[MUD-Dev] Character development [was Re: ]

Vadim Tkachenko vt at freehold.crocodile.org
Thu Apr 9 19:45:41 New Zealand Standard Time 1998

Travis S. Casey wrote:
> On Wed, 8 Apr 1998, J C Lawrence wrote:
> > Travis Casey<efindel at polaris.net> wrote:
> >

> > Congratulations!  First kid?
> Yep... we practiced parenting on our two cats first.  We're expecting
> our new arrival at the end of August, and have no plans to find out
> the baby's sex until it's born.

Get some sleep upfront, 'cause after that you may forget about this for
decades :-)


> Some paper RPers prefer to develop characters in play rather than
> generating them at the start.  The idea is that the player may not
> know enough about the gameworld when the game starts to be able to
> generate exactly the kind of character he/she would want.  Thus,
> some aspects of character generation are delayed.
> A more concrete example of this is to give the players the ability
> to "hold back" a few attribute/skill/whatever points and assign them
> when they want to.

Bad implementation may allow characters to change their stats right
before they know they will need ones - say, I'm about to run for a quest
which requires an enormous physical strength, so I just roll all my
stats into strength... I believe, all those attempts should have a cost
to them so it would be difficult to abuse that without suffering.

> Of course, some muds already use a variation on this sort of system --
> allowing players to choose such things as guilds after their characters
> have entered play.

And also to be banned from the guild?

Next flamebite, what is a definition of a guild? Why it is there? What
for? (I ask not because I don't know but because I want to analyze,
decompose and generalize that).

One of the best implementations (in my opinion) is Ultima Underworld I &
II (didn't play other Ultimas, maybe they're the same) - you start
[almost] flat, and then you decide for yourself who and what you want to

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Still alive and smile stays on,
Vadim Tkachenko <vt at freehold.crocodile.org>
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