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Free Shard Developers, what motivates you to develop and operate a shard?

Post by Yukiko » Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:49 am

This is for any shard developer no matter what emulator you use. I assume because it is posted on the POL forums, if I get any response, it will be mostly POL shard developers but the question is open to RunUO, ServUO, Sphere, or any emulator.

From the list below, in order of importance please list the things that keep you motivated in developing your shard:

1. I like building the map.
2. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
3. I enjoy writing code.
4. I like running quests.
5. I like having players playing on my shard.
6. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code (Yes, there are people who derive great pleasure in this.)
7. I like being the "god" in charge of a world.
8. I have a reason you did not list. (Please specify your unique reason.)

Remember to list all that apply to you, in the order of importance.

Thank you, in advance, for your participation.
:)

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Re: Free Shard Developers, what motivates you to develop and operate a shard?

Post by Kloede » Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:29 am

5. I like having players playing on my shard.
1. I like building the map.
2. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
3. I enjoy writing code.
4. I like running quests.
6. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code (Yes, there are people who derive great pleasure in this.)
7. I like being the "god" in charge of a world.

Would be my order.

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Re: Free Shard Developers, what motivates you to develop and operate a shard?

Post by Pumpkins » Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:37 am

1. I always wanted to have a fully functional and bug free ZuluHotel distro.
2. I enjoy writing code.
I started my project as the graphic guy and ended now being the scripter. I rly enjoy scripting in escript, still have a lot to learn.
3. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code.
90% of the time is me reading old scripts made 20 years ago or scripts made by horrible scripters. I still enjoy trying to understand what they wanted to achieve, why it is not working and then rework the code.
4. I like building the map.
I lost countless hours editing my map and other files.
5. I like having players playing on my shard.
6. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
7. I like running quests.
9. I like being the "god" in charge of a world.

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Re: Free Shard Developers, what motivates you to develop and operate a shard?

Post by ThisIsMe » Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:35 pm

3. I enjoy writing code.
Ultimately I think this is my top position. I enjoy coming up with an idea and getting it going. Taking the virtual clean piece of paper and writing out something that does something. I like the idea of coming up with an idea I've not seen and trying to implement something within the constraints we are forced into using at times, sometimes this goes well, other times it fails in a horrific firey crash.
6. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code (Yes, there are people who derive great pleasure in this.)
I like coming across bugs or bad code, (what determines bad code is sometimes as controversial as defining "Hate Speech" of course) and fixing the bug or rewriting code to be neater, tighter, better.
1. I like building the map.
2. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
These are tied, I like decorating about as much as I like world building. They go hand in hand and I enjoy looking at architecture and trying to implement some of it in ultima. My favorite being probably the most boring, Tudor style and ultima unfortunately lends itself to a similar look in game which in my case tends to mean I overly use that style in building design.
5. I like having players
Ya this is a given but unfortunately i feel like at times they're a secondary thought while I work on some blobs of code.
8. You didn't mention
I enjoy researching a basic understanding of how real world examples of a system works. Whether it's apiculture, Caseiculture or Metallurgy. Alchemy offers an interesting challenge but I have done a fair bit of research into alchemy and its symbols and recipes and measurements. Even researching cultures to base races of npcs on is something I've spent hours doing. Delving into languages fictional and non fiction for power words for custom magic systems, while tedious is something I enjoyed and spent a good amount of time on, countless hours really.

Hopefully this helps. And yes, number 6 gets me into trouble at times if you consider the fixing bad code as fixing bugs which I do, theyre sort of hand in hand in my opinion.

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Post by kevin » Sat Aug 22, 2020 2:15 am

5. I like having players playing on my shard.
3. I enjoy writing code.
6. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code (Yes, there are people who derive great pleasure in this.)
4. I like running quests.
1. I like building the map.
2. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
7. I like being the "god" in charge of a world.

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Re: Free Shard Developers, what motivates you to develop and operate a shard?

Post by DevGIB » Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:16 am

1. I like building the map.
2. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
3. I enjoy writing code.
4. I like running quests.
5. I like having players playing on my shard.
6. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code (Yes, there are people who derive great pleasure in this.)
7. I like being the "god" in charge of a world.
8. I have a reason you did not list. (Please specify your unique reason.)

3+6
5 (because 6 doesn't always happen without 5)
after that i'm not too bothered :)

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Post by AsYlum » Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:00 am

8. I use freeshard stuff to learn new things. It is much easier when you have a goal.
3. I enjoy writing code.
5. I like having players playing on my shard.
6. I enjoy finding and fixing bugs in the code (Yes, there are people who derive great pleasure in this.)
1. I like building the map.
2. I like making buildings and decorating the world.
4. I like running quests.
7. I like being the "god" in charge of a world.

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Re: Free Shard Developers, what motivates you to develop and operate a shard?

Post by Austin » Sat Aug 22, 2020 11:26 am

7

In Discord Yukiko says I must elaborate...grump.

I don't remember why I did any shard work - I just remember the reputation I was stuck with.

I didn't really enjoy the shard part - I think most my motivation was to create really flexible packages that enabled shards to share code more easily... but most people running shards were very concerned with protecting their castles.

And that's when I found more interesting things to work on.. like liver failure and so I left POL development.

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