[MUD-Dev] Re: Introduction System

Nathan Clemons nathan at thelinuxcommunity.org
Thu Jul 13 09:25:18 New Zealand Standard Time 2000


Response from one of my coders... who isn't on the list.

On Thu, 13 Jul 2000, Eric Concepcion wrote:

> Well I like it. The tick based cache expiration sounds good.. The only
> problem I see with this is... I sthis MUD going to be newbie friendly???
> If so is teh imm staff going to be the one greeting the newbies or is it
> going to be veteran player. If its going to be the players, then at a
> certain level this would have to be removed, or possibly (eureka)!!!
> 

Obviously the immortal staff would always be able to see everyone and
recognize them. Otherwise, players must introduce themselves to other
players.

Example:

Player A (Newbie) logs on and finds his way out of MUD School. He sits at
the fountain where several other players are at. He sees:

   (P) A short, stocky man is picking his teeth while he is standing here.
   (P) An unimposing man is studying a spellbook while he is sitting here.
   (P) A flowing redheaded woman is looking at you while she is resting here.

Newbie, being a social person, decides to introduce himself. "Greetings,
fellow citizens. My name is Newbie."

   > introduce short
   You introduce yourself to a short, stocky man.
   > introduce unimposing
   You introduce yourself to an unimposing man.
   > introduce redhead
   You introduce yourself to a flowing redheaded woman.

Now, the redhead, let's call her Kirstie, is also a very friendly
person. "Greetings, Newbie, my name do be Kirstie, o' Clan Lasalach. How
fare ye today?"

   > introduce newbie
   You introduce yourself to Newbie.

Newbie would see:

   A flowing redheaded woman introduces herself to you and tells you her name is Kirstie.

At that point, if Newbie looks in the room, he would see:

   (P) A short, stocky man is picking his teeth while he is standing here.                                                    
   (P) An unimposing man is studying a spellbook while he is sitting here.                                                    
   (P) (Kirstie) A flowing redheaded woman is looking at you while she is resting here.

If the player has BRIEF mode on, they would see:

                                                                                                                              
   (P) A short, stocky man is picking his teeth while he is standing here.                                                    
   (P) An unimposing man is studying a spellbook while he is sitting here.                                                    
   (P) Kirstie is looking at you while she is resting here.

> In the who output the names could always appear, but when you are in the
> room if you do not know the character then you will just see thier
> descrip. We will need canned descriptions, or we could have it be part of
> the character creation process or something to that effect, or we could
> even do a couple of canned ones per class adn leave them the option of
> creating one at that point if they dont like the canned ones.. That way no
> matter what they will have descriptions... Also they will ahve to be
> short.. I.e (Player) A short stout hobbit with an axe is here...
> 
> That way people dont get spammed as they walk.. But I dig the idea due to
> the fact that it will lend reality to the world..
> 

When walking one would see either "(Name) Appearance" or "Name" depending
on the BRIEF toggle. If you don't know them, you see "Appearance".

> I walk into a distant ( for me ) city. I look around and just see a bunch
> of player flags and descrips, but the others know everyone, and immediatly
> pick me out as an outsider and based on RP inclinations could decide to
> run me out of town, or trail me, or even introduce themselves and see what
> I wanted in their city.. Very cool..
> 
> I do think though that in who or some other out of character forum all
> players logged in should be veiwable. Else I think the idea could bomb and
> backfire..
> 
> My .02 gp :)

Agreed. There are separate IC titles (Kirstie's would be "is looking at
you while she") and OOC titles. The OOC titles would show on who. Names
(_not_ appearances) would show on who.

--
Nathan P. Clemons                       "Peace favor your code."
nathan at windsofstorm.net                 ICQ: 2810688
IN CONSTRUCTION:                        http://gnome.windsofstorm.net




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