Counterfeit Monkey — 64 of 292

Emily Short

Release 5

Chapter 2 - Substances

Section 1 - Liquids

[We could have used a full-bore liquid extension, but there's really no reason to do so: the player is not going to be allowed to mix liquids or have partial liquid quantities, and in fact we want to encourage him to think of all objects in the game universe as atomic rather than partial and divisible.

So our minimal approach to fluids just disallows a few kinds of manipulation that apply to solids, and leaves it at that.]

A thing can be solid or fluid. A thing is usually solid.

Instead of waving or squeezing or pulling or pushing or rubbing or turning a fluid thing:

say "[The noun] do[es]n't really respond to that kind of manipulation."

Sanity-check drinking a solid thing:

say "[The noun] [is-are]n't liquid." instead.

Check drinking a fluid thing:

try eating the noun instead.

Sanity-check burning a fluid thing:

say "Only the rare fluid is able to burn." instead.

Sanity-check burning the fuel:

say "Let's keep your arsonist tendencies under wraps. I think they might attract attention." instead.

Sanity-check burning oil:

say "Let's keep your arsonist tendencies under wraps. I think they might attract attention." instead.

Rule for deciding whether all includes a fluid thing while taking:

it does not.

Sanity-check tying a fluid to something:

say "[The noun] do[es]n't make much of an anchor point." instead.

Sanity-check tying something to a fluid:

say "[The second noun] do[es]n't make much of an anchor point." instead.

Sanity-check climbing a fluid thing:

say "A prominent feature of fluids is that they don't provide much support." instead.

A thing can be contained or uncontained. A thing is usually uncontained.

Every turn when the player carries a fluid thing (called the puddle):

unless the puddle is contained:

move the puddle to the location;

say "[The puddle][one of], true to its nature, leaks out onto the ground[or] drips through our fingers onto the ground[or] drips out of our hands[at random]."

Understand "fill [a container] with [a fluid thing]" as filling it with.

Understand "fill [a container] with [something]" as filling it with.

Understand "fill [something] with [a fluid thing]" as filling it with.

Understand "fill [something] with [something]" as filling it with.

Understand "pour [something] into [something]" as filling it with (with nouns reversed).

Understand "pour [a fluid thing] into [something]" as filling it with (with nouns reversed).

Understand "pour [something] into [a container]" as filling it with (with nouns reversed).

Understand "pour [a fluid thing] into [a container]" as filling it with (with nouns reversed).

Filling it with is an action applying to two things.

Sanity-check filling a container with something which is not a fluid thing:

try inserting the second noun into the noun instead.

Check filling a contained fluid with a fluid thing:

say "There's no restoration gel that will separate mixed liquids, you know. I'd rather stay away from the chemistry experiments." instead.

Check filling the funnel with a fluid thing:

say "That would have about the same effect as pouring [the second noun] on our feet." instead.

Check filling it with:

say "[one of]I'd rather leave [the second noun] where [it-they] [is-are].[or]I don't see much point to filling containers with things.[at random]" instead.