[MUD-Dev] Economic Growth (Was: [STORY] Story and population size)

Sellers Sellers
Mon Dec 10 17:54:38 New Zealand Daylight Time 2001

Raph wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Daniel.Harman at barclayscapital.com
>> The next evolution in economies will require server based
>> categorisation and valuation of all items. We need the npcs to
>> compete in the economy on the same terms as the players, for this
>> to work, they need to know supply+demand+value.

> Wow, I thoroughly disagree. The next evolution in economies will
> involve getting the NPCs out of the loop, as they just distort it.

Depends.  A PC-only economy can be perturbed pretty easily with
potentially disastrous effects: what if me and my cohort embargo
your store, and/or prevent you from buying any of the supplies you
need?  What if the supply/demand curve is such that your store only
sells one or two items per day, if that?

Having a simulated 'shadow' population of NPCs adding economic
activity is probably a good solution to these sorts of problems, and
won't add the distorting effects we see now with NPCs in the

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