About The Game
Harry Potter: Into the Fire (HP:ITF) is a text-based role-playing game that is based primarily on consent. The game has been organized and is run by people who enjoy the Harry Potter universe and all thing associated with it. Access and play on the game is provided free of charge, save for what you pay your Internet Service Provider for access to the internet. Absolutely no guarantee of quality of service, uptime, or any other aspect related to the player's purpose. The admins reserve the right to, at any time and for any reason, restrict a player's access to the game or server with or without prior notice.
HP:ITF is hosted by Second Star Networks, which has its own service provided from Third Generation Hosting. Third Generation Hosting provides services via redundant data centers for maximum uptime and reliability. As such, the location of the server is listed as the continental United States. All players and staff must comply with the laws of the United States while connected to the game. By participating in the game, or accepting these terms, you are agreeing that you are not violating any applicable local, state, or national laws.
Accepting this AUP acknowledges the understanding that participation in the game is 'at your own risk', and that you agree to not hold the game administrators and the hosting provider on which the game resides, responsible for and injury or adverse events of any kind that may occur during your time on the game. Participation in the game is solely at your discretion.
Game administrators at HP:ITF recognize that the Harry Potter universe is a creation of J.K. Rowling and hold no claim to any of the characters, places, or objects within the universe created by J.K. Rowling. Original material, not limited to and including, theme elements and ideas, original characters, original buildings, descriptions, codes, bboard posts, and wiki pages belong to their associated creators. However, the staff of HP:ITF reserve the non-exclusive right to use said content whether or not the original creator still maintains a presence on the game or not. The original creator retains the right to use the content elsewhere or to grant the right to others for use in other locations.
Rating and Minimum Age
Based on the standardized MPAA film and the video game ratings system, HP:ITF retains a rating level of PG-13 (certain scenes may be R-rated). Content on the game may involve scenes of violence and dangerous performances, as well as adult content and language, descriptions of nudity and possible sexual references. For this reason, HP:ITF will not accept character applications from players known to be under the age of 16. Furthermore, anyone who is under 18 must note so in their application. This ensures that people who are not comfortable RPing with underage players are not made uncomfortable by not knowing if their RP buddy is or isn't. In addition to this, players of any age who are unable to conduct themselves in a mature, reasonable, adult manner can and will be removed from play by staff. By applying for a character, you acknowledge that you meet the minimum age requirement set down and that you will not hold the game administration responsible for objectionable content seen in the game.
During the course of the game, there may come a time that staff needs to monitor the game for administrative, plot, or server purposes. This can be done in various ways and for various reasons, a few of which are listed below:
1) A harassment claim filed against a player.
2) Abuse of the code, server, or other potential hacking or threats of same.
3) Furthering of plots, or emitting NPC's for a scene.
4) Unheard observer of any dueling or combat-related scenes, or in a scene which may have ICC repercussions.
5) Normal maintenance or necessary maintenance.
No expectation of privacy is given to anyone on the game, nor for any of the text submitted to the game or other sources such as the Wiki or Forums.
Respecting The Rules
Players and staff are expected to adhere to to all the rules and policies set forth in the rules files, available on the game by typing 'rules'. Failure to abide by the rules could result in disciplinary action or being removed from the game. This is all at the discretion of the staff.
Accepting the AUP
Once you have read the AUP, type +aup/accept on the game to accept it.