Staff members have ultimate discretion in enforcing these rules. If you feel you have been punished unjustly by a member of staff, please raise the issue with a different staff member and we will collectively look into it, deciding on what (if any) actions to take.

New rules may be added if we are prompted to do so by actions taken by players - don't do anything which is obviously going to be mutable or bannable, even if it isn't listed in the rules. In other words, use some common sense.

Server Rules

Instant Ban - break any of these and you will be banned straightaway

  1. Do not use any software which gives you an unfair advantage over other players. A list of disallowed mods and software is available at https://tinyurl.com/lotrsurvival-ds
  2. Do not impersonate a player with your Minecraft username.
  3. Do not issue a chargeback on a donation.
  4. Do not sell or offer sales of in-game goods or services in exchange for real-life money or assets. Note that selling in-game goods or services in exchange for store items is allowed.
  5. Do not evade a mute or ban.

Ban Warning - break any of these and you will be warned; if you break the same rule again, you will be banned

  1. Do not abuse a bug on the server. If you have found one, please report it on our Discord server. A list of all known bugs is available at https://goo.gl/oecUVa.
  2. Do not have a profane Minecraft username.
  3. Do not disobey or lie to a staff member while they are undertaking administrative affairs.
  4. Do not combat log.
  5. Do not own a waypoint inside another player's structure if that player tells you not to; owning waypoints outside a structure is fine.
  6. Do not grief player-owned structures with explosives, lava or fire. This can include blowing up terrain nearby needlessly. Hired units which explode will count as explosives, if you use them for the intention of griefing.
  7. Do not go offline inside another player's structure if they tell you not to.
  8. Do not block default waypoints so that they are inescapable.
  9. Do not place blocks above a visible structure's banner protection.
  10. Do not grief inside another player's banner protection by summoning hill-troll chieftains or mallorn ents.
  11. Do not claim other players' structures with banner protection without the structure owner's permission. If the structure's banner protection was previously removed as a result of obstruction protocol, then this rule does not apply.
  12. Do not own or use grinders which are using hill-troll chieftains.

Instant Mute - break any of these and you will be muted straightaway

  1. Do not advertise other Minecraft servers or Minecraft Discord servers.*
  2. Do not impersonate other players with names or titles of any sort without their permission.
  3. Do not impersonate other factions with names or titles of any sort without the faction leader's permission.
  4. Do not send links to malware or inappropriate websites.*
  5. Do not dox anybody without their permission.*

* These rules count as instant ban rules if broken via means other than the chat.

Mute Warning - break any of these and you will be warned; if you break the same rule again, you will be muted

  1. Do not swear excessively.
  2. Do not spam.
  3. Do not chat hate speech against other users.**
  4. Do not have a conversation in the global chat in any language other than English. If you wish to speak other languages, use /msg or /team.

** These rules count as ban warning rules if broken via means other than the chat.

Protocol - these aren't rules

  1. Your banner protection can be removed if it is obstructing another player's structure, or if it obstructs official server builds.
  2. Do not leave hired units or mounts in the lobby. They will be executed without reimbursement.
  3. If you are using so many hired units that the server is lagging solely because of them, staff can execute them until they stop causing the lag, without reimbursement.

Discord Server Rules

  1. Do not advertise other Minecraft servers or Minecraft Discord servers.
  2. Do not impersonate other users by changing your nickname, username or profile picture without their permission.
  3. Do not spam.
  4. Do not chat hate speech against other users.
  5. You must adhere to all server rules in the #server-chat text channel.
  6. Don't use music bot commands in any channel other than #music.
  7. Do not have a conversation in any language other than English.
  8. Do not needlessly mention people - this includes roles and usernames.
  9. Do not post sexually explicit content.
  10. Do not dox anybody (post private real-life information about a user, e.g. their real name) without their permission.
  11. Do not evade a mute or ban.
  12. Do not post irrelevant messages in #timeline.
  13. Do not disobey or lie to a staff member while they are undertaking administrative affairs.
  14. Bots are not allowed.
  15. Do not post dodgy or untrustworthy links.
  16. Keep your conversations in line with the channel topics.
  17. Do not threaten to hurt or kill people in real life.
  18. Do not share content of minors in inappropriate situations.
  19. Do not attempt to steal another user’s account.
  20. Do not swear excessively.

Forum Rules

  1. Do not swear.
  2. Do not spam.
  3. Do not chat hate speech against other users.
  4. Do not advertise other Minecraft servers or Minecraft Discord servers.
  5. Do not 'revive' (create a similar) thread straight after the previous one has been locked.

Server Rules in Detail

Instant Ban - breaking any of the rules in this section will result in a ban without warning. You will be banned indefinitely until appeal in most circumstances, so must appeal on our forums in order to have a chance of being unbanned.

1. Do not use any software which gives you an unfair advantage over other players. A list of disallowed mods and software is available at https://tinyurl.com/lotrsurvival-ds

    • Software are programs which run on your computer, such as mods, macros or hack clients.
    • This rule bans virtually all forms of hacks, for example fly hacks and xray hacks.
    • If you are unsure about whether or not you are allowed to use something, ask a staff member.
    • Why this rule? We aim to be as fair a survival server as possible. All players, including staff, must follow the same rules in order to fulfil this aim. Hacks and similar cheats do not conform with this aim, which is why they are not allowed.

2. Do not impersonate a player with your Minecraft username.

    • This rule bans changing your actual Minecraft username so that it is similar to another player's username.
    • Impersonation is defined at the bottom of this website.
    • Why this rule? If your Minecraft username looks like that of another player, it is very easy to fool some players and open up possibilities of exploitation and defamation.

3. Do not issue a chargeback on a donation.

    • Issuing a chargeback in this context is the act of disputing a donation you have made to the server through your payment gateway.
    • We can give refunds in some circumstances - there is more detail in our store terms and conditions.
    • Any chargebacks will result in a counter-dispute where we contact the payment gateway and consider legal action.
    • Why this rule? We have a refund policy so if you are dissatisfied with your purchase or change your mind, it is possible to return it. You agree to this policy when you purchase anything from our store, as well as to not issue a chargeback. The issue with chargebacks is that we aren't expecting it and so you can continue using your purchased item until we ban you - another problem is that a chargeback has the potential to put our PayPal balance into negative figures, giving us a whole host of new problems to deal with.

4. Do not sell or offer sales of in-game goods or services in exchange for real-life money or assets. Note that selling in-game goods or services in exchange for store items is allowed.

    • This rule bans you from offering an in-game item or service for sale to another player on the server, for real-life money or assets.
    • The rule does not ban you from selling an in-game item or service for store items.
    • Why this rule? Exchanging anything for real money unofficially creates the possibility for players to be scammed, which we want to avoid. Offering more goods/services in the market for real money on the server will increase competition with the official server store, reducing our donation revenue which we rely on to keep the server running.

5. Do not evade a mute or ban.

    • To evade a punishment means getting around it, e.g. by using an alternate Minecraft or Discord account.
    • If you are caught evading a punishment by using an alternate account on either Minecraft or Discord, that account will be banned and the account which was punished originally will be punished further.
    • Why this rule? If you are punished, you should serve that punishment as (a) a preventative measure to stop you from violating the same rule in the present, and (b) a punitive measure to deter you from violating the same rule in the future. Evasion of a punishment makes the whole process obsolete, which is why it is not allowed.

Ban Warning - breaking any of the rules in this section will result in you being officially warned; if you break the same rule twice, you will be banned indefinitely until appeal in most circumstances, so must appeal on our forums in order to have a chance of being unbanned.

1. Do not abuse a bug on the server. If you have found one, please report it on our Discord server. A list of all known bugs is available at https://goo.gl/oecUVa.

    • This rule stops players from using bugs or glitches to give themselves an advantage, hence 'abuse'.
    • A list of all known bugs which you can be punished for is available at https://goo.gl/oecUVa.
    • Why this rule? Similar to Instant Ban rule 1, this rule stops players from having an unfair advantage in our fair survival server. It also forces players to raise a bug with staff to get it fixed, which is of course a good thing.

2. Do not have a profane Minecraft username.

    • Profane in this context means the name contains or strongly implies a swear word or phrase; a swear word or phrase in this context is a word or phrase which is widely recognised as a swear in popular culture.
    • If you are warned for breaking this rule, you must change your username immediately or leave the server. Failure to do so will result in a second warning, and therefore a ban.
    • Why this rule? Minecraft is played by many younger children and we want to keep the chat as clean as possible in terms of profanity. Profanity can also be off-putting to some players, affecting our playerbase. Swearing in the chat (within reason) is allowed because it's not a permanent thing, i.e. it's usually one-off and disappears from the screen within a short period of time. The issue with profane usernames it that it's there all the time, whenever you chat and whenever you interact with another player - your username can be seen in the tablist, above your player's head and can be seen when you use some features, for example requesting a TPA.

3. Do not disobey or lie to a staff member while they are undertaking administrative affairs.

    • Staff should make it clear when they are doing something administrative.
    • An administrative affair is an official duty undertaken by a staff member - it is not part of survival. It can include investigating a bug, investigating a rule being broken or running an event.
    • If staff tell you to do or not do something while they are undertaking an administrative duty, you must ensure you do that. You also are not allowed to lie to a staff member during this administrative duty - e.g. they may ask you if you witnessed somebody else breaking a rule, and who it was.
    • Why this rule? The rule gives staff power they need to undertake their duties, for example if a player is killing other players during an event, staff may punish them for that. It also makes it easier to find a perpetrator of a breach of rules.

4. Do not combat log.

    • Combat logging is logging off the server for the purpose of avoiding PvP.
    • Why this rule? We want our gameplay to be as smooth and fair as possible - being allowed to just leave while somebody is attacking you goes against this aim, so combat logging is disallowed.

5. Do not own a waypoint inside another player's structure if that player tells you not to; owning waypoints outside a structure is fine.

    • Refer to the list of definitions at the bottom of this website for the definition of a player-owned structure.
    • You are allowed to own waypoints inside a structure until the owner tells you to delete them. If you are asked to delete your waypoints inside a structure, you must do so.
    • Why this rule? If a player owns a structure they should be somewhat safe inside. You having a waypoint, and thus being able to teleport inside at any time, does the opposite.

6. Do not grief player-owned structures with explosives, lava or fire. This can include blowing up terrain nearby needlessly. Hired units which explode will count as explosives, if you use them for the intention of griefing.

    • Refer to the list of definitions at the bottom of this website for the definition of a player-owned structure.
    • 'Needlessly' means doing something for no good reason.
    • A 'good reason' here would involve something of a tactical nature, for example using bombs against enemy NPCs or players, or fire for the same reason. Using explosives or fire for the purpose of griefing is not a good reason.
    • 'Terrain' is natural pre-generated land.
    • 'Nearby' is anywhere visible from the structure in question. In terms of enforcing this rule, we go off a 16 chunk render distance.
    • Why this rule? Griefing of player-owned structures can make players leave the server, which affects our playerbase. Therefore it is in the server's interests to disallow this.

7. Do not go offline inside another player's structure if they tell you not to.

    • Refer to the list of definitions at the bottom of this website for the definition of a player-owned structure.
    • The owner of the structure must make it explicit for you to leave the structure in order for you to be in breach of this rule.
    • Why this rule? If a player owns a structure they should be somewhat safe inside. You being able to log in at any moment inside their structure, with them unhappy about it, does the opposite.

8. Do not block default waypoints so that they are inescapable.

    • A default waypoint is a pre-provided LOTR Mod waypoint, i.e. not a custom waypoint.
    • Why this rule? Players should be able to use all default waypoints normally without getting stuck at their destination. Experiencing a blocked waypoint and having to wait for your fast travel cooldown is a large and unnecessary inconvenience.

0. Do not place blocks above a visible structure's banner protection.

    • This rule prohibits you from placing any blocks which are vertically above any visible structure's banner protection.
    • Lava, water and explosives are blocks.
    • Why this rule? Banner protection is intended to protect your structure from being modified by players who don't have access. Placing certain blocks such as lava or water can cause griefing, so this is not allowed. Additionally, placing blocks above can be used to grief in itself by making the structure less aesthetic. Griefing can make players leave the server and put players off, which affects our playerbase.

10. Do not grief inside another player's banner protection by summoning hill-troll chieftains or mallorn ents.

    • Hill-troll chieftains or mallorn ents can be collectively called 'boss NPCs'.
    • It is intentional for boss NPCs to destroy even banner protected blocks, so that they aren't too easy to defeat.
    • A consequence of this is that they can be used to bypass banner protection for the purpose of griefing.
    • Why this rule? Griefing can make players leave the server and put players off, which affects our playerbase - therefore it is in the server's interest to disallow this.

11. Do not claim other players' structures with banner protection without the structure owner's permission. If the structure's banner protection was previously removed as a result of obstruction protocol, then this rule does not apply.

    • A definition of a player-owned structure is at the bottom of this website.
    • Why this rule? Building takes a lot of time and effort, and to have a player claim it can drive players to leave the server, which may affect our playerbase.

12. Do not own or use grinders which are using hill-troll chieftains.

    • Grinders are structures which are used for the purpose of gaining in-game commodities.
    • This rule makes using or owning grinders which currently use a hill-troll chieftain to function illegal.
    • Why this rule? Hill-troll chieftain grinders are incredibly efficient for both alignment and getting rich from trading the troll drops. They can only be used by players who are negatively-aligned with Angmar, and create an unfair imbalance on the server.

Instant Mute - breaking any of the rules in this section will result in a mute without warning. Your mute will be for a set period of time.

1. Do not advertise other Minecraft servers or Minecraft Discord servers.

    • Advertising is defined as the seeking of new players by sharing links or spreading the word.
    • You are allowed to discuss other Minecraft servers in normal conversation.
    • Why this rule? We are in competition with other LOTR Mod Minecraft servers, and advertising can take players away from our server, so it is in the server's interest to outlaw advertising. Many people also find advertising irritating.

2. Do not impersonate other players with names or titles of any sort without their permission.

    • Impersonation is defined at the bottom of this website.
    • Why this rule? If your Minecraft username looks like that of another player, it is very easy to fool some players and open up possibilities of exploitation and defamation.

3. Do not impersonate other factions with names or titles of any sort without the faction leader's permission.

    • Impersonation is defined at the bottom of this website.
    • Why this rule? If it seems you are in a faction which you are not, it is very easy to fool some players and open up possibilities of exploitation and defamation.

4. Do not send links to malware or pornographic websites.

    • Why this rule? We want players on the server to be able to enjoy a secure environment with no threat of having their computer infected by malware. This includes being able to click on links sent in the chat without any fear of being infected by malware. We also have younger children who play on the server, who should not be given URLs to pornographic websites.

5 Do not dox anybody without their permission.

    • 'Doxing' is the releasing of private and real-life information about a player, for example their real name.
    • Why this rule? Doxing is mostly frowned upon on the Internet, since it can have profound effects on a person's real life. We believe you should be able to play on this server while keeping real-life matters separate and private.

Mute Warning - breaking any of the rules in this section will result in you being officially warned; if you break the same rule twice, you will be muted for a set period of time.

1. Do not swear excessively.

    • 'Excessively' swearing is defined as swearing in 5 consecutive messages.
      • Why this rule? Swearing non-excessively is okay since messages disappear after a matter of seconds, but if you swear in every single message you send, this is no longer the case. Younger children play on the server, who should not be subjected to a toxic environment of endless swearing.

2. Do not spam.

    • 'Spamming' can be one of these:
      1. Sending the same or similar messages in the space of seconds.
      2. Repeating the same character consecutively over five times in a message.
      3. Repeating the same word or phrase over five times in a message.
      • Why this rule? Spam is irritating and can put players off the server or reading the chat, which may result in them leaving or turning the chat off. In doing this they lose out on communication with other players, as well as missing important messages, broadcasts or warnings from staff. This can degrade the server's image for players, who then may leave the server, which affects our playerbase.

3. Do not chat hate speech against other users.

    • Hate speech is defined at the bottom of this website.
    • Why this rule? We want to avoid a toxic and hateful environment, and therefore prohibit genuine hateful behaviour.

4. Do not have a conversation in the global chat in any language other than English. If you wish to speak other languages, use /msg or /team.

    • A conversation is an exchange of communication between multiple players.
    • Why this rule? It can be annoying and confusing for players to see multiple languages being spoken at once. It also means that our English-speaking staff will struggle to enforce our chat rules properly.

Protocol - these are just standard protocol which staff enact

1. Your banner protection can be removed if it is obstructing another player's structure, or if it obstructs official server builds.

    • For banner protection to be obstruction, it has to be preventing the expansion of a structure which is more prominent than the structure protected by the banner protection.
    • To decide a structure's relative prominence, we will look at the following factors; size, lore significance, purpose and time of establishment.
    • Why this protocol? We want to ensure that banner protection can't be used for griefing purposes, and want to be able to remove obstructing banner protection so that players can enjoy their building experience on the server.

2. Do not leave hired units or mounts in the lobby. They will be executed without reimbursement.

    • Why this protocol? Excess amounts of NPCs in the lobby can cause client lag, which can be detrimental to players' experiences on the server. They also wander around and can be a general nuisance and obstruction.

3. If you are using so many hired units that the server is lagging solely because of them, staff can execute them until they stop causing the lag, without reimbursement.

  • Why this protocol? We want to avoid server lag to maintain a smooth player experience.

Definitions

Hate speech

    • We define hate speech as insulting a specific player's 'protected characteristics'.
    • Protected characteristics are disability, race, religion and sexual orientation.
    • In order for an insult to be considered as hate speech, the perpetrator must know that the player they are insulting has that protected characteristic in real life. The insult also must be widely accepted as an insult on that characteristic in popular culture. In addition, the victim must also take genuine offence - this is usually reflected by a victim reporting hate speech.

Structure

    • A structure is a placement of blocks to form a distinguishable building.

Player-built structure

    • A player-built structure is a structure built partially or completely by a player.

Player-owned structure

    • A player-owned structure is a structure which is either player-built, or a building which is either partially or completely banner protected.

Pre-generated structure

    • A pre-generated structure is a structure with has been automatically generated by the mod.

Impersonation

    • Pretending to be someone else for the purposes of entertainment or fraud.