Re: Triggers / Actions

From: Blaize Imperator (garath@fl.freei.net)
Date: 10/16/00


>   With the increased usage of clients, also comes the usage of triggers
>or actions.

Was there a time before people used clients?

>From the players view, they are nice, they remove some of
>the monotony of having to do certain things,

Definitly.

> though, when you introduce
>a player killing atmosphere, it is no longer who is better skilled
>player, but rather who is on the fastest connection with the quickest
>and best programmed triggers.


I have several pk characters on a MUD, and this is definitly true...if there
is no lag on the track skill, a find and kill alias can track your opponent
down
and attack them in under a second.  I have been the victim of such.

>   To avoid this type of thing, I was wondering what other Implementors
>have done as far as code goes to remove trigger problems.  I'm not
>looking for code mind you, just ideas.  After awhile of thinking about
>it, I thought maybe I could send a "blank" ascii character ever few
>letters.  Something like this:
>
>Where & = blank ascii character:
>
>You s&ense &a tra&il we&st fr&om he&re!
>
>Which would show to the characters as:
>
>You sense a trail west from here!


This is a pretty good idea...one way to implement this would be to have
a "no_trig" function that randomly inserts a blank ascii character into the
string, then returns the result.  You don't want to use this on all output,
only
on things that players can/will abuse, such as track, people entering the
room, etc.

***
send_to_char(no_trig("You sense a trail west of here"), ch);
***

>   The problem with using something like this is taking into
>consideration each type of client and making sure that the ascii
>character doesn't show up on any of them, which is a near impossible
>task.  Which, brought me to writing this post.  Any ideas, suggestions,
>or comments would be greatly appreciated.

For the ascii character, you could use a random character, in the same color
as the background instead of a space.  It would be detectable if the player
looked for it, but if it was a random character in a random part of the
string,
they could not set up triggers for all the combinations.  And normal
players,
not trying to abuse the system, would never know that space is really a
black
"@".


> Lord Kyu 


 Blaize Imperator, Lord of Shadows 


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