Re: Can you see how this can be abused?

From: John Woods (JWoodsIII@AOL.COM)
Date: 06/14/98

In a message dated 98-06-13 22:04:05 EDT, chuck@EDEN.COM writes:

<< I am working on a system where all 'Out of Character' interaction
 such as message boards, mudmail, and things of that nature are only
 found in a specified zone. Okay.

 To enter this zone the player enters the 'ooc' command and they are
 transfered to the 'OOC' zone. The enter 'looc' to go back to their
 original position. Also, they can only enter the OOC zone from a select
 few rooms in the game that are flagged ROOM_IOOC.

 In the command I do the usual checks, see if they are fighting, see if
 position is POS_STANDING, and all that. I then set the player's loadroom
 the room they initiate the command in. I then do a save_char. Then the
 transfer code. In the OOC Zone the rooms are all !MAGIC and all that

 Does anyone see a way this system can be abused? I was thinking of
 hit/move/mana gain and etc.. while in the zone but I feel this would
 use of the zone. Is there a way players can use this system to change
 there load
 rooms or anything like that? I was also toying with the idea of having
 tokens and every entrance into the zone requires one. But once again, I
 feel this
 would discourage use of the zone.

 My main goal here is to move all non-realistic OOC stuff into a limited
 Tells will not be available in the normal zones (only through telepathy
 magical means). The 'who' listing will only be available in this zone. I
 still contemplating the extent at which I will limit communication in
 the zone
 but this is my starting point. What are your suggestions both from both
 a coders
 and players standpoint. As you can obviously see, I am slanting towards
 a heavy
 RP based game (with strict AD&&D standards). >>

Like your ideas. If you're looking at making your game more RP-oriented, you
may want to MUSH for a bit to get used to it. I like your ideas, but should
you suspend WHO? In RL, people would assume that /everyone/ was 'playing' real
life, but in a MUD, don't they have a right to know who is playing and who
isn't? I like the communications stuff, though. It reminds me much of
Simutronics' GemStone III. They had amulets used for communications. Usually
had to kill monsters to find them, but they could be bought for 500 silvers or
so. Then you RUBbed the amulet to enter the 'magic' chat thingy, and the THINK
command was what you used to broadcast. TURNing it would change channels and
PULLing it would turn if off. But don't copy them. :-P
Heh, if you need any help with that I may be able to take a look around and
give suggestions. I must warn you though, that I don't have too much time and
I'm working at Renegade Knights at the present. I should be able to take a
break at the beginning of next month, maybe a bit sooner. :-)


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