Hamfon : I'm not a Bot .....
|Interview by Simon Says.||Another CY-award winner : Hamfon.
He probably has one of the most visited pages
(by the AW-community) on the web. The man who allowed us to make bots walk
the face of the worlds in AW or build without the risk of our avatars getting
a hernia. An interview.
Simon Says: Hi, hamfon :)) how are you? :)
HamFon: Doing fine, Simon :-) How are you?
Simon Says: I'm ok, thx :)) Your place, I presume? :)
HamFon: Yeah, this is my warping wall, behind
me, with warps to a bunch of things
Simon Says: Hamfon, winner of a CY-awrd..... how did it feel?
HamFon: It was great - a very big surprise to
me, tho, since I didn't even know that
Simon Says: That seems to be the case with all of you award winners:)
HamFon: There are around 400 users of HamBot,
so I guess I have more support than I
Simon Says: 400 is much. That will give you a lot of work, not?
HamFon: Well, actually, I have maybe 20 or 30
people who I "actively" support - the
HamFon: A tour-guide bot - that leads you around
a world or part of a world, talks to
Simon Says: How did you come to the idea?
HamFon: Well... hmmm.
Simon Says: So, building came later?
HamFon: My 3rd or 4th bot application did building,
and used a propdump-formatted file to
Simon Says: Like copying it?
HamFon: Yes, exactly.
Simon Says: And you could chat...lol
HamFon: Yes. In fact, I had the building bot listen to you to figure out what to build.
Simon Says: Yes, i saw that. As i understand you
always made Bot-ware for AW? Any other
HamFon: No, not really... I've been in several
other places, Blaxxun - and others, but
Simon Says: You needed cooperation of COF, I guess....was it always easy to get it?
HamFon: Actually, COF did NOT help me - I had
to work it all out on my own. They did not
Simon Says: Any idea why not?
HamFon: Well, sure... it's a proprietary system
- and knowing how it works, it's easier to
Simon Says: Any idea how bots are accepted by the users?
HamFon: There was a lot of initial resistance
Simon Says: Isn't that the reponsability of the Bot-writer? He/she writes the script....
HamFon: It's the bot-writer's option - and they
can make it bad for the normal users -
Simon Says: Last time i used bots, they had to stay out of the GZ-perimeter
HamFon: Yes, HamBot blocks out from GZ just for
that reason. There were a lot of people
Simon Says: Were bots ever used for pk-assistance?
HamFon: Yes, I wrote some bots to help PKs - they
basically just helped identify people
Simon Says: You mean you wrote scripts? Or did the software have to change?
HamFon: I wrote the PK scripts, and also enhanced
HamBot to support new features. However,
Simon Says: Why not?
HamFon: The version 1 AW supported peer-to-peer
chatting - the ability for each machine
Simon Says: Ok. Any ideas on what to come in the future?
HamFon: Yes - more automation for everything-
more helpers and easier for us all to do more
Simon Says: Must be a hell of a job. Time to spare i guess? lol
HamFon: Well, between building projects (Titans
Guild, and my own world, and friends worlds)
Simon Says: How would one keep doing it, if it were otherwise?
HamFon: Hehehe.... Well, that's why I work all
night on this stuff - it's more fun than
Simon Says: What will the influence of SDK be?
HamFon: The SDK allows you build your own bots
in C or C++ - but you need to have a
Simon Says: Then we surely didn't see the end
of it yet. So no real other Bot-types are to
HamFon: Of HamBot? No, actually, it compliments
the SDK, because it can be used for those
Simon Says: Thank you very much for this conversation...anything
you'd like to say to our
HamFon: I'd like to thank you and all the readers
who have used bots.... And I'd like to
Simon Says: A last question, Hamfon.... Was I
interviewing a bot?
Simon Says: hahahaha, guess you weren't....... :))
HamFon: Nope, it's the real me.. for a change...
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