Server Basic Topics
What are the Rules?
What source games are mounted to the server?
- Counter Strike Source
- Counter Strike Global Offensive
Please note that Counter Strike Global Offensive is free to download on steam.
Why do I see errors throughout the map?
- Ensure you are subscribed to all the content via the steam workshop.
- Secondly ensure that you properly install and mount source games such as Counter Strikes Source and Counter Strike Global Offensive.
Why are the player models T-Posing?
Ensure you are subscribed to all the content via the steam workshop. IT has been reported that older versions of 'Enhanced Characters' script conflict with the most recent one our server uses. If this isn't an issue try disabling addons and only enabling server content. T-Posing is a client side error. Feel free to contact a staff member to assist you.
Some car models look weird and do not render properly.
This has to do with how GMOD renders some of the more detailed models, in order to properly see it go into your settings and set model detail to high. This will allow you to correctly see the cars.
Note this may require a restart of gmod
If I don’t like the existing world props / decorations can I change them?
If you feel that world props / map decorations of a given area are not to your liking you may make a request to staff members / community management to redecorate the area. If granted the ability will be temporarily given, all changes are subject to the discretion & approval of staff.
The MOTD and other web popups in game are greyed out and do not load.
The 32 bit version of gmod (default) has known issues with ability to load pages with (ssl.) As such to remedy this, one just has to load gmod in the 64 bit version located in the launch settings.
SSL which is the bare minimum / standard level of security most reputable sites have.
- .) GO to your steam library and find Garry’s Mod
- .) Right click on Garry’s Mod and click properties
- .) Under the beta’s section at the top, select the chromium 64 bit binary.
Please note when you launch the game ensure to select the 64 bit binary option
Why do I crash when I shoot cars?
Type into console
When this value is set to one it can cause some games to crash when trying to render the shooting. This has to do with how SGM car models are rendered by the game.
What are the controls for cars & can I change them?
The controls for vehicles vary from client to client, however, they can be viewed and changed by using the garry's mod client console (~) and then typing vcmod in console to open the VCMOD menu. You can change the controls from here as well as other client settings regarding vehicles.
Is Third Person Allowed?
Third person is an option in the client settings of helix. Use the tab menu and then refer to the 'settings' button.
Is Voice Chat Allowed?
Yes, we are not an exclusively a text based roleplay community since there are situations which make text based rp difficult such as pursuing someone ordering them to stop. Most people use text chat regardless. Abuse of voice or text chats is against the rules.
What is the stance on PAC3 outfits?
PAC3 is a powerful tool for customization, our community uses it at a simplistic level to allow people to wear hats or have extra components to their outfits. If one has a custom outfit they wish to have be added it is subject to review by community management to ensure that it does not disrupt the lore and that it is otherwise appropriate. If it is added it will be added to the server for all to have access to / purchase.
If one wants a unique PAC3 outfit exclusive to them please see our community supporter packages.
What if I have a model / map suggestion
While we value suggestions, we generally are not looking to add additional player models for one of several reasons:
* More models inherently adds more downloads for players. * Many model packs do not have proper animation support * Many model packs do not fit the theme of 1984 / a dystopian world.
As for maps, many inquire why we chose such a large map. rp_southside was found to be a perfect map because in its raw form it had everything that we needed: An expansive government building imposing itself over the city, a police station with cells and interrogation area, a wide road and realistic sidewalk, a bank with a proper vault as well as places for industries to be placed. RP_Southside actually was designed with 1980s NYC in mind which makes it a prime source for being transformed into our Orwell RP server.
While many maps offer unique roleplay environments, we truly believe that rp_southside offers the best aesthetics and actual play-ability for players. We have poured countless hours into re-texturing materials and decorating the map with props to truly bring 1984 alive. As such we have hesitations when considering alternate maps that may not offer this same quality of experience.
Roleplay Related Topics
How do I make money?
Some examples are but not limited to:
- Rations - Each ration includes a small spending stipend.
- Government Jobs - Only government jobs offer steady paychecks.
- Craft - The crafting menu allows the creation of items from tools, weapons to consumer goods. These can be sold to fellow players or to NPC Vendor shops around the map.
- Mine Ore & Refine Metals
- Drill Oil & Refine Fuel
- Drug Manufacturing and the drug trade.
- Interact with players preform task and jobs in exchange for money.
- Fulfill request from Inner Party members
- Being an informant reporting serious criminal behaviors.
What are some useful commands to know?
- /911 <message> - Sends a message to Police / Fire
- /buydoor - Purchases a door that you are looking at.
- /selldoor - Sells the door that you are looking at.
- /introduce - Introduces yourself to nearby people and allows them to recognize you.
- /showid - presents your ID information to nearby people
- /dropoceanicdollars <amount> - Drops the specified amount of currency on the ground.
- /giveoceanicdollars <amount> - Gives the specified amount of currency to the person you are looking
- /act<action> - Preforms a specific animation to enhance roleplay
- /me <description> - Used to describe roleplay context / personal action
- /y <message> - Used to yell to nearby players. (Longer range)
- /w <message> - Used to whisper to nearby players (Short range)
- /looc <message> - Used for local out of character messages
- /ooc <message> or // <message> - Used for Out of Character messages server wide.
- /toggleraise - Raises/lowers a weapon you've selected. (Weapons by default start lowered when selected)
Where are all the jobs?
Helix framework unlike DarkRP doesn't rely on a structured job for each function, meaning there isn't a need for hundred plus jobs. Instead it up to the player to decide their place in society.
Proles themselves function like society's manual labor force hence the 'laborer' class. Proles are an open ended faction of possibility and are allowed to resort to crime unlike darkrp one would need a proper criminal class. This gives player tremendous flexibility in terms of their personal roleplay style. More defined jobs does not increase realism or quality of roleplay but rather pigeon holes players into limited abilities based on overly specific rules for each job.
Where do I buy/sell items?
One must locate a player who may have the item that is desired OR locate an appropriate NPC vendor. There are several NPC vendors that sell a variety of items, each with it's own caveat. Most items can be bought and sold at each corresponding vendor.
- For cheapest food, visit the Ministry of Plenty for rations OR the grocery store at the Oceanic Shoppes. There are several other vendors whom sell food items, but, there is a STEEP markup on them!
- For weapons one can buy ammo from the gun store, however, to buy and sell more advance weapons one must find the traveling dealer who tends to hide in the sewers.
- The hardware store carries several tools but for specialty items you have to visit the specialty store. The hardware store is a great place to sell / buy crafting based items.\
- Full list of stores located here.
What are the Factions ?
Inner Party : Exclusive group for the leadership of Oceania. The Leader of Oceania is elected and then appoints a cabinet of ministers and bureaucrats. This faction runs the government from the shadows of bureaucracy.
Outer Party : This group is for all character's who have low level government jobs. These jobs are basic government service roles such as Fire Fighters and Ministry Clerks.
Proles: This is a default faction that all players have access to. Proles represent the bulk of society and are mostly made up of common laborers.
Ministry of Love State Police : The primary law enforcement agency within Oceania tasked with upholding everyday law and order.
Eurasian Mafia: This is an organized crime group that all have the ability to be recruited to. Membership is approved by the leader of the Mafia, the Mafia Don.
Eastasian Triad:This is an organized crime group that all have the ability to be recruited to. Membership is approved by the leader of the Triad, the Triad Vanguard.
How are civil fines & tickets paid?
All fines, surcharges and tickets are to be paid within seven days of issue and can be paid at the Ministry of Plenty when Ministry staff are present. Failure to pay within seven days of issue will incur a $100 surcharge. All fines, surcharges and tickets not resolved within fourteen days will result in criminal penalty as described in OGL Chapter IV Section IV
Why are the criminal punishments so long?
We use time distortion as a method of giving a realistic roleplay experience whilst not unfairly punishing a player. As such essentially for every real life day it equates to three years. Life sentences are considered 60 - 90 real life days and are reserved more for heinous offenses. For smaller sentences it is important to note that one real life hour is 1.5 months of punishment time.
Can I shorten my punishment?
Most criminal sentences can be significantly reduced if a player chooses to engage in a rehabilitative course focusing on reform over punishment. Director of Counseling Alex leads the way rehabilitation. Individuals participate in group activities, one on one counseling and a work study program. This program is only available if a counselor is working and available for patients.
Those who have committed exceptionally violent acts or misbehave whilst in rehab may be remanded to the custody of the Ministry of Love.
What am I supposed to do during my punishment?
While you are welcome to roleplay as an inmate during your punishment you are also free to create or utilize other characters.
How do I become a INGSOC party member? (Inner / Outer Party)
Party members status is typically assigned to active players and community members. Outer Party status is much easier to obtain than Inner Party status. Outer Party status is usually obtained by applying to a low level government job : Police / Fire / Clerk whilst Inner Party Status is reserved for only a select few, generally appointed ministry officials of the Great Leader following an election. Inner Party may be gained by showing great reverence for INGSOC and Oceania as well as a skill in one of the four ministries. Both Inner and Outer Party status may be lost if a member demonstrates excessive criminal behavior or acts unbecoming that of a party member.
How do I join the Ministry of Love State Police?
One can join the State Police by making such request to the Minister of Love himself or a Lieutenant / Captain of the State Police. The hiring process is all in character and features a brief background interview, firearms test, psyche testing, driving test among other screening events as seen fit. The details are forwarded to the Minister of Love for final approval for the hiring of any candidate.
Once hired, a candidate becomes a recruit and will be given a limited amount of equipment until they are fully trained by an officer of supervising rank.
How do I become part of the Thought Police?
The Thought Police is a secretive organization part of the Ministry of Love. To be eligible one must be a fanatical devotee of INGSOC / Big Brother / Oceania with no criminal background or known association. The selection & hiring process is classified.
How do I buy a car?
Cars can be bought at the Ministry of Plenty located on Commerce Street. Once inside follow signs for Victory Motors. Use the screen to open the catalog and select the make / model of car that is desired. The purchased car is then spawned using a Valet NPC.
What happens if my car is stolen?
If a car is stolen and brought to the corresponding NPC by the thief, it can be sold by the thief thus depriving you of your vehicle, hence, it may be imperative for you to keep a close eye on your vehicle at all times. If you have insurance the vehicle will be replaced at no additional cost, however, it may take time for the claim to be processed and until then the vehicle will be unavailable.
How do I fix my vehicle?
Vehicles may be fixed by players by purchasing parts required from an NPC vendor (Hardware Store) or by utilizing the NPC mechanic. As a matter of last resort players may also utilize the Valet System which will automatically fix your car however will render your vehicle unavailable for a period of time and will be the most expensive method of repair.
How do properties work?
Sets of doors are grouped together so you only have to pay a specified price for that whole property. You own the doors and property until you choose a different character or disconnect. Be sure to use the sell door command to reclaim partial value.
How do I buy properties / doors?
Utilize /buydoor command. To sell doors utilize the /selldoor command.
How do I add people as co-owner to a door?
Look at a door and press F2, this will open a menu in which you can choose from connected players and mark them as a guest or tenant which will give them access to open and close the door.
How does New Life Rule work?
Our server explicitly prohibits revenge killings or acts. When you die, your character will be unplayable/unavailable pending deletion, if you feel it was a wrongful death it may be appealed to staff. Even with a successful appeal or any post death respawn shall count as a medical revival in which the character will maintain the same general back story BUT will have amnesia of all wrongs done to them. .
I am bleeding or fractured how do I heal?
If you are bleeding you will require a bandage while fractures require splints. These can be purchased from the pharmacy. Some vendors may carry a limited stock of these items.
It should be important to note that prolonged bleeding will cause one to loose health and eventually die, whilst a prolonged fracture will heavily impact one's stamina, making it difficult to move around.
There is permadeath within the server, when a character dies it is banned from being used. You can attempt to appeal this to a staff member or you can start over as a new character. Please note characters are not deleted until such request is made in writing via chat or discord to staff as to prevent accidental deletion.
I died, can my character be revived by staff?
A character may be revived if :
- A rule violation / failure of roleplay of one person causes the death of another innocent third party.
- Death occurred while a person was documented as being afk . (Announced in OOC)
- It is determined by the staff members reviewing the case that revival would be necessary for RP
Revives are not guaranteed for prop related deaths associated with mining / oil / meth or other scripts. People die in these professions frequently and it is important to exercise safety precautions (i.e correct use of the equipment) and ensuring first aid kits & bandages are available.
If you are revived at staff desecration and you die for a second time under similar circumstances a revive will not be granted.
Deaths caused by personal negligence or blatant disregard for safety or character well being are not relivable. While we don't have a fear rp rule demanding fear, it is meant to be a natural response caused by the perma death system.
How do I delete a character?
One can delete their character by making a request in writing to staff via chat or discord. The character will be deleted within 24-48 hours to prevent accidental deletion and multiple character abuse.
Why are there so many bodies around?
Bodies persist for a period of time after someone dies, it is possible to search / loot the corpse for items.
How does one vote in elections?
Voting is done in person at the Ministry building or otherwise specified place by INGSOC. During such time each character is entitled to vote (meaning if you have multiple characters each one is allowed to vote.) Ballots are pieces of paper that are filled out using the template found on discord provided the day of election. Ballots are then turned over to the worker who verifies the information and submits the ballot to the ballot box.
How do keypads work?
Keypads have been placed throughout government buildings to promote increased security. Anyone who is Outer Party status or higher is eligible to get an access card which is non transferable. Each access card is programmed to allow entry into areas of that person's access level and is revoked upon loss of party status.
It should be noted that some keypads are susceptible to being 'cracked' by the appropriate tool and that most doors with a keypad are resistant to lockpick attempts.
What are the access levels of keypads?
Level 1 : Entry Level Outer Party members to include most clerks and firefighters.
Level 2 : Police Level Access.
Level 3 : Thought Police and high ranking Outer Party members and supervisors.
Level 4 : Inner Party only.
Community Related Topics
How is OrwellRP different than other serious RP communities?
Where we stand out is that as a community we may be a serious RP server but we do not believe in the excess of tedious rules that seems to dominate the genre. These rules make roleplay regulated down to a each rule subsection which detracts from spontaneity and fun. We believe that roleplay should be organic.
You will find that in order to advance factions / party status we don't require essays to be written, we just ask that people remain active members and engage in our community. Unlike some communities we allow any active member to run for leadership or be appointed to the governmental roles.
Lastly our community believes in developing a drama free toxic free environment focused on gaming. Unfortunately drama and toxic communities tend to be a hallmark of garry's mod. While we realize that some people will inherently not get along, we demand a culture of respect and have zero tolerance on abusive behaviors.
Why is the Forum / Discussion Board Inactive?
We are currently making overhauls and plan to reveal the forum / discussion board once we have a strong established discord community. It is important to note that membership standard is currently being waved as long as someone is active in the discord server.
How do I become a member?
To be a member you just have to register on our community forum. While activity on our forum fluctuates the idea is to create a better space for the community to grow and share ideas whilst the discord channel is primarily for live chat.
What are the benefits of being a member?
To name a few:
- Ability to participate in community polls & great leader elections
- Ability to run for Leader of Oceania or be appointed to the role of Minister.
- Ability to become Mafia Don or Triad Vanguard
- The right to due process should any matter of discipline arise.
- Greater influence on new features and changes to the server.
- In game bonuses to include but not limited to increased profit from sale of drugs
- Member only upgrades for oil drilling system.
How do I apply to be a staff member?
You must first be a community member by making a forum account, Once created and logged in you will see the administrative section of the forum. From here you can apply on the staff application boards using the provided format. Staff positions are only given to active players that demonstrate good character. Staff is earned and not given.
How do I report abusive staff member / admin abuse?
To report staff abuse one may file such report on the community forum disciplinary section or file a discreet complaint email to Jut@orwellrp.com pursuant to the 309§15 Procedure for Reporting Staff Abuse.
Is Sign-in Through Steam Safe?
Sign in Through Steam is a method of authentication to prevent spam as well as create a more seamless experience for users, rather than having to remember individual account information details or sign up for multiple accounts. Many websites use sign in through steam and essentially the Steam API shares details such as Username, SteamID & Profile Picture. This method does not share details such as your steam password.
HOWEVER IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS ENSURE YOU ARE LOGGING INTO A LEGITIMATE STEAM-WEBSITE. Some less reputable websites disguise their sign in through steam in attempt to phish your login credentials.
What happened to DystopianRP?
We did a rebranding so that our name better matched the kind of theme that we hope to provide with our services. For anyone who catches mention of 'DystopianRP' on our server, website or other documentation you will be rewarded with five character attribute points and five thousand in character funds.