we all start out the same...Random placement, age 18. Your choice will be your very own. No one here is trying to stop you from being the best at whatever you want to do. (Well maybe some are.) However, there comes a time when someone will get the better of you and get the upper hand.
This is where the...Code of Conduct, begins.
I am going to call it CoC for short and forevermore, please feel free to refer to the Code of Conduct as such. Now, as guild/house founder of the Shadowsnakes, I would walk each and every member of mine through this but I can not possibly do this on my own. So. It is now up to ALL of us to uphold a certain respect for what we are doing here in Achaea.
What are we doing in Achaea you ask? Everything we can't in real life. It's simple, you role-play to be something you are not in real life. Am I right?
Now, here is where the CoC comes into play...
First, because no one else is stopping you, then you therefore should not stop others. What do I mean? Let's say I kill you and your entire family. Over and over again...what do you do? Run to the nearest God and complain Cobra killed you over and over....NO. You don't. You settle this the best way you can in the ROLE-PLAY environment of Achaea.
Second, let's assume YOU kill someone over and over again....What do you do when they start to complain? Threaten them? Be nasty towards them...NO, you give them ADVICE! You help them be better players...WHY? It's simple, the better the players the better you are and the more fun you will have.
Third, if you feel the need to COMPLAIN, walk away from Achaea...go yell outside, beat a pillow to death and then you come back and ROLE-PLAY your way into or out of the mess your in. Seriously, I have seen so many IDIOTS here, it's not even funny.
Forth, and maybe this should be first....consider Achaea your second life. If you ever had the chance to "Out of Body" into someone else...THIS IS IT. So don't mess it up! Whining and complaining messes it up...You may THINK your, real life month in Achaea, MEANS something...but it doesn't. I logged into Achaea in '95. It is still here. So, if you fudge it up the first few weeks, DON'T SWEAT IT! I am 467!
Fifth, and this is something I learned just today. HAVE PATIENCE. Really. It could take you 2 - 3 years of solid game play here to even make us bat an eye at you.
So before you think you are going to log on and conquer Achaea...you won't for a LONG time and before you run to the nearest ear and whine and complain...don't. Achaea has been here longer than you. The players here, are more extreme than you, and it's going to take A LOT of hard work to make any of us...care. Trust me, the true Achaean players are hard core.
I could go on but I want to leave the rest of the CoC up in the air. Now that the ball is rolling, if you have DECENT advice and insight to Achaean dynamics and great ideas for a player Code of Conduct. Please post it here so we are all on the SAME page.