[MUD-Dev] MUD Wimping
darius at bofh.net.au
Sun Aug 6 11:02:00 New Zealand Standard Time 2000
lazarus at ourplace.org wrote:
> 1. Remove the overpowered item from the mud.
> 2. wimp the overpowered item. This might be a one time wimp or a gradual
> 3. grandfather the overpowered item.
> 4. Redefine your limits to allow the item, then go and edit all remaining
> equipment on the mud to match new guidelines. This also entails either
> editing all the mobs to be appropriately stronger automatically boosting all
> mobs on the mud by an appropriate factor.
> 5. Redefine your limits to allow the item, let builders make even better
> equipment at higher levels.
I've always been a big fan of bounty hunters. My first decent sized project
with NPC's was building a bounty hunter, that we'd unleash on people who were
prooving to be a nuisance (or sometimes just unleash for the hell of it) -
yes, it was a very small ill-run mud. However... Some of the most
interesting times I saw were when the bounty hunter was out, and people were
chatting across the mud "he's over here!" "which way's he heading" "north,
and he just asked where to find blah" "oh SH*T!" (that last from blah, usually
Anyway, that's kind of an aside. I think JCL has previously mentioned this as
a concept, I know it's a direction I'm taking - stop and think about your
world for a sec. There's a guy, wandering around with a sword of omnipotence.
Surely there'd be one or two decent-sized bad guys in your mud. Surely,
they'd be wanting to expand their weaponry...
I reckon anyone who gets impressive weaponry would almost certainly have to
fight to hold onto that weaponry. If you realise a particular item is way
overpowered, have your NPC's take a liking to that weapon too... That way it
becomes more of an epic struggle to maintain the sword - anyone who does so
would be judged highly by the players, most likely.
Probably only fits if this sort of thing is going on around the players
anyway. Which reminds me, how many muds have NPC's that loot player corpses?
Any opinion on that?
Oh, my SO has just also mentioned, as an option, quests that will use up the
items - example: Gobbo spots the sword, gobbo shaman decides that that
particular sword is necessary to complete the spell to return their area to
full fertility, any player that can provide the sword will complete the
quest... The sword, of course, is destroyed. That's an option not all
players will take up, but if you're on a pkill mud, or if your quests are
valuable enough, it might work also.
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