[MUD-Dev] Methods to Foster Relationships?

Marian Griffith gryphon at iaehv.nl
Thu Jun 13 23:04:45 New Zealand Standard Time 2002

In <URL:/archives/meow?group+local.muddev> on Wed 12 Jun, apollyon . wrote:

> I find it interesting to note that I've made more and closer
> friends in DAoC than I ever did in EQ, despite having less
> downtime in which to relate on a social level.

If downtime equates being inactive then it will merely make players
do something else. E.g. if you have to wait for ten r.l. minutes to
regenerate your health while your character is basically asleep and
thus unable to do anything, then this will not lead to socialisa-
tion in any way or form. There must be socialisation possible *AND*
it must be meaningful to the player.  It is in part culture on one
particular game, but it also a matter of balancing and offering the
players other activities that are not directly part of the primary
goal of the game.

Yes - at last - You. I Choose you. Out of all the world,
out of all the seeking, I have found you, young sister of
my heart! You are mine and I am yours - and never again
will there be loneliness ...

Rolan Choosing Talia,
Arrows of the Queen, by Mercedes Lackey

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