RDR Rules


Community Rules

Rules are subject to change with the needs of the community, and announcements will be made in Discord to call out changes. It’s the responsibility of players to stay up to date on the rules.


1. No win-only mentalities. Counter play is necessary to successful roleplay.

2. Role Play Before Bloodshed: No Random Death Matching (RDM) or Kill on Sight (KOS). All conflict must be initiated verbally or with an abundance of story lead-up within close proximity of the conflict. The target of conflict attack must be able to recognize they’re being threatened with harm, why and by whom before they’re injured.

3. Metagaming is prohibited.

    • You are not your character; do not act on or disclose information your character didn’t gain on-server.

4. Power gaming is prohibited.

    • Roleplay that does not give other players the opportunity to roleplay their character’s own actions is considered power gaming (e.g., using the /me command to force an outcome: /me knocks them out with the butt of a gun instead of /me hits your temple with the butt of a gun ).

5. Stream sniping is prohibited.

    • Presence in a streamer’s chat while on the server will be assumed as evidence of stream sniping if there is a complaint submitted.

6. RP that violates the Twitch Terms of Service (ToS) and Twitch Community Guidelines is prohibited.

7. Players and their characters must be 18 years or older.

8. Players must have English fluency enough to easily understand and be understood.

9. You must have your Steam account linked to your Discord, in the event that admins need to find you on the allowlist.

    • In the event that you don’t feel comfortable showing your steam account then please make sure your name is your steam name on your application.

10. Your Discord name must be formatted as follows: DiscordName | Character Name(s)

    • Your Discord name must match the name used during the application.
    • If your Discord name and character name are the same, you must still list both.
    • If you have multiple characters, you can list first, last, or nickname only (whichever they more commonly go by).

11. Admin actions via Discord must be given priority.

    • If an admin contacts you to discuss a timeout, the ban will not be lifted (regardless of its initial duration) until you have spoken to the admin. If an admin contacts you to discuss a rule break and you do not acknowledge the message with a response, you may be timed out until you do so.

12. Be respectful of other players in the community; personal insults or attacks outside of roleplay are strictly prohibited.

    • Speaking poorly of others on stream, in chats or elsewhere will not be tolerated. If you have a concern that someone broke a community or on-server rule, submit a report.
    • Any player caught harassing or bullying another player on the server, or outside of the server but in relation to their presence on the server, will be permanently removed and barred from the current and any future allowlist.

13. Voice Communication:

    • Players must have a good quality and functioning microphone and headset for VoIP RP.
    • Players or characters who are mute may use /mu or /me tools for roleplay (See also Getting Started).
    • You must not use external communication to communicate with other players while on the server.
    • Any music played on the server must be DMCA compliant.

14. Make use of the appropriate tools and #channels to report issues or request support.

    • If you need to DM another community member for any reason, you should ask and receive permission first in a public channel.

15. Glitching/Exploiting is prohibited.

    • Use of game mechanics (intended or otherwise) to gain an unfair advantage is considered exploiting (e.g., using known bugs or using game features in inappropriate and unintended ways).
    • Logging out during conflict (“combat-logging”) is prohibited.

16. Players must be in character (IC) at all times on-server. This includes communication and actions.

    • IC conflict is to be resolved IC. If rule-related concerns arise, players are expected to remain IC to the conclusion of the scene, and file a player report.

17. Content Restrictions:

    • Extreme Violence: OOC consent must be obtained through Discord between all parties before torture/mutilation RP. Descriptions (verbal or /me) cannot be overly descriptive or gruesome.
    • Prohibited Topics: Roleplay and references to the following topics, both verbal and written, are absolutely not permitted by TwitchRP or allowed on any of its servers, Discord, or other hosted services and may result in a permanent community ban:
      • Racism or Sexism
      • Suicide or self-harm
      • Children/Pregnancy roleplay
      • Erotic Role Play (ERP), especially anything actually or inferred to be non-consensual
      • Slavery roleplay
      • Depiction of murder via hanging (including references in scenes or /me)
      • No hate speech, slurs, or portrayals of hate crimes

18. Discord Rules:

    • You must follow Discord’s ToS
    • Advertising of any sort will not be tolerated unless given explicit permission from an admin.
    • Do not spam the bot. He has feelings too, ya know.
    • Offensive/NSFW names and avatars are not allowed and will result in a warning.
    • Staff have the final say in what is allowed. They have the right to remove posts as they see fit.

Server Rules

The Server Rules below are specific to the RDR2 server, in addition to the Community Rules.

1. Sniping (scoped long arms or bows used from stealth or extreme distance) may not be used in PVP.

2.You must value your life, freedom, and the lives of others (including NPCs) by taking risks appropriate for your character and role playing authentic consequences. This ain’t your average NVL rule folks! Taking a high risk action must result in reciprocally high consequences should you fail.

3. Group size is limited to 6 collaborating characters in a given scenario. A scenario is defined either as a scene where conflict is likely, or where a group is working together to obtain a shared, economic objective.

    • If a larger-than-6 group is organizing a social event, the group should designate 6 members of the group to be prepared to guard if unexpected conflict occurs.

4. Groups with more than 6 members must notify staff and enter in a Super Group agreement by filing a #character-request ticket in Discord.

5. Character conduct and server aesthetic is Lore Friendly and Realistic. 

    • Our expectation is that at all times, players are mindful of game and community rules, the lore and setting in which their character exists (RDR2 in 1899), and their impact on the RP happening around them. 

6. Players must play original characters.

    • Players may not play a character affiliated with an RDR2 organization, location, or character with the intention of receiving an in-game benefit (e.g., playing a character with the last name Braithwaite does not entitle the character to Braithwaite manor without purchase).
    • Players may not play active members of the military. Veterans are acceptable.
    • Characters who were played on other servers are blank slates.
    • See also Rule Set: Special Characters.

7. /me and Scenes must be used to facilitate and enable Role Play.

    • When committing a crime, where there are no witnesses or no witnesses left alive (e.g., NPCs or the victim has chosen to perma), scenes must be placed as evidence to allow counterplay.
    • Emojis or smiley faces, etc., in place of descriptive sentences are not acceptable in /me (e.g., ‘/me winks’ is correct. ‘/me ;)’ is not).

8. Hostage taking as a method of manipulating Law Characters to release a prisoner is not allowed.

9. You are not allowed to play a serial killer without a serial killer agreement. This is to assure you have the support you need from the admin team to accomplish your story.

    • Serial Killer Requests are at max capacity. A Discord announcement will be made when we’re prepared to accept more applications.

10. Permanent death isn’t required for any reason and is the sole decision of the character’s player.

    • See also Rule Set: Losing Consciousness and Incapacitation.


  • If you’re downed but aren’t in active conflict (e.g., kicked by a horse, falling damage), you are incapacitated. 
  • You may speak and choose to retain your memory. 
  • You may respawn in place or at the nearest doctor.
  • If you are downed during an active player-to-player conflict, you are unconscious. You may remember everything up until you lose consciousness, but remember nothing until you revive (wake up/F). While unconscious, you may make utterances, but cannot remember the details or subject of any conversations.
  • If downed due to law enforcement action, you must submit to detainment on scene.
  • You may not re-engage another player, who has been downed, into conflict.
  • If you revive/wake up during active PVP; you may only seek medical aid, hide, or flee the scene. 
    • You may choose to remain downed until other characters provide assistance.
    • You may not respawn at the doctor.


  • Characters who are indigenous must identify as or play as part of a fictionalized tribe rather than portraying a member of an existing nation (e.g., Cherokee, Apache, etc.). Native stories and identities are woefully under-represented in the media in accurate, respectful ways, and as such, we do not wish anyone’s portrayal of indigenous characters on this server to further mis-represent.
    • Further, we want to prevent “RP-checking” that may occur, and give players the freedom to make authentic roleplay decisions based on their character and the moment without feeling bound by the responsibility of portraying a representative of an existing tribe.
  • Tribal names and customs may be inspired by existing tribes, but should be fictionalized. As an example, the RDR2 Wapiti nation’s name is an anglicized spelling of the Shawnee and Cree nations’ word for elk.
  • Indigenous characters can request special items, such as tipis, via filing a support ticket.
  • Characters may have the appearance of being ‘supernatural’ but may not actually be supernatural, and a rational explanation must be discoverable by other players.
    • Characters appearing to be vampires, aliens, ghosts, or time travelers are not allowed.


  • Purchased homes may restrict access and be defended up to 15 paces from the exterior walls or to the fence line if one exists.
  • Rentals such as hotel rooms, Pronghorn Ranch, and Manzanita post are not purchased properties.
  • Restricted access does not prohibit law from investigating crimes that may have taken place on the property.
  • You may have your character squat on a property. This is not a legal claim, and others may also squat.
  • An individual cannot claim territory. However, if your group wishes to claim territory (e.g., a gang’s turf) then the following steps must be taken:
    • Your group must have an active Super Group agreement (see Rule Set: Super Group and Special Characters).
    • Your territory cannot block access to server mechanics (e.g., hotels, stores, stables, etc.) or other areas on the map, nor be chosen with the intention of making access to those mechanics difficult.
  • Ownership: Business properties are more stringently monitored for activity. Business ownership should drive roleplay.  Business ownership is a responsibility.
    • A business property may be taken from the owner and put back on the market if it’s not being utilized as a business or is not available to drive roleplay even if the owner character is active. 
  • Management or Employment: Business properties that are not purchasable, including businesses which contain server mechanics (e.g., hotels, shops, stables, etc.) may be used:
    • These spaces are assumed to be rented from the NPC owners, or as applicable from the local Sheriff.
    • ‘Renters’ may not bar anyone else from also renting that location or bar customers from using the space.


Q: What if I break a rule?
A: It happens! And most of the time, it’s accidental 🙂 Community Managers (CMs) will open a private Discord ticket with you to let you know the rule(s) broken. Depending on the impact the rule-break had on RP, whether it’s a recurring issue, and the number of rule breaks over a 90 day timespan, CMs will also inform you if you’re receiving feedback, a warning, or a suspension.

Q: How do CMs know I’ve broken a rule?
A: CMs have multiple data points available to investigate, and will review everything available before making a determination. These include player activity logs from the server, Twitch vods/clips, screen recordings, screenshots, and statements from involved players.

Q: What happens when I file a player report? 
A: All player reports are private, viewable only by the CM team, and are confidential (meaning that staff will not disclose to anyone that you filed anything). Reports involving harassment, racism, and other community safety concerns, are given priority and managed by the TRP Owners. You’ll be notified when the CM team begins their investigation, and informed of their findings before the ticket is closed.

Q: Why do some players get permanently banned?
A: TRP’s goal is to create a safe, inclusive community. When Admin investigation identifies safety concerns like harassment or racism, or when we’ve documented extreme and/or ongoing disruptions to roleplay, we will sever ties in order to prevent further community harm.