[MUD-Dev] The Player Wimping Guidebook

Raph Koster rkoster at austin.rr.com
Tue Aug 1 23:19:49 New Zealand Standard Time 2000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mud-dev-admin at kanga.nu
> [mailto:mud-dev-admin at kanga.nu]On Behalf Of
> Matthew Mihaly
> Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2000 1:37 AM
> To: mud-dev at kanga.nu
> Subject: Re: [MUD-Dev] The Player Wimping Guidebook
> On Mon, 31 Jul 2000, J C Lawrence wrote:
> >       Wiping: is the act of doing a player file wipe. This destroys
> >       all player information, including hours played, gold
> >       collected, equipment earned, and all other facets of the
> >       character. It may or may not include the player's name.
> People actually DO this?? I always thought player wipes were
> just a joke
> threat, like the boogie man is to children. My lord, I have
> an extremely
> different sense of "responsibility" than most of you, but for
> crying out
> loud, wiping out your players has got to be the lamest, most asinine
> solution to a problem I've ever heard of. If you have to wipe
> your player
> base out to correct a problem in your design, you suck.

On many muds it is the natural consequence of game database deflation caused
by not having any drains in your economy. Eventually, all the best equipment
has trickled down to newbies, and the whole game is a Monty Haul joke. On
the powergamer muds such as Renegade Outpost, I remember seeing playerwipes
every three months or so. And a few years back, it was common to advertise
your mud with "we've never needed to playerwipe."


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