Group Rules

TGDA is a not-for-profit Association with the aim to advocate and facilitate Australian tabletop game design, development and commercialisation.

Our website and Facebook group is for the TGDA Community, the people in the Industry doing what they can to create great games. Here we want to see discussion on the games you are developing or designing, the struggles, challenges and indeed the successes you have made.

TGDA is about learning from each other as well as getting to know each other and help grow the Industry as a whole.

We are firm believers that there is enough opportunity for all to succeed, together we can do anything.

Like any organisation, we must have guidelines in place to help stick to our values. We have outlined these below.

BE NICE TO PEOPLE

You learned about this in kindergarten. It’s important – if you wouldn’t like it said to you, please think twice before saying it.

KEEP IT CLEAN

If you must post something relevant to TGDA that is NSFW, please tag it with NSFW and make sure that the actual NSFW stuff is in a comment NOT in the main post. Please note anything that breaches our RACISM, SEXISM, BIGOTRY rule below will be removed by admins.

MORE IS BETTER

The more we share the more we learn. Feel free to share any, and all experiences of Tabletop Game Design here in the group. This helps our community grow and lets everyone get to know each other. Be open to new things, listen to one another and remember, new ideas create new and better games.

RACISM, SEXISM, BIGOTRY

These have no business on this page. Please treat all members with respect and try to use inclusive pronouns such as ‘fellow designers’ ‘TGDAers’ and ‘team’. There is a brave new world out there and it is up to us to lead the way in making it a better place for everyone in it.

If someone tells you that you are being offensive, listen to what they have to say. We can all learn something.

If you find something is racist or sexist and you are calling out that behaviour please remember the term or words are the issue, not the person.

For example “What you said was sexist” – play the issue not the person.

DEBATE

When debating something please avoid:

  • Rudeness
  • Ad hominem attacks, especially name calling
  • Extreme expressions of anger
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
HARASSMENT

Harassment of any kind, including impersonating people, spreading rumours, exposing private information, contacting someone after they have asked you to stop, or any other kind of personal attack will not be tolerated.

PROMOTION

All active members of the TGDA are permitted to make infrequent (around once per month) promotional posts publicising kickstarters, competitions, podcasts etc.

Patreon supporters can also take advantage of the TGDA group banner, please contact one of the admins for more info.

New members please be active in the group for at least a month before making promotional posts.

THE OBVIOUS STUFF

TGDA members ranges from the hobbyists, turning that fun after work endeavour into something more, through to professionals. Including all inbetween. We all have different budgets, out comes, desires and objectives for being in this Group. That being said we must be aware that many of our members make their living from games or game related industries. To that end we ask that you keep in mind the following:

  • No Trolling
  • No asking for free stuff / undercutting hard work
  • No illegal activities
  • No collecting private information
  • No breaching of copyright or intellectual rights
RESOLUTION

If you experience something that you think contravenes these Guidelines please let the Admins know.

If you are comfortable, please discuss with the other party, this could be via a comment or a PM.

If you are not comfortable or feel the issue has gone too far please report the post/comment using Facebook’s report function or PM an Admin with a link to the post/comment and details of your issue. Admins will get back to both parties.

Please don’t suggest that people “just block other users”, this doesn’t deal with the problem of harassment.

If you are involved with an issue the Admins will attempt to find a suitable resolution for all parties (eg. asking you to edit your post), in many instances it can be caused by a lack of understanding or knowledge. Take any complaint as an opportunity to learn more about other people.

If a resolution can’t be achieved, admins reserve the right to delete posts, temporarily silence members and if the worst case ban members.

Reviewed May 2018