Pine 1

Waking the Princess
Example 154

Pine: Using a scene to watch for the solution of a puzzle, however arrived-at by the player.

Because scene rules are checked every turn, they can be useful for designing puzzles which have multiple solutions. Instead of deciding the puzzle is "solved" when the player does a certain action, we set up a scene that checks to see whether the player has achieved a certain outcome – however he accomplished it.

For instance, in this scenario, we're waiting for Sleeping Beauty to wake up, and it doesn't much matter how…

"Pine"
A person can be asleep or awake. A person can be active or passive.
The Spinning Tower is a room. "A remote corner of the old castle, reserved for spinning and weaving tasks."
Sleeping Beauty is an asleep woman in the Spinning Tower. "[if asleep]Sleeping Beauty lies here, oblivious to your presence[otherwise]Sleeping Beauty stands beside you, looking a little confused[end if]." The description is "She is even more magnificent than the rumors suggested." Understand "woman" or "girl" or "princess" or "lady" as Sleeping Beauty.
Discovery is a scene. Discovery begins when play begins. Discovery ends when Sleeping Beauty is awake. Marriage Proposal is a scene. Marriage Proposal begins when Discovery ends.
When Discovery ends: say "Throughout the palace you can hear the other sounds of stirring and movement as the spell of centuries is broken."
Instead of waking an awake person: say "Redundant."
Instead of waking an asleep person: say "Yes, but how?"
Instead of attacking an asleep person:
   now the noun is awake;
   say "[The noun] sits bolt upright. 'Hey! Ow!' So much for that true love's kiss nonsense."
Instead of kissing an asleep person:
   now the noun is awake;
   say "[The noun] slowly stirs to wakefulness!"
Instead of throwing water at an asleep person:
   now the second noun is awake;
   now the noun is nowhere;
   say "You pour out [the noun] on [the second noun].
[The second noun] wakes, shuddering. 'Agh! I had a terrible dream about drowning and then-- Hey!'"
The player carries a jug of water. Understand "pour [something] on [something]" or "splash [something] at/on [something]" as throwing it at.
Test me with "x beauty / wake beauty / pour water on beauty".
Test me with "x beauty / wake beauty / pour water on beauty".
Spinning Tower
A remote corner of the old castle, reserved for spinning and weaving tasks.

Sleeping Beauty lies here, oblivious to your presence.

>(Testing.)

>[1] x beauty
She is even more magnificent than the rumors suggested.

>[2] wake beauty
Yes, but how?

>[3] pour water on beauty
You pour out the jug of water on Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty wakes, shuddering. "Agh! I had a terrible dream about drowning and then-- Hey!"

Throughout the palace you can hear the other sounds of stirring and movement as the spell of centuries is broken.