For those that don't know, I've been developing a MUD based on some of the best things I've experienced in other MUDs with my own thoughts and ideas.
One of the bricks upon which I'm building is that it will be a small community (no more than 250 people) who are fairly mature and more apt to socialize or play around than anything else. Killing spree's are the sort of thing this group doesn't like and do not partake in.
Now for the question... Do I make it invitation only and restrict the game to those who get an invitation to play (invitation could be given out by other players perhaps, not just the staff) or do I leave it open to whomever wants to come by and play and hope that they share or join the community? I could put a welcome message for new people explaining that it's not a PvP MUD and that there are better places to go, etc.
One of the things I'm realizing due to a current thread on the MUD-Dev list is that I think in "libertarian" ways where personal responsibility rules first, and in many ways I expect other people to behave in certain ways that, as has been shown over and over again, they may not do.
So, do I leave it open for anyone to play and hope I don't get the wrong people crashing my great environment, or do I start off restricting it from the beginning?
Feb 13 2001, 8:15 am