I deeply regret that I have to write this message at all, but apparently it needs to be done.
Ill be blunt - there are one or more groups of characters who are soliciting other characters for in-character sexual encounters, sometimes in exchange for clothing or other items. (It is unclear if they are all part of one extended group or two groups, possibly competing.) If this is how players wish to spend their time online I suppose I cannot technically object, though I do not understand why you have chosen to make Castle Marrach your home given that our character bodies are, to say the least, anatomically lacking, and there are scores of other MUD/MUSHES specifically suited to this behavior. Frankly, if this is why you play, go play there.
I can object, however, when new players visiting Castle Marrach for the first time are solicited and propositioned within hours of their arrival in the game. I can and do object when this aggressive, almost predatory, behavior presents a skewed impression of the game to newcomers and biases them against us when it seems that the gameplay and interaction here is all about sex.
This behavior stops now. I have been reluctant to step in because, for the most part, Ive been presented with primarily hearsay. That has changed of late, and weve had more players stepping up and informing us immediately of these solicitations and propositions right after theyve occurred. (I have seen logs.) Ive also been reluctant because if this sort of thing is what floats your boat and you are not damaging the game, more power to you. This behavior, however, as Ive described it, is damaging the game.
We know who you are, and some of you have been warned in the recent past. You will be hearing from myself or Dathan again but you, and anyone else acting in this manner, should consider this your final warning. You will not receive another warning. If we catch you engaging in this behavior with new players you will be suspended or banned. (We have already banned one player for this sort of activity, at least in part.) And believe me when I tell you that we will be specifically and actively checking for this behavior. Since I know we cannot police everywhere all the time, we will be devoting some of our valuable coding time to protecting new characters from being lured into these sorts of situations.
This behavior is inappropriate for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that some of our players are underage, minors by any definition of the word or jurisdiction. Though Castle Marrach carries a mature warning, the behavior remains unacceptable.
I ask any player who encounters this behavior, these predatory propositions and solicitations, to immediate file an assist and email a copy of the logs to myself (email@example.com) and Lead StoryGuide Dathan (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can take immediate action. Given that many of you out there know who these characters and players are, another option you have is to demand they stop. This is our game and their activities affect all of us.