General TFL Guidelines
- Please make sure you've read the rules carefully and checked the approved section before applying.
- If you're applying for more than one fanlisting, please use a separate form for each fanlisting you want.
- If the fanlisting you want fits into more than one category, please apply in both categories. This does not apply to certain categories, however. Please check the rules and category list pages for more information.
- Name, Email, HTML Example and subject are required fields. Your application will NOT go through unless you fill in these fields.
- Your HTML Example must be your own work. Applications submitted with a link to a website designed and built by someone else will be rejected.
- Please do not use AOL.com, Hotmail.com, Hotmail.co.uk, Live.com, Outlook.com, other MSN.com variations, Yahoo.com or other Yahoo variations because we cannot guarantee our emails will reach these addresses.
- PLEASE NOTE: there is a limit on the number
of upcoming fanlistings an owner may have. If you have:
- 6 fanlistings upcoming in a category and/or
- 20 fanlistings upcoming at the network
the staffer has the right to reject your application out-right or until you complete some of your upcoming fanlistings..
If some of these are pending finished forms being processed, include the completed URLs in your application form.
Do not use more than one email address to apply for your fanlistings.
Specific Games Rules
- You CANNOT apply for games that have not yet been released. Once a game has been released, you can send in an application. However, I will wait at least two weeks before approving any non-music fanlisting for that game. This is to ensure that people actually get to play the game before they apply. EXCEPTIONS:
- Please see the next rule for fanlistings related to Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts.
- Music fanlistings will be approved two weeks after the song is released on CD/digitally or the game comes out - whichever comes first.
- Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series: Applications for C/C/V, Game Characters, Fan Works, Miscellany, and Relationships fanlistings related to Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts video games will be accepted only after western release dates (such as a North American or European date), rather than after Japanese release dates. I wait at least two weeks after the western release date before approving fanlistings for these subjects from those categories.
- Only individual games or series can be applied for. Fanlistings for general subjects (e.g., all video games, all RPG games, all games with elves, Squaresoft games, all Lord of the Rings related games) will not be accepted. If you want to run the fanlistings for each specific game in a series, you must apply for them in separate applications.
- Series fanlistings can only be applied for if there are at least three released games in the series. Fanlistings approved before this rule was made will not be affected.
- Series within series will NOT be approved because of "triple dipping." For example, a fanlisting for "Final Fantasy VII Series" will not be approved because there is already a fanlisting for Final Fantasy VII and the Final Fantasy series. Similarly, a fanlisting for "The Sims (1, 2, 3, 4) series" will not be approved because there is already a fanlisting for "The Sims 1 series" and "The Sims 2 series."
- Collections of games into one game will NOT be approved. For example, if a video game is simply a collection of previously released video games, you must apply for the series or each game individually. The collection itself will not be approved.
- Remakes (such as the Resident Evil games or the early Final Fantasy games), special or extended editions (like Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission), re-releases (like Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX), and ports (such as Skies of Arcadia) of video or console games will usually be covered by the original game fanlisting. Remakes, special/extended editions, re-releases, and ports will normally NOT be approved separately.
- You cannot apply for characters or relationships for games that are based on a movie, book, anime, comic, cartoon, or TV show. This conflicts entirely with other categories in the network, such as Characters: Book/Movie and Characters: TV. However, if a character or relationship plays a significant part in a game, owners of existing fanlistings will be able to crosslist from other categories.
- We do not approve applications for a certain "version" of a character, such as the demon, psychic, good, bad, evil, enchanted, ghost, adult, powered up, or otherwise "alternate persona" of a character. Character FLs approved before this rule will not be affected.
- There will only be one fanlisting for characters that appear in multiple games. Please apply for characters under the series name or the major game in which they appear (e.g., apply for Luigi under Super Mario Bros., rather than Mario Party). For example, there can only be one fanlisting for Mario from the Mario Bros. series and other games in which Mario appears. Fanlistings must be for the character from all games in which he/she appears. Character FLs approved before this rule will not be affected.
- Only one fanlisting will be approved for subjects that appear in multiple games, similar to the above rule for Characters. This applies to all subcategories. For example: only one FL will be approved for the Tidus/Yuna relationship for the FFX games, only one FL will be approved for the Triforce, and only one FL will be approved for the Thief class for the entire Final Fantasy series.
- Character fanlistings are for single characters only. Character groups will only be considered if the group cannot be broken down into single characters. Even then, this will be at our discretion. Examples: YES to Black Mages (FF9), but NO to Summoners (FFX) and NO to Game: Characters/Men/Women of. All existing fanlistings falling under the old rules will not be affected.
- Music Fanlistings: "Music of" fanlistings will no longer be accepted. Please apply for specific soundtracks and CD names instead (e.g. Final Fantasy VIII OST). If a game does not have an officially released soundtrack, then "Music of" is acceptable for that specific game. "Music of" fanlistings for series will no longer be accepted. Fanlistings approved before this rule are not affected.
- For RPGs, Games will only accept fanlistings for "published" RPGs. Original or fanbased RPGs on any medium (e-mail, message boards, chat rooms, journals, Mud, etc.) will not be accepted. For example: Dungeons and Dragons and video game RPGs are acceptable, but role-playing journals and Harry Potter RPGs are not.
- Mobile & Web Games: Mobile games (e.g. for smart phones and tablets) and web games (browser-based games such as Facebook applications) are approvable. However, only legitimate games will be approved: mere clones or copies (e.g. Flappy Bird clones) will not be approved, and fan games should be applied for under the Fan Works subcategory.
- All applications must include the publisher's name (ex: "Farmville (Zynga)" or "Candy Crush Saga (King)") and, if possible, a link to where the game can be accessed or purchased (ex: the iTunes or Google Play link).
- Games without official publishers (e.g. games made by individuals) must include a link to where the game can be accessed.
- Web games must include a link to where the game can be accessed.
- Subjects like FMVs (Full Motion Videos), story, graphics, gameplay, battle system, and levels are not accepted. These would be considered part of the game itself.
- Relationships: All relationship fanlistings must be for all aspects of the relationship. Fanlistings cannot be for romances only, friendships only, rivalries only, etc. - this is so that fans of any form of relationship (positive or negative) can join. You may state your own opinions and dedicate parts of the site to whatever viewpoint you favor. However, the fanlisting itself must welcome and accept all fans of the relationship without any particular bent. Relationship fanlistings can have a maximum of 10 characters.
- Miscellany: Please explain what your subject is, i.e., whether it is an item, a weapon, a place, a class, or something else.
- Fan Works: The Fan Works subcategory follows the same rules as those listed in the Fan Works category.
- Pokemon Fanlistings:
- Pokemon-related subjects that originate from the anime or manga series will not be approved in TFL's Games category; these belong at The Anime Fanlistings Network. For example: Ash Ketchum & Gary Oak would not be approvable at TFL because they are both anime-created characters. A fanlisting for Red & Blue (Green) would be approvable in Games, but the fanlisting would have to cover those characters as they appear in the games.
- Pokemon fanlistings that are listed at TAFL are not automatically guaranteed to be crosslisted at TFL. The networks are separate.
- Adult Games: Although games (and all related fanlistings) with sexually explicit content belong in the Adult category, if a game has an official non-adult version (e.g., Togainu no Chi TRUE BLOOD, Fate/stay night), that fanlisting can be crosslisted in Games, so long as the fanlisting itself does not contain adult content.
- Companies: Any fanlistings for companies that are related to games (ex: Square-Enix, Nintendo, Zynga) must be applied for in the Companies category, not the Games category.
- Only include spoilers in your application if it is necessary to ensure that double approvals do not occur. This usually means alternate names/identities of a character - please note in your application which names/identities are spoilers. Otherwise, PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE UNNECESSARY SPOILERS IN YOUR APPLICATION, such as "This character is really X's sister/father/dead lover, a secret revealed half-way through the game!" The staffers play games, too. This applies to games released within the last year.
- ALL APPLICATIONS MUST HAVE THE NAME OF THE GAME THAT THE SUBJECT COMES FROM. In the Subject line of the form, please apply as follows: Game Name - Subject (for example, "Super Mario Bros. - Mario"). Note: If you are applying for the game itself, you only need to include the Game Name, as that is the subject. Failure to include the game name may result in your application being returned to you or outright rejected.
- ALL APPLICATIONS MUST HAVE A SUBCATEGORY. Failure to include the proper subcategory may result in your application being returned to you or outright rejected. Subcategories are: Board, Card, RPG, Etc. Games; Computer, Console, & Video Games; Fan Works; Game Characters; Game Designers; Game Music; Game Systems; Miscellany; Mobile & Web Games; Relationships.