FAQ for Macros, Tracking Devices, etc

Friday, December 7, 2007

I've had to deal with a lot of issues recently regarding macros, tracking devices, etc. I hope this can clear things up.

What sort of things are not permitted when playing Procyon Games?
Anything that gives one player an advantage over another is considered cheating and is not allowed during play. This includes, for example, macros, HUDs that track information (public or not), materials outside the game such as pencil and paper, and alternate accounts.

Really? I can't use pencil and paper?
Here's a rule of thumb you can use to help determine what's acceptable. Imagine if you were playing the game real-life, face-to-face across a table from your opponent. If what you're considering would be unacceptable in that setting, then it's unacceptable in Second Life.

What about after the game?
After the game, you can do whatever you want. It's acceptable to use pencil and paper between games of Zingo. And you can use alt accounts to play games, as long as you don't use two accounts simultaneously in the same game, or use them to manipulate global scoring.

What if someone is cheating?
If you are playing someone, and they're using an unaccepted method to gain advantage, you should ask them to stop. You can direct them to this blog post.

What if they refuse to stop?
If they refuse to stop cheating, then you can tell me and send me a chat log.

What if someone is distributing a cheating device?
Tell me about it, and I will investigate.

I'm not going to stop cheating. What are you going to do about it?
Any player who refuses to stop cheating will be banned form Procyon Games. Banning means your name will not appear on any high score lists, and you won't be able to play any of the games. This applies to all Procyon Games, not just the one you were banned for.

How long does banning last?
Bans will be lifted when a player tells me they won't cheat any more, or when the item is removed from distribution (if they were distributing some item)

You can't tell if I'm cheating. What's to stop me from telling you I won't, but keep cheating anyway?
Are you really the kind of person who would lie like that? If I find out someone has lied to me about cheating, then I'll have to put a permanent ban on them.



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