SynopsisWith space on the library shelves scarce, the characters of your most beloved genres are banding together into gangs to secure their books' places - and their lives.
The little town of Stonewood sits in the forested hills of East Tennessee. Like most towns, it has a public library, and like in most libraries, a strange and entirely invisible war rages.
Gangs centered around major book genres battle one another for space on the shelves. The more books in their area, the better the chance of their own novel being read. Readership determines life or death, so it's every genre for itself.
But if survival alone wasn't enough, genre rivalries and biases leave some gangs not only fighting for shelf space but pushing their own agendas as well - even within their own groups.
Welcome to Shelf Space. Let the war resume.
UpdatesSept. 1 Welcome to our autumn skin! The new newsletter is out, so give it a quick read.
No special event this month. Let's focus on our gang sub-plots!
Weekly Quote" “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Posted: Sep 8 2015, 01:30 PM
Our bullet-list rules
The following sections provide details about various aspects of joining and playing. Read all of this information before asking a question, please. Remember that these are rules and guidelines to follow just as much as our bullet-list site rules are.
You will find the following topics:
Characters must come from one of the following sources:
Genres & Sub-genres
We have gone by the Fiction portion of this genre map. Not all genres or sub-genres have been included. If a work you wish to use falls in one of those categories, choose the genre most closely related to it.
Important: the "Fiction" genre has been altered for this site to mean "general fiction: stories that take place in a realistic setting and do not have unrealistic elements." These are works like Jane Austen's novels, general romances, and so on.
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One account per character. No OOC accounts.
Register with your character's name as given in the book.* If the name is quite long (three middle names, a title...), please shorten it as reasonably as you can.
* If you are making a duplicate character (ex. a second Harry Potter) or a character with the same name as one from another work (ex. Tweedledee from Alice in Wonderland and Tweedledee from Kiddy Grade), the duplicate or additional characters will need to alter their username in some fashion. Examples might be Tweedledee for the original user, and Tweedle-Dee for the second; or Harry Potter for the original user, and Harry Potter  for the second.
Post your application and work on the mini profile while we review the character.
Additional character accounts may be linked as sub-accounts. Ask a staff member if you aren't sure how to do this.
We ask that at least 5 posts be made with your very first character before you make your second. You may go ahead and claim that character, and if an WIP app is accidentally made before these initial posts are completed, that's ok. However, we can't accept the character until the posts have been made. We ask this for a few reasons. The two big ones are (1) to settle you and the character into the game, and (2) to make sure you understand the site concept and tweak any little ruffles with that early on.
Faces & Claims
Unless you are reserving a character or face, do not make your claims before you are accepted.
Post all claims in the claiming thread. Be sure to use code tags. A staff member will put the claims in the correct threads and delete your post when finished. See the claiming thread for specific claiming information.
Images for novel characters (that is, non-comic characters) may come from book covers, film adaptations, or simply a face you think matches well - as long as you can tell us who the play-bys are. The same is true for non-animated creatures.
Duplicate play-bys are allowed for multiple copies of books. They are also allowed if they are pulled from different decades. (Ex: Johnny Depp from the 80s and Johnny Depp from 2012.) Again, please see the claiming thread for further details.
Shipper App & Reply Codes
Here on Shelf Space, we have a shipper app. Accepted applications are sorted by group.
We have no plotting forum. Instead, use the shipper reply code and post your plot ideas directly into the application threads of the characters you want to plot with.
When replying to a shipper plot post, respond in each character's respective application threads. Do not respond in your application thread. Click the link beneath the character names in the shipper replies to get to the app threads.
Dates for Posts
Our skins will change with the seasons, so you are allowed to date threads for any time within these three-month periods.
However, it is strongly recommended that you keep them relatively close to the current date. We may have an event planned that could alter the content of your already-finished future thread.
Please mark all threads with a date. Anywhere is fine - tag line, inside a post template, at the top or bottom in a quote tag.
Please note that event threads may require different dating rules. An event that takes place during a single day will require a time stamp. (ex: Dec. 31 @ 11:43 PM)
Content & Images
Posts on this site should stick within the PG-13 area. This includes text and images. No nudes, no shirtless images, no scantily clad people, and so on. Multiple violations of this rule will result in being banned. Click the rating posted earlier for more details.
If you wish to roleplay mature content, please take it off site, not to the site's private message system.
No hot-linking. Please re-host your images.
Max image width: 450pxBe sure to read up on spoilers.
App image: 350x200
There is no posting requirement, though we do recommend that members try and get a post or two out a week. If life is going to keep you away for a while, however, please let us know in the Absence thread.
Our simple activity checks will occur seasonally. Just reply with a list of which characters you'd care to keep around. Afterward, the remaining characters will be made inactive. Read the specific rules in the activity check when it is posted.
At any point, you can request a character be made active or inactive. (Here.) However, please do not continually retire characters simply to make new ones. Members found doing this risk being banned.
Repetitive inactivity from a member will, unfortunately, result in a permanent ban on the member. We understand that life gets busy and you have to disappear for a while, to return when life has calmed down again. However, other players rely on you and your characters. It is unfair and, indeed, cruel to them to promise threads or characters only to continually disappear on them. They cannot and should not be expected to put their characters and plots on hold indefinitely. Therefore, if a member makes a habit of committing and disappearing, they will be banned.