Terms of Service

By registering as a member of the Phrozen Forums you hereby agree to abide by the following terms of service. Our rules apply to any communication here, whether forum post or private message or our Discord server. Incidents which violate these terms may result in corrective action depending on the circumstances. Please report any violations either to kingpin or any other member of the staff.

I) Remember that while the Staff of the Phrozen Keep does its best to filter out inappropriate postings, it cannot actively monitor each content post and are not responsible for any messages posted. Therefore, we do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message.

II) Administrators and moderators have the ability to remove objectionable messages and will make every effort to do so within a reasonable time frame, provided the removal proves to be necessary. Objectionable messages removal is a manual process, so please realize that the Staff may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

III) Messages express the views of the author, not necessarily the ones of the Phrozen Keep staff or any other entity associated with these forums. Any user who feels that a posted message or picture is objectionable is encouraged to contact either a moderator or an administrator via email or private message.

IV) Copyrighted material, including avatar images, should only be posted in these forums with the express permission of the owner(s) and with the appropriate copyright information either posted in full or linked within your signature. In case of material copyrighted by Blizzard Entertainment, we have the information displayed at the bottom of each forum page, so you may use this per Blizzard's copyright policy, which you can read by visiting:
http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/ab ... l-faq.html.

V) Do not use these forums to post any material which is knowingly false and/or sporting one of the following contents:
- defamatory
- inaccurate
- abusive
- vulgar
- hateful
- harassing
- obscene
- profane
- sexually oriented
- offensive to a person's religion
- threatening
- invasive of a person's privacy
- illegal

VI) Do not use these forums to initiate or continue hostility expressed toward any staff or member. Events such as "flaming" and "flame wars" will not be tolerated. The Phrozen Keep Staff reserves the right to edit, modify or delete any post made in regard. Although messages sent through the board's Private Message function cannot be directly monitored, the same provisions still apply.
Therefore, any member who happens to receive a message that is objectionable under the Terms of Service should not delete it, but rather forward a copy to one of the Senior administrator or moderators using the Quote button in the message reading screen. Harassment through private message will result in a suspension of the private message privileges for the sender, accompanied by a formal warning.

VII) Although The Phrozen Keep staff do not and cannot review the message of which to V) and VI) is posted and is not responsible for any of these messages, it reserves the right to remove objectionable content or delete any message or picture for any or no reason whatsoever. You retain the unique responsibility for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmlessness to the Phrozen Keep, the phpBB Group or any other entity associated and their agents concerning any claim based upon the transmission of your message(s).

VIII) Do not post primarily in numbers or symbols commonly referred to as "leet speak" (1337 sp34k). The general forum populace does not appreciate it.

IX) Do not post in all capitals or oversized text for no apparent reason, as this is generally considered expression of anger and\or yelling at someone, which is rude and not welcome here.

X) As the thread progresses, please do not stray too far from the original subject. While the Phrozen Keep Staff tries to give as much leniency as possible on this matter, if a topic goes off on too much of a tangent, the original thread may be locked and you may be requested to start a new topic.

XI) Refrain from posting unnecessary one or two word responses to existing threads including but not limited to "LOL" "woot" or any similar postings. If someone posts something amusing, everyone in the forum does not need to respond with his\her approval. If you feel your message is necessary, please accompany your response with at least a sentence of reasonable length relating to the subject.

XII) As a very last resort, the Phrozen Keep staff reserves the right to reveal your identity or whatever information we know about you in the event of a serious complaint or legal action arising from any message or materials posted by yourself.

XIII) Messages located within these forums may contain outside links to other web sites and files. The Phrozen Keep Staff has no control over the content and cannot ensure it will not be offensive or objectionable. However, the staff will remove links to material that proves to be inappropriate. This especially includes links to sites recommending or enabling prohibited or illegal activities, such as "{filtered}", "serialz" and "hacking" download sites. Advocating unlawful use of otherwise legitimate sites is also prohibited.

XIV) Repeatedly posting the same message in a forum or across multiple forums is considered spamming. If you accidentally post your message more than once, please utilize the forum features available to you and delete your post. To do this, click on the EDIT button above your post, to the right of the quote button, then at the next screen check "Delete this post" and press 'submit'.

XV) Although we don't have strict rules in terms of signatures, members should keep them ordered and polished. Many members attach useful and helpful links in their signature. An advice for a more efficient linking would be creating master lists and address to those instead of writing down every single link.

XVI) Impersonation of either a member or the forum staff or a private individual is not permitted whatsoever. This includes but is not limited to:
- using another user's personalized avatar or signature
- registering an account under an obviously similar username
- blatantly claiming to be another user.

XVII) Every and all discussion of closed and/or open Battle.net cheating/hacking is prohibited. This includes discussion of player-activated auxiliary software or software extension that could be used on Battle.net for cheating or hacking, whether discussed in that context or not. Although mods themselves could be constructed as potential Battle.net cheats or hacks, a mod cannot be supported in closed Battle.net and can be played on open Battle.net in dedicated games. However, any mod - and discussion of such mod - that implement features - like {filtered} or equivalent ones - which are considered to be Battle.net hacks by Blizzard and/or by the Phrozen Keep staff shall also be prohibited. Posts violating this rule will be deleted and/or locked and the responsible issued a warning for first-time offenses. Second-time offenders will be permanently and immediately banned from using this bulletin board.

XVIII) You are permitted to discuss editing any code necessary to accomplish the implementation of a feature into your mod included but not limited to Horadric cube recipes, potion replenish rates, damage dealt by hired mercenaries and damage dealt from in-game boss uniques/superuniques. all topics related to code editing should be referred to as 'editing' and not as 'hacking'.

XIX) Discussion of software piracy, {filtered}, serialz, bypassing of copyright protection, no-CD cracks, or other illegal activities is prohibited. This includes cases where software may be purchased but normal operation isn't possible (i.e damaged CD), as the Keep staff have no methods for verifying the status of such claim.

XX) When linking to an image, it is not permitted to "hot link" directly to the image on a server which you do not have permission to do so. Please save the image to your computer and either upload it to a free server or send it to a member of the forum staff to be hosted on this server.

XXI) Discussion related to modding games in the Diablo series is limited to full, authorized releases in which legal entitlement to use is established by purchase and such proofs of license as determined by the copyright holders. No discussion of demo versions, shareware versions or other promotional forms shall be allowed without the express consent of the copyright holders.

XXII) Each member shall respect the efforts of other members to provide material in the form of websites, mods, plugins, guides, tutorials, tools or any other contributions, whether hosted on the Keep or otherwise. Plugins are provided as building blocks for mods and are available to anybody for such use, so long as appropriate credit is given. All contributions that are not plugins shall not be copied and incorporated into a member's projects and websites without the expressed consent of the originator. If a project or website is found to include unauthorized material from other members, all links and content will be removed from the Keep and membership access may be denied.

XXIII) Discussion about creating, operating, accessing, playing on or contributing to private realm servers or other Battle.net emulation is prohibited. Linking to server sites, publishing server IP addresses, or linking to sites acting as gateways to private realm servers is also prohibited.

XXIV) We at the Phrozen Keep reserve the right to change these terms of service at any time without prior warning. However, updates will be posted in the announcements forum. People often ask if there is a way to convert bin files back to txt files. The answer is no, and there are no known tools that do so. Nobody is going to help you about it because the only purpose in doing so is stealing from other mod makers works and ideas. The same applies on ripping animations, dungeon tiles, user interface and everything else contained in a released mod which is not disclosed to the public (i.e is not a free to download 'release').
Although these are not violations in and of themselves, repeated infringements (especially when directed towards one recipient) may be considered a form of harassment.

The following list is not inclusive, and will be expanded as appropriate:
  1. Basic questions get asked all the time. Many of the basic questions are answered in tutorials and file guides available from the Phrozen Keep's main pages. You may be just starting out and have no idea where to start. The Keep's resource center is the best place to begin, especially the Idiot's Guide to Mod Making.
  2. Look, Listen and Learn. Before you ask a question, scan the forum and see if an existing thread covers your topic. You might even find your question has already been answered! I have seen threads two lines apart, where the earlier post had the answer to the question in the second post. Also use the Forum Search option in the top right corner. Keep your search text general and sift through the threads. At the very least, do not start new threads that cover the same ground as existing threads. Nobody gets awards for the number of topics started.
  3. Don't put things in your message like "I am leaving in a few minutes, can you answer this question before I get back so I can get on with business?" or "I am lazy, and don't want to read all that stuff." That is plain rude, you are saying your time is more valuable than others, and you would just assume we all drop what we are doing and solve your problem for you. Even if you do feel that way, just ask your question without expressing the sentiment. We really don't want to know.
  4. If you have an idea, try it out! Don't just ask somebody else to burn up their time solving your problems. Modding is an interactive and iterative process: you make a change, test it, correct it if necessary. You may find to your surprise the idea works from day one. If not, you will find that correcting errors teaches you a lot about modding. If you can't figure it out, then you will at least know what you need to ask a specific question.
  5. If your question is really targeted towards one person, send a Private Message. The PM button below each person's posts will set you up to launch a private message to the person. (Be aware that a copy of each private message is saved in your Sent box, so clean that out regularly if you send private messages often.)
  6. Use the subject field to summarize your post. Topics with non-specific phrases like "Help Me" may express how you feel, but won't necessarily attract the attention of the people who might know the answer you are seeking. Moderators reserve the right to edit your subject line for the benefit of the other forum users.
  7. You may want to think twice about responding to a thread where the previous post is over a few weeks old. Chances are very good the other participants have moved on to other concerns, or solved whatever problem they might have had at the time. The best reason for resurrecting a dead topic is to post situational updates if no current thread addresses the root issue. But most people start new topics even for updates, on the idea that a period of inactivity derails that thread's train of thought. Occasionally a thread will be bumped to jog people's memory about an outstanding issue, but this should be done very rarely and only for topics inactive longer than a week or two.
  8. Did you just crash? Before you ask anybody how to fix it, be sure you collect the facts. Debugging errors is another form of detective work. Make note of recent changes you made, and what you were doing in the game right before the crash. There are two types of crashes in Diablo II: assertions and unhandled exceptions. Assertions are when the game code makes some test of data and a potentially invalid condition is discovered. A popup with an assertion message appears (easiest to see in windowed mode), and debug information is posted to your debug file (the one in your install directory named D2yymmdd.txt). An unhandled exception occurs when an invalid condition has already occurred, and Windows (not the game) chokes on the results. Here you must look to the debug file for more information. None of us are mind readers, so the more information you provide, the more likely we are able to answer your question.
  9. Members announcing updates to their sites or projects should use the same threads previous announcements were posted to. Creating new threads over and over to announce updates causes unnecessary clutter in the forum, and loses continuity in the subject. It also degrades the search feature.
  10. Got an urgent question? Remember that forums are not chat channels. It will take time for somebody who knows the answer to find and respond to your question. Many of our members are in different time zones. Allow a day to get a response as a minimum. Consider using the official Phrozen Keep Discord instead.
  11. Members are strongly encouraged to edit previous messages to add additional content, if no response has been posted yet. A large EDIT button is provided for this purpose at the upper right corner of each post. Occasionally separate messages are appropriate, if significant time has passed or the new material is sufficiently different from the preceding material.