(As per the Nero 9th Edition Rulebook, page 5)
“NERO prohibits all body contact during combat. All combat must take place with NERO-approved safe weapons, and certain parts of the body (head, groin, hands) are not allowed to be hit, even with these NERO-safe weapons. This rule does not apply to packet-delivered attacks, which may hit any part of the body.”
This is the only type of physical contact all players have inherently consented to by attending a NERO event. Do NOT touch other people without their out-of-game consent.
If you wish to engage in physical roleplay with another player, you must ask for their consent first. You may do so by placing your hand/weapon on your head to indicate out-of-game status, and asking “Do you consent to my physical roleplay?” If the player responds “no,” do not touch them. Your character can use a verbal 3-count to describe your character’s action instead, without touching the other player.
Agreeing once does not mean you now have their continued consent throughout the rest of the game or at any other point in time without asking again. Expect that players may also ask specifically what you are going to do before agreeing to the physical roleplay, and remember that consent also goes both ways.
If a player opts to use a verbal 3-count to describe an action that their character takes first, you can request that they physically represent the action by asking them to “rep it,” indicating your consent to their physical activity. However, if they do not want to physically carry out the action, you cannot force anyone to do so.
Some players may be good friends out-of-game and already have consent from one another to perform certain actions without repeating this question every time. If you aren’t sure about a player’s comfort level, always ask first.
As a reminder, we do not allow sexual activity of any kind at events. This includes (but is not limited to) any roleplay, actions, or physical contact that could be considered sexual such as excessive “making out,” kink play, fondling, sexually explicit or adult “dirty,” talk, necking, groping, etc.
When engaging in physical roleplay, do not cause intentional harm, wrestle, grapple, fist fight, or otherwise cause physical trauma to another player (or yourself) even if the players do consent to it. In this case, you are then violating the consent of the game staff and campsite owners who do not want to risk actual harm or liability. If you really want to do a realistic-looking choreographed fight scene or effect with someone, you need explicit prior approval from all involved players, as well as chapter staff and directors.