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[quote] On 26-11-2009 13:06, Shantigh wrote: An additional act of wrong-doing to add to a list that should be included next to a set of disciplinary procedures: --> Sharing Game Secrets ----- Yes, us old MUD players know that sharing is wrong. It ruins the mystique of the game, and the game has so few puzzles (in comparison to other MUDs, MMORPGs) - that even sharing a few major ones can spoil a lot of fun and exploration for a new player. However, there are things that do get shared, and I think at least some sort of write-up should be made. As a rule of the thumb, back in the days of ERM, we would share the low level secrets (how to make protector, how to make warrior) - after they had already made those levels through gameplay. So they got the thrill of making the level first, then the ease of getting there quickly again. For things like glowing, we tended to direct them to the area and tell them to read things and have a guess at what to do. We would provide hints and tips, but never straight out secrets. For instance one of the fun parts of helping newbies was sending them to a certain island to read a sign to learn a task. A lot died, but then they made the persona back up again, and gave it a bash. Now back under Wireplay that system was ran without any issues. We had a healthy number of newbies, and a reasonable return rate. I kept a notebook of all newbies I'd dealt with, and between Astral and I, we'd do shifts on helping them. Now the point of this long wandering post is - newbies return under that amount of help, and it should be discouraged for the sharing outright of secrets. And examples should be given. These can be alluded to so that older players know what is being said, and new players remain in the dark. Such as saying, teaching someone who to complete areas solo - should be left for them to figure out themselves. In my experience, newbies flourished better under guidance than outright sharing. There was a bigger sense of achievement present, and they felt they'd done things, not just done what they were told to do. [/quote]
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