MELBOURNE D&D ADVENTURERS LEAGUE
CODE OF CONDUCT & POLICIES
tl;dr Make everyone feel welcome. Avoid excessively vulgar, sexual, or overly mature language and themes. We want to foster an environment of mutual respect where we can talk to each other when something that has been said might make us uncomfortable. If you find it difficult to talk to another person about their behaviour, have tried talking to them to no avail, or do not feel safe approaching them, please reach out to the Melbourne D&D Adventurers League Admins through whatever means you feel most comfortable.
We want everyone to have fun, but your enjoyment shouldn’t come at the cost of other people’s enjoyment.
Melbourne D&D Adventurers League (MDDAL) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free D&D experience where everyone can play D&D regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, physical appearance, race, disability, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. To that end, anyone that attends agrees to the Code of Conduct below.
This code is designed to outline our values: respect, enjoyment, inclusion, and acceptance. While we hope that everyone shares our values, we understand that may not always be the case. That being said, violation of these rules can cause action up to and including expulsion from attending current and future MDDAL sessions and events.
HARASSMENT OF ANY SORT IS NEITHER ACCEPTED NOR TOLERATED
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive comments and actions related to gender, age, sexual orientation, physical appearance, race, disability, ethnicity, nationality, and religion. It also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography, disruption, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
If any participant, player, DM, or even one of the Admins is found to have engaged in harassing behaviour, MDDAL will take the appropriate action, including warning the offender or expulsion. Anyone asked to cease harassing behaviour is expected to do so immediately. Warnings for harassing activities are not guaranteed and up to the discretion of the MDDAL Admins. Anyone conducting in harassing activity may be expelled from attending future sessions and events at the discretion of the MDDAL Admins.
If you are being harassed, see someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any of the MDDAL Admins, store staff, or a DM to help resolve the issue
MDDAL Admin contact information is available at the end of this document.
You may request that your situation is handled by a particular Admin if you are more comfortable with this. You may also contact us after the event if you are uncomfortable doing so at the time.
This harassment policy also extends into the universe of the games that are being played. Harassment of another player is not excused because such action is “in character” or because it is part of the confines of the game rather than directly to another person. Sometimes in Forgotten Realms, these types of things can come up, but it should never be the focus or used as a tool to harass a player. Please strive to maintain party unity.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
MDDAL Administrators reserves the right to warn, or refuse participation of any member based on violation of any the following;
Furthermore all players are expected to adhere to the following:
EXAMPLES OF VIOLATIONS
The following includes, but is not limited to, examples of violations;
MDDAL reserves the right to expel, ban, permanently ban or take any other action/remedy as deemed appropriate for any player, DM or other persons for any reason deemed reasonable by a MDDAL Admin from attending our events. We’re intent that we will apply the highest ethical standards and practices to any such decisions and that they have been made with the best intentions for the community as a whole.
Allegations of improper behaviour that are brought to our attention will be taken seriously. The MDDAL Admins will take the following into consideration PRIOR to taking any action:
If we have reasonable evidence to suggest that allowing this person to continue to attend MDDAL events and sessions will result in risks to the health and safety of our players; if any complaints about this person have been relayed to the MDDAL Admins directly, does the person in question have a known record with us; if the allegations are corroborated or supported by solid evidence (including witness testimony); if the allegations are from a trusted, first-hand source as opposed to hearsay; if there is a pattern of inappropriate behaviour, we will take action. The MDDAL Admins shall endeavour to produce logical and impartial decisions on a case-by-case basis.
In the event that one of our players is assaulted, harassed, or otherwise mistreated, we will do our best to de-escalate the situation and ensure the safety of all parties. We reserve the right to contact emergency services and/or the police as appropriate or required by law. It is our desire that all our players have a fun and safe time playing D&D.
A MDDAL Admin who has a code of conduct violation brought to his or her attention will resolve the manner as quickly and professionally as possible, but remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and that these things may take a small amount of time. The responses given here are a guideline. If the situation calls for a more or less serious response to resolve a situation, a MDDAL Admin will take the appropriate action. Disruptive behaviour can be dealt with by the DM as a first resolution by issuing the participant a warning. Upon being issued a second warning, the DM should notify a MDDAL Admin. The DM has the right to ask a disruptive player to leave the table. If the DM is engaging in disruptive behaviour, a player should immediately inform a MDDAL Admin.
UNSAFE behaviour is more serious, and the DM or other players have the right to notify a MDDAL Admin or store staff immediately. The MDDAL Admin will issue a warning when appropriate, and remove the disruptive player from the table or play area upon further infractions, or immediately when necessary.
Theft and aggressive behaviour are grounds for immediate removal from the area and/or premises and should always be brought to a MDDAL Admin attention immediately. Legal recourse may be looked into.
If you feel you have been unfairly targeted, reported or banned in error, you may contact a MDDAL Admin to review your case, however, we do not make these decisions lightly.
To report an incident, person, or make a complaint, please be sure you have as much information as possible about the incident; including the date, time, location and details, and contact either a DM or Melb DDAL Admin as soon as possible. If this is about something that has occured in store, e.g. you’ve witnessed theft of store property, please alert the store staff immediately. If you’ve witnessed theft of personal property, please alert a DM or a MDDAL Admin immediately.
If the incident is an emergency, please contact emergency services immediately and alert the store staff as soon as it is safe to do so.
MDDAL Admins are contactable for questions, feedback and reporting through our official channel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Admins may be contactable individually:
Jame Belcourt: via Social Media PM (FB Messenger, Discord)
Luke Breen: via Social Media PM (FB Messenger, Discord)
Andrew Callaghan: via Social Media PM (FB Messenger, Discord)
Annie Callaghan: via Social Media PM (FB Messenger, Discord, email: email@example.com)
Alek Weber: via Social Media PM (FB Messenger, Discord)
Melbourne D&D Adventurers League (MDDAL) is a group founded to facilitate tabletop gaming for adults in the greater Melbourne area. In order to be a member of MDDAL a person must be an adult over the age of 18.
Adult members may attend MDDAL events with children, where the child or children are under strict supervision AND prior arrangements have been made with MDDAL Administrators and Volunteers.
For this purpose strict supervision means immediate and constant supervision and can include participating in an MDDAL event together.
For children to participate in a MDDAL event, prior arrangements must be made. Arrangements must be made and approved four days prior to the event. MDDAL Administrators reserve the right to refuse or approve arrangements based on their discretion and may take into consideration the following;
MDDAL Administrators may also conditionally approve the participation of children in MDDAL events on an ongoing basis. MDDAL Administrators can do so on a discretionary basis and may consider the following factors;
When making a decision regarding the participation of a child in MDDAL events the MDDAL Administrators must take into consideration the enjoyment of MDDAL events for other members of MDDAL. MDDAL Administrators reserve the right to caution members based on the disruptive behaviour of children attending an MDDAL event with them.
Updated: 18 January 2020