Add Turns to Messages


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Post Sunday, 12th November 2017, 00:26

Add Turns to Messages

Messages currently don't display the number of the turn in which they were sent. This makes it occasionally very difficult to understand what's going on, or to learn from what's happened. Unless it depends on a rc file option, it would be good to have turns and auts displayed as a column to the left or the right of the messages.
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Post Sunday, 12th November 2017, 19:12

Re: Add Turns to Messages

The game does not advance by individual aut. It advances in player move/action increments. Each time the player does something it adds that much energy to all the mobs. All the mobs with enough energy to activate and act at the same time, even if they get multiple activations on the same turn. This is sorted by ?which monster was generated first? I think. (The first monster to be generated on a floor with enough activation energy will act first even if there is a hasted executioner that gets to act 3 times generated second.)

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Post Sunday, 12th November 2017, 20:24

Re: Add Turns to Messages

A good simplification of this idea that won't vomit a huge amount of mostly-meaningless digits on the screen would be to somehow distinguish messages that came from *this* turn. No, Crawl does not strictly advance by turns, but showing the player which messages came from the last 10aut could be useful in both understanding the progression of time and in choosing the current highest threats. IVAN does this by brightening messages from the current turn, but with Crawl's varied message colors that may not work as well. Perhaps putting a + sign or something similar next to "current" messages would work.
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Post Sunday, 12th November 2017, 20:58

Re: Add Turns to Messages

The case in point for me is petrification. I never understood how long it lasts on the player, and if killing the monster causing it makes it last less.
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Post Sunday, 12th November 2017, 21:38

Re: Add Turns to Messages

ion_frigate wrote:A good simplification of this idea that won't vomit a huge amount of mostly-meaningless digits on the screen would be to somehow distinguish messages that came from *this* turn.
Message turns are already indicated with underscores.

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