[MUD-Dev] Re: Introduction System

Dan Shiovitz dans at drizzle.com
Thu Jul 13 23:54:43 New Zealand Standard Time 2000


On Thu, 13 Jul 2000, J C Lawrence wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Jul 2000 14:46:03 -0700 
> S Patrick Gallaty <choke at sirius.com> wrote:
> 
> > It's worth looking at.  I especially like the fact that you may
> > never know a person's real name if they are introduced as
> > something else.
> 
> One of the aspects I liked in my approach was that there was no
> concept of a "real name" as supported by code.  The name something
> carried was the name the viewing cahracter had assigned it, and that
> name had no necessary relation to any name that other character
> preferred.
> 
[..]
>   // Alias contexts are resolved until they are unique
> 
> Any questions?

I guess my only question is if this is actually any fun in practice,
once the initial thrill of seeing something cool wears off. It seems like  
99% of interactions with other people will be them saying "Hi, I'm
Fred" and me saying "ok, I don't see any reason not to let them use the
name Fred". I have a vague liking for a system where you don't know
someone's name until you're introduced but beyond that it seems like
needless complexity, and kind of a pain in the butt for the user. Are
there options to let me just accept everyone's introductions?

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