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The Forum Rules

The following rules are for posting and participating in discussion within the March Mayhem forums. If you break any of these rules you will be given a warning which will negate your vote for that round. The second offense will result in your disqualification from participating in March Mayhem; You will be unable to post in the March Mayhem forums, all possible prizes, awards, badges or otherwise will be revoked and your votes will no longer count. We reserve the right to revoke your access to the site if you continue to behave in a way that is disruptive towards the event.

  1. Don't Be A Jerk - This rule trumps any other. Any loophole you think you've found in any other rule is covered by this one. If you make our forums a less pleasant place to be, we don't want you here.
  2. Have Respect for Others - Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but no one is entitled to attack others for sharing, or not sharing, that opinion. If you can't communicate without using combative, aggressive, or demeaning language, then please keep those comments to yourself, or be shown the door. Deliberately inflammatory threads; posts written with the sole intention of irritating people; attacks toward or inappropriate commentary regarding The Escapist staff, creators, or other posters; or attempts to derail a thread will be removed, as will your forum privileges.
  3. Have Respect for the Site and its Content - We put a lot of work into the content on the site, and if you've just shown up to trample on that hard work, we will remove your comments and ask you to leave. Constructive criticism is welcomed; negativity for its own sake is not. Further, discussions instructing or otherwise advocating the circumvention of The Escapist's advertisements, security mechanisms, media protections or similar facilities will not be tolerated. Feedback about March Mayhem will be available at the end of March Mayhem. If you think you have a better option or idea for next year, that is where and when we want to hear from you.
  4. Put Some Effort Into Your Communication - A well-made thread or a well-written comment engages its audience and facilitates discussion. We do ask that posters take just a little time to make their posts as readable as possible and keep their responses on topic. We also ask that you take a moment to check your spelling and grammar.
  5. Use our Forums Appropriately - Our forums are a place to talk with like-minded people, not a place to advertise your blog or YouTube channel. Your profile has a place for such things, and that is where it should stay. Similarly, posts including, advocating, or linking to illegal or adult material are a very quick way to end your time as part of The Escapist community and March Mayhem. To post in the rest of The Escapist forums, you will need to agree to another set of terms.
  6. Posting Pics or Videos - Any pictures or videos that are vulgar, racist, hateful, or contain advertisements or nudity will be taken down immediately. When posting pictures or video, we request that you use spoiler tags: bracket, spoiler, close bracket - LINK - bracket, forward slash, spoiler, close bracket.
  7. Slander - we encourage all of our developers to promote in any and every way they choose to alert their fans. The only rule is they cannot promise anything to their fanbase if they win. If anyone states a developer is cheating and cannot back it up with evidence, you will be automatically banned for a month and March Mayhem for you is over. Stating anyone is cheating is serious business and should only be delivered via private message to Nasrin. Posting your "statement" in the forums will have it removed automatically and you will be suspended.
  8. Low Content Posts are OKAY HERE - like in any sporting event, cheering for your team is a series of low content posts and in the March Mayhem forums that is encouraged. However, making a blatant negative statement about an opposing developer from who you have chosen (i.e. X Sucks!) or making it personal (i.e. You suck!) or spewing hate (i.e. People who like X suck!) will get you suspended. We want to encourage debate and discussion, not hate. If someone is attacking you, use the REPORT button, click on their name to ignore them and then walk away. Getting into it with the other person will only get you both banned. Remember, all you have to do is walk away from your computer.
  9. Messaging - If you have a valid concern during March Mayhem, you are welcome to send a private message to Nasrin or one of the moderators but please be aware, the staff gets a lot of PMs, emails and IRC chat requests every day, so it may take time for us to get back to you. If something is broken (like a link) or part of the voting isn't working, please let one of us know immediately via this support link (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/contact/). The forums get a bit full during March Mayhem and it is difficult for us to see every post. However, if you are sending a message just to voice your opinion about March Mayhem, we still want to hear it but please save it until the end of the tournament to post in our feedback forum. If you are sending a message to complain or ask why a particular developer is in over another, we will not respond.

March Mayhem is supposed to be about fans from all over the world coming together to vote for their favorites and be introduced to developers and games they may not have heard of. Please be respectful of each other, we are all here because we love games.

Legal

By participating in the contest, contestants grant Themis Media the right to print, publish, broadcast and use worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including, without limitation, the World Wide Web, at any time or times, the submission of text and the contestant's name, as news or for public information and education without additional consideration or compensation. The entry becomes the property of Themis Media and will not be returned. Entrants surrender copyright and all interests therein of their submissions to Themis Media with the understanding that the materials may be used for promotional purposes.

Participation in the contest in any part implies that you acknowledge reviewed, understand and agree to Themis Media's privacy policy.

Winners will be chosen at random from total pool of entries on April 9th, 2012 by Themis Media employees. All winners chosen will be considered void if no reply is given within 24 hours of the postmarked email and all prizes will be released back to Themis Media.

Employees of Themis Media, and their subsidiaries or affiliates, and any family members and/or household members of these employees, are excluded from the contest.

Entrants release Themis Media, Origin PC, and its respective parent divisions, affiliates, officers, subsidiaries, agents, employees and all others associated with the development and execution of this contest from and against any liability with respect to or in any way arising from this contest and the awarding and use of the prizes.

Tampering with the contest in any manner is prohibited. Themis Media reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether the contest has been tampered with. Themis Media reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it suspects or has determined, in its sole discretion, has tampered with the promotion or submitted multiple entries [if this is prohibited]. If Themis Media determines that the contest has been tampered with, it reserves the right to terminate the contest without awarding any prizes. Themis Media shall not be responsible for any entry not received due to network outages; failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; online failures; hardware, software or other technical malfunctions or disturbances; or any other communications or transmission failure.

PRIZE CONDITIONS: All prizes are subject to availability. Winner may make no substitution or transfer of prize. All federal, state and local income taxes are sole responsibility of winner.