But for the record...if RL never had an affect on this game, I think -MM- (or the -MM- that I knew) would still be going strong.
If RL never affected TW ?
If RL never affected TW, then a lot of players would never have been rimmed - because they'd be on-line 24/7 ... marking every incoming, dodging and sniping all noble trains, re-nobling every lost village.
If RL never affected TW, then it might be impossible for anyone to ever win a village at all - because all the tribemates would always be on-line to send support, fakes, and counter-attacks.
I could go on here, but I think the point is clear. Dealing with RL is a part of TW. It's not an excuse for why tribe disbanded or fell apart. Everyone and every tribe has the same RL pressures to deal with.