[MUD-Dev] Mud-time vs real-time (was Re: skill system)

Mike Sellers mike at bignetwork.com
Thu Jun 11 14:25:41 New Zealand Standard Time 1998


At 09:37 PM 6/11/98 -0700, Richard Woolcock wrote:
>... if you were bullied as a kid, how would you feel if you
>met that bully again as an adult?  What if said bully was still far bigger
>and meaner than you?  Perhaps it could store the fact that you hadn't=
 fought
>him for a certain amount of time (I might use 3 bits, giving a number of
>real-life days between 0 and 7 since you had last fought them - 7 days =3D=
 1
>mud year, which would be a reasonable maximum). =20

This sparked a thought in me I haven't seen dealth with here: does anyone
keep a real and meaningful tally of long-term time going by?  For example,
if you said 1 month =3D 1 mud year (1 week/mud year seems a bit short to me)=
,
you could fairly easily make adjustments for aging, skill aquisition and
atrophy, and even crop cycles, building maintenance, etc.  It'd make
anti-aging potions powerful, and give players reasons to let their old
(literally) character die and move on to another one. =20

Hmmm.  At 10 days to the mud year, you'd age 3 years/month or thereabouts,
and 36 years per real year.  So an un-enhanced character _might_ have a
lifespan of 1-2 real years (say average starting age of ~20) if human --
other races could vary wildly from this. =20

Thoughts?  Who's tried this in any serious way?  What are some of the
downsides to doing something like this?

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