[MUD-Dev] Geometric content generation

Hans-Henrik Staerfeldt hhs at cbs.dtu.dk
Fri Sep 28 11:07:02 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


On Thu, 27 Sep 2001, Brian Hook wrote:
> At 01:01 PM 9/27/01 +0200, Hans-Henrik Staerfeldt wrote:
>> On Tue, 25 Sep 2001, Brian Hook wrote:
 
>>> in your interceptor.  And since you can only own a single ship,
>>> "muling" isn't an option.  So even though your _character_ may
>>> become very powerful, your character's actions are not overly
>>> powerful since they will always be mitigated by the inherent
>>> weaknesses of their current spaceship.
 
>> How do you prevent muling? (or is it a trade secret?)
 
> I probably shouldn't have used the term "muling".  Basically,
> since your character only owns a single ship, he can't keep a
> 6-ship garage of ships that are all optimized for specific tasks.
> Since building a ship is a rather lengthy process (and not
> particularly cost effective when it comes to trade in value), you
> have to make a fairly heavyweight decision every time you change
> ships.  And because ships aren't transferable (at this point in
> time), you can't bypass this by having multiple characters where
> N-1 of them are simply place holders for your primary's other
> ships.

Muling comes in many forms. If you prevent players from exchanging
goods/funds as well, i can see your system working. However, i see
no problem in someone writing a 'keep close' network sniffer that
controls N-1 utterly defenseless ships with expert
trader-mules. Then let it be controlled by the real crack-shot ace
in his fighter. When the goods are sold, by the expert mule traders,
the funds/resources is transferred to the fighterpilot.

Unless travel involves hours of tight maneuvers in astroid fields,
this sort of scenario would probably happend, given the game becomes
popular enough.

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