[MUD-Dev] Geometric content generation

Matt Mihaly the_logos at achaea.com
Thu Sep 27 16:51:53 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

On Wed, 26 Sep 2001, Eric Rhea wrote:

> There does appear some interesting properties emerging wherein
> user driven content is concerned. e.g., It is not adviseable to
> have players build houses on their own choosing unless the world
> state can accomodate for it in some way. This leads me to believe
> there are at least some core principles that might be shared and
> an attempt to enumerate them might be in order (as I haven't seen
> an attempt anywhere else).
>   - Players should not have free roaming placement of buildings.

Depends on what you mean by free-roaming. Should they be able to
build a castle on the highway? No. Do I see a problem with letting
them build their buildings in the middle of a 100 mile-wide
savannah? Nope. Currently in Achaea, we only have custom housing you
pay for, but when we put in an automated housing system, there will
be few restrictions on where you can build (well, aside from obvious
ones, like no building stone castles in the middle of the ocean).

>     - They should be able to rent or purchase buildings.

Boring. Players want to choose their own location for housing.

>   - Players should not be able to remove object collections of
>   another user.

That's an awfully broad statement and one that I disagree with if
presented as any kind of general design rule. Lots of PvP fun to be
had there.

>     - If the larger consensus is that an object is troublesome, it
>     should be returned to the player's inventory.

How would you establish that?


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