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Designing Virtual Worlds by Richard A. Bartle

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Chapter 4. World Design

KEY TOPICS

  • Scope

  • Major Decisions

  • Geography

  • Population

  • Physics

  • Reset Strategy

The scientific view of the real world is that human beings and other organisms are under constant evolutionary pressure from the environment and from each other. The environment was not designed for humans, and neither were humans designed for the environment; this is because there is no “design.” Things got to be the way they are through complex combinations of chance events.

The religious view of the real world is that one or more deities created it. Normally, the deities put the world together before introducing humans into it (rather than creating both at once or the humans first). However, from the beginning, the deities intend to populate the world, ...

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