Posted by Marcel on 07/16
PROBLEM 1. Jeez, pkillers flinging out challenges, insults and other
(apparently, though not always actually) hostile comments on public
channels, producing an atmosphere online which is sometimes less than
pleasant, while attempting to lure each other out of the ooc lounge
and back in character so they can wipe the floor with each other.
PROBLEM 2. Pkillers hiding in the ooc lounge making it impossible for
other people to use it for what it was designed for, a relaxation area
for people not currently roleplaying their characters - but typically
talking to friends, discussing something with other players, or quite
simply hanging out.
SOLUTION SUGGESTION. Rip pkill from the OOC lounge. Simply make it
impossible for pkill enabled to use the facilities, i.e. to use the
ooc command at all. Relocate the warboard to a couple of sites in
the game, preferably in safe rooms - otherwise, only pkillers with
access to clan halls will have the option of using it. Place
discussion board at the same sites.
This way, pkillers will not be able to hide indefinity from unfinished
fights and cause everybody else grief with spam and whining. Roleplaying
pkillers can still hassle it out from in character. More, eh,
direct combat oriented pkillers can get their fights finished and
done with, instead of seeing them drag indefinitely.
DISCLAIMER. The above suggestion is drastic, admitted, but it would
solve the problem. Since I rather like the OOC myself, though, I'd
cheer delightedly at any more, um, easy going solutions that would
achieve a similar effect, namely a major decrease in annoyance
and on channel whining by pkillers.
Thank you for your time,
Marcel Alexander, Esquire.
Tuesday, July 07, 06:03PM
on some other muds i've dabbled at there was a feature that once you
get attacked or attack someone a flag goes up on you that takes
30 rl minutes to decay. until it decays you can't quit the game/rent
and what not. maybe thats a bit drastic for legend, but i think it could
be applied to this ooc thing.
Tuesday, July 07, 06:13PM
Well, in my really early Legend days there was once a nice imm called
Arkenstone, maybe not so many remember it, but he had a tendancy to
force PKillers hiding in OOC right out, with that imm command that
makes you do things, and I think that maybe some more imms should do
this, would solve the problem no?
Sir Rictor Belmont
Tuesday, July 07, 10:35PM
Or perhaps chat should be disabled OOC or in clanhalls. Not perfect,
I admit, but it would eliminate that "run OOC and taunt opponent over
chat" strategy with which we're all too familiar.
Wednesday, July 08, 03:39AM
I am very much against removing clanned access to ooc. I think it is
bad in principle that clanned and unclanned should be treated
differently in that manner. Every purpose for which an unclanned
can legitimately use ooc is also legitimate for clanned characters.
Preventing clanned characters from using it could reinforce the idea
some people have that clanned characters log on for no reason except
to pkill and that everything they do must somehow be pkill related.
Clanned characters should be able to use ooc to take a break from ic
playing and avoid ic things happening (including attack) while they
are doing so. Otherwise they are effectively being prevented from
participating in ooc activities to the same extent as unclanned.
Somebody should not be able to take advantage of the fact that
somebody is engaging in an ooc activity such as a trivia game, an
ooc conference discussion, reading and writing on boards etc to
stage a pkill attack. Those might seem to be petty examples, but if
the clanned to not need ooc to do those things, then surely
unclanned need it even LESS, and it should be taken out for both.
I would prefer a less drastic solution like preventing use of channels
while ooc, including the clan channel and possibly even tells.
Conferences should be available ooc however, since they are used for
ooc games and discussions, and it should really be possible to see
infos of pkill deaths to avoid accidental multi on returning from ooc.
Even that solution seems a little odd, because if somebody is causign
a problem on chat, its really that person who should be dealt with-
Wednesday, July 08, 05:48AM
What's wrong with simply making OOC a silent room for pkers?
Besides, it's not like we can yank ppl out of their bunkers,
Wednesday, July 08, 08:45AM
ooc isn't the cause of the problem, players are.
i agree with ishtar, players who really are afk, or not doing anything,
or don't want their timed item decay, do have a right to ooc,
and yes even have access to channels.
if someone is taunting over chat, perhaps have the immortals create
a pkill channel, to me, the best way to avoid a irritating thing
is to ignore it.
Wednesday, July 08, 10:38AM
Actually, since timed items are IC items, and ooc is, well OOC,
they're doing the same thing, which is using OOC to fix an IC problem.
Wednesday, July 08, 10:59AM
I cant see why an imm would nudge any PK'er thats whining OOC out of
OOC, it'd work, its been done, it can be done again.
Sir Rictor Belmont
Wednesday, July 08, 04:44PM
just take away the ability to go ooc for a short period of time after
pkill has been initiated and after a person comes back from the dead.
give everyone a chance to cool off and not run ooc to hide from ic
problems they should deal with. -point append 1-
Wednesday, July 08, 08:38PM
Just an FYI, but the subject matter of this discussion is being
debated/argued within the immortal staff, touching on all of the
issues and ideas raised.
Personally, the only one I object to is making a menu option to
enter directly into the OOC. Believe it or not, the ooc is entirely
composed of the acts language that the builders use to build their
areas. The 'ooc' and 'ic' commands exist merely as aliases to
'tell ooc transfer me' and 'ask ooc return'. Tying it further to
the code is not a good idea (IMHO) because of one of the main goals
of making a releasable code base. The OOC is a distinct part of
LegendMUD not the LegendMUD codebase, therefore, the fewer ties
(and the less major those ties are, modifying menu options is a
relatively major modification) the better. Again, just FYI.
Wednesday, July 08, 09:54PM
Sandra, I wanted to ask about your append concerning timed items. I am
under the impression that ooc is for relaxing and not having to worry
about ic issues. Hence, you don't get any more hungry ooc, and the food
you eat there doesn't fill you up. Spell effects don't expire, and timed
items don't age. Character's also don't age. It seems to me that anyone
who sits ooc a lot to keep their timed items from poofing is also losing
out on all the IC benefits, like watching what is goin on in an area, but
more importantly they miss out on any kind of regen.
So, going ooc when a character is just sitting around chatting with
freinds seems like a logical thing to do.
Wednesday, July 08, 11:44PM
Another thought-I won't comment on timed items, but perhaps spells
should be neutralized when you go OOC? It would certainly make it harder
for pkillers to stay ooc and wait until someone they want to kill is on,
or in a vulnerable position, and then swoop in.
Thursday, July 09, 01:29AM
You can't go OOC with most spells that are useful to a
pkiller anyway. :)
Thursday, July 09, 09:48AM
Another problem is, if your 20 str mage that your regularly use str
even to move with cant keep his str spell ooc he cant even move :)
Sir Rictor Belmont@
Thursday, July 09, 03:18PM
As far as I know, you can go ooc with bless, sink, strength, armor,
and some other relatively useful spells for pk.
Regarding taunting/etc from ooc... I personally think it's a form
of crossplay, really, taunting OOC to chars that are IC. Or just
really bad form of mudding, since you are actually crossing the
Thursday, July 09, 06:26PM
I've always played one character, just something I do on muds, and you
think it would be quite right to not allow me to post to the boards here,
and to just sit back and talk once in a while( I also perpetually
stay rogue) Not allowing pkillers ooc is a step towards
banning pk entirely.
Thursday, July 09, 10:38PM
just wondering.. what's so bad about making OOC a no-tell,
no-channel room for clanned personnel? Maybe with the
exception of trivia.
Friday, July 10, 12:07AM
Whats wrong with an Imm just botting someone out of OOC if they are
PK enabled and obviously OOC because they are whining and moaning and
generally being what you all dont wanna see?
Sir Rictor Belmont
Friday, July 10, 01:58AM
Well, it could only be done if there was an immort online. And it would
put immorts on the spot a bit, having to decide whether somebody was
ooc for a legitimate reason or deserved to be booted out. I can see lots o
people jumping on any excuse to try to get somebody booted out of ooc,
plus accusations of favourtism, immortal interference etc.
Also, if somebody is making a nuisance on chat in an ooc manner, then
pkilling them is not the way to deal with it, since pkill is not supposed
to be used for ooc reasons. Unclanned can also cause annoyance on chat,
so there must be ways and means to deal with it that don't involve
making somebody available to be pkilled.
Friday, July 10, 02:15PM
To put in my ideas about OOC...
The thing with a flag that makes sure you can't go OOC
for a while after being in a pkill is not a very
good idea in my opinion. It will not prevent people from
going straight to OOC and taunting and the like, nor
from doing it after the 30 minutes are up. Besides,
it is as often non-pkill enabled characters who whine
and annoy channels, as it is pkill enabled ones.
The other suggestion, about imms forcing people IC again,
is also a bad solution, in my opinion. First of all,
in order not to have very changing rules, according to
the imm, there would need to be a very clear set of
rules regarding what you could say from ooc and what you
couldn't. Otherwise it will be "But this and that imm
said it was ok yesterday". Also, most people would
claim that they were not whining when an imm forced
him or her ic. Besides, the imms has enough to do
as it is, and get hated enough as it is. I see no
reason to give some players another reason to whine
at them if possible.
The banning of pkill enabled characters from OOC is also
not a very good idea, as pkillers need a place to
go afk too, and a place to sit and talk with friends.
It would also separate pkillers and non pkillers more,
which would create more problems, I think.
The only working solution, in my not so humble opinion,
is to limit ALL characters who are OOC from tells and
channels, limiting them to conferenses and gtells.
That would effectively prevent the unpleasant
situations, and would be equal for everyone, neither
favorizing pkillers or non-pkillers.
Saturday, July 11, 10:06AM
What we intend to do is the following:
Place a timer on pkillers once pk combat starts that will prevent
either combatant from going into the OOC for somewhere around 5-10
ticks. It will save over renting.
Place a timer on pkillers coming out of the OOC, so that they wil
not be able to hide out in the OOC, and frequent the IC to check
the who list, then back into the OOC again, etc. This timer will
probably last 5 ticks.
I do not want to limit channel use to those in the ooc. I don't
think that is fair, if they're just sitting there chatting.
I dislike the idea of making the OOC only accessable from the
menu, because it makes it more code based, and I feel that the
OOC is better as it is - being an area.
Anyway, there is still some discussion between the immorts, but
this looks like what you will be seeing in the near future.
Saturday, July 11, 10:49AM
Those are some fairly drastic changes - fortunately not half as drastic
as my initial suggestions - and I for one am merrily content to wait and
see whether they solve the problem proposed before discussing the subject
any further. I'll add, though, that I was sort of happy to see that I am
not the only player here who happens to be pkill enabled AND as absurdly
tired of this recurring problem - and it pleases me some too, to find that
so many were eager to help come up with solutions. So they were discussing
it already - well, nice, just means something gets done faster.
My faith in the system and my fellow players restored,
Marcel Alexander, Esquire.
Thursday, July 16, 02:15PM
There's a post on the welcome board that explains upcoming changes
in regards to pkill and the ooc lounge.