Terms of ServiceUpdated 12/15/2012
If you are accessing this site you are bound to comply with these Terms of Service. You are responsible for making sure you follow all of these conditions. In failing to do so, you risk ban or permanent banning of your IP from this site. You are responsible for following the local laws of your state. The purpose of these Terms is our responsibility to you, the user, to make you aware of the laws applicable to accessing this site. You are required to have read and understood these Terms, failure to comply with them will prohibit you from using or accessing Aywas.com. If you disagree or do not understand these terms, do not access the Aywas.com website.
Aywas.com values your privacy. What information we collect during the registration process is used for maintaining the user’s account and for account safety. User Passwords are encrypted for the user’s safety. Aywas will not release any personal information except as required by the laws of the United States, to aid other sites in the event of scamming, cheating, hacking, or other illegal activity, or in the event that Aywas must defend itself against a user chargeback or unauthorized payment and present account information and GP purchase information to a credit card, bank, police, or PayPal representative.
We collect the following information upon registration: user name, user password, valid e-mail address, IP address of registration, birthday, closest country, and gender. A cookie is set on your computer that will identify you to Aywas and allow you to log into your account.
Aywas will send you e-mails regarding your account and/or the website, and by consenting to this Terms of Service you consent to recieve these e-mails. You may be sent optional "Aywas Newsletters" that include free item codes. These newsletter e-mails can be deactivated by going to the account settings page. If you wish to recieve no emails from Aywas at all, submit an e-mail titled Unsubscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org, and your account will be permanently deleted and you will no longer recieve any e-mails from Aywas.
Aywas is owned and managed by Explorer Games.
Please use one of the e-mails above to contact Aywas.
You agree to be bound by the following sets of site rules, in addition to this TOS:
--- Site Rules: PM, profiles, pet descriptions, etc
You, the user, agree that you will:
- not post derogatory, racially offensive, or explicit material anywhere on the Aywas site
- honor a user's request to cease communications with you
- recognize the authority of moderators and administrators and abide by all requests made by these parties
- not harass a user through PM or any other system
- use correct grammar and capitalization on all areas of the Aywas.com site and will refrain from using chatspeak
- abide by the TOS
- access and use the "Help" forums prior to messaging any user or moderator regarding a question
- treat all users with respect on all areas of the Aywas.com site
- follow the "XAT Aywas Chat rules" when accessing said part of the site though "Chat"
- not attempt to solicit boyfriends or girlfriends anywhere on the Aywas.com site
- not solicit any asset - whether points, pets, items - from any user without offering proper pay (begging)
- not manipulate official pet details (pet image, pet stats, pet breedability, etc.) in pet profiles through CSS or any other means
---- Forum Rules
You, the user, agree that you will:
- type all responses submitted to the Aywas.com Forums in a coherent manner.
- will not use chatspeak or ignore grammar and capitalization rules
- review all stickied threads in the "Help" forum prior to posting a question in said forum
- not excessively advertise other websites or outside services, nor solicit for Staff members of a competing site on Aywas
- not post spam or multiple threads for the same purpose
- respect all users and staff and their opinions
- not initiate or participate in any flame-baiting or harassment of another user
- conduct yourself in a mature fashion
- not provide your phone number, home address, or real name on the forums
- accept all responsibility for any actions taken against your e-mail or IM program name should you choose to post it
- abide by all moderators' requests and orders
- not use profanity in the titles of your forum threads
- not use profanity except in threads with a [M] in the title
- not post, link to, or exhibit pornography, racist or derogatory material, cult creation, or any other materials forbidden by the TOS
- not bump your topic within twenty-four hours of your last bump unless it is off the first page of the forum section it is in
- not reserve a post during an official Aywas contest
---- Sales and Breeding Rules
You, the user, agree that you will:
- fulfill all transactions negotiated between you and another user
- honor all breeding agreements made prior to the breeding of two pets in which you are involved
- honor all sales agreements made, such as "auto buys" and "end of auctions"
- not attempt to conceal information upon which the sale is dependent, such as breeding rights associated with a gen 2 aywa
- not attempt to coerce or force others to lower their prices or change their terms
- disgorge additional offspring or offspring rights/purchase rights to the rightful owner prior to attempting to put said offspring up for sale (associated with breeding rights)
- not offer BP, GP, aywas pets, aywas items, or other aywas wealth that you do not own and cannot conceivably obtain at the time of purchase
- not publically advertise or publically request the usage of a premium member's GP Shop discount
- not falsify information regarding any sale
- not conduct transactions that involve real world money or any website's property in which that website forbids trading
- not sell or attempt to sell any product you do not have in your possession at the time for immediate transfer
- fulfill all agreements (such as art) with another user within one month unless agreed to by the other user
All content in and of Aywas.com and related to Aywas pets, NPC’s, or concepts is solely the property of Aywas administration. This includes derivative artwork, written works, pet colorations, and suggestions and ideas made by and for Aywas.com. You may display your pets on your own personal websites so long as there is a clear ©Aywas listed on the image and a direct link to Aywas.com. As a user you or your legal guardians give Aywas the rights to use any written works, art, text, ideas and suggestions that you have submitted or uploaded to this site that are related to Aywas. This includes any materials, data or games you may submit. This is a non-verbal, non-reversible and exclusive right to use anything you have submitted related to Aywas in any way we see fit. We have a right to modify, republish, transmit, change, or edit any of your submissions to Aywas.com.
Any and all Aywas-related information received becomes the automatic property of Explorer Games and Aywas, including any art, written works, suggestions, coding and other information related based on or related to Aywas ("derivative work"). When you submit any information, written work, materials or any of the aforementioned things, you are acknowledging that you assign Aywas all associated rights to the derivative work, and that you are legally able to do so and thereby take all responsibility for this.
Each Aywas user is allowed one account. Users found creating multiple accounts must submit an explanation to Aywas administration, and it must be satisfactory according to the administration’s discretion. If the reason is not satisfactory, the user will be made to give up one of the accounts for banning. Non-compliance or creating other accounts after this first warning will result in permanent ban of the user’s IP address. Users who wish to trade or buy another’s account must either submit their old account for banning or have their old account sold within a two week time span. When you choose to move your possessions to a new account, you are required to submit a form described in this Aywas Thread. Users are allowed to share accounts according to the next section.
Note that two or more players who send all of their income contents of accounts, including but not limited to free promotional items, event items, or "daily" game items, will be considered "multiple accounts." Users may not ask their friends, family, or other individuals to sign up solely to gain the wealth from the friend's account. While gifting is allowed and encouraged, remember that all accounts should be playing for their own sake, and not to make a single account rich.
When you register or access an Aywas account, you agree that you are the person you are claiming to be and you will not impersonate any other outside entity. You also agree that you will keep your account maintained with accurate information and will not input another person's data or impersonate another person in your account settings at any time.
Users are allowed to share their account with other users. If an account is shared between two or more people, this is still considered to be one account, and users may not have any further accounts. Be aware that in sharing a single account, the actions of both players are held equally responsible for all aspects involving said account. It does not matter if the other players sharing this account are aware of the rules being broken, the punishment will still apply to the dual account the same as a single player account, regardless of whether or not the other person knew the rules had been broken or not.
As of 3/4/2010, all users who wish to engage in shared account behavior must submit a joint agreement document to email@example.com with the following: each user's online handle, e-mail, and what content of the accounts will rightfully belong to that user in the event of an account breakup. Materials listed on the joint document agreement must be returned to its rightful owner in the event of an account breakup. Any goods not listed on this document and any further goods gathered in the account as a result of shared efforts must be dealt with by said users, and administration will not moderate the division of said goods. This joint document cannot be edited, updated, or resubmitted once it has been submitted.
As of 11/21/2011, all users who wish to move their possessions, pets, etc. to a new account (whether sharing or not) are required to fill out the form described on this aywas thread: Account Moving Records. Any users found moving accounts without filling out the thread will be temporarily or permanently banned. It is imperative that the staff know account moving so that we can prevent account hopping scams.
Users under the age of eighteen, defined as minors under US law, are allowed to access the Aywas website. These users must make their parents or legal guardians aware of the Aywas Terms of Service. Aywas is not a children's site. The site is rated as "teen" and is geared toward users 16+. Content labeled [M], as defined under "Mature Forum Topics," may only be accessed by an underage user at the user's own risk. Aywas wants to offer a safe community where mature discussion can occur.
If a parent discovers their minor on Aywas and would like their child's account permanently deleted, the parent may e-mail this request to:
Aywas encourages users to protect their privacy. Aywas suggests that users do not share their e-mail, IM name, address, hometown, real name, or any other information that may identify the user to other viewers on the Aywas site. Aywas also takes the safety of all members very seriously. If any member feels they are being sexually harassed or their privacy is in danger of being invaded by a user soliciting information from them, they should make an immediate report to firstname.lastname@example.org so that our staff team may look into the issue. Any sexual harrassment, attempt to solicit a minor, or a user seeking to gain personal information about a minor will be seen as the behavior of a sexual predator, and the offending user may have their IP permanently banned and a report made to their ISP.
Users are expected to conduct themselves in a mature fashion at all times. Excessive rudeness or a hurtful, ridiculing attitude toward any player (user or staff), site feature, or site amenity will not be tolerated. When discussing a sensitive topic (such as religion, politics, sexuality, etc.), users must remember to remain respectful and should keep any criticism aimed at the issue instead of each other. Voicing dislike for a political/religious figure or group is allowed, but personal attacks and insults toward Aywas members is not. Utilizing the "rants" forum does not allow a user an exception to this rule.
The following topics are considered to be mature [M]: politics, religion, sex, sexual innuendo or jokes, artistic nudity, sexuality, self harm or other such behavior or thoughts and swearing. These topics are to be marked with [M] so that any user under the age of 17 should know full well that they are meant for mature audiences, and those not interested in such topics can know not to view them. These discussions may not be explicit in any way. These discussions are meant to allow freedom of speech within limitations for our more mature users. They are to be read and participated in at the users own discretion.
Aywas allows the use of swearing on the forums, so long as it is in a forum thread with [M], not explicit, and not directed toward any user. Forum titles, user names, and signatures may not have profanity in them. Swear words that require [M] are defined as: fuck, shit, bitch, bastard, ass. Using language toward another user that is racist, derogatory, or explicit is strictly forbidden.
No user may post any material that is sexually explicit or that is illegal in any way on Aywas.com. Users may not post about, mention, reference, or otherwise discuss the following topics: bestiality, child sexuality or pedophilia, warez or hacked programs, suicide, cult creation, or the killing or threatening of another person, both on Aywas and off.
All members are visitors, and expected to act like one. Aywas may revoke access to the website for any reason, regardless of the user's standing, behavior, or purchases. All accounts, virtual items, virtual currencies (BP, GP, SP), coding, virtual pets, images, and content are the property of Explorer Games, and may be seized without warning for any reason.
Aywas may change the services provided by our site for any reason. Aywas may change any fees and charges for accessing the site, purchasing items, currency, or pets, or any other content associated with Aywas. Aywas reserves the right to revoke access to any user of the site. Aywas may change the hardware or software of the site as well as terminate anything related to the site. Aywas reserves the right to terminate the service to any and all users, including closing Aywas down. Aywas will not refund any services, virtual items, currency, upgrades, or pets purchased in the event that the site closes.
The user submitting the charge is responsible for all payments incurred by themselves in the purchase of "Gold Paws" or any other Aywas merchandise. You agree that Aywas is not liable or responsible for charges made from either bank or credit card providers in association with the transactions you submit. You agree that by initiating a "PayPal Dispute," Chargeback," or any other means of attempting to recover funds spent through an Aywas transaction will result in an immediate, permanent ban, and that you accept liability for the transaction in question, any fees, such as chargeback fees or legal fees, that Aywas incurs due to your attempt to recover funds.
By submitting a transaction through PayPal for any Aywas merchandise, including virtual merchandise "GP," you agree that you are authorized to use the PayPal account you are sending the payment from. If you are found to be accessing a PayPal account and sending illegitimate transactions, you agree to be held liable for civil and/or criminal penalties as Aywas pursues all fraud avenues through your bank, PayPal, your credit card company, and any and all legal avenues that Aywas uses. You agree that all data you have submitted to Aywas will be used to identify you to police, credit card companies, PayPal employees, banks, courts, and any other entity involved in your attempt to recover funds and Aywas' attempt to pursue civil or criminal penalites.
Users may not sell any accounts, pets, items, currency, or any other property of Aywas for real life money, including but not limited to United States Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Euros, Gift cards (Visa Giftcard, Mastercard, Amazon Gift Card, etc) or real life objects that are not artwork (video games, books, etc). You may trade your site amenities for another site's amenities provided that site allows for reciprocal trading. Users may trade any site amenity for artwork, including drawings both digital and traditional, sculptures, hand made jewlry, etc. provided it does not include any official Aywas artwork.
You may not trade any site amenities to any site that allows you to trade their amenities for real life money or real life objects. An example of this is Second Life.
Cheating, including but not limited to multiple accounts, using programs like auto-buyers and auto-refreshers, and setting the browser to refresh a page, is strictly forbidden. Any cheating behavior will result in a ban. Scamming another user will result in a permanent ban. Abusing a glitch is strictly forbidden and will result in a permanent ban.
If you find a glitch that allows for unlawful gain of any site amenity, report it immediately to a site staff member and cease accessing any method that allows you to acivate the glitch. Hold aside any amenities you gained and prepare for a staff member to guide you regarding how to dispose of them. Posting or sharing glitches that allow for amenity gain is strictly forbidden and will result in a warning or ban.
Any user found to be using a disproportionate amount of site resources compared to other active, online users may be banned by Aywas Administration. An example of abusing site resources is holding down the F5 button on games or not allowing a page to load before playing the page again. You should always allow the page to load before renewing any action.
Users hereby acknowledge that Aywas has no control over which users gain access to Aywas.com. We have no responsibility to take any action regarding what materials you access, and what effects said materials may have on you. Nor do we hold responsibility for how you may interpret or use said materials, or what actions you take as a result of having been exposed to these materials. As we are primarily a more mature audience based site, Aywas may contain links to websites and threads on our forums that some users may find offensive or inappropriate, and Aywas does not endorse such links. In accessing Aywas.com, you are hereby releasing Aywas for all liability for your having acquired or not acquired materials through this site. You are agreeing to hold Aywas and its staff harmless from any claims, losses, damages, liabilities, including legal matters, fees, and situations arising out of your use or misuse of Aywas.com, violation of these Terms of Service, violation of the rights of any other user, or any breach made by you or another user on this site. Aywas reserves the right, at your expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter for which you are required to indemnify Aywas, and you agree to cooperate with Aywas’ defense of these claims.
Users posting any form of content on Aywas.com accept responsibility for all liability for content they have posted. Users who steal art, writing, or otherwise claim the work of others will be permanently banned. Aywas values others' intellectual property. If you feel that your rights have been infringed by an Aywas user, please submit a DMCA takedown notice to email@example.com.
Aywas administration will never ask you for password. Therefore, if you receive any messages requesting this kind of information, be sure to immediately report it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Users found requesting the passwords and login information of others in an attempt to scam will be banned permanently from the site.
Anyone who links to malicious virus’ or software will be immediately IP banned from Aywas, and a report will be sent to your current internet provider.
By playing on this site, you agree that you cannot hold Aywas responsible for the liability of any legal issues. You may not attempt, threaten or try to sue Aywas or any of its staff regarding any matter or issue. We have done what we can to ensure a safe, player friendly site for our members; it is their responsibility to have read these Terms of Service and to comply with them. You are hereby agreeing not to hold Aywas or any of the staff involved responsible for any loss, claim, expense or legal matters including but not limited to theft of personal information, non-compliance of the Terms of Service resulting in consequences to yourself or those involved, loss of service to your user account, including but not limited to Cash Shop items, items, currencies and pets.
The administration will post notices in the ‘news’ if any of these Terms of Service have changed. The user is responsible for checking the updated Terms of Service once notified of the need to do so. For any further questions not covered by the Terms of Service, or you are unsure about something contained in them, contact email@example.com.