1.15 Character Development
Character development is the process of improving your character over
time. For the most part, this simply means using character development
points that you have gained in the course of play to improve your
abilities or learn new ones.
The primary means of gaining additional points is through player voting.
+vote ) command is
used to cast votes to recognize superior roleplay. The voting program
has a number of configurable parameters, but in general you will be
given a specified number of votes to cast during a specified time period
or `voting interval', or will be able to cast an unlimited number of
votes, but may only vote for someone once per voting interval. You may
not vote for yourself, and the program does attempt to detect instances
where people are using alternate characters to vote for themselves. Such
instances are logged. The policy on alt-character voting and all other
voting matters is determined by the
MUCK's staff: consult
news, bulletin boards or staff.
+vote by itself shows your current voting
statistics: how many votes you have, how many you need before getting a
development point, how many votes you have used this voting interval,
and the currently configured voting interval length.
Depending on system settings, you may also get points automatically.
If the system parameter
auto_xp is set to `yes' (which it
is by default), you have a chance to improve your skills through the use
of skills, spells, and psionics. Whenever you get a critical success in
an IC area occupied by other, non-idle players, a roll is made to see if
you have the `presence of mind' to learn from what you did (that is, a
roll is made against the average of your Presence and Intelligence). If
you make this roll, 10 points are put into a pool of experience points.
When the number of accrued experience points reaches 100, you receive a
character development point.
When you do get a development point in the course of play, it will
appear on your character sheet under `Available Points'. At that time,
you may allocate it to current or new abilities, with the following
- You will probably need to go to a designated setup room to use the
chargen commands required to make the change
- You may not acquire new advantages or disadvantages after your
character is approved and you have entered play.
- After character approval, raising a stat 1 point costs
three character development points, rather than one, as during
chargen. (Skills may still be purchased at the initial price of one
point per level.) Because of this, it may be necessary to `save up'
points before you use them.