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Zero-Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment

The Issue

TAG has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and sexualized play for all games posted on the TAG calendar.

This means:


  • Game content must be consistent with a movie rating not higher than PG-13 (14A)
  • All TAG games must include the use of an “X” card
  • Any games posted on TAG must not have explicit sexual content
  • Rape and themes of sexual abuse or explicit sexual activity are specifically not allowed
  • Game elements that include themes of “seduction” or “romance” MUST be PG-13 (14A) and must have the explicit approval of all players and the GM before proceeding
  • Any member who makes sexual advances on another member in or out of character will be removed from the membership immediately
  • Threats of bodily harm or sexual assault will be immediately reported to the police


Member responsibilities:


  • If you feel a player (or GM) is violating this policy stop the game immediately to discuss.
  • Send any incident that you feel violates this policy to any of the assistant organizers or to tagappeal@gmail.com
  • Do NOT as a GM or as players in a public TAG game waive this policy
  • Do not be the player who wants to “do the wenches”
  • If you have the player who wants to “do the wenches” in your group, stop the game, reference the policy, and report it to TAG.


GM / HOST responsibilities

Although you may not be a TAG organizer TAG depends on our GMs and hosts to be the front lines in enforcing this policy.


  • All TAG role playing games MUST include an “X” card. Ensure all players know how this works.
  • Stop any game where a player brings in sexual content. Discuss the policy out of character and resume or cancel the game as you see fit.
  • Report any violation of this policy to TAG assistant organizers or tagappeal@gmail.com


The “X” Card, What is it?

The “X” card can be any card or token. It is placed in the middle of the table prior to the game beginning. If at any time a player feels uncomfortable with content that is introduced into the game by the GM or by another player they may tap the “X” card to veto that content.

Examples:

Randy taps the “X” card when the GM introduces the big bad boss and their name is “Pat". Randy says the name Pat is a trigger for them and they'd appreciate having the name changed. Randy has no obligation to explain further to the table. The GM should at this point simply change the name and move on.

Charlie taps the “X” card when another player strikes them with a curse of ‘covered in spiders’. Charlie says that they have a major phobia of spiders and would appreciate it if the curse was changed. The GM and other players can brain storm out of character what an equally useful curse would be for the narrative and then resume the game.


The above examples may seem silly. Maybe someone Randy was close with named Pat just died. Maybe Charlie is back from a tour in Afghanistan where they developed severe PTSD that has something to do with spiders. The point is we don’t need to know what the reasons are, we do need to make everyone feel included and safe.

Tips for the GM:
It’s a great idea for you to not only tell players about the “X” card before play, but to also demonstrate it in play. Do use it for a seemingly trivial element so that others feel free to use it when they do need it.

Edit: Difference between a policy and rules

Edit: Include the Canadian rating of 14A

Edit: non-gender specific pronouns in the policy.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Zero-Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment March 21, 2016 7:48 PM Sara M
MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES October 1, 2014 11:05 AM Toronto Area G.
Sponsorships and Promotions: Help Support TAG September 29, 2014 12:01 AM Alexander
About The Toronto Area Gamers (TAG) September 25, 2014 3:26 PM Toronto Area G.

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