- Physical Harassment which includes stalking, physical intimidation, physical assault, battery, and inappropriate or unwelcomed physical contact.
- Verbal Harassment which includes threats, offensive verbal comments, any real-world slur or derogatory remark, bathroom/gender policing, or unwelcome attention to physical appearance.
- Social Shaming of any kind because of a person’s race, color, religion, age, citizenship, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender presentation, or mental disability.
- Exclusive Clubs are not permitted at our events. The number of events, years, days, or hours that a person has been a member of our community should never be a reason to exclude someone from content or participation. We do not play favorites.
- Rape and sexual assault should not be discussed by Catalyst members and will never be used as a story element.
- Anything that is prohibited by the venue or locality where the event takes place. All park and campsite rules are to be observed at all times.
- Anything that is Illegal in the country, state, or province where an event takes place.
You are eligible to attend events and become a member if:
- You are a person of 18 years of age or older.
- You are a child between 14 and 18 years of age who is attending with a parent or guardian.
- You agree to abide by our community guidelines and terms of service.
- You do not have a history of criminal convictions related to hate crimes, sex crimes, larceny, or homicide.
- You are automatically considered a base Member if you have attended at least 3 Catalyst events.
- You can choose to become an Advanced Member for a nominal yearly fee of $25. (More details coming soon.)
It is the priority of all members to maintain a high level of respect and understanding for one another. Our events should be considered safe spaces for everyone and you should actively look to promote this atmosphere.
Ultimately the staff cannot be everywhere at all times so it up to our members to help improve the quality of the community. If you witness anything that goes against the spirit of our community we ask that you take action.
- Do: Step in and ask a person if you could talk with them OOG. Keep your cool, speak calmly, and make the conversation as private as possible. It’s okay to let someone else know what you are doing, but keep the actual conversation one on one.
- Do Not: Call someone out in front of others or otherwise embarrass them. Use aggressive or accusing language. Gang up on someone or outnumber them. Threaten to report them to staff.
- Keep Calm. The person talking to you probably doesn’t want to see you get in trouble and is not just looking out for themselves, otherwise they would have turned a blind eye.
- Stay open minded about the situation and listen to what they are saying. Consider if what you are doing could appear differently to those around you.
- Immediately stop whatever you are doing. This usually takes almost no effort on your part. If someone has approached you then you have already caused someone distress and it may not be them.
- If you feel that your interaction might escalate then immediately get a staff member involved. It is our job to provide an unbiased mediation in any given situation.
At events consent needs to be asked for anyone who participates in scenes or activities that are considered too intense for the average player. This includes topics and scenes such as those that involve “torture” being acted out, mature themes and language, or physical contact that could potentially be viewed as to go against the community guidelines.
Consent should be obtained as a direct and clear question and responded to with a verbal, “Yes.” At any time you have the right to withdraw this consent by stating as such with a “safety hold.” At that time all involved parties should immediately end the scene and step out of game until everyone is ready to resume regular gameplay. You can also choose at any time, to place your hand over your head and excuse yourself from a scene that upsets you or makes you feel unsafe. You will never be given a rules violation for taking yourself out of a situation under these circumstances.
As members of our community you are also responsible for your representation of Catalyst in the larger LARP community. We will not tolerate advertising or promotion of Catalyst at other events or gatherings without the express permission from the owner or organizers.
Additionally, if it is brought to our attention that you have been dismissed or banned from other LARPs or organizations, we retain the right to bar you from Catalyst events as well, depending on the severity and proof of allegations. This is regardless of if we have any official or unofficial partnership with them. It is always in your best interest to be upfront and honest with us about any serious issues you have had with our current or former members, or other organizations. We believe in second chances, but we are obligated to protect our players first. Our current members always take priority over any number of possible future attendees. If you contact a staff member without a legitimate concern, without bonafide proof, or for the direct purpose of denying someone else the right to attend, this is grounds for permanent dismissal from our organization.
When you create a character with us and attend events, you agree to the above terms for the duration of the event, as well as any communications between yourself and other members or staff on our domains; public or otherwise. This includes the official Facebook group page, event pages, as well as the Catalyst website or any future digital medium; such as a forum that we create. Unwanted Interactions that happen between you and others outside of our domains or events are between you and the offender and should be dealt with accordingly. Anyone found to be using our community to seek out other members for purely malicious intent will be met with legal action.