[MUD-Dev] Re: skill system
Jon A. Lambert
jlsysinc at ix.netcom.com
Tue Jun 2 23:36:32 New Zealand Standard Time 1998
On 2 Jun 98, J C Lawrence wrote:
> b) What skill set do I need to likely accomplish XXX?
> Question: Is this level of skill web inter-connect valuable in a
> #B additionally allows a more insidious form of predictive play than
> #A. A player can now pre-determine his character-path in terms of
> goals, find out what each goal requires in terms of skills, and from
> there chart a mechanical course to wend the game to the various
> inflection points of the requisite skill levels.
Exactly. Take Sid Meir's Civilization for instance. The knowledge
advancement tree is virtually identical to a skill tree. It even
includes the unit/building capabilties upon achieve an advancement. I
populated an MS-Project worksheet with the data and was easily able
to compute the shortest possible paths to Gunpowder, to Nuclear
weapons, to victory in the Space Game, etc.
I think exposing a skill tree along with the requirements to achieve
certain goals is generally a bad idea. Of course I do prefer fuzzy
goals or goals that dynamically change. Generally I think the only
player-types who would be upset by this are your game-only
players. Perhaps this is the source of the discontent with the
hardwired class/skill systems, "I don't want to pick class A because
I will not be able to do Y, yet if I pick class B, I can't do Z." or
more typically, "If I had known class A couldn't do X around 1000
hours or 50 levels ago, I wouldn't have picked class A".
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