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Posted: Aug 30th 2008 12:18PM Anatidae said

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Funny, I wonder if Ultima Online would be considered a child of Diku. It is a multiplayer game, so in that sense they are related, but UO only had speech over one's head and you had no ability to far-reaching-talking. So if you wanted to say hello, you walked to the person you wanted to talk to.

That encouraged lots of natural role play and it also encouraged strangers to interact. In some ways, the MUD chat window we are all now used to distances us from the actual players in our area. So many times I see a huge group of people not even acknowledging one another's existence yet they are all probably chatting away in guild/party/etc... chat.

Makes me wonder. Of course Diku you generally go to a zone to talk and although you can whisper across the zones, the players tend to stick to their role play world and follow a lot of conventions we that are throw away in graphical muds (our current MMOS)

Posted: Aug 30th 2008 1:06PM Greeen said

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I found the comment on trash drops interesting. Not sure what is wrong with that - I find it more "natural" if a beast drops anything but money or a weapon. And what can one do with a paw, or some fur?
I always thought it odd, even more the reasoning that a spider probably ate an adventurer carrying money or an axe. Same goes for the foes one battles, they have tons of armor or weapons, yet one can not pick up anything. At least a (trashy) weapon is sort of "realistic". One can't use it? Well, then you sell it if you can, no?

Posted: Aug 30th 2008 1:17PM (Unverified) said

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Most misleading title ever unless it's a series. Comments get closer to the mark, but the rest of it is just a comparison between the drop vs the quest reward. Public quests are a different approach to the latter, but what does this tell us about the state of Diku? Who knows.

Posted: Aug 30th 2008 7:07PM (Unverified) said

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"Funny, I wonder if Ultima Online would be considered a child of Diku." -- Brian!

Actually, it would be more akin to the LP code base as it lacked the class structure that was hardcoded in Diku. And a few LP drivers actually went classless like Lost Souls (it's quasi-classless as you can learn spells, but guilds offer both social and skill bonuses as well as spell bonuses in a few cases).

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