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"Manipulating Character Actions 2" by Stephen Ersinghaus

Section 1 - The Firing

The Office is a room. The Castle is south of the Office. The Beach is west of the Castle. The Librarian's Office is north of the Office.

A squirrel is an animal.

Ben is a man in the Office.

A mental state is a kind of value. The mental states are hesitant, agitated, and angry. Ben has a mental state. Ben is hesitant. The printed name of Ben is "[mental state] Ben."

A desk is in the Office. A pencil, a photograph, and a cup are on the desk. Ben holds a pink slip. The player holds the fountain of youth.

Instead of asking Ben about "pencil":
 if Ben is hesitant:
 say "'As you know, I do so like a pencil.'[paragraph break]You detect that Ben is getting a little agitated and that something is on his mind.";
 now Ben is agitated;
 now the squirrel is in the Office.

Instead of asking Ben about "photograph":
 if Ben is agitated:
 say "'It's a damned photograph. Stop making me so agitated.'";
 now Ben is angry;
 otherwise:
 say "[if Ben is hesitant]'I always have a photo of my squirrel on the desk, as you well know.'"

Instead of asking Ben about "pink slip":
 if Ben is angry:
 say "'That tears it,' he says. And then he hands you the pink slip.";
 now the player holds the pink slip;
 otherwise:
 say "[if hesitant]'I just don't know what to do and where the hell is my squirrel at?'[end if][if Ben is agitated]'Grrr, why do you ask me about this stuff. now I'm angry.'"

Instead of asking Ben about "photograph" when Ben is angry:
 say "I wish you would just get out of here.";
 now the player is in the Librarian's Office;
 now the description of the Librarian's Office is "After being fired you run to your friends office for a friendly shoulder to cry on."

Section 2 - Revenge

A tiger is in the Castle.

Petting is an action applying to one thing. Understand "pet [something]" as petting.

Instead of petting the tiger:
 say "You pet th tiger and it knows exactly what to do. I runs back to the Office and eats Ben.";
 end the story.

Shaking is an action applying to one thing.

Speaking softly to is an action applying to one thing.

Flirting with is an action applying to one thing. Understand "flirt with [something]" as flirting with.

A leg is a thing. The leg is part of the player. The description of the leg is "A beautiful leg. Wouldn't you hate to lose it."

Instead of flirting with the tiger:
 say "That pisses the tiger off and he chomps down on your leg.";
 now the leg is nowhere;
 now the squirrel is agitated.

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“Manipulating Character Actions 2” by Stephen Ersinghaus

Section 1 – The Firing

The Office is a room. The Castle is south of the Office. The Beach is west of the Castle. The Librarian’s Office is north of the Office.

A squirrel is an animal.

Ben is a man in the Office.

A mental state is a kind of value. The mental states are hesitant, agitated, and angry. Ben has a mental state. Ben is hesitant. The printed name of Ben is “[mental state] Ben.”

A desk is in the Office. A pencil, a photograph, and a cup are on the desk. Ben holds a pink slip. The player holds the fountain of youth.

Instead of asking Ben about “pencil”:
if Ben is hesitant:
say “‘As you know, I do so like a pencil.'[paragraph break]You detect that Ben is getting a little agitated and that something is on his mind.”;
now Ben is agitated;
now the squirrel is in the Office.

Instead of asking Ben about “photograph”:
if Ben is agitated:
say “‘It’s a damned photograph. Stop making me so agitated.'”;
now Ben is angry;
otherwise:
say “[if Ben is hesitant]’I always have a photo of my squirrel on the desk, as you well know.'”

Instead of asking Ben about “pink slip”:
if Ben is angry:
say “‘That tears it,’ he says. And then he hands you the pink slip.”;
now the player holds the pink slip;
otherwise:
say “[if hesitant]’I just don’t know what to do and where the hell is my squirrel at?'[end if][if Ben is agitated]’Grrr, why do you ask me about this stuff. now I’m angry.'”

Instead of asking Ben about “photograph” when Ben is angry:
say “I wish you would just get out of here.”;
now the player is in the Librarian’s Office;
now the description of the Librarian’s Office is “After being fired you run to your friends office for a friendly shoulder to cry on.”

Section 2 – Revenge

A tiger is in the Castle.

Petting is an action applying to one thing. Understand “pet [something]” as petting.

Instead of petting the tiger:
say “You pet th tiger and it knows exactly what to do. I runs back to the Office and eats Ben.”;
end the story.

Shaking is an action applying to one thing.

Speaking softly to is an action applying to one thing.

Flirting with is an action applying to one thing. Understand “flirt with [something]” as flirting with.

A leg is a thing. The leg is part of the player. The description of the leg is “A beautiful leg. Wouldn’t you hate to lose it.”

Instead of flirting with the tiger:
say “That pisses the tiger off and he chomps down on your leg.”;
now the leg is nowhere;
now the squirrel is agitated.