General Rules (applicable to all)
1.1. These are rules that apply to all situations where you communicate to other AW members no matter what medium is used. They are not exhaustive and should be taken as a guideline on how to behave. We reserve the right to modify these rules and to defer to our own Judgement.
1.1.1. AhoyWorld is a welcoming community that respects its members and visitors. We expect everyone to maintain this environment and will take action against those who jeopardise that community spirit. Admins reserve the right to warn/kick/ban users whose behaviour is deemed disruptive or aggressive and not conducive to a place of tolerance/friendship/comradery. Whether the behaviour is disruptive or not will be determined on a case-by-case basis on the judgment of the admin/admins present.
1.1.2. Trolling in any form will be dealt with swiftly and harshly.
1.1.3. Racism or hate speech of any kind is not tolerated.
1.1.4. The minimum age for AhoyWorld membership is 14 however exceptions can be made based on maturity.
1.1.5. Follow guidance from Admins, they are there to ensure as many people have the best experience as possible.
1.1.6. Hacking, including but not limited to any activity deemed to impact the experience for other users. Any activity that sets out to negatively affect the performance of the server will be considered hacking. Users aware of suspicious activity who fail to report it run the risk of being included in any punishment.
1.1.7. Recruiting, or activity deemed to be considered recruiting is not permitted regardless of community size or membership status.
1.1.8. Illegal activity of any kind.
1.1.9. Use of the services provided by Ahoyworld are contingent on members making themselves aware of, and following all relevant rules.
1.1.10. Always follow the chain of command, contact an admin first, if necessary they will pass the matter on to the core staff team.
1.1.11. The admin team can change the rules as deemed necessary this can include bypassing rules for the sake of gameplay for the majority.
1.1.12. Discussion of religion or politics is not forbidden, however, if you choose to engage in these topics please understand differing views of others.
2. Teamspeak Rules
2.1. English is our language of choice but you are free to use your own language provided you are in a room where everyone speaks said language.
2.2. Posting of questionable material. Please don’t post any dodgy stuff on our Teamspeak. Rule of thumb if your mother saw what you posted would you be in trouble if the answer is yes then don’t.
2.3. Channel hopping for no good reason can be seen as trolling don’t do it!
2.4. When creating temporary channels, please treat the system with respect and do not abuse it.
3. Forum Rules
3.1. Read the stickies in the various forums before posting.
3.2. There’s a good chance someone has had the same enquiry before so have a look see before posting.
3.3. Be considerate in response and remember that not all of our members have English as a first language.
3.4. Be supportive and helpful! If you can help someone out then reply this community works best when everyone contributes and gets involved.
3.5. Personal Messaging staff works but don’t expect a response immediately.
3.6. Duplicate accounts are forbidden. In the case of an error, contact an admin to resolve, you will be allowed to choose which account you would like to keep, any abuse and both accounts will be banned.
3.7. By uploading image(s) to the website gallery you grant AhoyWorld the permission of unlimited usage rights which includes edits and advertisement usage.
3.8. The total size of forum signature images must not be larger than 800 x 180, sample image here.
4. Invade and annex rules.
Upon entering an AhoyWorld I&A server you agree to abide by the following rules. Any breaking of the rules can result in sanction being applied by a member of staff. These sanctions can include, but are not limited to, warning, in-game punishment, kicking, temporary ban and permanent ban. Which action should be taken will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the staff member(s) present at the time and left to the discretion of this/these member(s) of staff.
If you see any player breaking these rules, please report them to staff immediately, or use the player report form.
4.1. Do not intentionally kill another player on your side. If you accidently teamkill someone, apologize immediately.
4.1.1.Teamkilling as a result of using thermal optics or lack of a tag is not an excuse. Repeated accidental teamkilling will not be tolerated. A good rule to live by is: “Not sure? Don’t shoot!” A single instance of an accidental teamkilling can be forgiven if it’s a legitimate accident and you apologize.
4.1.2.Repeated and/or intentional teamkilling will result in a ban.
4.2. Play the mission as intended.
4.2.1.Exploiting bugs, glitches, loopholes, exploits, … for personal gain will not be tolerated. If you find an example of this, please report it to a member of staff so it can be fixed.
4.2.2.Using hacking and/or cheating tools or doing any action that could be seen as hacking or cheating will be immediately sanctioned.
4.3. Consider your skill as a pilot before taking a Pilot slot.
4.3.1.The primary role of a pilot is to provide logistical support to the infantry on the ground. Examples of logistical support are: transporting people, ammo, fuel, vehicles, …
4.3.2.In case of poor ability, a pilot may be asked to leave the slot.
4.3.3.We recommend and highly appreciate that our pilots are on TeamSpeak (the IP can be found on the map).
4.3.4.Pilots are in command of their aircraft, not the passenger nor co-pilot. Don’t confuse this to mean that co-pilots cannot take control.
4.3.5.Pilots are required to land in designated areas in base.
4.3.6.AFK pilots will be removed from their slots faster than someone would from a normal slot for being AFK.
4.3.7.Pilots should keep an eye on their gunners. Respond to a member of staff as soon as possible when he asks you who your gunners are.
4.4. Play your role.
4.4.1.If you are operating a support asset like a mortar or a CAS plane/helicopter you are not allowed to kill the entire AO. Support assets are there to support the infantry this means that infantry have to call these support assets in.
4.4.2.Medics should always have the needed equipment to revive someone.
4.4.3.Repair specialists and engineers should always have the needed equipment to repair damaged vehicles.
4.4.4.Use weaponry that is appropriate for your role. Examples of unacceptable use of weapons are: non-snipers using sniper rifles, and a normal infantryman running around with an LMG.
4.5. Do not waste assets.
4.5.1.Don’t be quick to destroy a damaged allied vehicle. If it’s damaged, try to repair it. When you have done anything that can reasonably expected of you to get it operational again, just leave it. It will eventually despawn and re-spawn at base.
4.5.2.Wasting assets also includes intentionally crashing any vehicle into anything, repeatedly abandoning assets that are still in working order, and intentionally wasting limited vehicle ammo.
4.6. Respect game immersion.
4.6.1.Refrain from spamming the side global and command chats. Ask yourself if what you have to say is useful information for everyone. It might be more sensible to use group, vehicle or direct chat.
4.6.2.Do not talk in global, side and command channels. Use group, vehicle and direct chat for voice communications.
4.6.3.Playing music in global, side, command and group channels is forbidden. You may play music in direct and vehicle channels, unless another player asks you not to.
4.7. Trolling in any way will be dealt with swiftly and harshly.
Notes: Trolling includes, but is not limited to:
4.7.2.Unnecessarily throwing smokes in front of friendlies
4.7.3.Following players around excessively, hindering players, pestering players, overdramatically role playing.
4.7.4.Stealing people's vehicles and/or equipment.
4.7.5.Spamming and/or repeatedly pinging Zeus.
4.8. Being AFK for prolonged periods of time in the server is not acceptable.
4.8.1.How fast you’ll get kicked from the server depends on server population, the slot you’re in, whether or not you gave prior notice and the staff member's discretion.
4.8.2.Excessive lobby idling is not permitted, nor is camping out a certain slot.
We reserve the following rights:
1. To restart the mission or server whenever we deem necessary.
2. To deny access to our service to anyone for substantive reasons not listed in these rules.
3. To waive any of these rules in favour of enjoyment of the mission.
4. At the start of missions, to reserve slots in favour of: Known players on TeamSpeak, other TeamSpeak users, known players that are not on TeamSpeak, anyone else. In case of a tie or in case there is no admin present, slots are obtainable on a first-come, first-served basis.
The most up to date version of the enhanced rules can be found here: http://www.ahoyworld.net/enhanced/rules-and-guidelines/
5.1 Use of Teamspeak is mandatory.
You must be on, and participating by using, TeamSpeak with a microphone (ts.ahoyworld.net).
If assistance is required for TeamSpeak or Mod integration with TeamSpeak, seek help on Forums, not in-game.
We are a European-based community, however, we ask that all users speak English on AWE.
5.2 Teamkilling not allowed.
Sanctions will be applied to any player who intentionally takes an action which kills another player on their team.
Examples of this include but are not limited to:
Revenge killing, executions, messing around, even if somebody asks you or gives permission.
Wrongfully using medical supplies, such as injecting someone with any sort of drug without a medical need.
Daring or antagonising someone to team kill, and/or create a situation where team killing is very likely to happen.
5.3 Listen to Chain of Command
Listen to the orders from your superior, and implement them to the best of your ability.
You are free to question and discuss the orders as much as your superior gives you the latitude to do so, but if your behaviour becomes annoying or disruptive, you will be subject to sanction.
5.4 Text chat should be minimal.
Only use cTAB and TFAR for in-game communication. Vanilla ArmA chat systems should only be used sparingly, and if Moderator assistance is required.
5.5 Fill the primary slots before secondary/support.
Fill Alpha before Bravo and Support squads.
One AT Squad is acceptable without a full Alpha and is exempt from the above
UAV Operator without a Platoon Commander requires the consent of the Alpha Squad Leader.
Platoon Medic and FAC should only be used with a Platoon Commander online.
No more than two Support squads without a Platoon Commander online
Hammer and/or Torch should only be used if Bravo can be filled, and a Platoon Commander is online.
Vortex 1 Pilot requires zero Infantry. Vortex 1 CoPilot requires 8 infantry. Vortex 2 team requires 16 infantry.
5.6 Do not take actions which are disruptive in the base.
Firing a weapon in base
Throwing grenades or smoke grenades
Dropping chemlights, even if you think you’re helping because it’s dark at the base. Use your night vision goggles, or ask if Zeus can drop a light.
Talking above normal volume
Driving/landing vehicles near the arsenal or player spawn zones
5.7 Pilots & vehicle crews must be authorised to use CAS/Armour.
Pilots should not leave the base with CAS assets without direct orders from their direct superior.
Pilots may suggest the use of CAS during mission planning; never during active operations.
Apaches, Vipers and Tandem Planes should never be flown solo.
CAS pilots and Tank Crews should be on standby in a safe orbit over/around the AO unless instructed otherwise by command element.
Tank crews and CAS pilots must seek clearance from Command element prior to conducting strikes.
5.8 Play your role.
If not a Medic or Engineer, don’t carry explosives or massive amounts of Medical gear. If no Medic or Engineer is online, seek permission from your superior.
Use gear specific to your faction. If you’re in the field and run out of ammunition, ask permission before picking up an enemy weapon.
Don’t overdo your loadout. A 40kg Rifleman is not acceptable.
5.9 First Medic is always in charge.
The first medic on scene decides how to treat a patient. Do not apply any treatment without consent from the first medic on scene.
Do not crowd casualties. If the Medic needs help treating a casualty, he will ask.
5.10 Radios should be used for important conversation.
Please keep radio chatter to a minimum. Try not to use the radio to convey a message to someone standing next to you. When using the radio, always consider whether your message is relevant to everyone on the net.
No two squads on the same shortwave channel.
5.11 Keep vehicles in their respective areas.
Helicopters and ground vehicles may not be parked inside the spawn area.
5.12 Avoid collateral damage.
Avoid civilians casualties
Avoid needless destruction of civilian buildings and vehicles.
Unless otherwise specified by the Commanding Officer, Rules of Engagement is fire if fired upon.
6. Other Arma servers
The rules of any server we host that aren’t covered by points 1, invade and annex, and 2, enhanced, can be found in a topic provided on our forum. If you cannot find this topic, ask a member of staff for help. They will happily guide you to the right topic.
7. Other Games
7.1. Please follow the respective rule set of every game you play.
8. Administration Rules
8.1. Admins, moderators and core staff strive to ensure that as many people as possible have a pleasant experience while at AW. Please heed their advice.
8.2. The structure of AW is set up roughly as
8.2.1. Core Staff
8.2.3. Moderators (Public & Enhanced)
8.2.5. Field Ambassadors
8.3. Admins are not here to micro manage you will still need to play the game
9.1. If you have been banned and feel that the ban was unjust or unfair or simply disagree with the ban then you have the right to appeal on our forums.
9.2. Ban appeals must be posted in the appropriate section in the correct format before they will be considered.
9.3. Once banned you cannot be unbanned until a ban appeal has been posted.
9.4. Bans will not be discussed with non-relevant parties.
9.5. You must be truthful in your ban appeal if we feel that you are being untruthful or dishonest we will most likely not entertain your appeal or in the case of temporary bans may increase the time that you remain banned.
9.6. PMing or pestering admins will not help your ban appeal! Appeals will be examined at our pace so you will just have to wait.
9.7. Punishment not inclusive of bans are non-negotiable. If you have been punished due to behaviour you have no right to any perks to get you to where you were e.g. if you were zapped with lightning by Zeus in a vehicle you do not get a replacement.
9.8 My brother/cousin/dog/ goldfish did it is not a valid excuse it’s your responsibility to keep control of your accounts.