Joined: Nov 29, 2006 Posts: 301 Location: British Columbia - Canada
Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:32 pm Post subject: Describing streets
I am wondering if any experienced builders out there have any advice on how to make reappearing concept stay interesting after multiple room descriptions.
For example, for a long road through town, which will pretty much look uniform for most part, I often find myself frustrated trying not to repeat myself. I am religiously against cloning a room description in any part. As a result, I find myself saying the same thing over and over again, but in different words, which I feel is corny. Anyone else run into this?
What I've been trying to do is keep the descriptions shorter, and decorating the rooms more with props and mobs, (i.e. A broken carriage, or a wandering hobo)
But sometimes I have difficulty even getting in a full three lines of unique writing for each room. Any thoughts? _________________ The Augmented dimension : mud.themudhost.net port 5000
Joined: Feb 02, 2004 Posts: 748 Location: Norway, Europe
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:38 am Post subject:
Draw it on a piece of paper.
Add (draw on the map) some nearby (on the road) features.
Add some mid-distance features (trees, large rocks, shorelines, etc.).
Add some long-distance features (hills, forests, fields).
Now, slice the road in as many pieces as you want rooms.
In each room, see which items are close-by, mid-distance in this or next-door-neighboring room and long-distance in this room, and two rooms out, either side.
This should give you a good selection of objects to put in each room.
Just north of the road is a large oak-tree, while south of here, a large
chasm blocks the way. Behind the tree are rolling plains, and off to the
northeast there are foothills. The chasm the south allows you to get a
nice view over the lake at the bottom. A magnificent waterfall flows down
the other side of the chasm, but you are too far away to see anything
clearly through the mist. The road continues to the east and west.
In this example, a tree was drawn just north of the road, while the foothills were two rooms east, and at long-distance. The chasm was drawn just south, and the lake at the bottom. The waterfall was drawn at
long-distance south of this room, and will be visible two rooms east and west, if near the edge of the chasm.
If your mud has such a thing as "flying" or "climbing" exits, it would make sense for the room to have an exit into the chasm. _________________ For all intents and purposes retired trigedit maintainer (new name for DG scripts from next version)
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005 Posts: 1390 Location: Shelby Township, Michigan
Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:25 pm Post subject:
You can create this effect as well by having ten rooms total for a zone. When they head north they enter a random room but a script that forces the exits that should be there to be in the right place no matter what room they actually go to and save a variable to the player saving their relative position in the zone. (Yes, that would be complex to implement, me one of the biggest fans of DG would be wary to attempt it even.)
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