OasisOLC and Deaths Gate script reference
The following part has been contributed by Rumble - The founder
of TBA. In it he makes some statements I couldn't have made better
"... but first, our DISCLAIMER:
All descriptions, areas, and ideas for areas submitted to The Builder
Academy (hereafter TBA) become the property of TBA. By submitting
an area or part of an area the builder expressly gives the administrative
staff the right to edit, modify, and use the submitted material
as we see fit without any penalty, fee, whining, or obligation of
any sort. The builder can request a copy of their work from us at
any time. The builder will also be given public credit for their
submission and works derived from their submission unless they explicitly
BECOMING A BUILDER
The Few, the Proud, the Builders - What is a Builder?
A builder is a term usually used to describe a person who designs
MUD areas for other characters to explore. Any player with motivation,
ideas, and good writing style can be a builder as well as a player.
This document is suggested reading for anyone interested in creating
areas for TBA.
Building a great zone takes many things, one is time and patience,
good grammar/spelling, knowing how to balance your zone, and a lot
of work. Now this all may sound like a lot to do, but I can
assure you that with this document, and others help, you can do
this with out any problems. Building was once explained as
writing a story for the mortals of the mud. As you go through
the zone, it unfolds into different twists in the plot.
Try imagining writing a small book when writing the descriptions
for your zone. If this doesn't work, do whatever works for
you, everyone has their own style of writing zones.
As a Builder, your job is to create the virtual world in which players
can roam around, solve puzzles, find treasures, and gain experience.
A Builder creates the rooms, objects, and monsters with which players
will interact, defining their textual descriptions, stats, abilities,
and other special properties. A Builder should not be confused with
the MUD's coder, whose job it is to modify the C code that makes
the server actually run. A Builder does not need to
be a programmer, and building is not programming; building is done
by writing data files in a particular format, which this document
describes in detail.