Rules For Lawmen


"It’s none of my business, “Wyatt admitted, “but if it was, I’d get me a gun, and arrest Bill Thompson or kill him.” Brock Jack erred. “Don’t pay attention to that kid, Jim, “he interrupted. But Miller was desperate. “You’re fired, Norton,“ he said. “You too, Morco.” The mayor snatched the marshal’s badge from Brocky Jack’s shirt front. As soon as I can find Brown, and Crawford, I’ll fire them.“ He turned to Wyatt Earp. “I’ll make this your business. You’re marshal of Ellsworth. Here’s your badge. Go into Beebe’s and get some guns. I order you to arrest Ben Thompson". The Life and Times of Wyatt Earp by Stuart N. Lake

So you want to be a lawman. A sheriff, marshal, lawdog, police, fuzz, Five Oh, Book ‘em Dano, officer of the law, and so on and so forth. Being a lawman on Cimarron MUSH is a fairly unique position. Anyone that has watched many westerns knows that lawmen in the Old West mythos are iconic figures. Wyatt Earp, Matt Dillon, Seth Bullock, Rooster Cogburn, the list can go on and on. The story is the same however. They stand up at high noon and face the bad guys down. In a game like this one the role of lawman can have a huge impact on the grid as a whole.

There are several reasons the role of lawman is somewhat restricted on Cimarron. These are just a few of them.

Respect my Authoritah!! Eric Cartman, Southpark

The position is one of authority. Just like Cartman with his baton, and reflecto shades, there is a natural tendency in some players to beat on anyone icly that doesn’t agree with the new lawman. A player in a lawmen role has to weigh their actions a little more carefully than a regular player would. You can’t throw that character in jail just because he owes you money. You’re not supposed to like some characters. That’s the nature of role play, but the players still need to feel they are being treated fairly.

Father Janovich: Why didn't you call the police?
Walt Kowalski: Well you know, I prayed for them to come but nobody answered.
Gran Torino

To be a lawman a player must connect on a regular basis. They will have to know what is going on IC-wise on the grid, and be familiar with most of the character that run around town. It won’t do any good to set up a character as a sheriff, or deputy if they don’t connect on a regular basis. We know that having your character available at all times is a stretch, but they would be plot wise, and need to be played accordingly.

"God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal"

Some players have preferences about the style, and quality of RP they take part in. Sheriff’s and Deputies in town don’t have the luxury of picking and choosing who they scene with. Just like the public servants their characters portray, the players that take on these roles have to play with all comers, regardless if they like or approve of their posing style. What is more, players that have a character that is a lawman will be expected to break up scenes they are in to deal with IC events as they occur. You can’t push aside IC duties because you’re in the middle of a good scene. Duty calls.

“Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose.” Gloria Clemente in White Men Can’t Jump

This last one is one of the hardest for some players to accept. If you take a lawman role on Cimarron, you’re not going to be able to win all the time. Further, you’re not going to be able to win sometimes even if you make good rolls. This is setting in the old west is only exciting because of the danger, and conflict built into the backdrop. Outlaws, renegade Indians, range wars, bar fights, and stampedes, all these are examples of a lack or order. Sometimes they even represent a lack of justice. Let’s say for example that a Sheriff does their job perfectly, to the letter, with not a mistake anywhere. What you’ll have is a nice orderly town, where nobody fights, no one gets robbed. There are no drunks in the street, and they don’t get into fights in the saloons. Nobody’s horse gets stolen, and everyone smiles, and wishes each other a good day. It’s a place nobody will want to play.

That’s why we don’t hand out badges to just anyone. That’s why we’re always watching for players, that connect regularly, show good judgment, and accept that IC actions mean IC consequences. They will RP with anyone they meet, and will take on IC responsibility even is it disrupts other scenes they are involved in. Above we’re looking for players that understand that the game’s story is more important than posting a win every time.

If you’re still interested in playing this role on Cimarron. The best thing to do is page Faith, and she’ll direct you how to proceed ICly. You’ll need to prove these things on the grid to be considered. Let us know if you have any questions.

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