StrudelCafe: Terms of Service

Strudel Cafe is free-to-play, but may require characters to participate in certain activities. These characters can be purchased from Loppy Rae and verified sellers. The following Terms of Service outlines rules regarding character rights, as well as community guidelines for website participation. All players are required to read and abide by the Terms of Service. Failure to do so may result in infractions or a permanent ban from the game.

The Terms of Service is divided into the following categories (Registration & Account, Community Guidelines, Community Artwork, Midveil Ownership, and Violations & Grounds for Punishment.) To easily navigate the Terms of Service, use CTRL+F to search a keyword.

REGISTRATION & ACCOUNT

  • By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to abide by the Terms of Service, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trademark law.
  • Each individual user is permitted one account. It is up to the individual to create a secure password and username and keep this information private from other user’s.
    • Users are not permitted to share accounts under any circumstances.
    • Users are not permitted to create another account after being banned.
  • By registering an account, you are agreeing that the information provided is correct, including a valid e-mail account and your legal birth date.
  • Administrators of Strudel Cafe are only permitted to discuss account-related issues with the owner of the affected account in order to protect privacy.
    • Discussion of account suspensions, termination, or strikes, are not permitted.
    • Bans may only be appealed if brought to the attention of the appropriate staff member by the affected account.
  • Strudel Cafe has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Strudel Cafe of the site. Use of any such linked web site via user profiles or pages is at the user's own risk.
    • You may not use the website to post or promote content that is illegal, abusive, pornographic, or otherwise infringing on the rights or privacy of any person.
  • The use or distribution of “cheats,” “hacks,” automated scripts, software, or other unauthorized third-party applications designed to play or modify the game on your behalf is not permitted.
  • Exploitation of bugs within the website is not permitted. If a bug is discovered, it is expected to be reported via the Site Bugs forum or Discord channel, or via private message to a staff member. Anything gained from the exploitation of a bug is subject to remove. 
  • Assets provided on the website are for the official use of Strudel Cafe only.
    • Use of items and assets outside of our website or affiliated servers is prohibited without express permission from the staff.
    • In-game items or assets may not be sold for USD or personal profit.
  • Please read through our Privacy Policy upon creating an account.

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

  • By accessing Strudel-Cafe.com and its affiliated communities, you agree to conduct yourself in a calm and civil manner. Be respectful and kind to your fellow members.
    • If a dispute is to arise between members, you are expected to alert a staff member. Under no circumstance should you attempt to dissolve or aggravate the dispute, or act as a mediator between other members.
    • Staff members will only discuss issues with the involved parties. Please do not contact staff on behalf of other members. We are here to help you, but we need to hear directly from the source of the conflict.
  • Be courteous to members of the staff. Arguing or demeaning staff members for upholding the terms of service and community guidelines is unacceptable and will result in a warning or a strike if behavior is repeated.
    • Our staff members are also active members of the community, and are privy to all discussion in the forums and community servers.
    • Guilt-tripping and negative remarks made in the forums, server, or respective approval threads will be removed and issued with a warning. This includes derogatory comments made about approval speeds, design or ARPG rejections, etc.
    • Additionally, attempting to bribe staff members for priority treatment with approvals, banking, sales, etc, will result in an immediate strike.
    • Any problems with staff members (whether it be inappropriate behavior, TOS breaks, etc) can be brought to Loppy Rae and will be dealt with accordingly.
  • This community is PG-13. Keep discussion in all affiliated servers age appropriate.
    • Light swearing is permitted, but heavy expletives and slurs are strictly prohibited.
    • Discussion of politics, religion, and other sensitive topics is prohibited.
    • Discussion of hard drug and alcohol use are prohibited.
    • Racist, sexist, transphobic and homophobic behavior will be swiftly removed and grounds for an immediate strike or account termination.
  • Gossiping and drama are not tolerated in the Strudel Cafe community, especially within the discussion channels of our public servers. 
    • Namedropping, posting callout journals, or vaguely remarking about active drama in our public servers or forums will be swiftly removed by staff members, and a warning or strike will be issued.
    • Do not take conflicts in the community into your own hands. Alert a staff member if there is an issue that needs addressed. We cannot be aware of discussions happening in private communications between members, and therefore cannot be expected to deal with them without prior knowledge.
    • Members found to be participating in drama-mongering communities may be barred from participation in public discussion channels.
  • NSFW (not safe for work) artwork, writing, and discussion is not tolerated in the Strudel Cafe servers or any public area accessible to minors outside of the website. This project is PG-13 and meant to be a safe space for members of all ages and backgrounds.
    • This NSFW clause also extends to “SFW” fetish depictions.
    • Staff members cannot be aware of all activity happening outside of the communities under our control, and can not be held accountable for being unaware of NSFW art posted to outside media where such artwork is permitted.
    • If you become privy to NSFW art being shared or produced within the community, please alert a staff member immediately so that it may be dealt with.

COMMUNITY ARTWORK

  • Strudel Cafe is an art-based community. We welcome artists of all skill levels and encourage our members to work towards improving together.
    • Do not post unwarranted criticism on the work of others unless otherwise requested by the artist. Critique may also be offered by the mods in charge of ARPG and art-based activity approvals upon request. We are happy to help!
    • All ARPG submissions will be judged according to the skill level of the artist submitting. Due to the focus on improvement, all we ask is that art submitted by you is to the best of your ability and suits the guidelines given by that prompt.
  • All artwork submitted to the community is expected to be the original work of the member, or credited to the appropriate artist.
    • Tracing and heavily referencing the work of other artists is not tolerated and will immediately be rejected or removed by a staff member.
    • If you recognize artwork as being traced, please alert a staff member.
  • To unlock areas of our website, you will be required to submit an art prompt, also known as a memory. These prompts will then be approved by the appropriate staff member, and permissions for that area will be added to your account.
    • The requirements for each memory are clearly outlined in the description, and can also be found detailed further in our ARPG Guidelines
    • Please follow these requirements closely, or your submission will be denied. Arguing with staff over rejections is not tolerated. 
  • ARPG memories and other submissions may only be completed using Midveilers under your own ownership, or official Strudel Cafe NPCs.
    • You may draw another member’s Midveiler if given permission to do so, or if the masterlist entry of said Midveiler permits gift art.
    • When drawing another member’s Midveiler, you are expected to deliver the art to the respective owner. Staff members will not deliver gift art on your behalf.
    • When participating in “Draw to Enter” adoptables, you acknowledge that all art depicted of the Midveiler will be transferred to the winner upon winning. Please do not enter these events if you are not comfortable with this transfer.
  • Reproduction of Strudel Cafe’s assets for commercial use is strictly prohibited and will be dealt with seriously. All content associated with Strudel-Cafe.com is the intellectual property of Loppy Rae, legally named Lyndsay McNutt.
    • Use of Strudel Cafe’s imagery, motifs, and lore for personal profit are strictly prohibited and will result in account termination and legal action.
    • Community members are allowed to commission artwork of their individual Midveiler designs, however, may not redistribute this for commercial profit.
    • Additionally, using direct inspiration from Strudel Cafe’s intellectual property to recreate your own game for profit will result in termination of your account.
  • Strudel Cafe is a PG-13 community. As such, artwork depicted of its contents are expected to remain appropriate for its intended audience.
    • Extreme depictions of violence, sexual behavior, illegal activities, or bigoted behavior are prohibited from display in the community and servers.

MIDVEILER OWNERSHIP

  • Strudels, Arborlings, Thimblets, Mimix, and Jollybeans, hereby referred to as Midveilers, are closed species belonging to the world of Strudel Cafe. Due to the nature of these species, you are not permitted to create your own unless given explicit permission to do so. Those found willfully ignoring these guidelines or infringing upon the intellectual property of Strudel Cafe will have their accounts terminated. 
    • Midveiler designs can be obtained premade via adoptables or customs from approved designers. Approved designers will always link back to the group. Designs advertised as “offbrands” are not permissible for use in our community. 
    • You may create your own Midveiler design when in the possession of a “Make Your Own” slot. “Make Your Own” slots must be designed according to official guidelines outlined below.
  • Midveiler adoptables may be conducted by Loppy Rae or an approved guest designer in the form of flatsales, auctions or offers. Full ownership is transferred only when full payment has been received.
    • Payment will be collected using Paypal. When using PayPal to pay for your slot, you also agree to their own Terms of Service. Credit cards and accounts used to purchase adoptables must belong to the purchasing party.
    • Upon claiming a design, the buyer has 48 hours to send payment. If payment in not sent within this timeframe, the adoptable will be put back up for purchase.
    • Sellers reserve the right to refuse service to anyone at their own discretion.
    • Refunds are not available after payment has been sent, but the customer is permitted to resell it under the appropriate circumstances.
  • After the design or MYO slot has been paid for, it will be uploaded to the Strudel Cafe’s visual masterlist. The masterlist entry is considered a certificate of authenticity and can be used to conduct further transfers, such as trades and resales.
    • Only one account will be listed under the masterlist entry. Co-ownership is not recognized by the group and is prohibited to prevent scamming.
  • Members may create their own unique designs using a “Make Your Own” slot. These slots can be purchased using USD during monthly sales, or from the site using game currency.
    • To design a Make Your Own, use our official species guides to ensure that anatomy, traits, etc, coincide with site guidelines. Designs that do not follow these guidelines will be denied until an appropriate design is brought forth.
    • After designing your MYO, you must submit it through the masterlist for approval. Do not post unapproved designs outside of the appropriate creation channels in our Discord server. Host your design privately before submitting for approval.
    • Your MYO slot can be designed by yourself, or another artist. If you are commissioning another artist to design your slot, credit them accordingly.
    • You are not permitted to make unapproved designs without having a MYO slot in your ownership. Members may not sell unused concepts to others. If you are being commissioned to design a MYO slot for another member, have them provide proof of the slot before doing so. This should be in the form of a masterlist entry.
    • Undesigned MYO slots cannot be resold, only traded or gifted. 
    • MYO slots do not expire, and will be present in your account until completed.
  • Ownership of a Midveil design  includes partial rights to the design, participation in the group, and full liberty to the character's details and backstory.
    • Characters may be redesigned using items available for purchase in-game. Redesigns must be submitted to the strudel-cafe.com masterlist for approval.
    • A character’s design MUST be recognizable as the original, and must resemble its filling, regardless of how many edits are made. Changing the filling is not permitted.
    • Using Midveil designs for commercial use or monetary gain is prohibited.
    • You are not permitted to make edits to official artwork at any time. Do not edit another member’s artwork without their explicit permission.
  • Members are permitted to transfer ownership of their Midveilers after a two week preliminary period has elapsed since the initial transfer. You may trade, resell, or gift your Midveiler according to our guidelines as listed below.
    • Midveilers can be traded for other Midveilers, character designs, art, site items, or our group currency. If trading a Midveiler for another game’s items or currency, the trade MUST respect that game’s Terms of Service.
    • Transfer requests must be submitted through the website to be considered official.
    • Repeatedly failing to update the masterlist will be considered scamming behavior and a strike will be issued to the offending member’s account. 
    • Members are held responsible for truthfully recording the transfer histories of Midveilers under their ownership. Falsifying this information will result in a strike.
  • Members may resell their Midveilers only if they paid for the design themselves. The monetary value of a Midveiler will be reflected in the masterlist entry. 
    • Additional monetary value may be added to a Midveiler for commissioned artwork, only after an official appraisal has been given by a member of staff. Receipts and proof must be given for an appraisal to be approved.
    • Personal artwork and gifts do not count towards appraisals.
    • If you are being asked to purchase a Midveiler that does not have a resale value listed in their entry, please alert a staff member so they may take appropriate action.
    • Vouchers or monetary commitments are not permitted for Midveilers without a resale value. This includes gift cards, purchasing physical goods, or having the interested party on standby to purchase commissions or adoptables at a later date. Additionally, you may not ask members to help you pay off debts in exchange for a design that is not viable for resale.
  • Three-way-trades are an acceptable form of transfer.
    • A three-way-trade is described as the following scenario: A member purchases a design available on the market and then immediately trades said design for a viable Midveiler. 
    • Sending USD to the owner of a Midveiler that is not permitted for resale is not allowed. Three-way-trades are acceptable because there is no USD exchange between the member purchasing the design and the owner of the Midveiler being traded.
    • Because of the nature of three-way-trades, the monetary value of the Midveiler being purchased is erased, as a Midveiler is only worth what the owner personally put into it.

VIOLATIONS & GROUNDS FOR PUNISHMENT

  • By agreeing to the Terms of Service, you are being held accountable to abide by the guidelines accordingly. Willfully or unknowingly violating the Terms of Service will be dealt with accordingly.
    • Warnings will be issued for minor or first-time violations. Depending on the severity of the offense, we reserve the right to bypass the warning stage and issue a strike.
    • Repeat offenses will result in a strike issued to your account. At this time, all strikes are recorded in our staff server for documentation purposes.
    • After two strikes are given, the third will result in a temporary ban of two weeks.
    • If another strike is given after a temporary ban has been issued, your account will be terminated permanently. Permanent bans may be appealed after an appropriate amount of time has passed, but are not guaranteed to be lifted.
  • If your account has been banned, your Strudel-Cafe.com account will be frozen. During this time you may not trade Midveilers, participate in activities, or exchange items.
    • If your account has been temporarily banned, it may be lifted in two weeks on request. Please reach out to our website administrator, Jenbear, to lift your ban.
    • If your account has been permanently banned, all Midveilers and items under your ownership will be voided. Voiding a Midveiler means it will no longer be usable in our game, even if ownership is transferred to an unbanned member. We will not unvoid characters regardless of the circumstances of transfer.
    • At no point will a Midveiler be removed forcefully from a member’s ownership, regardless of the status of their account.
    • After being banned, you may not create another account for participation.
    • If you have been permanently banned, your IP address will be added to a blocklist. You can read more about the routine collection of IP addresses in our Privacy Policy.
  • Staff reserve the right to bypass our warnings and strike system at our own discretion. This is only done in cases of extreme Terms of Service Violations.
  • If you feel you have been banned unfairly, you are free to appeal your case with Loppy Rae. To appeal your case, please provide all of the information in relation to your ban, and evidence of why your ban should be lifted.

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