Verbosity 2

Full-length descriptions mandatory
Example 395

Making rooms give full descriptions each time we enter, even if we have visited before, and disallowing player use of BRIEF and SUPERBRIEF.

Suppose that we want the player always to see full room descriptions, even if he tries to reset the defaults – perhaps because there is vital information there which he will miss if he turns off full-length room descriptions.

To do this, we might want to remove the standard behavior of the three actions associated with BRIEF, SUPERBRIEF, and VERBOSE, replacing them with explanatory messages about how the game behaves. We cannot use Instead to override these actions, because Instead rules do not apply to actions out of world. Instead, we will want to remove and replace the carry out rules.

We can do this easily by going to the Actions Index, looking up the detail panel for, say, "preferring abbreviated room descriptions", and click the "unlist" button to paste in the sentence that will remove this rule from the rulebook.

Let's remove all three of the carry out rules and substitute our own:

"Verbosity 2"
Section 1 - Procedure
The prefer unabbreviated room descriptions rule is not listed in the carry out preferring unabbreviated room descriptions rulebook.
The prefer sometimes abbreviated room descriptions rule is not listed in the carry out preferring sometimes abbreviated room descriptions rulebook.
The prefer abbreviated room descriptions rule is not listed in the carry out preferring abbreviated room descriptions rulebook.
Carry out preferring unabbreviated room descriptions:
   say "[story title] always provides full-length descriptions for your reading pleasure."
Carry out preferring sometimes abbreviated room descriptions:
   say "For your playing protection, [story title] provides only full-length room descriptions."
Carry out preferring abbreviated room descriptions:
   try preferring sometimes abbreviated room descriptions instead.
The standard report preferring abbreviated room descriptions rule is not listed in the report preferring abbreviated room descriptions rulebook.
The standard report preferring unabbreviated room descriptions rule is not listed in the report preferring unabbreviated room descriptions rulebook.
The standard report preferring sometimes abbreviated room descriptions rule is not listed in the report preferring sometimes abbreviated room descriptions rulebook.
Use full-length room descriptions.
Section 2 - Scenario
The Wilkie Memorial Research Wing is a room. "The research wing was built onto the science building in 1967, when the college's finances were good but its aesthetic standards at a local minimum. A dull brown corridor recedes both north and south; drab olive doors open onto the laboratories of individual faculty members. The twitchy fluorescent lighting makes the whole thing flicker, as though it might wink out of existence at any moment.
The Men's Restroom is immediately west of this point."
The Men's Restroom is west of the Research Wing. "Well, yes, you really shouldn't be in here. But the nearest women's room is on the other side of the building, and at this hour you have the labs mostly to yourself. All the same, you try not to read any of the things scrawled over the urinals which might have been intended in confidence."
Test me with "west / east / brief / w / e / superbrief / w / e / verbose".
Test me with "west / east / brief / w / e / superbrief / w / e / verbose".
Wilkie Memorial Research Wing
The research wing was built onto the science building in 1967, when the college's finances were good but its aesthetic standards at a local minimum. A dull brown corridor recedes both north and south; drab olive doors open onto the laboratories of individual faculty members. The twitchy fluorescent lighting makes the whole thing flicker, as though it might wink out of existence at any moment.

The Men's Restroom is immediately west of this point.

>(Testing.)

>[1] west

Men's Restroom
Well, yes, you really shouldn't be in here. But the nearest women's room is on the other side of the building, and at this hour you have the labs mostly to yourself. All the same, you try not to read any of the things scrawled over the urinals which might have been intended in confidence.

>[2] east

Wilkie Memorial Research Wing
The research wing was built onto the science building in 1967, when the college's finances were good but its aesthetic standards at a local minimum. A dull brown corridor recedes both north and south; drab olive doors open onto the laboratories of individual faculty members. The twitchy fluorescent lighting makes the whole thing flicker, as though it might wink out of existence at any moment.

The Men's Restroom is immediately west of this point.

>[3] brief
For your playing protection, Verbosity 2 provides only full-length room descriptions.

>[4] w

Men's Restroom
Well, yes, you really shouldn't be in here. But the nearest women's room is on the other side of the building, and at this hour you have the labs mostly to yourself. All the same, you try not to read any of the things scrawled over the urinals which might have been intended in confidence.

>[5] e

Wilkie Memorial Research Wing
The research wing was built onto the science building in 1967, when the college's finances were good but its aesthetic standards at a local minimum. A dull brown corridor recedes both north and south; drab olive doors open onto the laboratories of individual faculty members. The twitchy fluorescent lighting makes the whole thing flicker, as though it might wink out of existence at any moment.

The Men's Restroom is immediately west of this point.

>[6] superbrief
For your playing protection, Verbosity 2 provides only full-length room descriptions.

>[7] w

Men's Restroom
Well, yes, you really shouldn't be in here. But the nearest women's room is on the other side of the building, and at this hour you have the labs mostly to yourself. All the same, you try not to read any of the things scrawled over the urinals which might have been intended in confidence.

>[8] e

Wilkie Memorial Research Wing
The research wing was built onto the science building in 1967, when the college's finances were good but its aesthetic standards at a local minimum. A dull brown corridor recedes both north and south; drab olive doors open onto the laboratories of individual faculty members. The twitchy fluorescent lighting makes the whole thing flicker, as though it might wink out of existence at any moment.

The Men's Restroom is immediately west of this point.

>[9] verbose
Verbosity 2 always provides full-length descriptions for your reading pleasure.