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Mein unspektakulärer Tod in Cantr II

14. September 2009

MUDs und MOOs, jene textbasierten Spieleumwelten, die eine besondere Anziehungskraft auf textorientierte Medienwissenschaftler ausgeübt haben, waren nie wirklich meins. Meistens bin ich über eine knappe Viertelstunde Aktivität nicht hinausgekommen – es gab einfach keinen hinreichenden Anlass für mich, auf die spielgenerierten Statusmeldungen (etwa: „Du stehst an einer Wegkreuzung. Nördlich von dir befindet sich eine Siedlung. Ein Mann mit einem Korb steht an der Wegkreuzung.“) zu reagieren.

Mein jüngster Versuch war Cantr II – Cantr nennt sich „persistent browser-based role-playing game (PBBRPG)“, wobei das Herzstück auch im Fall dieses schönen Acronyms spiel- und spielergenerierte Statusmeldungen sind.

Je nun – heute habe ich auf dem Wege einer Emailbenachrichtigung entdeckt, dass mein Charakter mit dem schönen Namen Digimar Darth gestorben ist. Vermutlich ist er verhungert, möglicherweise wurde er, durch den Hunger geschwächt, vom Virus der niesenden Mitmenschen hingerafft. Nett, dass Cantr mir seine letzten Worte und Bewegungen (möglicherweise der Abriss eines ganzen Charakterlebens) mitgeschickt hat. Ebenso nett: Die Namen meiner Mitcharaktere wurden in dieser Aufzeichnung anonymisiert.

Wer also schon immer mal wissen wollte, wie das in PBBRPGs so abgeht – hier ist das Trankript. Jüngste Bewegungen sind oben, älteste unten.

EDIT: Hallo Cantr-Forum – dies hier ist eh überhaupt keine Kritik des Spiels. Nur eine kurze Notiz und Dokument davon, wie schwierig es ist, in textbasierte Spiele reinzukommen. Gut für euch – sonst würdet ihr überrannt von N00bs.

2719-7: You are hungry.
2719-7: You see a woman in her twenties sneezing.
2719-7: You see a woman in her twenties use some potatoes on Drying
potatoes.
2719-5: You see a man in his twenties leaving unnamed location,
taking paved road to unnamed location.
2719-5: You see a woman in her twenties sneezing.
2719-5: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2719-5: You see a man in his twenties sneezing.
2719-3: says: „Just
head to that town, Jakara. Bolrus should be there, give him this note.
Hopefully he will have some news for us.“
2719-3: You see a man in his thirties point at paved road to unnamed
location.
2719-3: You see a man in his thirties give some potato chips to a man
in his twenties.
2719-3: You see a man in his thirties give note to a man in his
twenties.
2719-3: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-3: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-3: You see a man in his twenties give a brand new stone hammer
to a man in his twenties.
2719-3: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-3: says: „Thanks
Hiatus.“
2719-2: says: „just
tell me and ill do it“
2719-2: says: „Sure
thing“
2719-2: says: „He
should be just down that road.“
2719-2: You see a man in his thirties point at paved road to unnamed
location.
2719-2: says: „Josh,
Seria, or Tank, could one of you run a message over to Bolrus at
Jakara.“
2719-2: You see a man in his twenties talking to a woman in her
twenties.
2719-2: You see a man in his twenties take some seaweed.
2719-2: says: „Thank
you, Hiatus. No problem *smiles*“
2719-2: says: „Do
remember to give it back please“
2719-2: You see a man in his thirties give a brand new stone hammer
to a man in his twenties.
2719-1: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-1: says:
„Someone could leave me two hammers? Just a few days. Are to build a
boat, please.“
2719-1: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-1: You see a man in his twenties use some wood on Manufacturing
longboat -* Agua Marina 2719 *-.
2719-0: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-0: You see a man in his twenties use some wood on Manufacturing
longboat -* Agua Marina 2719 *-.
2719-0: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2719-0: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2718-7: You are hungry.
2718-7: You see a man in his twenties sneezing.
2718-6: You see a man in his twenties give some coconuts to a man in
his twenties.
2718-6: You see a man in his twenties take some coconuts.
2718-5: The Royal Water Carriage undocks, leaving unnamed location.
2718-5: You see a man who is very old leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering The Royal Water Carriage.
2718-5: You see a man who is very old entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Harbour.
2718-5: You see a man who is very old leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Harbour.
2718-5: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2718-4: says: „Yes, I
heard about the attack there. *shakes his head* very tragic.“
2718-4: says: „Aye.
*He nods* It will be good to see it build up again after it was wiped
out.“
2718-4: says: „Oh!
goodness, thats great to hear“
2718-4: says: „Bolrus
is now in charge of Jakara with a few newspawns. “
2718-4: says: „And no
Eneko, nobody has any stone around here, it is a scarse commodity in
these parts.“
2718-4: says: „THings
have been well Kentosani. Though Bolrus has been gone for quite sme time
now.“
2718-3: says: „I’m
Eneko *smiles*“
2718-3: says: „How
have things been Hiatus?“
2718-3: says: „Hello.
*He nods to the young fellow* I’m Emperor Kentosani. “
2718-3: says: „Hi,
sir.“
2718-3: says: „Good
day all. *He smiles, looking around* “
2718-3: You see a man who is very old entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Harbour.
2718-2: says: „Hey,
do somebody have some stone?“
2718-2: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2718-2: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2718-2: says: „Hello,
I’m Setchenko, beautiful city. I love the beach *smile*“
2718-1: says: „Hello
fellas, my name is Hiatus Creaturus. What brings you to Jakara Hills?“
2718-1: says: „Hello
Eneko and Setchenko.*waves*“
2718-1: You see a man in his twenties give some coconuts to a man in
his twenties.
2718-1: You see a man in his twenties take some coconuts.
2718-1: You see a man in his twenties entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Harbour.
2718-1: You see a man in his twenties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Harbour.
2718-0: You see Zuzi`s Valour continuing to dock to Jakara Hills
Harbour
2717-7: You are hungry.
2717-7: You see a woman in her twenties sneezing.
2717-7: You see Zuzi`s Valour beginning to dock to Jakara Hills
Harbour
2717-7: You see a man in his twenties talking to a man in his
twenties.
2717-7: says: „Hi
Josh, my name is Eneko and my friend is Setchenko.“
2717-6: says: „Hello
you two , welcome to Jakara Hills. I am Josh, and you two are?“
2717-6: You see a man in his twenties arriving in unnamed location,
coming from paved road to unnamed location.
2717-6: You see a man in his twenties arriving in unnamed location,
coming from paved road to unnamed location.
2717-5: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2717-3: says:
„*nods*“
2717-3: says: „Ok“
2717-3: says:
„*shrugs* The coconuts.“
2717-3: says: „Sounds
good. What one would you like me to do?“
2717-3: says: „I
guess you could start working on those abandoned projects.“
2717-3: says: „Anyone
need some work done?“
2717-3: You see a man in his twenties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Harbour.
2717-3: says: „Okay
Josh…thank you.“
2717-3: says: „*nods
his head* Yup“
2717-3: says: „Are
you sure?“
2717-3: says: „*no“
2717-3: says: „Did
you see A&R Trading Galleon sailing around, Josh?“
2717-3: says:
„*accepts Josh’s hand and shakes* Nice to meet you.“
2717-3: says: „Hello
Ryan, I am Josh*sticks out his right hand* Nice to meet you.“
2717-3: says: „Hello
*nods*, I’m Ryan.“
2717-3: says: „Hello,
welcome to Jakara Hills, please state your name. “
2717-3: You see a man in his twenties entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Harbour.
2717-2: says:
„*shrugs* It has been a while and with that travel is short. He could of
popped in and said something then left but I guess he is doing
well*shrugs then continues to work on the shield project*“
2717-2: You see a man in his twenties give a brand new tortoiseshell
shield to a woman in her twenties.
2717-2: says: „What
do you mean „check up“ on him? He is away on business affairs for the
town.“
2717-2: You see a woman in her twenties use some potatoes on Drying
potatoes.
2717-2: says:
„Hello all my name is Marsha Marsha.“
2717-1: says:
„Hiatus, we should check-up on Bolrus.“
2717-1: You see Xendran Floating Trader continuing to dock to Jakara
Hills Harbour
2717-1: You see a woman in her twenties leaving unnamed location,
taking paved road to unnamed location.
2717-1: says: „See
you soon! “
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Sea Maiden.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Sea Maiden.
2717-0: You see some potatoes being pulled from the central area of
unnamed location to Sand Depot. (a man in his thirties)
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Workshop.
2717-0: You see some potatoes being pulled to unnamed location,
coming from Workshop.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Workshop.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Hostel.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Hostel.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties use some potatoes on Drying
potatoes.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Sand Depot.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Sand Depot.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties use some wood on Cooking meat.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties use some meat on Cooking meat.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Sand Depot.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Sand Depot.
2717-0: says: „I
believe that should be enough Tasha. Please be careful!“
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties give some potatoes to a woman
in her twenties.
2717-0: says: „Hmm,
it seems we have nothing but potatoes, I need to do a lot more cooking.“
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Hostel.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Hostel.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Sand Depot.
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Sand Depot.
2717-0: says:
„Alright, great“
2717-0: says: „Yes,
I would be interested to go to collect stone“
2717-0: says: „Hello
miss, welcome to Jakara Hills. My name is Hiatus Creaturus.“
2717-0: says: „I
would provide you with all the food for your travels of course.“
2717-0: You see a woman in her twenties arriving in unnamed location,
coming from paved road to unnamed location.
2717-0: says: „But,
if you’re willing to travel to the Reniov Mountains for a good load of
stone, that would be plenty fine with us!“
2717-0: says: „Stone
is a good distance away, and I have yet to locate any clay on the
atlas.“
2717-0: says: „Well,
we are in need of stone and clay.“
2717-0: says:
„Atlas is fine for me. Just tell me, what “
2717-0: says: „But,
we do have this Black Atlas if you’re interested, it’s just a bit harder
to read.“
2717-0: You see a man in his thirties take a copy of a note.
2717-0: says: „But
now, *pulls out an old note* My map is too old to even read. (OCC: The
image link is too old, thus I have no map anymore)“
2717-0: says: „Well,
in the past wwe would observe the maps and send someone after wood,
stone, whatever it is we need. “
2716-7: You are hungry.
2716-6: says:
„Hiatus, tell me, how these resource runs are done“
2716-6: says:
„Hiatus, tell me, how these resource runs are done“
2716-5: You see a woman in her twenties sneezing.
2716-0: says:
„thanks for advice Hiatus“
2716-0: says: „I
will try first with coconuts“
2716-0: says: „OR, if
you’d really like to help, you could go on a resource run.“
2716-0: says: „And if
you’d like to help, then gather as many pineapples and coconuts as you
can. Traders come through every once in a while and they like to geet
healing food from us.“
2716-0: says: „My
name is Hiatus Creaturus. I am the Town Manager.“
2715-7: says: „Any
advice, for me? I would like to help you, but don’t know how. *grins*“
2715-7: You are hungry.
2715-7: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2715-6: You see a woman in her twenties take a brand new bone knife.
2715-6: says:
„Thank you for the shield, what is your name ?“
2715-6: You see a woman in her twenties take a new bone club.
2715-5: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2715-4: says: „There
you are Tasha, though the one Josh is making might be better.“
2715-4: You see a man in his thirties give a brand new wooden shield
to a woman in her twenties.
2715-4: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Hostel.
2715-4: says: „At the
moment, no.*rubs his chin* But, in the future, we may do some traveling
to gather resources, or something.“
2715-4: says: „so any
work you got for me josh?“
2715-4: says:
„*nods*“
2715-4: You see a man in his twenties efficiently hurt a mountain
goat using bone bagh-nakh.
2715-4: says: „Ill
cook“
2715-4: You see a man in his twenties take a brand new bone
bagh-nakh.
2715-4: You see a man in his twenties take a brand new bone knife.
2715-3: says:
„Hiatus, do you have any more food or cooking goods? If so we could all
cook, *turns to Thunk* That would be our next job if possible, Oh, don’t
forget to pick a knife and weapon, unless you don’t want one of them“
2715-3: says: „Hey
josh i need some food. Got any more work that needs done?“
2715-1: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Hostel.
2715-1: says: „*nods*
I was going to give Tasha and Thunk, our bone shields, but if you insist
*grins*Where I got the shell that is a story for another day“
2715-1: says: „Not
sure where you got all that tortoiseshell, but I think we may have a
couple spare shields in storage if anyone is still in need.“
2715-0: You see a man in his twenties use some tortoiseshell on
Manufacturing a tortoiseshell shield.
2715-0: You see a man in his twenties use some tortoiseshell on
Manufacturing a tortoiseshell shield.
2715-0: says:
„*grins* Enjoy, Okay, work on a shield for me so we can upgrade yours.“
2715-0: says: „And
yes, I do have a hammer.“
2715-0: says: „No
problem Josh, thanks for the flute. *smiles* I hope I can learn to play
it.“
2714-7: You are hungry.
2714-7: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2714-7: You see a man in his twenties sneezing.
2714-5: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2714-4: says: „Seria,
do you have a hammer?“
2714-3: says: „Thanks
for the help everybody*points at the things on the ground* Tasha and
Thunk/ Tank, you both take one knife and one weapon.“
2714-3: You see a man in his twenties give a brand new bone flute to
a woman in her twenties.
2714-3: You see a man in his twenties drop a brand new bone
bagh-nakh.
2714-3: You see a man in his twenties drop a brand new bone knife.
2714-3: You see a man in his twenties drop a brand new bone knife.
2714-3: You see a man in his twenties drop a new bone club.
2713-7: You are hungry.
2713-7: You see a man in his thirties sneezing.
2713-2: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Workshop.
2713-2: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Workshop.
2713-2: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Jakara Hills Hostel.
2713-2: You see a man in his thirties leaving the central area of
unnamed location, entering Jakara Hills Hostel.
2713-2: You see a man in his thirties entering unnamed location,
coming from Workshop.

3 Kommentare leave one →
  1. axel77 permalink
    15. September 2009 11:53 am

    Das (mehr … ) funktioniert bei mir.

    Tut mir leid, dass meine Empfehlung eher unglücklich war. Ja, wenn eine Spielfigur 20 Tage lang nichts isst, verhungert sie. Essen ist aber meist sehr leicht verfügbar, wenn man nicht gerade in einem Sumpf oder Wald startet, kann mans einfach abbauen. Ansonsten sind der Großteil der Siedlungen so freundlich gegenüber newspawns, dass die einem auch genug geben, wenn man fragt.

    Das mit dem „anonymisierten Namen“ im Spiel ist eine spezialität von Cantr. Es versucht so „normale“ Interaktionen nachzubilden. Im Gegensatz zu 99% der Spiele, weiß deine Spielfigur nicht „automatisch“ den Namen von anderen Spielfiguren, wenn sie sie trifft. Man muss erst fragen, wie die heißen, oder das aus Gesprächsfetzen aufschnappen. Dann kann man zB auf den „a man in his tweenties“ clicken, und ihm einem Namen zuweisen, unter dem deine Spielfigur diesen kennt. So kann man sich zB in einer neuen Stadt unter einem neuen Namen ausgeben usw.

  2. axel77 permalink
    15. September 2009 12:38 pm

    Was mir daran gefällt ist, dass das Spiel selbst keinerlei Anhaltspunkte bietet, was eine Spielfigur mit ihrem Leben anfangen soll. (außer hier und da für essen zu sorgen). Das macht find ich jede neue Spielfigur interessant, mit Leuten und Plätze zu interagieren, bis man auf die Idee kommt, so soll diese Spielfigur ihr Leben leben oder das will ich mit dieser Spielfigur erreichen.

  3. 15. September 2009 2:09 pm

    „dass das Spiel selbst keinerlei Anhaltspunkte bietet, was eine Spielfigur mit ihrem Leben anfangen soll.“ -> ja, das ist sehr true to life:)

    Ich muss mir heute Zeit nehmen und das Template umbauen. Zu buggy.

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