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No, I don’t mean the song. This is about players who are gone for days to weeks on end without posting on a game. His finest life gets in the way, I mean who doesn’t need a vacation every now and then. The problem is when you don’t tell other players when you were going to be gone. One day is fine, two days is understandable but frustrating, three days is pushing it but we can still wait, four days is beyond too much. I mean if you are really gone that long, what was the point in signing up for the game to begin with? Shouldn’t you be on a game where everyone is usually busy and plot is slow?

First off, I’m not saying you can’t be gone. Odds are, you’re going to be gone for school, work, family outings, excetra excetra. And is that is fine. We encourage you to not spend all your time on our games. However, days two weeks is gone too long without notice. Spending too much time on any one game can really interfere with things that you have to do. We all loved the world that we have created, the characters we use to travel said world. But you cannot expect to still be on a game if you are not active enough.

Now, I know I said two days is fine. But the same thing happened to you a person was gone for two or more days, to be more than frustrated? If I’m going to be gone for more than a couple hours, I tell everybody I’m playing with that I’m not going to be on. If I can’t get to a computer, I will at least use my phone putting OOC post to inform the other players but I will not be on. I have already many people that I would be gone for a weekend because of personal reasons.

This is something we should all do. Not supposed to be gone for hours, but if you’re going to be gone for a day or more. This way, the other players can post around your absence. If you are a major player, even letting them control your characters as a sign of respect for them and yourself. This shows that you respect your other players and love to know how your character should be played, if needed. I often that some people play my characters if I’m going to be gone for a day or more. If I’m going to sleep I tell them, “Hey, I’m going to be.” If I’m going to be gone for a couple hours, then I tell them they can go ahead and post but not to expect a reply for me anytime soon.

If you can’t respect the other players and have to say something, respect the character you have created. Being gone for more than one week can result in you being kicked off of the game. Not all mods will kick you off of the game if you’ve been absent for a week, but after a week your character has been forgotten and nobody really knows how to bring them into story line that has already been created. Create a character, then leaving, and returning after a long period of time can result in you not only not knowing what is going on in the game, they can also result in you losing a lot of what has already been established by your character. So respect the character enough to post as often as you can.

If you can only post once or twice a day, please inform all your players. If you can only post once a week, tell everyone. If you are going on vacation for a month, please, for the love of all that is good about role playing, hope that you will be gone so that people can do something with their own stories! If you can’t do it least that then play with people who know how you tend to be. If someone you know is playing on the same thing as you and they understand what you do and how you do it, then they can at least inform somebody for you. This way, if you have no internet access of any sort, people will still understand that you will be gone for a long period of time.

Please, respect your fellow players, your characters, and the game enough to inform everyone when you will be gone for days. Respect the name of the game. Respect Ongoing Worlds. And respect the craft we all enjoy.