The following is a description of my situation. You may not need to read
it, in which case, just skip to the part where it says "Enough of that,"
but you probably will need to read this.
I am trying to make an online text based "hacking" game. Like, the kind
where you infiltrate other people's computers and destroy their stuff.
Basically, the game will be like a mud, but P2P, since I don't have/want
to maintain a server for that kind of stuff. The game engine will be
stored locally on the players computer. During distribution, I will use
Ruby2Exe or similar so that players won't be able to tamper with files.
They will connect to a metaserver which will give them a list of
connected players, and add them to that list. It will store actual IP
addresses, so that the metaserver need not be contacted again. Also,
after the client gets the IP list, it will connect to the other players
on the list and tell them that they have connected. I am not expecting
the amount of players that mainstream MMOs have, so this shouldn't be a
problem. Actually, I'm not expecting any players, this is more of a
Now the important part. The premise of the game is hacking. Real hackers
(at least in this virtual world I'm creating) make their own tools.
Everything, with the exception of a few basic tools (like a "connect"
program for connecting to other players), will be player created.
Hopefully. Now to do that, I want the players to be able to write their
only be able to use a few modules and classes that I will create, to
prevent people actually messing up other player's computers, and to keep
the game more balanced.
Those classes, by the way, are going to be pretty much the basic ruby
stuff, those for using an in-game filesystem, much like the File class,
and for communicating with other players, and any I feel necessary later
Enough of that. The main obstacle I need to pass before being able to
make the game playable, other than some general design flaws, is letting
the player have interpreted Ruby scripts that they can create within the
game, and that will be run in the game. Basically, they need to have
access to the libraries that I created, but not any actual Ruby
libraries. The tricky part is that the libraries I created need access
to the actual Ruby libraries.
Is there any way to do this? Or another way to allow players to run Ruby
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