[MUD-Dev] The Virtual Ecology

Chris Gray cg at ami-cg.GraySage.Edmonton.AB.CA
Thu Jul 29 14:34:47 New Zealand Standard Time 1999


[Marian Griffith:]

> Unless you make the game so big  that it can accomodate such numbers  and
> still allow the population appear sparse  there is simply no way the ani-
> mals are going to outbreed their predators.

Unless you change some factor. For example, speed up everything in the
ecology. Rabbits breed a day after being born. Coyotes a week. Wolves
a week and a half. Not enough? Crank it down to hours. Of course, the
result might be far too many of the top predator, but if there are any
players around they might have to start killing off the cougars, just
to stay out of the food chain!

--
Don't design inefficiency in - it'll happen in the implementation.

Chris Gray     cg at ami-cg.GraySage.Edmonton.AB.CA
               http://www.GraySage.Edmonton.AB.CA/cg/



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