uk.adverts.games.roleplay is a group intended for advertising
items relevant to roleplaying games (RPGs), both for private and
commercial users within the United Kingdom. This would include,
but is not limited to, adverts for the games themselves,
magazines/fanzines about these games, props and clothing for
Live Action Roleplaying (LARPs) (such as clothing, weapons and
armour), models, the assorted paraphernalia required for gaming
and any other relevant goods.
Shops (and other commercial outlets) who supply role-playing
related good either to or within the UK may advertise themselves
in this newsgroup.
The group is not intended as a discussion group for these items.
Discussions relating to the adverts themselves, and the details
therein, should be taken up in private e-mails with the
advertisers. Discussions about the items being sold should be
conducted within a more appropriate forum, uk.games.roleplay
being an example. Discussions relating to changes to this
charter, however, would be on-topic for this group, as would an
FAQ, which would not be bound by the advertisements rules.
This group is not intended as an advertisements group for
computer games which class themselves as roleplaying games.
uk.adverts.computer currently exists to fill this role, and
other groups may be created in the fullness of time. However,
computer based game aids (e.g. map makers, character generators)
for a Game Master or player are permitted, as these are relevant
Cross-posting to this group is frowned upon, and cross-posting
to uk.games.roleplay is strictly forbidden as this group is
intended to allow adverts to be distributed without affecting
the discussions in that group. Control <firstname.lastname@example.org>
is welcome to cross-post between the two groups when conducting
official business of the uk.* hierarchy.
Encoded binaries (e.g. picture files, executable programs and so
forth) are strictly forbidden, with the exception of
cryptographic signatures (e.g. PGP). It is asked that posters
keep these signatures to the minimum length possible, for the
benefit of other users. Pointers to binaries (e.g. a web page
with a picture of the goods) are welcome, as web and FTP sites
are more appropriate forums for these items.
All posts must be sent as plaintext. This specifically excludes
any "mark-up" languages such as HTML (the format of web pages)
or Rich Text Format (used by many word-processing programs).
For a non-technical poster, this means that if your news program
allows you to include different fonts, different sizes,
different colours and so forth within a news posting, you will
have to find out how to turn these options off. This
restriction allows everyone to read all posts and minimises the
size of posts, saving download time and phone bills.
All posters are warned that users of the group may report them
to their ISPs for breaches of these last two points (especially
binaries) and that many ISPs frown upon the posting of such
Advertising is, of course, most welcome in this group. All
posters must stick to the following guidelines, however:
Auctions are also welcome in this group. Some people may find
it more productive to handle this through e-mail, but use of the
group is also valid. All auctioneers should tag their Subject:
- All commercial posters should tag their Subject: lines with
- All posts should be kept as short as possible, with a 250 line
- All prices given should be quoted in Pounds Sterling. Other
currencies may be used *in addition* to this. The Euro may be
used in place of Pounds Sterling if and when it is adopted as
the official currency of the UK.
- No poster should re-advertise any given product(s) or shop(s)
within a period of 1 week, excluding auction updates.
- No poster should post more than 7 adverts within a period of 1
- In the case of a commercial advertiser, a poster is
considered to be anyone representing that firm, using that
firm's e-mail addresses, directing replies to any of that
firm's contact points (including, but not limited to,
telephone numbers, fax numbers and postal addresses) or anyone
who can identifiably be noted as posting on behalf of that
firm. Conversely, people posting for their own private
purposes (for instance, a worker using newsgroup access in
his/her office) but using a company's e-mail address does not
qualify as a commercial poster.
- All posters must provide at least a valid e-mail address for
replies, with explicit details of how to avoid any obfuscation
(spamtraps). It is noted that phone numbers and addresses may
be abused if posted to a public forum.
- All posters have the absolute right to accept offers or bids
from any person, or to refuse them from any other person, for
any reason at all. Items may be withdrawn at any time,
entirely at the poster's discretion.
[AUC]. All updates to an auction should
follow the normal advertising rules, with these slight
- An auction update is not considered to be a re-post of a given
advert (for the purposes of the 1 per week maximum) but is
still considered to be an advert for the 7 adverts per week
- An update to an auction must be posted in the same thread as
the original post, so that it can easily be ignored or a
thread be set as "Kill Thread" by those who do not wish to
- An update is considered to be a post where items which have
changed in their bid are posted. Posting an entire auction
list again, when only a small number of items have had their
bid changed, is (under this rule) strictly forbidden.
- Bids should be handled through private e-mail. When updating
an auction post, names and contact details of the highest bids
should not be revealed without explicit permission.
uk.adverts.games.roleplay Adverts for roleplaying games in the UK