This has worked for me, I have played a hostile character since about a month after I joined. I have never been found guilty of a IC rule break.
1. Have a reason.
A lot of bandits make a mistake when they hostile rp. They see a person and immediately initiate. This breaks a couple rules, including the "Must make contact" and have a valid RP reason to do so. Now initiating on someone for food is a valid IC reason, initiating because you suspect them of something, or even because you don't lik