New player guide

This is your entrance point


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— by Meebee

Welcome to Canis Major! Canis Major is a wolf play-by-post roleplaying game set in a dreamscape. We built Canis to be a space where players are free to write creatively in collaboration with others with a focus on flexibility.


We write in third person, always.

One day in the game world is one day in real life.

There is no human interference in the world of Canis.

Liquid time is enabled; your character can be writing in multiple threads at once.

Canis uses intrusion fantasy. The environment or setting may have elements of the fantastical and it is often ambiguous whether it is real or not. Characters in Canis are non-magical.

Canis is rated 3-2-2 for minors and 3-3-3 for 18+ members

Don't be a jerk. You don't have to get along with everyone, but don't make it a problem for others.

In character actions should equal in character consequences.

For characters who don’t embrace consequences in very specific circumstances, players are permitted to harm other characters without permission (see ICA = ICC)

How to Join

  1. Read all the Introduction portions of the Guidebook
  2. Register a main account. This can be an OOC account or a character account.
  3. Register your first character account (if different from your main)
  4. Fill out your character's profile, especially the required sections
  5. Apply to join

Your first in character post

You've joined with your first character! Now what? Our recommendation is to start an AW (All Welcome) thread in the place where your character "wakes up." In Canis, wolf characters always come from somewhere beyond — how they get here is anyone's guess. Some characters seem to just appear. Others wake in a weird place, or wash up on a beach. It's your choice!

Your character can start in Canis anywhere you want, though be aware that if they awaken in a claimed territory, they might be kicked out by the resident wolves!

Playing Fair

Metagaming/Godmoding are not permitted on site. Powerplaying is not permitted without explicit communication with all players involved.

  • Metagaming: Using out of character knowledge to gain in character advantages without agreement of the other parties.
  • Godmoding: Overpowering a character to make a situation extremely imbalanced without agreement of other parties.
  • Powerplay: Taking control of another player's character without permission (includes mind-reading).

When in doubt, ask other players beforehand. If you feel as though unfair play is happening to your character, please reach out to the player first! More details on these definitions can be found here.


We are a Discord-free community. Staff discourages Discord or other community servers related to Canis and are not present to moderate them. If we see evidence of bullying or other negative behaviour affecting others, staff will remove players temporarily or permanently from the game.

Use the OOC forums or the Private Messaging system on Canis to communicate with other players about gameplay where possible.


Post questions in the Ask the staff forum.

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