Neutral Library Messages
version 3/120107 by Aaron Reed
- Section: Rationale
- Section: Parser versus Narrator
- Section: Overriding Messages
- Section: You can't see...
- Section: Parser style
- Example: * The Ringer - An array of different types of messages, both from the parser and the narrator.
Every Inform project contains dozens of sentences of text not written by the project's author, which explain the results of actions or refuse to carry out commands that aren't understood or that contradict the world model. The default set of these library messages, which have accumulated like barnacles on the interactive fiction community since its maiden voyages in the 1970s, contains many misleading, distracting, or unhelpful texts that experienced players see past but newcomers stumble over. This extension replaces the worst offenders with more neutral or helpful variations.
Simply including the extension is all that is necessary. Read on only if you're interested in the gory details.