For most of us though our characters go what is termed as 'dormant.' We step back from the responsibilities, apologise to our friends, give away all the decayable virtual belongings to some newbies and then just don't login for a time. Perhaps it's a couple of months, maybe it's a year or longer.
Eventually though, at least in the case of myself and other addicts, we are drawn back. Perhaps you surreptitiously visit the forums to keep up with what is going on. Maybe you keep in touch with your friends via email or an instant messenger and they're tormenting you with how cool some big changes are, or they're being stomped by a winning faction and cannot survive the crisis without you.
Whatever the reason, we eventually log back in. Finding yourself standing naked with no curatives, surrounded by young strangers and with a giant backlog of news to catchup on can be daunting. But a few days of pushing through it all and some willing friends to help feed/clothe/deck you out and you can be back in the swing of things.
Perhaps the mistake some make is before going dormant they burn all the old bridges. Leaving factions, forsaking virtual family's and friends. If you're wanting to make a change, this is a great strategy. But, if you want a break from things, this will make your eventual return much harder. Friends, city/guildmates can be a great assistance to you when you make the big return. While none of us really want to lean on or rely on others to get us going, many people will offer assistance with the basics to get you back and playing as the valued member of the virtual community that you once were.
Whether you had an old character in a MUD, or are looking to try something different in the world of gaming, why not give one of the top MUDs from Iron Realms a try? They're free to play and the player community as a whole cares. Create a character, build a friendship and loyalty base and you too can enjoy the support and camaraderie that keeps me logging in and others coming back.