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Last Update: September 29th, 2015
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Please read the following Terms of Use before playing. By signing up, you agree to these terms as well as the Official Rules and Privacy Policy.

Terms of Use

Base Terms
Survival Guide: Dust Settles is a free-to-play, round-based, leadership and nation-building game that is developed and operated by Hartley Corporation, based in Georgia. Use of the game and website are subject the the laws of the United States and Georgia, and disputes, breaches of the terms/rules, etc. will be subject to said jurisdictions. If you use the website and/or game outside of US jurisdiction, you are solely responsible for compliance with local laws.

You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and Hartley Corporation as a result of this agreement or your use of the site or the game.

We encourage you to read these terms and our Privacy Policy carefully. In order to sign up for an account, you must agree to the rules, terms, and privacy policy. Further, you agree to be bound by these rules and terms and that the agreement is enforceable like any written contract you sign. If you are not willing to be bound by these rules and terms, then do not create an account.

We reserve the right to suspend or terminate accounts for violations of the rules or terms. We also may initiate temporary suspensions of accounts sitewide if needed for updates or in the event of a major issue.

You also have the right to terminate your account at any time you choose. If you wish to have your account fully removed from our site/game, please send an email to contact@dustsettles.com.

We reserve the right to modify any account or camp name which is determined to violate the rules above. You will be notified and in a first offence instance, will be given the opportunity to choose a name which does not violate these rules. Repeat offences, however, can lead to bans and even permanent termination of your account.

Round Resets
As a round-based game, certain data will be reset between rounds. Think of it as if you are playing a game of chess. Once the ending conditions for the game have been met (the stated end of the round), the "board" is cleared and everyone starts over for the next round.

Camp names can be reserved and statistics, trophies, and awards will be saved for each round, though specific game progress outside of what is needed for historical score charts will not be saved in any way that can be reinstated. We will keep backups for our own use and for disputes.

Copyright and Trademarks
Items Created by the SG Team: All images, code, logos, and characters on the website and in the game are copyright of Hartley Corporation unless otherwise indicated. All trademarks, service marks, and domain names are the property of Hartley Corporation unless otherwise indicated. You are not authorized to use any of the properties for a commercial purpose without the express written permission of Hartley Corporation.

Items Created by Users/Players: By agreeing to these terms, you agree to only post things that you have permission and authorization to post. Forum posts, messages, and other user generated content is assumed to be copyright of the creator of said content unless otherwise noted. As such, by agreeing to these terms, you grant us permission to show your posts to other users, players, admins, moderators, and creators as appropriate. We reserve the right to request permission to use your posts in marketing and promotional material.

If you post/send suggestions, feedback, etc., you are giving us permission to use those ideas in any way we see fit, ranging from full implementation to complete lack of the same, with no expectation of payment or other reimbursement.

DMCA Notice: If you feel that something has been posted on the site that violates your property rights, please send an appropriate DMCA notification (as detailed below) to copyright@dustsettles.com. Please do not include this information as an attachment as we will not open or read said attachments due to security concerns. Please remember that these notifications are legal notices and that we reserve the right to provide copies of such notices to the participants in the dispute or to third parties. The Privacy Policy does not protect information provided in these notices.

Please remember to consider Fair Use when you are deciding whether such actions are appropriate, and provide the following when sending a takedown request.
  1. An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright
  2. A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed
  3. The URL or a full description of the location on the SG: Dust Settles website and/or game containing the material that you claim is infringing
  4. Your address, telephone number, and email address
  5. A statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (including Fair Use allowances)
  6. A statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf

Disclaimers
The website and game are provided on an "as is" basis. We make no claims as to the reliability of the features or content, and disclaim all liability in the event of a service failure. No warranties, express or implied, are made with respect to the site, game, or any content therein.

You are responsible for all hardware, software, and any Internet connections and data plans necessary to access and use the game and website as well as the costs associated. Please remember that this is a competitive game, and as such, the client will check in to our servers on a regular basis to make sure everything remains fair and that all data is reasonably up to date. As such any time your device is not connected to a WiFi connection, you will be using some of your data plan. We are not responsible for charges associated with such, and we encourage you to keep track of your usage to avoid overages.

We reserve the right to terminate this agreement at any time, including through a decision to permanently discontinue offering and/or supporting the website and game. You may terminate it at any time by ceasing use of the site and game, and may go further by having us terminate your account by contacting us at contact@dustsettles.com.

Our failure to enforce any provision of this agreement does not represent a present or future waiver of such provision, nor does it affect the right of any party to enforce any and all provisions in the future.

If any part of this agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, that does not nullify or otherwise invalidate the whole of the agreement or any remaining portions. The part deemed invalid will be updated and modified for future use to make it properly enforceable, unless it cannot be reformed, at which point it will be removed.

Privacy
In signing up for an account, you are asked to provide some personally identifying information. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details.

Updates
We reserve the right to update the rules and terms of use as we deem necessary at any time. Such changes will be announced through this page as well as through appropriate news announcements. You are responsible for checking these agreements periodically, even if you miss the initial announcement. If you no longer wish to abide by the terms and rules after a change, email contact@dustsettles.com to have your account terminated. We also reserve the right to make updates and changes to the website and game at any time. While we will endeavor to notify all users about an upcoming change through news announcements and the like, we reserve the right to make changes without notice if necessary.
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