[MUD-Dev] Re: Leaving characters in play

John Bertoglio alexb at internetcds.com
Tue May 12 22:38:05 New Zealand Standard Time 1998

From: Ben Greear <greear at cyberhighway.net>
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 9:09 PM

<General conversation on leaving characters in play in a space game

I totally forgot about an entire genre of games which manage to do much of
what Ben wants to do, at least on a macro level.  VGA Planets and STARS!
are order based games orginally designed for BBS. Orders are processed
every X hours or Y days. The world is updated and each player can then
download an updated world to see what is going on. If you miss a turn, the
game engine just continues your orders. Since much of the game involves
jumps to far-off places, this allows quite a lot of control especially if
you know (or at least expect) that your moves will not be opposed. If you
are gone for too many turns, the GM can opt to turn your group over to the
AI and have the game play for you. You can then rejoin and take control
later. That way you do not inconvience the other players by your absense.

Would this scale down to a turn every XX seconds?. It might. Especially, if
you are talking ship to ship stuff. I have trouble seeing how it could work
in a social area like a space station. However, the idea of your orders
continuing for a few turns (minutes of play) seems to make sense and is a
feature of UO and some muds.

Thought I would add this to the mix.

John Bertoglio

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