Message Spam Cleanup

Getting rid of superfluous messages is a never ending story. Here are some very specific ideas; once they're agreed upon, they should go into master. Let's try to restrict to the urgent bits, so as not to get lost in tiny details. Also, a simpler solution might better than a more complicated one (I am thinking of grammar etc.) even if it yields less lines.

Helpless merger

See 333.

Helpless, the giant gecko fails to dodge your attack.
The giant gecko fails to defend itself.
You slice the giant gecko!!

should become

The giant gecko fails to defend itself.
You slice the helpless giant gecko!!

One might argue that the latter two lines better be reversed. (Note: …fails to defend indicates a successful sleep stab whereas helpless indicates that you managed to hit the monster only thanks to distraction).

Secondary attacks

See 333.

You kick the giant gecko.
You bite the giant gecko.

could be merged into

You kick and bite the giant gecko.

This is not as urgent as the others.

Vampiric attacks

These need a number of lines. (Also 333.)

Vampire of a blood god attacking a gecko with a dagger gets 8 lines for many successful stabs.

Helpless, the giant gecko fails to dodge your attack.
The giant gecko fails to defend itself.
You slice the giant gecko!!
You bite the giant gecko, and draw its blood!
You feel better.
 --more--
You feel slightly less thirsty.
You kill the giant gecko!
Makhleb accepts your kill.

The messages special to vampiricism could be condensed. Together with the above helpless merger:

The giant gecko fails to defend itself.
You slice the helpless giant gecko!!
You bite the giant gecko, and draw its blood! You feel better and slightly less thirsty.
You kill the giant gecko!
Makhleb accepts your kill.

Upon hitting something with a vampiric sabre:

You hit the hobgoblin.
You draw the hobgoblin's blood!
You feel better.
You feel slightly less thirsty.
You feel better.
 --more--
The hobgoblin is moderately wounded.

could become

You hit the hobgoblin.
You draw the hobgoblin's blood!  You feel better and slightly less thirsty.
The hobgoblin is moderately wounded.

I.e.

  • The information about healing and satiation goes into the same line as the one about drawing blood.
  • At most one line about feeling better.
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dcss/brainstorm/interface/fighting_message_spam.txt · Last modified: 2011-12-23 19:18 by XuaXua
 
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