Hi, i am thinking about creating a sort of text based mmorpg game, i have a fair amount of experience in designing and building websites. I see that a lot of text based games use ticks as a sort of time frame for completeing tasks etc... I was wondering if there was an alternative to this, so that the game could constantly be running live, where players didn't have to wait till the end of the tick to complete a task. For example they could the game might involve the player building a house, the system for a tick based game might say your house will be ready in 3 ticks, i want a system where it might say your house will be ready in 3 minutes. Is there anyway to do this? I just need ideas at this stage, so i can continue doing a bit more planning and researching.
Sorry if this is a bit confusing