Re: Ok, next question. (fwd)

From: Mr. Wizard (
Date: 09/09/94

On Thu, 8 Sep 1994, Robert A. Vegas wrote:

> On Thu, 8 Sep 1994, Mr. Wizard wrote:
> > Alright.  I haven't looked to check, but it makes sense to me to save 
> > upon entry simply for the purpose of charging rent.  Things that change 
> > when you enter the game: 
> > 
> > 1.  You are charged for rent.
> > 2.  The time left on the effect flags (spells and such) is updated.
> > 3.  Your HP, MANA and MOVE may also be updated.
> > 
> > Is that reason enough to save?  I would have to check to verify that all 
> > of this happens upon entry, but I am pretty sure it does.
> > 
> *sigh* You can do all those things when you are saved when you're leaving 
> the game. Ok, not update but what needs to be updated when you logon? Unless 
> you wanna do something that compares the actual dates of when the person 
> left vs. when he logs back on then saving when you logon is just a waste 
> of time. He's already saved to disk. I just don't get it. And Jeff, err, 
> what did that have to do with saving when you logon? Perhaps someone who 
> knows the code inside-out should enlighten us eh? I just want to know, 
> why does it save when you logon (I'm talking about stock code here)? I'm 
> sorry but, is it just me or does someone else see my side?
Somebody did (and I'm kicking myself for deleteing it) mail some stock 
code which shows at least one signifigant thing done at login.  The 
player's rent condition is changed from whatever it is to crash rent.  
That way if the game crashes before that individual saves, he is crash 
rented as opposed to continuing his previous rent condition.

Is the reason you are asking because you want to remove the code which 
saves at login (thinking it useless and wasteful)?  Perhaps you could 
remove it, but I don't see it as _that_ wasteful even if the rent 
condition is the _only_ thing changed.  (I have a feeling other things 
change as well.) 

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