[MUD-Dev] Sustainable Ecosystem

Raph Koster rkoster at austin.rr.com
Fri Jul 21 18:49:09 New Zealand Standard Time 2000


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mud-dev-admin at kanga.nu
> [mailto:mud-dev-admin at kanga.nu]On Behalf Of
> Dave Rickey
> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 8:34 AM
> To: mud-dev at kanga.nu
> Subject: Re: [MUD-Dev] Sustainable Ecosystem
>
>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Raph Koster <rkoster at austin.rr.com>
> To: mud-dev at kanga.nu <mud-dev at kanga.nu>
> Date: Thursday, July 20, 2000 9:13 PM
> Subject: RE: [MUD-Dev] Sustainable Ecosystem
>
>
> >I'm not
> >interested anymore in getting UO's level of simulation most of the time
> >because of the level of CPU usage. But in any case, an expert in the
field
> >has assured me that you can in fact have a simulated ecosystem capable of
> >surviving catastrophic decimation of the overall population. I just have
no
> >idea how. :)
> >
>     That may be a mistake, to shelve it for those reasons.Moore's Law is
> our greatest asset, the overhead that brought the server's to their knees
in
> UO beta will eventually be a trivial portion of the capacity available.

I have other things I want to burn that CPU on. :) Plus, I now favor models
like that "container" notion that Jon mentioned, rather than a true sim of
every deer and every wolf.

>     By the same token, our algorithmic content tools can easily create
> worlds far larger than we can hope to fine-tune and populate
> by hand, cf.
> Asheron's Call.  An eco-system simulation as part of an OLRPG not only
> strikes me as possible, I think it's inevitable.

I just doubt it will take the form of what UO did.

-Raph




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