Absences and Scarcity
Absences vs. Scarcity
If you know you’re going to be gone or too busy to post for any period of time, we encourage you to let fellow players know by either placing yourself on Absence, or proclaiming yourself Scarce. At Horizon these mean two different things:
Going on Absence
If you’re going to be gone for 7 days or longer, and if you do not plan to post during that time, put yourself on absence. Players on absence are assumed to be skipped in group threads— absence means you aren’t going to be posting at all for a week or more.
To go on absence, post in the Absences Board in OOC using the template provided there, and a staff member will handle the rest.
Please note that being on absence won’t protect your characters from going Inactive during an activity check.
If you know you’re going to be busy and unlikely to post, but if you still plan to post occasionally, consider scarcity— this just lets people know that you might be slow to respond.
Scarce players shouldn’t be skipped outside of the constrains of the Skip Time rule (see below) without their written permission. To give permission for others to skip you (esp. useful in group threads!), you can either post one sentence in that thread, post an OOC notice in the thread, or give consent over PM. If you are scarce, please be aware that your threadmates may ask for your permission to be skipped!
To become scarce, check the “Scarce?” box in your profile. If you want to give permission for others to skip you without having to ask, check the “Skippable?” box.
Three-Day Skip Rule
In group threads, any player who takes longer than three days to post may be skipped by the next player in the established posting order. This is called the Three-Day Skip rule.
The player who starts the thread may also specify that there’s no posting order (useful for larger group threads).
If a character goes inactive during the course of a group thread, the remaining players are free to come up with a vague powerplayed explanation for why that character dropped out (e.g. they left the scene, are just standing by, etc.)— please no spontaneous deaths, however. :)