[MUD-Dev] Request for ideas
johnbue at msn.com
Wed Oct 3 18:20:43 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001
Freeman, Jeff writes:
>> From: holding99 at mindspring.com [mailto:holding99 at mindspring.com]
>> One concept I would like to see challenged is that a closed
>> ecosystem cannot be created such that players will not destroy
>> said ecosystem by killing anything that moves.
> I agree, I'd like to see that, too.
>> Not that I have any ideas to help you proceed. :)
> Begin with the assumption that players will kill anything that
> moves, and work from there. :P
1. Make hunting inherently entertaining. Picking up an animal
track, such as a deer, etc, then tracking it. Growing familiar
with game trails by frequently using hunting skills and observing
animals in an area. I installed a simple demo of a hunting
program that lets you hunt deer with a modern rifle in a
snow-covered hilly area. The amount of sound that you make can
scare off deer, and you use tools to make sounds that attract
deer, etc. Subtlety and deception is the hunter's approach. Not
running around with the Sword of Death.
2. Require skills of a character that are specific to the hunt.
Players have to choose whether they value the ability to
successfully hunt animals in the scheme of skill selection and
character crafting. In my view, flexible characters permit a
player to experience a game in many different ways over time, but
the player must choose what skill set they want to be using right
3. Remove the artificial rewards that encourage frequent killing
of animals. No experience for killing animals that is
interchangeable with experience from blacksmithing, hiking,
political lobbying, sword and shield play, engineering, etc. No
gold, no gems. The reward is the meat and hides, which should
have a value that permits a character to reequip, but certainly
not gain wealth. Gaining of wealth should be restricted to those
who engage in commerce.
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