A player being available and consistent are the most important aspects of being an asset to a Role-playing Game. The player might be the best writer and most creative ever seen. It doesn't mean anything if they can't be counted on to post regularly. I don't even bother to interact much with characters that just disappear frequently and can't be counted on. Why bother when they either won't respond or respond so much later that the roleplay moment is past. Other characters can die because of a player just disappearing during a very dangerous situation.
Edited: Kyrroeth on 9th Oct, 2018 - 10:33am
I agree with you Kyrroeth, I think the player being available and consistent is vital. We all know life can sometimes, be turned upside down. There can be challenges, change of job, sickness etc.
Open communication is the key, especially with the Dungeon master, who has a lot of responsibility.
The last thing players need.
Usually occurring during a big battle, against powerful monsters. Facing incredible odds etc.
Is suddenly without any communication the player, is suddenly vacant. Without, even a post, to explain why?