Event Rules & Etiquette
• RopeLab events are 18+ or 19+ depending on the venue. Please check event venue for details. Note: All RopeLab events at The Columbus Space are 19+.
• Please do not show up early. Coming late is okay.
• Please follow the Grandmother Rules when entering and exiting the location, and make sure obvious toys are hidden.
• Please clean up after yourself and report issues found.
• Please plan and be prepared to end before the end time
•No alcohol, no illegal substances, no smoking, no e-cigs.
•Clothing is optional and nudity wonderful, but barriers must be placed between person and floor or furniture. Bring towels and blankets!
•Nudity is only allowed in the main room. Everyone must be fully clothed in lobby and around the front door.
•No blood or other bio-hazard items.
RopeLab General Event Rules:
These rules are automatically supplemented by the event waiver, and may be supplemented by event-specific rules posted or announced at events. Rules at any event venue automatically supplement these rules. If venue rules contradict these rules, then the venue rule controls.
RopeLab, LLC (“RopeLab”) has the right eject anyone from the event for violating the rules or for any other reason.
RopeLab does not permit convicted sex offenders or known consent violators to participate.
Safety and Consent:
* Rope also cause nerve damage, broken bones, dead, and other injuries. If you don't know how to do something, ask and learn before doing. All main up lines must locked. If you don't know what this means, don't do suspensions!
* You don't have to participate. No means no and consent for any touching is a must.
* You can be nude and we love it, but not around the front door, and please place something you brought between you and everything you sit on.
* Please alert RopeLab staff to any question, problems, issues, including safety and consent issues. Remember the Monkey King quote: Consent is everything. This includes people in lab time, workshops or practice time- offers of assistance are nice, but do not intrude, touch someone or their rope or personal items without permission, and respectfully leave them alone if they decline your offer to help. Give people personal space. If you see someone doing something really cool that you want to learn, you wait until they are done to ask them about it. If you see someone trying to figure something out, you let them figure it out. That is how people learn. You can ask them if they want help, but don't help unless you have permission.
* Safe words: RED or SAFE WORD
* Please no dynamic swinging except on hard points; please ask for assistance before swinging on hard points.
* No smoking/vaping inside.
* Please take care of the venue! We want to keep it!
* Please clean up and remember that this whole thing is run by volunteers! Feel free to stay after and help clean up. That would be cool. Email us if you are interested in volunteering for RopeLab in the future.
Be kind, Respectful and Use Common Sense.
These rules apply to everyone. Negative behavior may affect us all. This is a Pansexual Kink event, meaning there is minimal protocol, no discrimination is allowed, and all or welcome. Mutual respect is the standard for ALL participants. Safety and discretion of the event participants is paramount. Please respect the space! We won’t be able to use it if we break it. RopeLab, LLC (“RopeLab”) has the right eject anyone from the event for violating the rules or for any other reason.
* Photography - Yes you can! But…you must have permission from everyone in the photo to take AND share or post photographs. Please do not out people or venue – use the back drop or a blank wall, and don’t point camera or phone at people (like be careful texting).
Confidentiality is imperative and allows for RopeLab events to be safe spaces for people who are here to enjoy and learn. People on call should set their phone to vibrate. If you need to make or answer a call, please do so outside the building or in the social area. Photography is allowed, but do not take a picture of any person without their permission, and you must have the written permission of the photographer and each person in a photo to post, share, publish, transmit, or use the photo.
Please do not point a device such as a phone or camera at, or hold in such a way that would allow you to photograph, any other person unless they have already agreed (for example, point your phone away from people while texting). Should someone agree to be photographed, you must ensure that nobody else is in the background of the photograph. All participants agree that no photograph can be published, posted, shared, or used in any way without both the permission of the photographer and every person in the image. No photograph shall be altered or used in any way without the permission of photographer.
Anything that is against the law in the state of Ohio, or the USA, is still illegal in the RopeLab Event Areas. This includes solicitation, prostitution, negotiation of payment for play or sexual services, use or sale of illegal substances, etc. Furthermore, even though not illegal, there are no firearms allowed within the confines of RopeLab Events. Additionally, RopeLab will not knowingly admit to membership, events, or meetings any individual who has been convicted of a sexual crime and/or is a registered sex offender in any jurisdiction.
There is No Smoking, eCig use, or vaping inside the Event area. Dress appropriately when using the non-kink smoking areas outside of the Event area. Please remember to field strip and properly dispose of any litter.
Provided Communal Equipment.
The rigging equipment, and any other equipment is either RopeLab Property provided for use by the Community or belongs specifically to one of the individual members of RopeLab or the Venue. Please return them, cleaned, after use. For the protection of everyone, we ask that you use the cleaning supplies located throughout the Play Space. Please clean up after your scene. Leave all equipment free of sweat, bodily fluids, etc. Bring bodily fluid contamination to the attention of any RopeLab staff member.
Play Space Etiquette.
Normal Play Space etiquette is required. Do not intrude into a scene unless specifically and verbally invited by the participants. Do not touch anyone or anyone's gear without permission. NO MEANS NO. Watching from a respectful distance is permitted while in the play space, but please keep all conversation, laughter and comments to a minimum. DO NOT TALK TO or INTERACT WITH the players while the scene is progressing, unless specifically and verbally invited. Longer conversations are expected to be taken to the designated social area.
The universal safe-words are RED and SAFE-WORD. If either word is used, the scene will be stopped immediately. The use of the safe-word YELLOW is a cautionary safe-word, and will not necessarily cause your scene to be stopped.
Purposeful cutting or piercing of the skin (including needle play, cuttings, stapling et al), Gun Play, Golden showers (urine), Brown showers (Feces) and/or Rainbow/Roman showers (Vomit) are not allowed in this venue. Anything illegal at te location of the venue is also not permitted.
Please inform any member of the RopeLab Staff prior to any extreme play, dynamic suspensions, abductions, or any other scene that appears dangerous or non-consensual. If, as an observer, you see play that appears dangerous or non-consensual, please do not interrupt the scene. Rather, ask any RopeLab Staff member to investigate the scene. In fact, if you have questions about ANY behaviors or scenes at the event, ask any RopeLab Staff member for clarification and information.
Defer to RopeLab Staff.
Requests and directions made by RopeLab Staff members must be followed. If someone is breaching Play Space etiquette, your scene is being disturbed, or you are being bothered unduly, please notify any RopeLab Staff member. The RopeLab Staff member will have the final say in all activity at the Event. RopeLab staff members have the right to stop any scene that they feel is unsafe, non-consensual, or too intense for this venue.
It takes many willing volunteers to make it run smoothly. Please be kind, and thank the volunteers for their time and contribution to the event. Please contact RopeLab to volunteer. Events such as these do not run themselves!
By attending the Event and your presence inside this Venue, you agree that: 1) you are 19 years old or older (unless the event and venue specifically allow 18 years old or older, you are agreeing that you are 18 years old or older) and that you are and will be personally and financially responsible for any damage caused directly or indirectly by your actions to any property, furniture, and/or amenities owned by RopeLab, the organizers, presenters and volunteers, the Venue, building owners and the business owner; 2) you are not an employee of an any law enforcement or governmental agency, or that if you are, you are attending this event solely for your personal enjoyment and not as part of any investigation or in any other official capacity; 3) you are not a registered sex offender; 4) you are not a member of the media, or that if you are, you are attending this event solely for your personal enjoyment and not as part of any investigation or gathering of information and that you will not use any such information in any manner without the express written permission of RopeLab; and 5) that you agree to hold RopeLab, the organizers, presenters/volunteers, the building owners/the business owner, and all persons associated with this event in any way, harmless and indemnify them from and against any and all claims, actions, suits, injuries, damages or rights of any kind whatsoever, including death or serious injury to body, person, or reputation, in any way resulting from your registration, presence, observations, participation or activities as a registrant, guest or participants which are sustained by you, made by you, or made on your behalf; regardless of negligence of the released parties.
RopeLab reserves the right to refuse admission to any RopeLab Event or remove anyone from the Event or Venue for a rules violation or for any reason at its discretion without refund. The rules may be amended at any time.
Last reviewed and updated 12/27/17
ROPELAB WAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT
(This form must be signed to enter RopeLab events)
EVENT: RopeLab (The “Event”)
VENUE: “The Columbus Space” - 180 Outerbelt St, Columbus, OH 43213 (the “Venue”)
ATTENTION: ROPE BONDAGE, SUSPENSIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES CAN BE DANGEROUS. DO NOT ATTEMPT SUCH ACTIVITIES WITHOUT ASSISTANCE UNLESS YOU ARE EXPERIENCED AND UNDERSTAND ALL SAFETY PROTOCOLS. PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING AND SIGN ONLY IF YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THE AGREEMENT AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ITS TERMS. THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY, INDEMNIFICATION AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT (HEREIN REFERRED TO AS “AGREEMENT”) LIMITS YOUR LEGAL RIGHT TO ANY RECOVERY OF DAMAGES ON ACCOUNT OF PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY OR CLAIMED LOSS TO REPUTATION OR OTHERWISE DUE TO YOUR PRESENCE AT, PARTICIPATION IN OR OBSERVATION OF THE EVENT OR ANY EVENT OR FORUM PRODUCED OR CONTROLLED BY ROPELAB, LLC (HEREIN REFERRED TO AS “RL”).
I/we (the “Participant”) represent and warrant that I am at or above the age of 19; that I am fluent in, able to understand and read English; that I am seeking admission to the EVENT (defined herein as this Event or any RL produced event or workshop now or in the future) as a result of my own free will; that I am of sound mind and body, not under the influence of any drugs, medications, alcohol or other substance that would impair my ability to review and fully understand the terms and conditions of this agreement and the Event Rules; and that no one has forced or threatened me to attend this EVENT.
In consideration for RL accepting my entry to the EVENT and allowing my participation in the educational, participatory or any other aspect of the EVENT (including but not limited to personal and group activities that I might initiate, participate in, or become involved in for any reason or under any auspices whatsoever), I HEREBY FULLY AND FOREVER RELEASE AND DISCHARGE ROPELAB, LLC and the VENUE, AS WELL AS THEIR STOCKHOLDERS, MEMBERS, OWNERS, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, ORGANIZERS, PROMOTERS, ADVISERS, AND ANY OTHER PARTICIPANT OR GUEST AS WELL AS EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS, OPERATORS, MANAGERS OR EMPLOYEES OR AGENTS AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS AND ALL PERSONS WHOMSOEVER (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”), FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, ACTIONS, SUITS, INJURIES, DAMAGES OR RIGHTS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY TO BODY, EMOTIONAL DAMAGE OR STRESS, DEFAMATION OR DAMAGE TO PERSON OR REPUTATION, IN ANY WAY RESULTING FROM MY REGISTRATION, PRESENCE, OBSERVATION, PARTICIPATION OR ACTIVITIES AT THE EVENT OR AT THE VENUE OR AS A MEMBER OR PARTICIPANT IN ROPELAB, OR ANY EVENT OR FORUM CONTROLLED OR ORGANIZED BY RL, WHETHER AS A PARTICIPANT, OBSERVER OR GUEST, WHICH ARE SUSTAINED BY ME; REGARDLESS OF THE NEGLIGENCE (INCLUDING GROSS NEGLIGENCE) OR ACTS OF (INCLUDING INTENTIONAL ACTS) OF THE RELEASED PARTIES. THIS RELEASE INCLUDES BOTH NEGLIGENT AND INTENTIONAL ACTS AND/OR OMISSIONS BY THE RELEASED PARTIES OR ANY OTHER PERSON IN ANY WAY RELATED TO OR ARISING DURING THE EVENT, WHILE AT THE VENUE, OR ANY RL EVENT IN THE FUTURE OR ON THE DATES OF A RL EVENT OR THROUGH USE OR ATTEMPTED USE OF ANY ACTIVITIES OR METHODS TAUGHT, DISPLAYED, LEARNED, OR OTHERWISE DISCUSSED AT ANY RL EVENT OR WHILE I AM AT THE VENUE OR AS A RESULT OF MY MEMBERSHIP OR PARTICIPATION IN RL, OR AT ANY SUCH EVENT.
BY SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT, I/WE, UNDERSTAND THAT SOME ACTIVITIES THAT MAY TAKE PLACE AT THE EVENT MAY BE INHERENTLY RISKY OR DANGEROUS AND/OR OF A SEXUAL OR EXPLICIT NATURE. I UNDERSTAND SUCH DANGERS AND ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISK IN PARTICIPATING IN ANY SUCH ACTIVITIES AND THE EVENT, AND UNDERSTANDS THAT PARTICIPATION IN THIS EVENT COULD RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURIES, PAIN AND SUFFERING, CONSCIOUS SUFFERING, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND/OR BODILY INJURY, AND, DESPITE SUCH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING, I AGREE TO PERSONALLY ASSUME ALL SUCH DANGERS AND RISKS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DEATH, PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL INJURY, WHICH MAY RESULT, WHETHER THOSE RISKS ARE KNOWN, PARTIALLY KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, DURING MY PRESENCE AT, OBSERVATION OF OR PARTICIPATION IN, WHETHER WILLINGLY OR AGAINST MY WILL, THE EVENT. I AGREE TO HOLD THE RELEASED PARTIES AND ALL PERSONS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS EVENT IN ANY WAY, HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY THEM FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS MADE BY ME OR MADE ON MY BEHALF.
I agree to the terms and conditions imposed on my registration, presence, observation or participation in the EVENT and understand that my registration, presence, observation or participation is accepted solely based on my representations, warranties, agreements and conditions contained in this Agreement. I have received, read, fully understand and agree to follow the Event Rules as attached hereto and/or otherwise posted at the Event and fully incorporated into this Agreement by reference. I shall not attend any portion of EVENT under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and hereby warrant that I shall not possess illegal substances at the EVENT or VENUE. I understand that if I violate this or any of the Event Rules, I am subject to immediate ejection without refund of my registration fee or any costs. I agree to and will abide by the Event Rules, which are incorporated herein.
I agree to be personally and financially responsible for, and shall immediately pay for any damage caused directly or indirectly by my actions to any property, furniture, furnishings, and/or amenities. I warrant and represent that I am not an employee of any law enforcement or governmental agency, or that if I am, I am attending this event solely for my personal enjoyment and not as part of any investigation or in any other official capacity. I warrant and represent that I am not a member of the media, a private investigator, or that if I am, I am attending this event solely for my personal enjoyment and not as part of any investigation or gathering of information and that I will not use any such information in any manner without the express written permission of RL. I agree that I will not “out” any participant, organizer of the Event or the Venue; thus I will not disclose or discuss the attendance of others or their presence of participants at the event with individuals not at the event and that I will maintain their confidentiality. I will also not share the name of the Venue or its location with any third parties not at the event or disclose that the Venue was used for the event or similar events. I will take or not share, distribute, post or publish pictures of anyone or the venue without their explicit consent and permission.
I further warrant and represent that I am not here on behalf of any third party to perform an investigation or gather information for any third party, and that any information obtained at the Event, including but not limited to information regarding RL, the VENUE, the Released Parties or individuals at the Event, shall remain strictly confidential and not be published or reported to any third party. I agree that everything that I observe here will be kept in strict confidence, INCLUDING THE VENUE NAME AND LOCATION, and I recognize this as a contractual obligation and that I will do nothing to jeopardize the privacy and identities of any other attendees, Members, or of the Venue without the express written permission of RL. Furthermore, I agree that if I create any descriptions or accounts of any activities at this event in any way, I will request permission from the RL management prior to doing so. I warrant, represent and agree that I will not take any photographs or video without the express written consent of RL and any individuals appearing therein, and any photographs taken will be taken in strict compliance with the Event Rules. I agree to comply with the RL rules and all Event Rules and Venue rules, including all rules regarding use, publication, posting and sharing of any such photographs.
I warrant and represent that I am attending this event for my personal enjoyment and that I understand that in so doing I will be exposed to sexually explicit activities that some people might find offensive, including but not limited to bondage and sadomasochism, and I hereby warrant and represent that I do not find such activities offensive and that I consent to being exposed to such activities at this event. I further understand, warrant and represent that I am not obligated to participate in any activities and that I will not do so if I am not comfortable and willing to assume any and all risks in doing so. I further warrant and represent that I will comply with all laws, ordinance and regulations while at the Event and that any and all activities in which I participate while at the Event will not violate any such laws.
I, the Participant, HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD, and AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT and THE EVENT RULES:
PARTICIPANT’S SIGNATURE: X ____________________________ Date ________________
Participant’s Name (Please print clearly!): _____________________________________________