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The following are the modified rules for the Public Beta.

The Beta Rules

§1) Preface

Preface

The West ("the game") is an online browser game developed and distributed by InnoGames GmbH ("InnoGames"). The game can be used by you as a User ("player") via computers, mobile devices, consoles, access points to the Internet, virtual or real networks ("means of connections") and can be played under certain game rules ("the rules") to ensure a fair game play experience for all players. As a player of The West, you may register an account allowing you to access multiple game servers ("game worlds"). The rules are defined by InnoGames and applied by the support and moderation team of InnoGames ("the team"). By registering an account on the game, you are committed to follow the rules. The team will ensure that the terms of the rules are met by warnings and punishments ("bans"). A player that has bought premium currency will be subjected to the same rules and bans as all other players.

§2) Account Usage

Account Usage

Each player must only play one account per world. It is not allowed to disclose your password to other players, nor is it allowed to use a same known password. You are not allowed to play or look after another player’s account. An account can only be played by one player. As the game is localized in several versions, players shall always use the English language in this version, this applies, but is not limited to messages, player profiles and such. Foreign quotes and phrases may be used in contextually appropriate situations. Advertising of any kind is not allowed, this includes using any means to mass deliver messages.

Examples

Green.png It is allowed for two players to use the same means of connection, provided each player only controls the actions of his/her assigned account. every player sharing a means of connection must abide by rule §3.
Red.png It is forbidden to play for another player, even if he/she is temporarily unavailable.
Red.png It is forbidden to force or attempt entry into another player's account.
Red.png It is forbidden to log into the accounts of other players for any reason.
Red.png It is forbidden to extort or blackmail another player for login details.

§3) Sharing Means of Connection

Sharing Means of Connection

Players, knowingly, sharing an Internet connection and/or a device and operating accounts on the same world may not interact with each other within the game (be it, but not limited to dueling). It is not permitted for players sharing a means of connection to interact with the same third party (be it, but not limited to dueling) after at least 12 hours has passed between the actions.

Examples

It is allowed

Green.png To join the same Town and/or Alliance.
Green.png To participate in the same Fort Battle or Adventure.
Green.png To trade with each other.
Green.png To use the bank transfer feature to transfer in-game cash to each other.

It is forbidden

Red.png To duel each other.
Red.png To place bounties on each other.

§4) Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Players are expected to treat other players with respect and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner while playing the game.

The game is intended for all people above 12 years old, hence all type of behavior and/or content such as, but not limited to profanity, pornography, extreme politics, xenophobia, unlawful behavior and substances are prohibited.

Examples

It is allowed

Green.png To call a player a noob (novice) and similar respectful taunts.
Green.png To link suitable YouTube videos;
Green.png To link other games or platforms operated by InnoGames.

It is forbidden

Red.png To violate or harm other players physically or mentally.
Red.png To name your Town with offensive or inappropriate terms.
Red.png To glorify terrorist acts or persons.
Red.png To insult players via the in-game communication system.
Red.png To post chain letters or spam mail.
Red.png To post advertisement links and referrer-links.
Red.png To impersonate a member of the team.
Red.png To discriminate against players based on, but not limited to their origins, race, religion, creed, sex, disability, age or any relevant category.
Red.png To threaten another player in order to obtain in-game favors or premium currency.
Red.png To mask profanity with symbols.
Red.png To mask insults with figurative language.
Red.png To publish any in-game support correspondences provided by the team on a public domain.

§5) Bugs

Bugs

The game is not a final product and is in constant development and improvement, as such it is expected that errors may be encountered. Using bugs and/or exploits to your or another player's advantage is forbidden. If a bug is encountered it should be reported to the team.

Examples

Blue.png Players having too many unique items must be reported.
Blue.png Spelling mistakes do not have to be reported

§6) Bots, Scripts, Macros and Proxies

Bots, Scripts, Macros and Proxies

The game is intended to be played on "normal" browsers without the use of automated processes. Players can make use of scripts that have been published in the specific forum area and respectively allowed by the team. Until a script has been approved publicly by the team, it is considered as illegal and it’s not allowed to be used. The use of proxies and other ways of concealing the connection between player and servers is forbidden, nevertheless players in special cases may apply for an exemption.

Examples

Red.png It is prohibited to use a program that automatically queues work for a player.
Red.png The use and/or distribution of any third party installation that simulates a premium service is forbidden.

§7) Buying and Sales

Buying and Sales

It is not allowed to buy, sell, trade or gift accounts or its parts outside the game features.

Examples

It is allowed

Green.png To trade items for in-game dollars via the in-game market.
Green.png To put a bounty on another player via the wanted posters.

It is forbidden

Red.png To negotiate with other players parts of the account for premium currency such as, but not limited to items, bonds and others.
Red.png To offer or acquire services (duels and such) or benefits from other players in exchange for premium currency.

§8) Fair Play

Fair Play

The West is a game, and the moderation team are the referees. All disputes about rules breaches and ambiguous cases are the responsibility of the moderation team and all the decisions are final. Any abuse of the moderation team or support system may result in a ban of the account from the game and/or from the support system.

§9) Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

When deemed necessary, InnoGames might change parts or the sum (including delete, or edit) of accounts, worlds, configurations, and other aspects of the game, including these rules, at any time. A change will be announced in an appropriate manner.

A player is not applicable for reimbursement or a refund on premium currency and/or premium services used if they have been banned, leave the game or the account is deleted.

Version: August 2017
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