I really love this game, but I'm finding I come across more AFK players who seem to be sitting and not interacting with people. This used to be against IRE rules, but it seems to be more and more common of late.
I'm not talking about someone taking a quick bathroom break or being awake but busy in one of the channels or tells or trying to organize their inventory, but people who sit in public for hours on end not doing anything, not even in a manse.I'm observing this--there's been one player today who's sat in the Aetherplex and doesn't acknowledge her surroundings. I once shouted to one of these players last year because he was at the Aetherplex and starving to death.
Why would people log in and do nothing? I can't see it just being fear of missing events, because they get announced elsewhere. (Estarra actually "tweets" events in the Facebook Lusternia group sometimes).
The one thing MUDs do better than any others is deep RP and imagination, there are hundreds of battle games where you don't have to speak at all. What are people doing. Just using it for OOC clan chat? Waiting for an event to happen?