in Coldmud discussion meeting
daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Wed Nov 17 21:43:22 1993
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert de Forest)
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 93 18:36:56 PST
I'm probably just stating the obvious here...
I'm sure this isn't a new idea, but I see no reason all NPC's couldn't be
controlled by one off-db program (if you have an extra computer). Have
someone's program log in as 'GameMaster',
and have the GM control its charachters as puppets.
This would have the advantages of a client robot, while only requiring one
extra computer for several (50? 100?) robots. I don't know how much load this
would put on the server, communication wise, but I bet it could be optimized to
be far less then an equal number of single-robot programs or actual players.
Just think, MOO's and MUDs are multi-threaded, and they don't even know it...