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Emily Short

Release 5

Section 5 - Introductions

[Introductions are special text printed when we see a room or object for the first time, and are part of the dynamic description system which helps ground us in Alex's thoughts especially. ]

A thing has some text called the introduction. The introduction of a thing is usually "".

A room has some text called the introduction. The introduction of a room is usually "".

Rule for writing a paragraph about an as-yet-unknown introduceable thing (called special-target):

carry out the writing a topic sentence about activity with the special-target;

introduce the special-target;

say paragraph break.

After examining an as-yet-unknown introduceable thing (called special-target):

introduce the special-target;

say paragraph break.

To introduce (special-target - an object):

now the special-target is introduced;

say "[introduction of the special-target]".

Definition: a thing is introduceable if its introduction is not "".

Definition: a room is introduceable if its introduction is not "".

A thing can be as-yet-unknown or introduced. A thing is usually as-yet-unknown.

A room can be as-yet-unknown or introduced. A room is usually as-yet-unknown.

The first time looking rule is listed after new object description rule in the carry out looking rules.

This is the first time looking rule:

if location is introduceable and the location is as-yet-unknown:

introduce the location;

say paragraph break.

A description-concealing rule:

now every thing which is held by an as-yet-unknown introduceable person is not marked for listing. [This is so that preliminary descriptions of characters will not be followed by 'so and so is holding such and such and wearing so-and-that.']