[MUD-Dev] Graphic MUDS/Ultima Online
Tue Aug 5 13:48:45 New Zealand Standard Time 1997
Another belated reply... lots of snippage.
On Thursday, July 31, 1997 2:13 PM, Matt
Chatterley[SMTP:root at mpc.dyn.ml.org] wrote:
> On Wed, 30 Jul 1997, Koster, Raph wrote:
> > I hadn't ever thought of regarding equipment limits as a way of
> > game state. It is, of course. But naturally it has so many
> > and issues with it that it doesn't really address the underlying
> > reasons to save game state in any significant way...
> Yup. It also only makes sense in certain situations and from
> angles. A plain "There can be only 12 shortswords made of Fredium in
> world at one time!" doesn't work. "There is only enough Fredium at
> time to MAKE 12 shortswords!" is better. Limiting for 'unique' items
> rather more obvious way to apply this.
This is what we do in UO. We track raw materials and even abstract
qualities (spookiness, for example, there's only a fixed amount of
spooky stuff in the world). and have a fixed total in the world (well,
fixed except that it increases as playerbase increases). We call these
"resources" and we also base our AI on them.
> Not sure why saving corpses is particularly useful. ;) I intend to
> them rot slowly, be buried, traded for cash, chopped up for food,
> skinned.. but they will probably not save over physical reboots. Why
> Partly for efficiency reasons (think how many corpses you could have
> they took a long time to rot!).
Well, a good reason to do it is that players bitch a lot if the mud
goes down between a death and corpse recovery, because they lose all
their items. :) That is, at least, the reason I have always seen given
on Dikus for doing it.
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