Lines of Communication

version 1 by Aaron Reed

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  • Example: * Background Hint Processing - Hint processing in the background while the player continues.

    Here, we use a background file channel to work on recommending a course of action while the player keeps playing. We send information to the hint system about important game state changes-- new locations discovered and acquired objects. Then, when the player requests a hint, we turn on the hint system and let it chug until it comes up with a recommendation.

    To simulate this, try moving around a little and observing how "hintOutput.glkdata" updates. Then type BACKUP to request a hint, make a few more moves, and put something like "recommend get the knife" in "hintInput.glkdata". Make another move in the story and observe the result.

        "Background Hint Processing"

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        The File of hint-input is called "hintInput". The File of hint-output is called "hintOutput".

        The hint system is a background file channel. The input file is File of hint-input. The output file is File of hint-output.

        After taking something:
            inform hint system that "take [noun]";
            continue the action.
        
        Before going to an unvisited room (called the new place):
            inform hint system that "go [new place]";
            continue the action.
        
        Understand "backup" as requesting a hint. Requesting a hint is an action applying to nothing.

        Carry out requesting a hint:
            say "You pull out your walkie-talkie and radio base. 'Captain, I could really use some advice here,' you say.[paragraph break]'Roger that,' the Captain says, 'I'll analyze your situation and get back to you.'";
            inform hint system that "hintrequest";
            now hint system is switched on.

        Understand "recommend [text]" as recommending. Recommending is an action applying to one topic. Recommending is restricted to file channels.

        Carry out recommending:
            say "Your radio crackles. 'Echo niner, captain here,' it says. 'Recommend you [the topic understood]. Repeat, [the topic understood].'[paragraph break]'Roger wilco,' you say.";
            now hint system is switched off.

        Intersection is a room. It is south of Bedroom, east of Dining Room, west of Foyer, and north of Kitchen. An apple and a knife are in Kitchen. A bed is fixed in place in Bedroom. A coat and a hat are in Foyer.