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I have a Nanny in my nightmares...

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Since I've been creatively challenged lately on what to write for this blog I've gotten into the habit of keeping a little notepad window open and just adding a little here or there. Well now.. silly me doesn't actually SAVE the file and yeah I lost all of the last effort.

Here I am starting again! Maybe it will even be better.

Amongst other little things I've still had a focus on the new character experience. The idea being to get a new character into the game with as little muss and fuss as possible during the creation process. To do this I must confront... Nanny!

If you've ever seen any diku-rivitave mud code you might be familiar with it. Generally it's a big monster of a function that manages the different states as a player moves through the creation process. We still have the Nanny function but its been used and abused so much over the years it's truly an awful and unwieldy bit of code now.

First job of course was trying to understand what those who've come before did to make such a mess out of it. I've cleaned up some of it by moving it into separate functions and commented the heck out of it. I re-wrote huge chunks of it added a lot of features including... *insert drum roll here* when you mess up your character name or password, no more reconnecting! It will give you the chance to fix it. Ok not the most asked for feature around but handy all the same. The race/class section has been redesigned to take either (or both) choices at one prompt which replaces the current "choose which number" system.

So now that I'm almost done I'm actually rather pleased. Nanny is no longer my nightmare!


The legal stuff: This does not mean it will happen, this does not mean it'll be in v5, this does not mean it’s a rule or a policy, this does not mean it’s about a specific person (except in certain cases), this is not intended to call out anyone, this does not mean anyone but ME thinks this way, this is not always the opinion of the other God+ staff, this doesn't mean that I'll finish what I started, this does not mean anything more than I happened to be pondering something. k thx bai!

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