[MUD-Dev] Expectations of in-game reality

Sami Kosonen sami.k.kosonen at welho.com
Fri Oct 26 16:21:58 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001


----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Mihaly" <the_logos at achaea.com>

> How do you deal, psychologically, with the fact that
> fire-breathing dragons exist? I mean, they are only explainable as
> a game rule, unless you want to say "magic". Of course, respawning
> mobs can be the result of "magic" too. I've never seen a magic
> 'system' that didn't boil down to just arbitrariness.

You also have to remember that lot of people already believe in some
kind of magic like gods, miracles, curses, horoscopes, shamanism,
lucky charms etc. Magic is very old concept after all.

And even that most fantasy magic systems are quite arbitrary they
usually have some kind of explanation behind them which is readily
accepted by average person. For example I don't any problems in
believing that magic is use of energy coming from collapsed portal
leading to warp - alternative universe composed of energy - as in
warhammer world. Now this doesn't mean that I think this could
really work, but it's good enough explonation for me to suspend
disbelief.

--Sami Kosonen

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