Since we understand that not all questions can be answered through the main threads, we have opted to collect many of the common (or anticipated) ones here for reference. As always, if you find your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to PM one of the staff members or ask in the cbox - many of our other members may very well have an answer or be able to help you!
site lore questions
what do you consider canon on the site?
What we've decided to do is operate on a tiered system in regards to what we consider canon. Please do note, however, that these designations only are concerned with major world-changing events, not so much the individual standings within these events, so as to not force members into having to adopt an alternate earth explanation simply to have a slightly different adaptation to canon.
Our hard canon list are the movies which we consider for-sure have happened within our current timeline in regards to world-changing events. If you would like to adopt a different set of events than these, you then must make use of an alternate earth. These movies currently include, in chronological order: Wonder Woman, Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class, The Avengers, X-Men Apocalypse (modified to take place in modern times), Man of Steel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. We also have adopted selections of X-Men: Days of Future Past within our setting as hard canon, but we advise checking the timeline for a more detailed description of the adaptation.
From there, we have decided to state that members are also allowed to adopt events from origin-style movies as canon provided they do not directly contradict any of the hard canon movies or any relevant biographies already on site (which is primarily relevant to situations with multiple franchises, such as the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man). This is more or less considered soft canon, otherwise known as things where we do not consider them explicit canon within our lore but will allow them to be adapted within issue into the main verse timeline. However, please do note that even if something is considered soft canon, you are still welcome to deviate from this provided you use an alternate earth explanation (and, should you wish to alter this point of soft canon, you are more than welcome to contact a staff to switch that status around in your application notes). Soft canon sources can include not just movies and television shows but a variety of other sources such as animated series, video games, and original comics as well; the main decider is that it does not contradict what is already established, add large-scale events to the world, or appear on our noncanon list.
Finally, there's the explicitly noncanon sources, which are still considered perfectly fine for you to use (and we highly encourage using them) but are considered alternate earths if they are used. This list would include, in no particular order: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers: Infinity War, all seasons of Flash, all seasons of Arrow, all seasons of Supergirl, Logan, and non-origin selections for original timeline X-Men movies (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine). This list will be added to as the staff see each successive movie and are able to properly decide whether to sort events as large-scale significance or not; for new releases that are not listed, please ask staff before assuming they are soft-canon.
okay, so what does that all mean?
To summarize, movies listed on our hard canon list are considered ones where the events were too large-scale to ignore from the official lore. Thus, within timeline of the site's "original universe," the world-changing events are considered canon and thus cannot be altered. On the flip side of that, sources on our explicitly noncanon list are exactly that - movies and television series that we have decided absolutely are not part of the site's "original universe" and thus are not included in the timeline. Anything that does not fall into either of those two categories is considered fair game for the members to adapt as they please, within reason (although we do highly encourage checking applications so as to avoid contradictions between characters).
You're still more than welcome to pull influences from "noncanon" sources, whether explicitly noncanon or soft canon that isn't currently accepted by other characters. However, doing so would just result in you having to rely on having your character come from an alternate earth, which we may also advise for situations where the source canon provides rather unusual influences (such as an evil Superman, for example) or would insert large-scale events into the timeline that simply do not exist (such as a world where almost all mutants are dead following a battle with Dark Phoenix).
in that case, what's an alternate earth and how does it work?
An alternate earth essentially functions much like an alternate universe would. It's a parallel world where events are different from this one - it could be something as simple as someone being born a boy when they were a girl or as complex as the entirety of the world being made up of animals instead of people. In our case, we use it to get around any individual plot issues (aka when a roleplayer isn't necessarily opposed to an aspect of a backstory, per se, but it just simply does not work for the current timeline of events), some timeline shifts (aka allowing past or future characters), or otherwise allowing for influences that may not work within the timeline of our "original earth" so to speak.
As a note, this energy did not combine the Marvel and DC universes, since they already existed as one continuity beforehand. All it did was open up the possibility for individuals to slip through from other earths in place of their original counterparts (aka Spider-Gwen won't be able to run into her "normal" counterpart, so to speak). Also, for the sake of continuity and simplicity, all characters who come from alternate earths will have to begin as though they arrived in this earth in late December 2014 following a large surge of energy across dimensions, simply so that we don't have to worry about anyone jumping earths at some point outside of that.
For more details regarding how to adapt an alternate earth for use, please refer to the section within the Application Guide that specifically addresses alternate earths.
wait, so what do I do if my character isn't in those movies / is from a noncanon source?
Essentially, you have two options. In the case of the first, you would be able to take the relevant source material and trim it down so that it didn't involve world-wide events and simply apply it from there, provided that it didn't contradict anything already established elsewhere on the site. If that isn't a possibility or if you insist on using things from the noncanon source, you would be able to do so but you must pull the character from an alternate earth since it isn't fair to then force other characters to have to go with canon that simply doesn't fit into our site timeline, especially in cases where it has been explicitly excluded.
do i have to use a real life faceclaim?
Unfortunately, we do ask that everyone uses a real life faceclaim for their character, so as to keep things consistent. We do allow exceptions for characters who have been given CGI animations, such as Rocket Raccoon or Groot, or those who have been extensively created via CGI, such as Pyotr Rasputin (Colossus) or Doomsday, but we do not allow characters who do not fall into these categories. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause!
what are the banned characters on the board?
Currently, we only have two categories of banned characters on the board. The first is deity characters, simply because we have decided that they are too powerful to allow for play. As Asgardians are considered an alien race, they would not fall into this category, but any of the Grecioroman gods that we see in the DC Extended Universe do fall into this category and thus are unable to be played. For all intents and purposes, we will follow the Wonder Woman canon in stating that the gods have died or simply do not involve themselves in mortal affairs.
The second, for entirely different reasons, is next generation original characters. Our members have previously expressed concern about these characters to us, and we share similar concerns, as they tend to either be poorly made or a source of shipping drama, so for the comfort of our members, we have opted to make an executive decision to ban these characters ahead of time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
what are the restricted character types on the board?
Our first restricted character type is next generation canon characters. For the purpose of clarity, when we say "next generation characters" we mean characters who hail from the "future" either as direct inheritors of an existing main character's mantle (such as Kate Bishop for Clint Barton or Laura Kinney for Logan) or as children of an existing main character (such as Damian Wayne, Nathan Summers, or Billy Kaplan). These characters cannot be applied for until their attached predecessor or parent(s) has been accepted, simply to avoid large-scale application conflicts that may come as a result and to try to avoid committing characters into plots they may not be okay with. Alternatively, you can purchase a Next Generation Bypass from the site store for 200 shards.
The other restricted character type is powered original characters characters. In order to properly balance our desire to encourage members to take many of our open canon positions against the limitations of filling certain character groups with only canon characters, we have opted to require these characters to be obtained via a site purchase obtained through our site store. We've specified that original mutant / enhanced characters are available for 250 shards, which is nonwaivable for first characters, but that original species-based characters (such as Asgardians, Inhumans, and other "alien" races) are available for 150 shards and can be allowed as a debt for a first character provided the character meets a slightly stricter acceptance policy to avoid any potential misuse of the system.
If you're unsure which category your character would fall in, you're welcome to ask one of the staff. If you'd like to know how to obtain these "shards", we break down how to get them in more detail further down.
what do you consider overpowered characters on the board?
Overpowered characters are typically hard to describe and largely divided by arbitrary distinctions; as such, we do shy away from such flat-out distinctions on the site. However, that being said, there are three sets of powers that we greatly limit due to large scale concerns (time manipulation, luck manipulation, and mind control), and we obviously limit any kinds of large scale universe manipulation abilities.
Honestly, we handle all characters on a case by case basis, so that we have the ability to accurately judge each character fairly based on their merits. Obviously there are some characters such as Thanos or Trigon which we would obviously need some very strong circumstances to consider allowing, but once we get into more flexible territory, we tend to run on rules of thumb putting everyone into relatively equal playing fields where it's reasonable (ie, keeping all of the Kryptonians together) and making sure our upper limits are typically placed with characters known for what they do (such as speedsters for speed).
Ultimately, we just want to make sure that we keep the site a fun and safe place for everyone, as well as nip out a possible "superpowered arms race" that tends to happen when people start making extremely powerful characters to try to be the best on the site. So if you try to keep things reasonable and fair, we'll try to work with you to make sure everything's balanced appropriately.
can i play a character that is currently dead / from the future / from the past?
Provided they don't fall into any conflicts with the restricted or banned character types above, yes, you are more than welcome to opt to play these characters! Future or past characters would have to follow our alternate earth explanation, if they do not have another plausible way of being in the current timeline, while any previously dead characters would either need a plausible reason to be alive (such as a Lazarus Pit) or have to come from an alternate earth.
can i mix / supplement / replace elements of a character using other sources?
We're definitely down for you taking inspiration from sources outside the movies! (Heck, we're also more than happy to take characters from alternate universes flat out, such as Spider-Gwen.) Just make sure that if the events you're outlining aren't going to follow our main timeline or are going to provide a large scale world-building event we don't account for, you're going to have to make use of an alternate earth to get through with everything.
why can't i link subaccounts to my account?
Since we only allow for sorted player accounts to have subaccounts, that means that you just need to have your account sorted before you can go linking things up. Don't worry, it's a quick fix, just post in the Mod Request and we'll be more than happy to get you sorted so that you can get to what you need to.
why are out-of-character / player accounts required?
It helps to keep things standardized and more organized in a general sense in regards to plotters and trackers. For example, should a character be deleted, the roleplayer could choose to just update a plotter rather than delete the thread entirely. In addition to the fact that alerts all push to the parent account, including message notifications, it also serves to make it more organized with activity checks, keeping track of site purchases, and figuring out where the parent account is, so really, it’s just a lot easier to deal with from both the member and staffing side of things.
how do i get more shards?
There are many ways to pick up shards (the on-site currency). The easiest and most common is through simple posting - each in-character post corresponds to 5 shards, which can be later sent to your OOC Account through the site store. We also offer rewards for filling a want ad or making a character who meets certain encouraged guidelines as outlined in our Demographics thread. Finally, if you recruit a friend to the site, you can both PM one of the staff to award you both 50 shards upon approval of their first character.
can i update my application later?
Of course! We lock the applications to make sure that they aren't going to get poked and prodded when no one's looking, but if you would like to make edits, whether that's as complex as rewriting or adding to your history or simply choosing to change member groups, all you have to do is post in the Mod Request for a staff member to move and unlock your application, then bump it again when you're ready for us to relock it and put it back where it belongs again. Easy peasy!
what does it mean that my accounts are inactive?
Inactive accounts are those who were "accounted for" within our activity check but did not meet the post requirement (or otherwise would have gained a probation, such as newly registered accounts who didn't post in the check). Characters who fall into this category will have their face and canon claims crossed out, meaning they're claimable upon request, and if they aren't lifted from inactive status, the account will be deleted and claims fully cleared when the next activity check starts. To take an account off inactive status, simply post in the Mod Request asking to be moved back; approved characters will need a valid post to be moved back over, but all in all, fairly easy to do!
why are some claims crossed out?
Excellent question! Claims that are crossed out in our face and canon claims are ones that belong to characters who are currently listed as inactive. While we do ask that if you are open to an alternate face or canon, you make use of it, we are able to free these upon request provided that the account in question is not currently pending for being put back into their proper group.
team cap or team iron man?
Team Thor all the way. Thor and Darryl are going to win the war and there's nothing anyone can do about it because you see, no one else is asking the hard questions like "what does Nick Fury actually know" and "is Fury his real name or is it actually pronounced furry". And also he doesn't have a phone, just send a raven.