Who is Dusty? Well I can tell you I am someone who enjoys creativity in many forms, the logic of code, the turn of a good phrase, historical genres (among many) and well-rounded written plots.

Hailing from the Southern Hemisphere, you may find me online at ‘weird’ times; however, it is just my time zone coming into play and I am always around every day at some point. So if you can’t find me in the Cbox, I am always available via PM.

Together, the founders have a combined experience level of over 50 years, so you are in good hands. So draw up a chair by the log fire and stay a while or longer and immerse yourself into the world that has been created here at Heart of the West!

Howdy all! You can call me Flint or Her Royal Highness or, of course, the ever popular Magnum PI, but if you can’t remember all that, I still answer to Tens :). I started writing when I was young but it wasn’t until my college years that I discovered RP. Yeah, never looked back, haha. I adore characters and plot lines and have way too many of them, if I’m being honest, but the heart wants what the heart thinks it wants! I play mainly males, finding them to be more comfortable in my mind, but I have my odd princess and I’m always ready to play! I do some graphic work for the site, advertising, and canon writing, and I can always help any of you with app and sizing issues, so just holler!
Shooter has been writing with her fellow admins for up to five years! In 2014 she earned her degree in graphic design and now uses her skills to edit images for the site as well as design the maps for the area. Think of her as Heart of the West's personal cartographer and unqualified city planner. Fun fact; The Devil's Cradle Saloon used to be called The Blue Larkspur, this is the name of a plant as well as a race horse, a sport Shooter follows closely. Blue Larkspur raced for a stable called Idle Hour, which is the name of the hotel in Woodhurst. Every place on the maps has its own story!
Indy arrived at HOTW to assist in written aspects of the site as well as moral support and has been role-playing for a decade now. In the past she has written in such genres as fandom, historic, and fantasy. She has a bachelor's degree in history and is currently a high school world geography teacher.

Outside of writing, she enjoys video games and long walks on the beach. ...Not really. She hates the ocean.

Blue came over to the HoTW to assist with coding and general admin duties. During weekdays there is always an excellent chance that she is lurking about the site as work gives her the flexibility to do so. So if you are about, swing on into the cbox and say hello!

Additionally, Blue is one of those weird math and science people who also enjoys writing, and she has been writing for over ten years. She loves good plotting, character development, and is always a sucker for a happy ending.

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Here we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for you all in the event you get befuddled about one thing or another. If you do not see your question here feel free to PM an admin or post it in the Cbox if an admin is around, we all have bolded names in the box and can be spotted pretty easily. If enough people ask the same question, it will be added to this list.

• What year/season/month is it?
o Our current year is displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the banner! We play a whole year at a time on HotW, so your post can take place during any month of the posted year!

• Does my face claim have to be period correct?
o No! If your play-by is an actor or actress that has never appeared in a western that is perfectly okay! Please use an image that is clothed appropriately. e.g no swimsuits etc

• Do I have to use a real person for my playby?
o Nope! However, if you are using art instead of an actor or actress, we ask that you only use art you have created yourself.

• Can I take a character from a Book, Movie, TV show, Music Video or some other already publish medium and just use the same details here but just change the name?
o No, that is called plagiarism and it will not be tolerated. Anything that is suspected to have been plagiarised will be asked to be changed and/or automatically denied.

• Then can I use a book etc character as inspiration if I change most if not all of the details of their history and personality?
o Yes. As long as the character has been altered sufficiently to become original to you. The Admins reserve the right to decide if this is the case.

• What member group should I pick for my character?
o That's up to you! If your character could fall into two or more categories, simply pick the one you think suits them the best! The current list of Member Groups is found HERE Be sure to read it before adding one to your application.

• Is there a word count?
o There is not! We do ask that you avoid posting one-liners, however. A general rule of thumb is a few lines for reflection, a few lines for responding to the post before and a few lines of new content. Some players like to write long posts and others much shorter ones. Just give the person you are writing with something to reply to is the best advice.

• Do I need to edit my app and posts before submitting them?
o Please do! Editing should be a rule of thumb when writing anything for the reading enjoyment of others. Overuse of the same word, spelling errors and a lack of punctuation generally cause a less than smooth reading experience.
NB. Please be aware that not all errors will be highlighted in a spellchecker, words like: there, their, and they're may be spelt correctly but not always used in the right place or context. All we ask is that you do your best and make an effort to edit.

• My username is incorrect, or I want to change it. How do I do that?
o Simply notify an admin, and they can make the change for you! Or you can apply for a name change through the settings area of your account.

• Should I register with an OOC account?
o Absolutely! This will be the account the admins and other players will use to contact you.You can link it to your character account/s in the settings area of your account. This is not the account to register your character app; a new account needs to be made for each character you wish to bring into the game.

• Who should I notify about site glitches?
o Send a PM to Dusty! She will get it fixed as quickly as she is able; although, we cannot provide support for Internet Explorer issues. The site works best on Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari

• What exactly is Godmodding?
o Godmodding is assuming and playing out the actions of any Playing character or owned NPC or Canon without the permission of either the writer of that character or the admins (in the case of unclaimed canons or NPCs.) Be aware that active members often own businesses in the townships with Playing Characters, thus stating your character was ignored or dealt with in a rude manner, is implying the PC was the one ignoring or being rude. This is Godmodding. If you are thinking about using a random NPC, please ask first.

• I’ve been having some issues with another player. How do I handle it?
o Let a staff member know immediately. Be sure to tell us what the problem is so we can handle it appropriately.

• Can I jump into any posted thread?
o If a thread is posted as ‘OPEN’, you may add your character to it. If a thread is closed, you must ask the players involved.

• I want to write a thread that goes beyond the 222 rating. Where should I put it?
o Due to the Jcink Free Site ToS, anything that is listed in their terms of Mature is not permitted to be on this site. As per The Rules: Mature Content

• Do I need to fill out the info in my Avatar? And where do I do that?
o Yes, you do. In the account settings, there is "Edit profile Info" on the left-hand side menu. Scroll down and fill in the Application Link, Character Age, Alias, Tracker Link, Gif (110x110 image of your character's face that may be animated or still - If you need to resize an animation we recommend Occupation and Romantic Partner (if the have one).

• Why are my accounts Inactive and my character/s archived?
o You have been away from the game for 30 days or more without notifying an Admin via PM or the AWAY NOTE forum. We have had to do this because it is unfair to new players who try to plot with your character with no response or to expect players you have been threading with to put their character on hold until you remember to come back to the game.

• Can I get my accounts and character/s reinstated?
o The admins may be contacted via PM, and reinstatement will be considered on a case by case basis. We understand that stuff happens; however, we also need to protect our active players from the unfortunate reality of Serial Flakers.
o IF your accounts are reinstated after a lengthy unexplained absence, it is up to you to PM those you were threading with to see if they wish to continue. Regardless, you are expected to re-request all your claims and post in an IC thread within seven days of your reactivation.

Last Updated: Dec 12th 2016

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