Some things I need to say
I have an event planned for a few folks and posted this for them to read before the event, not because I've had any particular problem with them, but because I've been having these problems in general for some time now. Please read these and take heart, because I have been dropping people on spiced scripted quests and will start abandoning DM quests over these issues. A little bit of OOC is fine, sometimes funny, and sometimes warranted. Anyone who knows me knows that I have no problem with that. The issues I've written about below are far more than just a little bit of OOC.
I usually give an OOC talk before an even begins, but I'll do it here instead because I've been frustrated lately by a few things (not from you guys, just in general). I hate to have to do this, but I've abandoned three spiced quests because of these problems in two weeks.
I don't hate OOC chatter, but keep it to tells. I don't want to see // fifteen times in ten minutes. If you have to go afk, that's fine-that's a necessary reason to go OOC. If there's lag, we all know that shit. Don't go //lag. If a fight was hard, talk about it IC. Don't go //man, that was close. I know it was close. I ran it. I spawned the enemies. I probably tweaked their stats and gave them DR just to make it harder. You don't need to tell me. Have your character tell the other characters it was close.
If you choose to respawn at your body, play it off as getting knocked out, not as dying and returning spontaneously by the mercy of your deity. If that happens, I'll tell you.
Don't loot enemies while other people are fighting.
Don't ninja-loot after other people are fighting..
Don't send me messages on the DM channel saying "I take his sword before anybody is looking."
If stealing from your party members is your plan, tell me at the beginning of an event so that I can pay attention to the circumstances of the event and come up with fair checks. Don't bring it up spur of the moment, because I would rather just say you fail than take the time to come up with fair DCs on the spot.