Playtest rules (Rules and Policies)
These are the rules our playtesters should follow while testing areas.
If you are found to be violating or bypassing one or more of them, you
risk yourself being removed from the playtester ranks immediately.
Furthermore, depending on the severity of the infraction, more punishments
may be applied.
- Rather than using your own character to test with, you will create
a character specifically for playtesting. The character is designated
through the 'playtest designate' command; see 'help playtest' for more
details on how to do it (note: you must be an approved playtester to
see that help file fully).
- The playtest character must NEVER enter the released part of the game
or interact with non-playtesters at any time. Because of this, he or
she will have commands available to modify level, race, profession and
alignment (makeprof), and to equip with regularly used questing
equipment (playtest equip).
- Multiplaying rules apply to your playtest character as much as they
apply to your real character. Apart from the brief moment during
playtest character designation, you may not be logged on both of your
characters at the same time. This, however, applies only to realmud
testing; testmud testing has separate rules: see below.
- The point of playtesting is to test out new code, features and areas
of Arda to ensure that things work correctly. Any bugs, typos or ideas
you have should *always* be reported using the appropriate commands.
The point of playtesting is to help improve Arda, not to get a preview
of new things. Furthermore, if you test something and it works just
fine, file a report anyway: just to tell us you've tested it! The
report should preferably be of the 'commend' type.
- If you have any problems, you get outside the area, something bad
happens and you are unable to get help from an Ainu, use the 'playtest
stop' command to return to the playtest hall. Do not use the command
to escape death or to cheat yourself and us out of a proper test; death
means nothing to your playtest character! Some areas have special code
pertaining to character death; help us test it by allowing yourself to
- Apart from testing new areas on realmud with the playtest character,
playtesters are also sometimes asked to test system changes on the
testmud. Testmud is a separate copy of the MUD running on a different
port, where the system changes are first implemented. You may use both
your main character and the playtest char on the testmud. Furthermore,
you may multiplay with them on there: some changes regarding eg. the
PvP system need more than one character! You are also allowed to be
logged on both testmud and on realmud at the same time.
- While you gain some liberties while on testmud, be aware that testmud
access is meant *only* for playtesting purposes. Do NOT use testmud to
test and explore in-game areas; instead focus on what is mentioned in
a relevant 'ptnews' post or is listed on 'change' command output. If
these do not mention anything new to test on testmud, you have no
business logging on there at all.
- Be active. Remember that you have *volunteered* to be a playtester,
and with this comes responsibility. There is really nothing more
frustrating for us than constantly pushing the 'volunteers' to actually
do something. Read the 'ptnews' board regularly, check the 'change'
list, be tuned to the 'ptcomm' line and try to dedicate some of your
time to playtesting. Playtesters who do not do anything will be
removed from the playtester ranks.
And finally, this cannot be stressed enough: report, report, REPORT!
Playtesting without feedback is all but useless. If you find a bug or a
typo, report immediately. If you have a suggestion of an enhancement, file
an idea report. When you've finished your testing without detecting any
problems, file a commend report stating so.