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Re: [COLD] NBC Online project

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Thu Nov 20 02:52:04 1997 )

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 17:44:05 +1000
From: Dancer <dancer@brisnet.org.au>
To: Frank Crowell <frankc@maddog.com>, coldstuff@cold.org

300+ online users and web integration, and they don't want to pay a penny?

It'd blow the connection budget in no-time.


Frank Crowell wrote:

> NBC Online/Homicide plans to include an RPG mud as part of their online
> offerings.
> (http://www.nbc.com)
> Their intention is to have some sort of mud that can be used to exend
> the Homicide/Second Story series that's being developed for the web; all
> this is in support of the television series Homicide.
> NBC Online will not pay for the project (what a surprise!), but they are
> willing to have online promotion for the mud/company that gets involved
> with the project.  Currently I'm tossing around some ideas with their
> software developer and their producer, but I'm not interested in
> promotion.  However, if someone can make a decent Homicide RPG Cold, it
> could really help give Cold a boost.
> I'm willing to provide the Black Rabbit server as a "proof of concept"
> server, but the Homicide RPG will have to be moved off the server by the
> end of March.  This means that the project will have to find another
> machine.  If a sponsor for the site can be found, then that sponsor
> should get the promotion from NBC Online.
> The project will also need a builder or two and an admin.  If anyone is
> interested on working on this project, I will give you complete mud
> control so you can get the job done.
> There are also some technical problems.  They want the mud to be able to
> handle 300+ online users. I believe that LambdaMOO lags to an impossible
> level at over 200-- don't know how well a Cold could handle that many.
> Many two servers is better.  Suggestions?
> Another concern is the use of the web.  I'm still not clear on this
> requirement, but I know that they want to tie it in to their web page
> some way.  If you look at the NBC web page, you will see that they make
> heavy use of web technology, including lots of javascripts, and maybe
> even java.  I don't really know what to do about this part.
> Finally, there will be some use of NPCs.  The "proof of concept" will
> have to include some functional NPCs, TBD.
> So what do you think?  Is that a project worth doing and are there
> enough resources in the Cold community to make it happen?  It's not a
> great project if you want to run your own mud.  But it may enhance your
> resume.
> So send me some email if you are interested in the project,
> frankc@maddog.com

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