[MUD-Dev] Geometric content generation

Brian Hook public at pyrogon.com
Mon Oct 8 17:16:21 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001


Derek Licciardi:
 
> Consider the bike riding analogy.  Before you learn it is
> difficult. Once you learn to do it, you can learn tricks and such.
> If you put the bike down and don't ride for years, atrophy will
> set in, though the minute you pick up the skill again you should
> be able to get to 90% of you max skill attained, in pretty short
> order.  This would prevent the player from training everything and
> your balancing point would be how fast atrophy sets in and how
> fast a player can recover the lost skill points when they need the
> skill.  Not sure it will work everywhere, but it is a basis for
> thought.

This is actually a very good way of looking at it.  Instead of just
ratcheting, it may make sense to use a combination of accelerated
"relearning" and ratcheting.  Then you could have the retired
fighter pilot who's a trader, then gets his butt kicked, whips out
the old fighter craft, trains for a while, then goes after his
enemy.  Just like in a movie =)

Brian
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