Just as I had left arguing on the side that the mud community is dying…. Here I go coming back again. Heh, dying or not I miss it. I should be having a new mud coming soon, called 6 Dragons. Yeah there will be dragons and many other races that players can play in it, and it will be realistic and still balanced game play.
As far as cheesing the system, as Kiasyn points out, if you randomize the return order of the queries you won't get any benefit from any methods available. Right now, even our listing system can be cheesed, but I think we'll have to do something about that to level the field a bit :)