[MUD-Dev] Re: [DESIGN] Re: Economic & Currency Solutions

Phillip Lenhardt philen at monkey.org
Wed Apr 11 16:16:25 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


On Tue, Apr 10, 2001 at 09:11:47PM +0100, Marian Griffith wrote:

> The best solution is to scrap the idea that monsters must drop gold
> and equipment.  If you want a sword you must buy one from another
> player. If you want gold you must make a sword and sell it :)

Which of course prompts me to ask, "Where does the gold [coin] come
from?"

Think of the processes that cause a gold coin: mine the gold ore,
process the ore into pure ingots, mine iron ore, process the iron ore
into pure iron, form the iron into coin dies, build a die machine,
operate it, distribute the coins, etc. And think of the things that
could go wrong: the ore is stolen, the dies are stolen and used to
mint debased coin, good coins are shaved, etc. There's a whole
mini-game in just the coins themselves.
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