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As you may already know, Dual Universe will be different from many MMORPGs due to its Sandbox aspect.

One of the particularities is to make the evolution of the storyline directly tied to what happens in-game. This might include the integration of fan fictions in the official storyline. However, it won't be possible to make it happen without a few rules that will preserve consistency and equity among players.

 

Of course, it's totally possible to write a Fan Fiction without strictly following the official lore.

In that case, keep in mind a few things:

- You cant' use Dual Universe nor Novaquark in the tittle of your fan fiction.

- You must put the tag [Non-Canon] in the title of the Fan Fiction

- You must put the tag [Fan Fiction]  in the title if you publish the text anywhere else than the official forum.

- Do not expect to see the Fan Fiction integrated to the official storyline.

- Expect many players to ignore it in their roleplay, as for keeping consistency when roleplaying with each other, it's only natural that players aim to have the same lore references.

 

Now about the necessary rules to follow if you want to see your fan fiction integrated in the official storyline:

 

- Please read the official storyline first.

- The fan fiction should be compatible with what is known from the Dual Universe backstory so far. Nothing in the fan fiction should be contradictory with what has already been published. Note: an important Lore update is planned for Tuesday 15th of November 2016. This might give you answers to a lot of questions you migh have until now. It's highly recommanded to not set into stone what you have imagined for your fan fiction before having read this update, if you aim to see the fan fiction integrated.

- The content of the fan fiction must not include content from another game of fiction universe.

- The fan fiction should not give any status advantages on specific Player Characters over others. Example: a Player Character involved in a fan fiction can't become the captain of an Arkship or the Prime Minister of a country prior to the Arkship Launch, just because the author of the fan fiction has decided this. 

- No alien creature should be involved.

- Physical violence should be limited (No gore or similar things). 

- Verbal violence and cursing is tolerated but must stay limited.

- Explicit sexual content isn't allowed.

- Hate speeches toward real people, real ethnic groups, real religions isn't allowed.

- Real politics proganda isn't allowed.

- If the fan fiction is integrated to the official lore, you accept to transfer to Novaquark the right of using the fan fiction content for promotional purpose of the game, without expecting any additional reward or financial compensation in return. 

- Ultimately, Novaquark staff reserves the right to validate or not a fan fiction in the official storyline. That being said, we will try our best to integrate as many as possible, and will help writers in this direction if they ask for help.

 

Of course, we remain open to the community feedback and suggestions to improve these guidelines! :)

These guidelines will be updated on Tuesday, 15th of November 2016.

 

Best regards,

The Novaquark Team.

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Now about the necessary rules to follow if you want to see your fan fiction integrated in the official storyline:
 
- Please read the official storyline first.
- The fan fiction should be compatible with what is known from the Dual Universe backstory so far. Nothing in the fan fiction should be contradictory with what has already been published. Note: an important Lore update is planned for Tuesday 15th of November 2016. This might give you answers to a lot of questions you migh have until now. It's highly recommanded to not set into stone what you have imagined for your fan fiction before having read this update, if you aim to see the fan fiction integrated.
- The content of the fan fiction must not include content from another game of fiction universe.
- The fan fiction should not give any status advantages on specific Player Characters over others. Example: a Player Character involved in a fan fiction can't become the captain of an Arkship or the Prime Minister of a country prior to the Arkship Launch, just because the author of the fan fiction has decided this. 
- No alien creature should be involved.
- Physical violence should be limited (No gore or similar things). 
- Verbal violence and cursing is tolerated but must stay limited.
- Explicit sexual content isn't allowed.
- Hate speeches toward real people, real ethnic groups, real religions isn't allowed.
- Real politics proganda isn't allowed.
- If the fan fiction is integrated to the official lore, you accept to transfer to Novaquark the right of using the fan fiction content for promotional purpose of the game, without expecting any additional reward or financial compensation in return. 
- Ultimately, Novaquark staff reserves the right to validate or not a fan fiction in the official storyline. That being said, we will try our best to integrate as many as possible, and will help writers in this direction if they ask for help.

Does this mean that fan fiction violating these rules will get taken down and permamently removed or will it just not be integrated into official lore

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Really confusing.

We have to put a Fan Fiction tag in the Fan-Fiction only area?

 

Putting the [Fan Fiction] tag is only necessary in the case you post your text outside the forum (for example: on a devblog), to avoid generating confusion, and separating it clearly from official lore. This has been clarified in the post above.

 

Best regards,

Nyzaltar.

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Does this mean that fan fiction violating these rules will get taken down and permamently removed or will it just not be integrated into official lore

 

No, that means that not following these rules will prevent a text to be integrated in the official lore.

However, if the rules violated are also mentioned in the forum chart, then yes, it could lead to the text removal and possible sanctions (we hope it won't be necessary to go that far).

 

Best regards,

Nyzaltar.

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As you may already know, Dual Universe will be different from many MMORPGs due to its Sandbox aspect.
One of the particularities is to make the evolution of the storyline directly tied to what happens in-game. This might include the integration of fan fictions in the official storyline. However, it won't be possible to make it happen without a few rules that will preserve consistency and equity among players.
 
Of course, it's totally possible to write a Fan Fiction without strictly following the official lore.
In that case, keep in mind a few things:
- You cant' use Dual Universe nor Novaquark in the tittle of your fan fiction.
- You must put the tag [Non-Canon] in the title of the Fan Fiction
- You must put the tag [Fan Fiction]  in the title if you publish the text anywhere else than the official forum.
- Do not expect to see the Fan Fiction integrated to the official storyline.
- Expect many players to ignore it in their roleplay, as for keeping consistency when roleplaying with each other, it's only natural that players aim to have the same lore references.
 
Now about the necessary rules to follow if you want to see your fan fiction integrated in the official storyline:
 
- Please read the official storyline first.
- The fan fiction should be compatible with what is known from the Dual Universe backstory so far. Nothing in the fan fiction should be contradictory with what has already been published. Note: an important Lore update is planned for Tuesday 15th of November 2016. This might give you answers to a lot of questions you migh have until now. It's highly recommanded to not set into stone what you have imagined for your fan fiction before having read this update, if you aim to see the fan fiction integrated.
- The content of the fan fiction must not include content from another game of fiction universe.
- The fan fiction should not give any status advantages on specific Player Characters over others. Example: a Player Character involved in a fan fiction can't become the captain of an Arkship or the Prime Minister of a country prior to the Arkship Launch, just because the author of the fan fiction has decided this. 
- No alien creature should be involved.
- Physical violence should be limited (No gore or similar things). 
- Verbal violence and cursing is tolerated but must stay limited.
- Explicit sexual content isn't allowed.
- Hate speeches toward real people, real ethnic groups, real religions isn't allowed.
- Real politics proganda isn't allowed.
- If the fan fiction is integrated to the official lore, you accept to transfer to Novaquark the right of using the fan fiction content for promotional purpose of the game, without expecting any additional reward or financial compensation in return. 
- Ultimately, Novaquark staff reserves the right to validate or not a fan fiction in the official storyline. That being said, we will try our best to integrate as many as possible, and will help writers in this direction if they ask for help.
 
Of course, we remain open to the community feedback and suggestions to improve these guidelines! :)
These guidelines will be updated on Tuesday, 15th of November 2016.
 
Best regards,
The Novaquark Team.

 

No Aliens ok, but I assume AI is ok? In those back story articles in the Dev blog site there was an AI that awoke and greeted Ark ship passengers. Can we write in some kind HuD or suit based AI that we have contact with outside the Ark?

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A wonderful day to you, NQ-Nyzaltar. 

 

I have a question to ask: 

 

Who retains the rights and ownership of the backstories that are integrated into the Dual Universe lore? The authors or Novaquark? 

 

Say, a certain someone writes fanfiction with elements or characters from a book he/she is currently developing. Should that book be used for commercial purposes (taking into account that some of the characters are integrated into the Dual Universe) would it be necessary to pay royalties to the Novaquark Team or Dual Universe? 

 

Thank you and have a wonderful day. 

 

 

--Thank you: the question has been answered in the Novawrimo topic.

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