Play-by-Blog in its very nature has an enemy. That enemy is all-powerful, ever-present and strikes at any time without warning. That enemy is called Real Life.
We have all been there. A game is fun and interesting and then a player (or the GM) is suddenly gone without warning. It is frustrating at best for all the others in the game and also very often caused by that monster, Real Life. We know this cannot be stopped, nor should it be! Real life, family, jobs, etc. SHOULD always come first. For a game or hobby to come first would be extremely bad.
However, I believe there is a solution that satisfies both worlds. With today’s technology there are many ways to get on the internet; PC’s, phones, tablets, internet cafés etc. Many places even have PC’s you can use for free. This availability of technology leads to a theorem: No matter what Real Life throws at us, we can still find 3 minutes to post “Hey, the monster got me and I won’t be back for a month or more”.
Wouldn’t that be preferable to just not knowing why someone was gone, or for how long? Well, I think so. Enter the Oath of Sangus; the Roman god of trust, honesty, and oaths. So how does this work? I am so glad you asked.
By commenting here, I agree to take the Oath of Sangus. In doing so, I promise to never simply disappear from a game, either as a Player or a GM.
When Real life happens to me – and it will – I agree to find 3 minutes to comment so that the others in the game know I have left, and if I shall return or not.
I give my oath to never just vanish from RoA without a comment, even though it may be very brief.
If I lose interest in a game or for ANY reason want to stop playing, I will let the GM/other players know I am leaving.
If you agree to take the Oath then simply post a comment here stating you have done so. Then you can say so in your character sheet, comment signature, and email correspondence. This will let everyone else know that you will make your very best effort to never just disappear.
This entry is NOT for opinions, or lengthy comments. You may or may not agree with it, but please have the courtesy to not post anything except taking the Oath as above. If you feel so strongly that some part of this should be discussed, feel free to Contact the Game Master.
Thank you for reading, and for considering the Oath!
Live the adventure,
A.E. Jackson, Game Master