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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 11:36PM considebalt said

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This! I deal with this all the time. Luckily my main character is a mercenary, so he goes all around the world, but for my other alts it's so much harder to come up with reasons after a couple of times. Though I find it harder to do this in shorter time lines, like when your character is involved in an RP story and you suddenly have to dissapear for a good amount of time, do you just then shoe-horn your way into the stuff you missed?

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Posted: Feb 25th 2012 6:58PM (Unverified) said

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I run into this all the time, as I keep quitting my main game for several months before it sucks me back in.

Luckily, my character has a storyline that allows for a solid reason to disappear willy nilly, and her sudden drops in and out of contact have become part of her character.

Posted: Mar 2nd 2012 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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In our military guild, absences can be harder to explain, and people had this tendency to pull "I was kidnapped and no one looked for me!"

DO NOT make this isn't something that is others' faults for not seeking out a character they couldn't know was kidnapped--and had no way to find.

Unless you do like a friend did and someone faked the character's death and had her sold off into slavery somewhere distant until she can escape/be rescued because the player can come back to the game--but that's a planned absence of unknown duration. Unplanned absences need something more generic and natural.

In the military guild where check-ins are required, we tend to say the characters are doing their duties in the background unless the player tells us differently. They may be on extended leave, at some advanced training (drill sergeant school, officer training, new job training), or off on a long-term assignment; this worked well in WoW for our Stormwind Keep-centric group; some of our absent folks are off with the Prince as he gets tutored across the world.

Sometimes it's just nice to have a life for your character in the background that lets them go off for a time when I'm playing other alts. SWTOR's also handy about the long distances, varied planets, and certain characters needing to lay low for a bit to explain some time off, depending on how active your RP is already in such a new game.

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