Various things... (fwd)

From: MUD (
Date: 02/18/96

hi there.

I was pretty nicely confused by the listprocessor what doesn't seem
to add a reply-to: field to the mail headers. Anyone willing to
explain or fix it?
Concerning removing the "magick" apostrophes I'd like to advise you to
check ROM (Rivers of MUD) code which is freely distributed as far as I
know. For example you just type c arm <target> to cast armour upon 
ssomeone. But when the spell consist of two words, you have to 
enclose it unless the other word is considered as a target.


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> I was thinking of ways to remove the "magick" apostrophes need in cast 
> (eg., so you can type "cast create water").  I would have done it rather 
> quickly, but then I realized that doing so would make it impossible to 
> distinguish the spell name from the target of the spell.  Then I thought 
> of reversing the order of cast so that the target would come first, but 
> once again, there was no way to distinguish the target and the spell name 
> from each other.  I then decided if I made a "target" command I don't 
> need to have a target argument in cast, but this required two different 
> commands (although it would potentially allow for not needing the target 
> argument when casting multiple spells on one person).  I was planning on 
> sticking with <target>, even though it had the major disadvantage of 
> requiring people to learn how to use <cast> over again...  But before I 
> did that, I was wondering if other people have removed the "'"s from the 
> cast command before, and if so, what did you decide upon doing?
> Also, I was planning on making my MUD skill-based, I've got the 
> underlying plan worked out and I'm certain I can accomplish it with a 
> bit of thought and some work, but I've not got one thing worked out.  
> How would one get practices to learn spells in this system.  There was 
> several ways I could think of, the first would be to get practices when 
> you kill an enemy, much like experience.  Another method I was 
> considering was having them ``buy'' practices or just use their money 
> per practice instead of having practice points at all.  I thought that 
> the latter would be much better since (a) we don't have rent and this 
> allows for gold to build up much easier, (b) people whom prefer to be 
> healers or spell-casters shouldn't have to go in and fight a savage for 
> them to advance in levels.  Also because it influences more exploration 
> than the first, since you don't run the risk of loosing your practices 
> (except if you die) while you travel out to find teachers, but you can 
> loose money by having it stolen from you, needing to buy supplies, 
> fleing from a kill, etc. and thus you may find that you'll need to 
> explore much more to get the neccessary money to get to the teacher and 
> then to learn the skills.  Anyone have a better idea or any thoughts?
> --
> Daniel Koepke <>
> Implementor of LEGENDS AND LORE 2
> Xavar@ 4000 [[in early development stages]]

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