[MUD-Dev] Re: Room descriptions

Nathan F Yospe yospe at hawaii.edu
Wed Sep 30 10:34:10 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998


On Mon, 28 Sep 1998, J C Lawrence wrote:

:On Mon, 28 Sep 1998 15:32:58 -0700 (PDT) 
:Adam Wiggins<adam at angel.com> wrote:

:> On this particular point I don't think I can agree.  In the end,
:> if someone detonates a nuclear bomb inside your candy store it's
:> still going to have the same roomdesc.  

:Right, you need to have objects and locations built from defined
:component materials with externally defined transformation paths to
:get it done right.

I'm not sure I follow the meaning of "externally defined transformation
paths" here... are you talking about interaction rules, say the ones that
say "melt to slag" in the reaction definition for a nuke?

:> I don't think this sort of constructed world will ever be
:> interactive in the way that I'm thinking; it will always be a
:> sophisticated Zork spinoff, which is to say you only have the
:> interactions which are coded by whoever created the area.

:Bingo.

Which is to say, there can't be anything more than case switching without
a full scale simulation?

:> Other than that, I agree with all your other points including the
:> main one.  I could see a whole new genre of muds spinning off from
:> this sort of thing, especially with free user creation
:> (LegendMOO?).

:Rhetorical question: _Now_ do you see why I'm such a fan of user
:programming?

Hrmph. Still think that does nothing but induce chaos...

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