Re: Roleplaying vs. H&S (was Consider)

From: Tony Maro (tmaro@TACSYS.COM)
Date: 04/10/98

Without levels, how then, do you handle advancement of HP, SP & MP?  I'm
very curious.  Do your characters effectively stay at "level 1" in the code, or
do they advance silently in the code, but based on the strength of their skills
rather than xp?


-----Original Message-----
From:   Judson Powers [SMTP:powers@RJSONLINE.NET]
Sent:   Thursday, April 09, 1998 11:01 PM
Subject:         Roleplaying vs. H&S (was Consider)

On Tue, Apr 7, 1998 11:13 PM, Thomas Smith <mailto:ibedemigod@HOTMAIL.COM>
> So now it comes down to, i believe, two things.  1)Making the mud reward
> for RP and hack/slash equaly.  2) Making the mud fun enough that mortals
> are more inticed by what is going on than in leveling.

That's the crux of the whole matter.  In fact, if you want to keep people
from killing to get xp, you make the xp bonus for rp significantly more . .
. at least double.  Making newbie quests where if you take the quest and do
a certain series of actions, including killing some easy mobs, you get
three times the experience will get people used to actually roleplaying.
(There's a concept.)  Also, you have to make a mud fun.  The most popular
method is the game concept -- you play to win, and the process of winning
is what's fun.  If you want people to not focus on winning, don't let them

An example, the MUD I work on:  On Morgaelin, there are no levels,
everything is skill-based.  Also, as of yet there is no way for a mortal to
become immortal except through the use of the advance or set level
commands.  Also, the focus is shifting to well-fleshed-out, interactive
areas.  (FYI, interactivity would be where the player interacts with a mob
while not using any of the following: kill, attack, steal, cast, backstab,
or any of their derivatives or related functions.)

Judson Powers                 Morgaelin MUD          telnet://

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