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Re: (TFT) Record Keeping
From: "RMORGER" <RMORGER@mail.ev1.net>
Being able to add weapons,
creatures, items etc to match would be fantastic.
I agree. I have been working on programs to do just that. Having
finished them, I am currently trying to fold them into the character_lab
program (the hardest part I'm finding out.)
Besides the Shipbuilder, Armorer, goldsmith, and Architect programs, I
have the magic item lab, and the monster_lab. I have even written a Mnoren
world builder program, Invent a new spell/potion, and finished the outline
work on the melee fight program.
Now for the boring part. (skip this if you are not into programing
As to why folding the progams in together is harder. Everything
affects everything else. Within just the character_lab each TALENT has to
be flagged as combat, literacy, or entertainment. As several of the jobs
have requirements or determines pay by these categories. So I wrote a
program to add new talents and tested it on Cas libers web page.
The program "reads" the new spells fine, adds them to the
character_lab, and even scans the explanations of each spell for key words.
So words like "damage", "fire", or "bite" cause it to be flagged as a combat
spell (once again wholly different form a combat talent on the job table).
But I find that when I add new race types in I have to develope new flags.
Does the new race have hands? Having hands is a big unspoken requirement
for things like using a sword. And on top of that there are exceptions.
Monkeys have hands, but don't use swords. Octopi don't have hands, but do
Other complications. Can the new race be tamed and ridden? Dragons
cannot, but a Roc can. Dragons will let people ride them, but only if it is
the dragon's idea, and if they think it will improve their Status amoung
dragons. Also, Dragons, dwarves, and dragonets have reaction modifiers
between each other. They all love gold and hate each other for being the
same. In fact a dragonet can smell a dragon kilometers away and will become
quite agitated. Does the new race intrude have "gold jealousy" too? Do
Trolls hold jobs? Are all monsters just brigands? If you use monster_lab
to create a green slime with DX 13 is it still just a nuisance, or does the
character get full exp for killing it now instead of just 5.
And that's just for the new races. Does that new spell have a potion
counterpart? Some enchantments, like crystal ball, have no spell
counterpart. And that new weapon my freind made (a big samuri nut by the
way) called a katana does 2d+1 for only 12 St required. Now that's just not
cricket ole man. First off TFT already lists a katana as = to a broadsword.
To have it do 2d+1 it would have to be finely made and cost a whole lot
(boring part over.)
In conclusion, the programs written handle all the complications on
their own quite well. It is in folding all the programs together that I
find my self quite challenged. So back in October I took a break. I just
stepped away and let my mind wander. Well sure enough, come February I came
up with a solution, and I have been working on it. Suffice it to say that I
found the solution in biology. I am doing something similar to chromosome
pairs, where a new "thing" tends to favor one parent or the other.
David Michael Grouchy II
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