[MUD-Dev] Blog about GDC implies changes to MMORPG population
johnbue at msn.com
Thu Jun 23 12:37:53 New Zealand Standard Time 2005
Amanda Walker writes:
> On Jun 17, 2005, at 11:12 AM, John Buehler wrote:
>> The shaping of metal in their crafting system is a novel first
>> step towards actual blacksmithing, which is where I'd like to see
>> things go. The metal doesn't behave like metal, but it can be
>> 'worked' into various forms, and practice with their system makes
>> the player a better crafter.
> This still strikes me as a puzzle game, not a crafting game. I
> would call "real" crafting a way to create a new object, where
> "new" means "new in design", not "new copy of standard template".
> For example, a "real" crafting system should let me create and/or
> uploading textures and geometry for objects. Consider, oh,
> leather armor. Quite easy to paint and ornament in real life,
> even without this causing any change in combat effectiveness (not
> counting camouflage). Or tattoos. Or shield and tabard designs.
> Or housing/ guild halls...
You say "potato".
Though this list has a penchant for haggling over terms, I'm gonna
pass on this one. I'll only offer a contrasting goal in that I
don't want to have to design anything. I just want to build it. I
may have some modest engineering problems before me, but it's having
the goal already defined and following an interesting construction
process that appeals to me.
I shudder to think what players would transfer into the game, given
sufficient creative freedom.
I look forward to the day when we both have what we want and we've
nailed down the terms for each form of entertainment :)
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