[MUD-Dev] Command interface for Coordinate based world
Nathan F Yospe
yospe at hawaii.edu
Wed Mar 22 15:38:14 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000
On Wed, 22 Mar 2000 adam at treyarch.com wrote:
:On Wed, 22 Mar 2000 WriterDL at aol.com wrote:
:> As near as I can tell there needs to be a way to set heading, speed and
:> possibly facing. It should be possible for the user to look in a different
:> direction while moving, stop and turn around, take a sharp left while
:> running, etc. Right now I have just taken the normal N, E, S, W, NE, SE....
:> keywords, added the verbs 'run', 'jog' and 'walk' and gone at it.. my
:> question is, is this too little control?
:> I can see a system where the user types:
:> >Heading 280
:> >Speed 5
:> >Facing 300
:> But I think that would get old *real* fast and also isn't nearly as
:> transparent as the normal interface. I'm also having a problem with facing..
:> in my hope to avoid numbers, I have 'look right', 'look left' and 'look
:> ahead'. Again, not enough control?
:I think the problem with this is that it is too low-level. One of the things
:that I like best about a text interface is that in many ways, it allows
:a much more human level of control than the equivilent graphical one.
:One a mud, I can type "get the large red sword" and expect to pick up the
:large red sword, regardless of whether it is on the table, on the floor,
:or hanging on the wall. My character handles these details for me, and
:I can concentrate on broader goals. On a graphical mud, you are (usually)
:required to navigate over to whever the red sword lies, and then identify
:it somehow in 3space without actually naming it, hopefully not missing and
:accidentally picking up the barrel on one side of it or the pair of pants on
:the other side of it.
What is the extent of your command interpreter / parser / whatever? I
remember you being comparable to me in ambition...
:So to extend this to movement, I would expect that the user would want to
:start out with the normal directional commands, and then be able to point
:themselves at targets as they show up. In some cases, it might even be
:automatic. Here's an example:
:You are on a road running north and south. Nothing but open plains are
:visible in every other direction.
:% walk n
:You start walking north.
:You increase your pace to a light jog.
:A building comes into view on the northwest horizon.
:% look building
:You turn your head northwest to view the building.
:The building is a large stone structure with several smoking chimneys.
:% go towards building
:You turn to face a building to the northwest and continue jogging.
:A large cloud of dust appears over the west horizon.
:You turn your head west to view a large cloud of dust.
:The cloud is a pack of hungry ogres headed right towards you!
:etc. In this case, there might be another cloud of dust over the east
:horizon as well, but the player wouldn't see it because their attention
:is facing the other direction. Obviously you'd need to support "look around"
:(scan?) as well as "look north" or "look cloud".
Searching the archives, I've found a couple of my own posts on this:
There are others, but I like this one.
Nathan F. Yospe - Born in the year of the tiger, riding it forever after
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