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« on: September 16, 2004, 05:33:47 pm »

NOTE

Toadwatater is an ONLINE GAME.  Please provide a valid email address to validate your registration. Once registered, click "Download TWC" in the top bar to download the game. This will download the game for you. Toadwater is a very small download.  Read the forums and the Toadwater Guide ([a href="http://www.toadwater.com/Guide/index.php/Main_Page"]http://www.toadwater.com/Guide/index.php/Main_Page[/a]) to help you through the game.

[h2]Registration Agreement & Terms of Service[/h2]

[strong]1. FORUM[/strong]

You agree, through your use of this forum and game software, that you will not post any material which is false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, adult material, or otherwise in violation of any International or United States Federal law. You also agree not to post any copyrighted material unless you own the copyright or you have written consent from the owner of the copyrighted material. Spam, flooding, advertisements, chain letters, pyramid schemes, and solicitations are also forbidden on this forum.

You agree that you will not hold Toadwater Development Group responsible for any damage caused to you through the use of this software directly or otherwise and that you agree to take no legal action against Toadwater Development Group should in the rare case damage does accrue.

Note that it is impossible for the Toadwater Development Group to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages, and as such, are not responsible for the content contained within. We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information presented. The posted messages express the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of this forum, its staff, its subsidiaries, or this forum's owner. Anyone who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to notify an administrator or moderator of this forum immediately. The staff and the owner of this forum reserve the right to remove objectionable content, within a reasonable time frame, if they determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, please realize that they may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately. This policy applies to member profile information as well.

You remain solely responsible for the content of your posted messages. Furthermore, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Toadwater Development Group, any related websites to this forum, its staff, and its subsidiaries. The Toadwater Development Group reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any other related information collected on this service) in the event of a formal complaint or legal action arising from any situation caused by your use of this forum.

You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. With this user account you are about to register, you agree to never give your password out to another member, for your protection and for validity reasons.

You agree to NEVER use another member's account for any reason. We also HIGHLY recommend you use a complex and unique password for your account, to prevent account theft.

After you register and log into this forum, you will be able to fill out a detailed profile. It is your responsibility to present clean and accurate information. Any information the forum owner or staff determines to be inaccurate or vulgar in nature will be removed, with or without prior notice. Appropriate sanctions may be applicable.

Please note that with each post, your IP address is recorded, in the event that you need to be banned from this forum or your ISP contacted. This will only happen in the event of a major violation of this agreement.

[strong]2. GAMEPLAY[/strong]

[em]Right to ban from services[/em]
Gameplay
- Toadwater Development Group, "the administrators" own Toadwater, "the game" and reserve the right at anytime to ban you, "the player" from use of any or all services provided at it's discretion.

Cirumvention of official Game mechanics
- Players who circumvent official game mechanics can be removed from the rankings without warning.  Circumenting official game mechanics is defined as, but not limited to, by using a macro program non-attended: this allows you to play the game without actually playing (of which definition of non-attended is up to the Toadwater Development Group's complete discretion), exploiting a bug in the game (more so if the bug has failed to be reported), using an alternative client of any kind that is not officially endorsed in these here lines, or using a popup circumention devices (something that disables popups or makes them go away without actually having to type something in.)

FAILURE TO ANSWER A POPUP WITHIN FIVE MINUTES WILL BE CONSIDERED AFK MACROING AT THE DISCRETION OF ONLY THE TOADWATER DEVELOPMENT GROUP.



If you are raiding someone, fencing that person in is against the rules. That player has the discretion of raising a complaint about your actions and in retaliation you may be banned, punished, or receive other punishment.

Remember: unattended macroing may result in a removal from the rankings and a banning from the game.

Multi-client use
- Multi-client use is defined as using more than one (1) Toadwater Client (TWC) or Computers to consecutively play on one character; playing more than three different characters using any number of  different or similar clients/computers; or using a custom program or complication to simulate multiple Toadwater Instances. Additionally, any unauthorized sending information to the Toadwater server may be considered a violation of this rule.


[em]Hacking game accounts[/em]

Hacking of another players ToadWater account, or accessing it in any way without permission from the player is strictly prohibited.

Methods of password discovery which are defined as hacking include, but are not limited to:
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  • Guessing somebody's password
  • Finding somebody's password [on a postit or something]
  • Using a virus, keylogger or trojan horse to steal somebody's password
  • "Brute force" attack
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Hacking other players' accounts is unacceptable. Anybody found hacking accounts will receive a permanent, lifetime ban from the Toadwater game, the forum, and the IRC channel.  You will not be allowed back, and there will be no reversal of the decision to ban.

"Brute force" attempts may result in further action, possibly legal action, if a damaging load was put on the server.

[em]Non-official client usage[/em]

Use of non-official clients is prohibited on the Toadwater server, and is grounds for banning from the game part of Toadwater.  The official client is available from the "Download" link on http://www.toadwater.com

[strong]3. OTHER[/strong]
Toadwater Devolopment Group owns this game and reserves the right at anytime to change these terms of service. 

If you do not agree to these terms and conditions then you must leave this site at this moment and not continue on with registering.

Toadwater Active Policy / Terms of Service and Engagement
September 16, 2004


Message Board & Community
This section, Message Board & Community, is under construction.

Cheating & Macroing
   Macroing (or bot/autoer) is a process in which the user is able to gain skills in Toadwater or any other game away from the computer. Macroing is countered with anti-popups. Because it cannot be immediately proved, it will not be an issue of these terms of service.

Cheating (also known as MultiClient use) is easily proven through multiple resources.  Multi client use (cheating) is defined as using more than one (1) Toadwater Client (TWC) or Computers to consecutively play on one character. It is also defined as playing more than three different characters using three different clients/computers. It is also defined as using a custom program or complication to simulate multiple Toadwater Instances or by sending information to the Toadwater server.

Realize that:

- Toadwater has logs more detailed then those presented to the public. Toadwater can easily time stamp ALL actions, and determine which actions you are cheating with, regardless of whether or not they show up in the “Public Logs.”


Punishment


- Cheating (or Multi client use) will be enforced with a ban on the sole account, or most often all active IP addresses associated with the account. Length of ban will fit the crime.
- No one is excluded from punishment backed with significant evidence. 

The choice to ban someone goes on a case by case basis. There is often a Grey area, in which a misunderstanding occurs.  As said, it is a case by case basis. All those convicted of multi-clienting are forced to post a public apology on the board.  Should they be banned, the post will be available upon their return, if ever.

Please report multiclienters @ http://xallister.com/cheater.shtml

You must leave a REAL Name. It will not be revealed on the boards, but will be used for follow up private messages giving you information of the outcome.

 Please note that any evidence you submit only triggers an investigation and is not used against the person. This is because information can be manipulated or fabricated. Please do not misuse this form.

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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2004, 05:38:02 pm »

Opinions are appreciated.  If you do not express your opinion about this NOW, you forfeit all rights to argue down the line should it go the other way.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2004, 05:53:57 pm »

does this also apply for violations in the past?
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2004, 05:57:05 pm »

No.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2004, 05:58:06 pm »

ooh ok then ban the cheaters Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2004, 06:13:30 pm »

Aslong as no one gets baned for having a large gap between getting a pop up and whittling their next plank im ok with it.

I dont agree with banning people for that as its not proof, sometimes i get a pop up and go do somthing else because i cant be bothered to type it in.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2004, 06:22:42 pm »

Aslong as no one gets baned for having a large gap between getting a pop up and whittling their next plank im ok with it.

I dont agree with banning people for that as its not proof, sometimes i get a pop up and go do somthing else because i cant be bothered to type it in.

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   Macroing (or bot/autoer) is a process in which the user is able to gain skills in Toadwater or any other game away from the computer. Macroing is countered with anti-popups. Because it cannot be immediately proved, it will not be an issue of these terms of service.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2004, 07:07:09 pm »

(334-25-6) 2:12:97 Definition of Multi clients updated to include custom compilations.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2004, 09:19:21 pm »

I'll be awaiting ban drama.

This is quite hypocritical of you tho, dragoon. Wink
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2004, 09:34:32 pm »

I'll be awaiting ban drama.

This is quite hypocritical of you tho, dragoon. Wink

How so, Newton? Did you READ the post to the entirety?  A lot of people used multiple computers before the hysteria. I stopped early in era when people found it to be cheating.   Despite how little I used it, I was the spotlight as I was number one. It would ONLY be hypocritical if I still used multi client; past actions are not punished as the active policy was not in the system
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2004, 10:24:09 pm »

[quote author=-Newton- link=topic=13841.msg166000#msg166000 date=1095362361]
I'll be awaiting ban drama.

This is quite hypocritical of you tho, dragoon. Wink

How so, Newton? Did you READ the post to the entirety?  A lot of people used multiple computers before the hysteria. I stopped early in era when people found it to be cheating.   Despite how little I used it, I was the spotlight as I was number one. It would ONLY be hypocritical if I still used multi client; past actions are not punished as the active policy was not in the system
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So you are saying that, in your mind, multi client was, at the time you did it (as little as it may have been), not cheating? I'm sorry but i did it knowing full well that it was cheating. Don't give me the 'oh but i didn't know it was cheating' bullshit. THAT make you hypocritical. Wink

It's not that i mind the rules, anyway. I'm happy to see it being a bannable offense. The only thing i don't want to see happen is the rules getting more and more restrictive and then before you know it; toadwater becomes a carebear game.
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2004, 10:35:51 pm »

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So you are saying that, in your mind, multi client was, at the time you did it (as little as it may have been), not cheating? I'm sorry but i did it knowing full well that it was cheating. Don't give me the 'oh but i didn't know it was cheating' bullshit. THAT make you hypocritical. Wink

It's not that i mind the rules, anyway. I'm happy to see it being a bannable offense. The only thing i don't want to see happen is the rules getting more and more restrictive and then before you know it; toadwater becomes a carebear game.

That's up for debate. At the time it was not a communial concern and has nothing to do with this active policy.  A hypocritical action would me saying that all past exploiters of this would be banned, and leaving myself out. That's hypocritical. 

Toadwater will not turn into a 'carebear' game.  Solutions  to problems, however,  will be found when needed.

It does not help anyone's argument to demand one person to take one side or another.  Do I not have the right to change my opinion and take action upon it? I'm not exactly joining a bandwagon, either.  This 'side' was quickly losing ground.
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2004, 10:46:15 pm »

I applaude you Dragoon.

I am glad to see someone taking steps to help improve Toadwater.. 
I do not think it is hypocrytical of you to come up with these ideas.. but actaully a rather good thing.  You for one know just WHAT someone can do with multi clients and macroing.  So you know the dynamic implications it could potentially have on experience tables and such.

I accept these Terms of Service and Thank you graciously.

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« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2004, 10:58:50 pm »

Way to go Dragoon and Qill. I think it is a very good idea to have a policy concerning cheating. I personally think it is long overdue. Thank you for caring enough about the game to try and improve it.
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2004, 11:21:52 pm »

Smiley  I too applaud both Dragoon and Qill and also Ispep (who has been fighting long and hard for this)!  Thankyou for making these changes to the game.  I would like, however, to propose an amendment to the policy.  I believe that actions such as planting trees, hemp, and radishes, and laying down planks for roads can take place within the same second without the use of cheats.  Therefore, I propose that evidence of planting two trees etc. within the same second ought not to be considered proof of cheating. 

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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2004, 02:08:28 am »

This post is much better then the one QIll made a long time ago well...



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« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2004, 03:47:07 am »

Information on BANS:

If an account is banned, any IP address attempting to SIGN ON THAT ACCOUNT WILL BE BANNED

Have a nice day!
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