CREATING NEW CHARACTERS
When creating a new character, please ensure that you have an available Character Slot or Token before you post their application. You can see how many slots or tokens you have on your player account profile page. Slots or tokens that have been earned, gifted, awarded, or won are sent to you and will show on your player account profile page; otherwise, it's up to you to purchase the Character Slot or Token in the Barc Shop.
All players start with two free slots, which never get taken away even during Activity Checks. However, these slots don’t show up physically in your player inventory, so it’s safe to say that you have however many slots in your inventory +2, for your two starting slots.
One-time-use items, like Tokens, will be removed from your inventory when the character using it is accepted.
Regular Character Slots are permanent, though can be removed if the character using it is deactivated due to inactivity during our Activity Checks. For more information about this, see below.
ACTIVITY CHECKS & ACCOUNT DEACTIVATION
At the start of each new month, Infidelis performs a background Activity Check where we count every character's posts from the previous month. This data helps us keep track of who is active and who is not. Players with inactive characters are sent a warning and given two weeks to make a post to save their accounts.
Should a player fail to post by the deadline, their offending account(s) are deactivated. At this stage, we rely on your involvement. If you want the deactivated character(s) back, you simply need to:
- Wait one month from the date of their deactivation
you can see the date they joined the Deactivated group under the Activity tab of their profile
- Have an available and empty slot
if you don't have a free slot, you may purchase one in the Barc Shop or wait until you earn or win one. Remember!! If this is your second character, you don't lose this slot and don't need to buy another one
- Request your character is reactivated in General Maintenance
there is no specific form for this
As long as you continue to be an active member, your deactivated character account(s) will not be deleted. However, if an excessive amount of time has past and it doesn't seem like you're trying to get them back, we may reach out and ask what's going on!
Once a character account is deactivated, the player loses that character slot forever. Players may not earn, purchase, or win character slots for one month following the date of deactivation. However, once the month is up, they may obtain a character slot to get their deactivated character back.
SPECIAL EXCEPTION: Characters holding the first or second slot do not lose their slot; first and only characters can rejoin right away and second characters need only wait one month.
Additional, empty slots in a player’s inventory can be used as replacements after one month; however, doing this leaves you down one character slot than you’d normally have, as it’d replace the removed one, whether it was earned or purchased.
Regular character slots can be used to replace the slots of deactivated characters using tokens; you wouldn’t have to purchase another Permaban Token to reactivate your rare breed character. You’d only need to have a character slot available for that character.
We encourage everyone to think about the characters they want to play or want to adopt and consider whether that character would be right for them and interesting enough to play long term. If you want to “test-drive” a character before making a commitment, let its owner (whether IF Staff or another player) know that you’d like to do so in the non-canon Genesis board! Players who drop and switch characters often may be banned from making characters for a while!
A Kenneled Character still uses their slot, so be mindful of what slots are available to you!
SCARCENESS, ABSENCES, AND HIATUSES
Players who think they’ll be away from the site for a period of time should post a note in our Member Updates board. Please let us know what to expect! It’s always good to let your roleplay partners know what’s going on.
Feel like your activity is going to falter over the next few weeks? Perhaps your replies will slow down or you won’t be on as much. And that’s a-okay! Let us know you’ll be around, but scarce.
Something big might be going on in your life and you might feel like you may be totally absent for a short period of time. This is generally mentioned when it’s under a month. You might still lurk around the site, but for the most part, your replies and posts will come to a halt while you’re away on your absence.
We have a pretty lenient hiatus policy that you can utilize if you think you need to take a break from IF. You must request a hiatus in General Maintenance with the form. Otherwise, it won’t be ‘official’ and will be ignored.
The maximum amount of time you can take away from the site in total is 3 months (real-time).
Your accounts will be safe from deletion while you’re away and your characters will be NPC’d; however, adoptables may be reclaimed at the owner’s discretion. NPC’d characters will be demoted from High Rank positions.
If three months has passed and you have not returned, you will be contacted by staff and asked if you’d like to rejoin. When you’re contacted, you will be given 15 days from that date to reply or rejoin. If you haven’t replied or joined by the 15th day, your accounts will be deleted.
We ask that members do not request a hiatus unless they feel that they will be away longer than a month’s time.