[MUD-Dev] Do players enjoy farming? (was MUD-Dev Digest, Vol7, Issue9)

Rayzam rayzam at travellingbard.com
Tue Jan 13 20:23:07 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004


From: "Paul Schwanz" <pschwanz at comcast.net>
> Rayzam wrote:

>> That assumes that monster farmers want to do those other
>> activities.  That the activity is the enjoyment. I think when
>> players enjoy farming, its and ends and means thing. They like
>> the end: more levels, abilities, spells, gold, whatnot. That lets
>> them compare more favorably to other players, or beat them in PvP
>> combat.  By farming, a player can safely advance to become bigger
>> and badder. It's slow gain, but with no risk, so its a good
>> paradigm for the risk-averse individuals. Being a farmer or a
>> miner isn't the same thing, because while it may be the same sort
>> of means, its not the same end.  What heroic farmer defeated the
>> dragon by having the best crop yield?

> The one that used the proceeds from that crop yield to buy the
> best dragon-slaying spear along with the services of the best
> dragon-slaying trainer?

And then spent time not farming to get the dragon-slaying skills to
slay the dragon. Which means training combat, not being an old
mcdonald.
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