For the most part, I really don't want to impose a great too many rules. However, there are a few rules, and in all honesty I don't think they're too many or in any way unreasonable, so please abide by them. I'm not asking for much here.
» rule the first
All standard Rules of Nice apply here. You may not always agree with people, but that does not give you the right to act like a jerk in response and get drama started. If you have a problem with someone, either message me, or try to work it out with the person, or, you know, just walking away from a situation can sometimes be the best thing you can do. So please, just keep the drama to a minimum. On that note...
» rule the second
NO BASHING. Not of characters, Pokémon, games, or full generations. Always remember that you're least favorite is someone else's favorite, so be nice. This isn't to say discussions aren't allowed, or that negative feelings can't be expressed, but there's being civil about things you don't care for and then there's outright bashing. If you're having trouble figuring out where to draw the line on that, feel free to message me about it.
» rule the third
It should sort of go without saying that this, being a community specifically for the video games, should only contain video game characters and canon. As such, we should not be seeing Ash here. We should not have Green characterized like he is in Pokémon Special. Characters should be from the games and should be characterized as they are in the games. On that note, of course we have the problem that the main player characters are silent protagonists, with no set personality. As such, you more or less have free range over how you want to characterize them. You can really do what you want, but I am going to ask that you be consistent about it, and do not act as if your characterization is fact. It isn't don't pretend that it is. Also, one last thing on that: all of the player characters (at least in the main game series) do in fact have official names, and all of the rivals have either official or at least default names. Use them. Please. Even if you want to characterize the player character as if it were you. However, while it's preferred that you use the official/default names, if there's some reason why you wouldn't, like having two versions of the same character in one fic, you can use another name for one of them as long as it's clear, either in the fic or preferably in the author's notes/character list, who it's supposed to be.
» rule the fourth
All fics containing adult content must be properly labeled and locked. Additionally, all characters, especially the main characters, must be presented as being 18 years of age if they are featured in adult fic. There will be no exceptions to this rule, and if you break it, you will be banned without question. The end. You are permitted to state in your author's notes that the characters are represented as being of age instead of trying to awkwardly slip it into the actual fic, but keep in mind that there are ways to indicate their age in-fic without outright saying it. Switching out 'the kid' or 'the boy' for 'the young man' would help greatly, since if you state in your notes that all characters are of age, but they are still referred to as if they were young kids, you will get a warning.
» rule the fifth
While this community is primarily for fanfiction, we're not closed to other things. Game-based fanart and game based discussions (of a meta nature, mind you, not a news nature, don't post here telling everyone the latest Gen V Pokémon has been revealed) are perfectly allowed. If you're a bit hazy about whether what you want to post here would be allowed, feel free to message me about it.
» rule the sixth
Tags are your best friend. Here is the tag index.
» rule the seventh
Please use the proper posting format provided below for posting fic!
All fic, including drabbles, should be put behind an LJ-cut.
And really that's it for now. If other things come up over time, I can fix these rules up no problem, but for the time being I think this'll do. If you have any questions, or feel there's something I've missed or overlooked, leave a comment here or feel free to message me about it.