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"Unusual Actions or Requests" by Stephen Ersinghaus

Section 1 – the Initial Space

The Foyer is a room.

The House is south of the Foyer. The Beach is west of the House. The English Professor’s Office is east of the House.

A Mother is a person in the House. A Father is a person in the House.

Table of Mother Replies
topic response
“school/college” “You should go to school, child”

Table of Father Replies
topic response
“school/college” “Why bother”

Instead of asking Mother about a topic listed in the Table of Mother Replies,
say “[response entry].”

Instead of asking Father about a topic listed in the Table of Father Replies,
say “[response entry].”

Section 2 – New Verbs and Actions

[some new verbs and understandings]

Writing is an action applying to one thing. Understand “write [something]” as writing.

Completing is an action applying to one visible thing. Understand “complete [something]” as completing.

Accepting the advice of is an action applying to one thing. Understand “take [someone]’s advice” and “take advice of [someone]” as accepting the advice of.

Fuck you is an action applying to one thing. Understand “fuck you [someone]” or “up yours [someone]” as fuck you.

Section 3 – Establishing States and Things

A paper is a thing. A paper can be written, ignored, or unwritten.

A mind is a kind of container. The player’s mind is a mind. The player’s mind is part of the player.

An idea is a kind of thing. An idea can be partial or complete. The player’s idea is a partial idea in the player’s mind.

Attitude is a kind of value. The attitudes are sure, encouraged, and unsure. The player has an attitude. The player is unsure.

Mood is a kind of value. The moods are brooding, elated, and sad. The player and Professor Ben has a mood. Professor Ben is brooding.

Professor Ben is a man in the English Professor’s Office. Understand “Professor” and “Ben” and “Sir” as Professor Ben.

The backpack is worn by the player. An essay is in the backpack. The essay can be finished or unfinished

Section 4 – Plotting

Instead of asking Professor Ben about “essay”:
if the player’s idea is partial and Professor Ben is brooding:
say “Professor Ben says in an indifferent voice, ‘You should really consider the idea further. My advice is to go the the library and study up on your topic and purpose.’ You find his manner and voice pretentious.”

Instead of asking Professor Ben about “essay”:
if the player’s idea is complete:
say “‘Good job,’ the Professor says.”

Instead of accepting the advice of Professor Ben:
say “You take the professor’s advice and go the library and study up on the issues.”;
now the player is encouraged.

Instead of fuck you someone:
say “[if the player is sad]You tell the professor some pretty foul stuff.”