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Terms of Service

Please read the Terms of Service carefully and make sure you accept all of them before you play. If you violate the Terms of Service in any way, you must be prepared to face the consequences. This might include being banned from the site immediately, and your account(s) being restricted, closed, or frozen. Any offenses are handled by the Moderators or the Administrator of this site, who will use their own judgement to deal with each case on an individual basis.

  • Small Critters ("smallcritters.com", "the game") is a virtual pet game owned privately by me (referred to as "I"). The pets, money and events in this game are only virtual (imaginary) and do not exist in the real world, only on this website.

  • Privacy policy: The Small Critters site collects your email address and IP address. The email address is used only to send password and account notifications. Your IP address is used to track users within the site. Neither will be shared with any third parties (unless for some reason legal action needs to be taken, in which case I reserve the right to share them with the user's ISP or the authorities).

  • You must be 13 years or older to join the game. I do try to keep the site child-friendly, but I accept no responsibility for anything harmful that anyone might come across. I don't always have control over what is posted on the site, especially the contents designed and submitted by other people who signed up to play the game ("players").

  • You are not allowed to use/own more than two accounts. It doesn't matter if they are active or inactive. Using other people's accounts for your own benefit isn't allowed, either. Two accounts is the absolute maximum. For that reason, you aren't allowed to link more than two accounts, either, or to link your accounts to the accounts of another player.

  • Everything you can do in the game is a privilege, not a right. I reserve the right to restrict or take away some or all of those privileges if I see the need to for any reason without any explanation. This includes, but is not limited to, action taken against a player who violates the Terms of Service.

  • I reserve the right to shut down or limit access to the game for any length of time for any reason. I am not obligated to reimburse any players in any way, be it real or virtual money, or anything else. I also reserve the right to make changes to the site, the code, or the concept of the game at any time. This includes, but is not limited to, the point system, the amount of game money a player receives, and player privileges.

  • You are not allowed to share passwords or accounts with anyone else. The Small Critters staff will never ask you for your password or login information. Also, it is your responsibility to keep your account information safe. Claims of a friend, sibling or someone else hacking into your account will not be believed. You are responsible for anything that is done with your account!

  • The use of any scripts to play the game is strictly prohibited. A script is defined here as any program outside of the site and domain of smallcritters.com, written in any language, including, but not limited to, Javascript, CGI, PHP, PERL, or ASP, and accesses member areas of this site.

  • Any errors in the code ("bugs") must be reported immediately using the contact form. Please describe in detail where the bug occurred and what you were doing on the site at the time the error occurred. You must not abuse or exploit bugs in any way. Cheating or scamming in any form is not allowed and will be taken very seriously.. Report any player who scams, cheats, or otherwise breaks the rules via the contact form, including a detailed explanation.

  • A user is not allowed to harrass, threaten, spam, or insult other users in any way.

  • A user is not allowed to use or link to content of any kind he or she does not own the copyright for unless he or she obtains permission from the copyright holder first. This includes, but is not limited to, pictures, code (such as HTML), and writings. A user is responsible and liable for everything he or she enters or uploads to the site. This includes, but is not limited to, content on the user's homepage and the forums. You are not allowed to upload, or otherwise distribute onto the site any racist, abusive, pornographic, rude, obscene, obnoxious, vulgar, explicit, or offensive material or links to this, content or links to content about drugs or drug use, anything that is sexually explicit, or anything else that violates any law or infringes on any person's rights. As a guideline, please keep your language and other content you might use at the level of a G-rated movie. Violating any of these rules will have very serious consequences for you. Small Critters accepts no responsibility for any content a user links to, distributes, or uploads in any way.

  • The images, text, and code of this site belong to Small Critters. You agree not to plagiarize, steal, or otherwise pilfer any of these materials without the sole permission of me, the owner.

  • I reserve the right to make changes to the Terms of Service at any time without any explanation. If you sign up for an account, you must agree to all of the Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service, you must stop using this site immediately. If you violate the Terms of Service in any way, you must be prepared to face the consequences. This might include being banned from the site immediately, and your account(s) being restricted, closed, or frozen.

There are also a few more specific gameplay-related rules you have to follow:
  • Once you have sold a pet in the game, you have no say over what happens to it. That includes (but is not limited to) changing a pet's name or not taking care of it. If you sell a pet before it is 8 months old (or opt to keep the name changeable later), you are accepting the fact that the pet's name can be changed. You may have contracts or requirements for selling your pets, but you cannot actually enforce them within the game if a player chooses to disregard them. You may message players about it in a friendly and polite way, but you may not harrass, threaten or insult them. Do not post on the forums either, to blame that same person -- either naming her/him or accusing anonymously. While it is polite to respect other players' adoption requirements, it is not an obligation. If that is a concern for you, be careful who you sell to.

  • Currency trading (Small Critters money for money from other virtual pet games) is only allowed if the other game in question allows this, too. However, you cannot trade money if you are not actively playing Small Critters. This is to prevent users from logging in each week to collect their bank money solely for the purpose of selling it for other money. Exchanging game money, pets, or other things from the game for real money (US dollars or other currencies), or for items or services that cost real money on other games, is not allowed on this game. Exchanging game related things for purchase of anything from the Extras page (on Small Critters or Pure Felinity) is allowed.

  • Do not bump threads in the forum unless it's absolutely necessary. That means, not more than once per day (if at all!).

  • Do not spam other players. Spam includes private message begging, repeat posting of the same messages within threads, repeat posting of individual threads, posting of messages that say, "I have nothing to say on this topic", posting of "go look at my thread here!", creating threads to point people to your other threads, unsolicited messages advertising your pets, websites or other services.

  • Read the Help and FAQ pages BEFORE seeking help from other players or the Moderators or Administrator.

  • If a Moderator tells you to stop something, then stop it.

  • You cannot restrict your shows to a specific breed, or other criteria that is not already programmed into the game. You may not message or otherwise contact players because you do not want them to enter their pets in your shows.

  • Do not message people (or make posts about them), criticizing how they play the game. Everyone can decide for themselves which pets and breeds they like, how they breed (inbreeding or not), and how and if they choose to take care of their pets. If they do not violate the Terms of Service, it's their choice how they play the game.

  • Post in the correct forum. Please read the forum descriptions to decide which one your thread belongs into. If you are told by a Moderator your post is in the wrong forum, please put future posts of a similar nature in the correct forum.


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