I don't see the game this way at all. IMHO it *should* be nearly impossible
to kill a PC. I am interested in wandering around, exploring, learning,
gathering, and generally adding to the athmosphere of the world. I am
not interested in a contest to the death against players who started
20 odd turns before I did.
I don't really see this as a competitive game. If it were everyone
would start out at equivalent levels, and there would be some incentive
(such as winning conditions) to kill other players off. THIS IS NOT
1. It takes all of the fun out the of game to have your character
killed. Would you play Ultima more than a couple of times
if you had to start from scratch each time your character
was killed? I wouldn't.
2. There *are* other professions besides 'rampant killer' available
in the gaming system. It seems to me that anyone who depends
on this profession for character development lacks the most
basic sort of creativity. I don't want to learn to defend
myself... I'm not interested in killing other characters. (Seldon
the 'Avatar' is a joke.) I *want* to role-play my character
as it develops (perhaps one of these:
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3. It would be more REALISTIC if you didn't play the PBM at all,
but just went out into the streets and started killing people.
Screw realism. Make the game enjoyable. Killing PC's is
an absurd way to make the game progress. At the extreme,
killed PC's should end up in Valhalla, where they can petition
for their own resurrection in return for some quest.
4. There should be a banking system which allows money to
be deposited safely in the name of the faction so that there
will be no reason to kill PC's except for revenge.
I would suggest that PC's have a defensive rating when attacked by
forces aligned with another faction, that most wandering critters
would be considered easier/more profitable for the trouble targets.
In cities there should be a city guard which will imprison anyone
who kills within the city boundaries. Killing off any PC should be
a matter of extensive planning, perhaps surrounding the PC with
forces in every neighboring town, and attacking simultaneously.
Just some thoughts. -kls