[MUD-Dev] DGN: Lords, Vassals, Serfs and the Clergy

Rayzam rayzam at travellingbard.com
Wed May 11 20:28:30 New Zealand Standard Time 2005

"Jaycen Rigger" <jaycen.rigger at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> (Why player governments never work in fantasy MMORPGs)

> I've been on a lot of 'player-run' servers.  I've been a Game
> Master (GM) on a few.  One concept that never works out is a
> player-run city. The reasons for this vary, but rarely do those
> reasons have much to do with the ability of the 'mayor' to be a
> good leader.  The problem is that designers don't write game
> mechanics to handle the position.

> Sadly, administrators think that voting (handled either by the
> players, or by a GM) is a good way to choose a ruler.

I'm confused by what I read as conflicting statements. If
administrators/GMs choosing a ruler is inherently bad, then how is
GMs choosing clergy who gets to choose the ruler any different,
other than being removed 1 step?

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