Below are the rules of the XWA with a brief description of the topic they entail. This is by far the most extensive section and the most important to read so please go over this part carefully so you fully understand our rules and policies.
Section 01: General Forum Rules
At the XWA we encourage members to take an active part in OOC (Out of Character) discussion. There are several topic related forums where you can start and respond to discussions. Also, in the event that the staff chooses to make a poll allowing the members to vote and decide on XWA related issues, we encourage members to take an active part in that process as well. Below are the rules that you must follow when it comes to OOC Discussion as well as a couple relating to the e-fed itself.
- The XWA is an original character E-Fed only. Do not use any pre-existing characters whether it be from wrestling, film, television, or literature. You are allowed to use characters that you have come up with and used in other E-Feds, however do not use another handler's character from another E-Fed here. If we discover you to be doing this, you risk permanent banishment from the XWA.
- Members of the XWA are allowed to hold multiple accounts if they choose to handle more than one character. It should be noted this is not a requirement, so if you want to handle multiple characters under one account, that's perfectly alright with us. However if you do choose to handle multiple accounts, you must make the staff aware of all the accounts you handle. In the event that do not inform us within 24 hours of making a new account, we will delete the account. If you continue to do this, you risk the loss of the right to hold multiple accounts, account suspension, and/or permanent banishment from the XWA.
- In the event that a poll is made by the staff regarding XWA policy, members who vote on the poll are required to either, A. Reply to the thread with their vote or B. Private Message a staff member with their vote. (Members who hold duplicate accounts are only allowed one vote. If we discover a member using a duplicate account to vote multiple times, that member will have his duplicate account deleted, his primary account suspended, and upon return from suspension will lose the right to hold multiple accounts in the XWA.)
- General, out of character discussion is encouraged. However while there are no specific rules for this area, ultimately, try and keep discussions civil and respectful. Treat others how you would like to be treated. If you do find yourself having a personal or e-fed related problem with a specific member, direct your complaints either through Instant or Private Messaging, or the "Take it outside!" forum located in the XWA Discussion Zone category. It should also be noted that while there is no specific policy, the staff reserves the right to suspend and ban members if they show themselves to cause unnecessary trouble.
- Any members who make an attempt to sign back up to the XWA during their account suspension risk permanent banishment from the XWA.
Section 02: Match/Competition RolePlaying Rules
As stated before, the XWA is an E-Fed in which two or more RolePlayers post their version of the match that is set to take place. Whether you wish to write yourself as winning or losing that given match, choose to co-write that match with a partner or opponent, or any one of multiple possibilities is entirely at you and the other competitor(s) in the match's discretion. The XWA is currently running a Bi-Weekly schedule which means we will have roughly two events a month. These cards will consist of somewhere around 6-8 broadcast matches as well as, on occasion, one or two preliminary matches. The difference between the two being that broadcast matches will be posted in the event results while preliminary matches will not. Furthermore preliminary matches are, essentially, dark matches and have no impact on storylines or your character, they are simply matches for competition's sake. Below are the rules to follow when writing a match RolePlay.
- With the exception of your opponent(s) in the match, do not use anyone else's character in your match without permission from the person you wish to use.
- If you need time off from RPing, please inform one of members of the staff at least one full week in advance of when and how long you will need to take off.
- In the event that you no-show your first match being booked, you will be required to do two things, A. Post a reasonably sized promo for your character or B. Compete in a Preliminary Match on the following card.
- If you no-show three times in a row after having been active, the same rules as Rule 03 apply.
- You are allowed to RolePlay for as many characters as you wish to have. However the aforementioned no-show policy applies to the RolePlayer, not the individual characters. This means that if, in a row, you no-show for three different characters, it will be counted the same as no-showing for one and Rule 03 will apply.
Section 03: Promo/Segment RolePlaying Rules
As well as being able to write their own matches, RolePlayers in the XWA are also encouraged to write their own promos to further their own character's storylines. Below are the rules to follow when posting a promo in the XWA.
- Do not use anyone else's character at the start of a promo without the permission of the handler first.
- Promos are required to conclude with one of a series of tags. If you do not provide a tag, your promo will be considered "[Open]" with the rules for that tag specified below applying. The tags are as follows;
- [Closed] which indicates that your promo is closed, meaning that nobody can respond to continue the segment.
- [Open] which indicates that your promo is open, meaning members can respond and continue the segment in any way they see fit.
- [Open, ___ ] which indicates that your promo is open with the exception or inclusion of anything past the comma.
- [Tag To: Someone] which indicates that you are tagging the promo off to a specific individual or group of individuals.
- All promo responses are subject to the same rules regarding tags with only two exceptions; A. If a RolePlayer responds to a promo and tags it as "[Closed]", the RolePlayer who started the segment is reserved the right to continue the segment; B. If a RolePlayer responds to a promo and tags it as "[Tag To: Someone]" and tags it to another RolePlayer, the RolePlayer who started the segment is reserved the right to continue the segment but must wait at least 24 hours for the third party to have a chance to respond.
- Try and be realistic when it comes to attacks. If you decide to respond to a promo and attack someone, you may not write that you have seriously injured (i.e. Death, Mutilation) another character without their consent. Only basic ambushes are allowed...and yes, you can write in that you have knocked your victim out. Simultaneously, if you leave your promo open, are attacked, and are laid out, don't respond continuing the promo hulking up and laying out everyone who just attacked you.
- A cardinal rule of promos: If you absolutely don't want to be attacked, end your promo with a [Closed] tag. If you leave it open, then you deserve what you get. This IS a Wrestling simulation, right?
Section 04: Voting Rules
This is the last section of the rules portion of the Guidebook but arguably the single most important. In the XWA, rather than the bookers deciding who wins, it's the members that vote on matches and thus render a decision. Below are the rules regarding voting in the XWA.
- While RolePlayers are allowed to handle multiple characters and accounts, they will only be afforded one vote per match. If a handler attempts to break this rule, their account will be suspended for a week and will lose the right to use multiple accounts.
- When voting on a match, members are required to provide a brief explanation as to why they voted the way they did. It doesn't have to be 750 words long, but be specific.
- You may NOT vote on your own match.
- In the event that all members of the booking and administrative staff feel that the vote for a match has been corrupted in any way, they will be able to render what is called an "Executive Decision" wherein their ruling overrides the user vote. This, however, will only be used in extreme situations.
- All staff members other than the Head Booker are allowed to vote on matches however only in the event of a tie or an "Executive Decision" can they vote on a match involving another member of the staff.
- In the event that no members have voted on a match, it will be considered a tie and the staff will vote and render a decision on the match.
- No-Showing for a match is an automatic forfeit, and votes are not required, nor binding.