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Old 12-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #1
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Question How long do you build?

What is the longest time you have built on a particular MUD? Shortest time? Why did you quit? Do you ever think about going back?
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: How long do you build?

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What is the longest time you have built on a particular MUD? Shortest time? Why did you quit? Do you ever think about going back?
The longest/shortest time I've built on a MUD was before the current MUD I enjoy. A couple years. I quit because I didn't feel remotely valued as a volunteer and the set up for bosses/volunteers was clumsy and rife with poor communication. I do, at times, but then I remember why I left.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Re: How long do you build?

I would suspect that is a pretty common reason for builders quitting.

The longest I've built on a MUD was a few years. I wasn't able to do as much when I had my first baby, and then the MUD closed so I was done. :-)
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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What is the longest time you have built on a particular MUD? Shortest time? Why did you quit? Do you ever think about going back?
What is the longest time you have built on a particular MUD? Over 10 Years.
Shortest time? Never was a short time.
Why did you quit? Didn't but wished I had!
Do you ever think about going back? No, cuz I'm still stuck there, boo hoo!
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #5
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Re: How long do you build?

I've been building on AA for 18 years. I've got one builder who's been here for almost 18 years off and on, and two others that have been building for 17 years. After those guys, there's probably a half dozen in the 5-12 year range that are fully active.

There's a been a lot of turnover to be sure, but a lot of it seems to have been life changes as opposed to server changes. Of our past gods, we have an MD, a quant, two software engineers, two lead sysadmins, a math professor, and a world traveller that I can name off the top of my head. I can hardly blame them for finding other things to do after a few years.

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #6
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I would suspect that is a pretty common reason for builders quitting.

The longest I've built on a MUD was a few years. I wasn't able to do as much when I had my first baby, and then the MUD closed so I was done. :-)
Yeah, I could imagine the whole having-a-baby thing being fairly important, so far as lifestyles go.

I went back and forth for quite a long time on my prior MUD, but finally, I realized it just wasn't fun anymore and it was becoming hugely stressful for me to even log in. The whole thing was, honestly, handled poorly--if given the smallest amount of motivation, appreciate and encouragment can keep your volunteers going for years!

We're sort of like the Tin Man. Just oil us a bit.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:12 PM   #7
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Re: How long do you build?

I've been building on 4D since it started, I think in 1996, which makes it more years than I'd like to think of.

During that time I've seen many builders come and go here. Most of them produced less than three rooms, about 10% managed to finish one zone, a few finished more than one. The general pattern is that even those that manage to finish one zone quit after that.

There have been many periods during those years when I've been less productive, due to to RL - among other things getting married and having two kids - but I've never left completely. 4D is my baby too.

There are still zones that I'd like to do, and there are still almost finished zones sitting in the Build Port, waiting for someone to take pity on them. At present I am working on one of those. It was supposed to be the entrance zone to our Future Dimension, it's even on our zone list, (as unfinished), but it has been sitting in the Buildport for about 15 years, when the original builder left us to get married to a another 4D player...
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:36 AM   #8
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What is the longest time you have built on a particular MUD? Shortest time? Why did you quit? Do you ever think about going back?
Development for Threshold began in 1991 so that puts me at 21 years of building.

Yikes!

I cannot imagine ever quitting.

I wish I had started 2 years earlier because then I could say I've been working on Threshold in 4 different decades. That would be super cool.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #9
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Re: How long do you build?

That's awesome, I love seeing the responses of builders who have stuck it out for the long haul. You guys rock!
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:45 PM   #10
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I've been building on 4D since it started, I think in 1996, which makes it more years than I'd like to think of.

During that time I've seen many builders come and go here. Most of them produced less than three rooms, about 10% managed to finish one zone, a few finished more than one. The general pattern is that even those that manage to finish one zone quit after that.

There have been many periods during those years when I've been less productive, due to to RL - among other things getting married and having two kids - but I've never left completely. 4D is my baby too.

There are still zones that I'd like to do, and there are still almost finished zones sitting in the Build Port, waiting for someone to take pity on them. At present I am working on one of those. It was supposed to be the entrance zone to our Future Dimension, it's even on our zone list, (as unfinished), but it has been sitting in the Buildport for about 15 years, when the original builder left us to get married to a another 4D player...
It's like this on Aarchon as well. I've been building nearly 10 years and I'm up to about 10 zones at this point. Most of them 75-125 rooms or more. We have maybe 6 other immortals who have built 2 or more zones over the years. There are about 50 areas that we've had to scrap because the builder writes 5 room descriptions and never logs in again.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:09 PM   #11
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Re: How long do you build?

To answer the thread question, I build until I get burned out, which is usually 6-12 months, then either focus on just playing the MUD or playing other games before I'm ready to come back for more.

I've been doing that for 10+ years, but it's getting harder to be as productive and actually finish projects as I go along. Life has a way of sucking away your time and attention as you get older.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #12
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It sure does!
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Re: How long do you build?

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To answer the thread question, I build until I get burned out, which is usually 6-12 months, then either focus on just playing the MUD or playing other games before I'm ready to come back for more.

I've been doing that for 10+ years, but it's getting harder to be as productive and actually finish projects as I go along. Life has a way of sucking away your time and attention as you get older.
In Fluxworld (As I suppose in others) Rule #1 is building is never done! Its rather like asking when an artist is done with a painting, and its when they are tired of working on it.

Some areas start as a concept of one holder room for years, until some big areas of 50+ rooms can be fleshed out, and others vary.

Its not so much just an "area" as that is more the concept of a concept or vision of an area, but also all the supporting code for special objects which help support the interesting ideas contained in the concept area. Perhaps that place needs some new objects which help it along that dont exist currently. Depends on the existing richness and diversity of the base tools of that MUD.

I've been building technically since the mid 1980s, in Citadel, well before I discovered a true multi-user MUD, but the concepts were the same, even back then. Some areas are fairly small, say 10 rooms, and contain a concept, an inn, a bar on an old cobblestone road, etc. Others are more involved, a small town, on some faraway planet or moon, some of these linked by some common fast mode of travel.

Building is a creative art to me, and if I waited until it was "finished" to let anyone see it or experience it, no one would ever see whats been done. Consider it a living work in progress.
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