On Discord a handful of us put together a proposal for a time and aging system to be used on the site. I've compiled what we've come up with into a guide.Contents
.Aging (Kits and Apprentices)
.Implementing this systemCalendar
Time will run on a 2x system. That is, time on the site is twice as fast as time in real life.
For example, 2 IRL months = 1 site month. A season would last for six IRL weeks.
Under this system, the site calendar would look like this:
- Newleaf: January 1 to Febuary 15
- Greenleaf: Febuary 16 to March 31
- Leaffall: April 1 to May 15
- Leafbare: May 16 to June 30
- Newleaf: July 1 to August 15
- Greenleaf: August 16 to September 30
- Leaffall: October 1 to November 15
- Leafbare: November 16 to December 31
and repeat.AgingIn General
Aging will be mandatory to keep the game flowing and make sure everyone is consistent. As such, every character must have a birth season.
age their characters at least once per site-year. For example, Foxtail was born in newleaf. Therefore, every time the site starts newleaf, I MUST age him by one year.
If desired, players may also age their characters on smaller increments, such as every moon or every three moons. For example, if Foxtail turned one year old this newleaf, I may update his profile in greenleaf so he is one year and three months or 15 moons.Kits and Apprentices
Because kits and apprentices are under a year old, they must be aged more often than older characters.
They should age either every moon or every three moons.
Kits become apprentices at six moons (3 IRL months). Apprentices become warriors at twelve moons (again, 3 IRL months).PregnancyPregnancies will last two moons
, or one IRL month. All pregnancies will last the same amount of time unless otherwise approved by staff.Time Skips
Time skips are generally discouraged but may be allowed with reason and staff approval.Pregnancies may not be skipped.
They must be played out in full in all cases, with the exception of staff-approved IC early delivery.The entirety of being a kit or apprentice may not be skipped.
At least one moon of each stage must be played out before a skip can be considered.
If skipping time, all of that character's littermates must also age for the sake of consistency. Therefore, the approval of those character's players is necessary.Implementing this System
If we were to implement this system today, the site should be in leafbare. To counter this, we propose that aging be put on a temporary pause until July 1
, when the next newleaf should begin. In the mean time, we will treat the site as if it is meant to be newleaf. This way, the current IC story is not lost due to suddenly being in leafbare when we've been playing newleaf this whole time.
During the pause, players will have time to assign birth seasons to their characters and set their ages appropriately. They will also have time to be informed about this system and how it will work; there will be plenty of time to learn and adapt.
If player wishes to age their character during this pause, they may do so with staff approval.
On July 1, time will resume, and all rules begin to be enforced.
If there are any questions or suggestions about this proposed system, please feel free to post. Otherwise, we look forward to the opinions of staff and other members.