You could mention the counter in the room description, and change the wording based on whether there’s anything on the counter. If you make the counter “scenery,” I don’t think it will print the “You can see a counter here” line.
Lab is a room. The description of Lab is "This is a lab.[paragraph break]A counter stretches across the north wall[if a thing is on the counter]. [paragraph break]On the counter [is-are a list of things on the counter][end if]."
A counter is a scenery supporter in Lab.
A pen is on the counter. A pencil is on the counter.
Thanks! I think I will do this, but I’d still like to know how to code it if it’s not scenery. I always pivot to something else instead of finding the answer, and I’m trying to stop doing that so much since the same issues tend to come up.
Lab is a room. The description of Lab is "This is a lab."
A chair is a supporter in Lab. The chair is portable.
A cat is an animal on the chair.
Rule for writing a paragraph about the chair:
say "You see a wooden chair[if a thing is on the chair]. On the chair [is-are a list of things on the chair][end if]."
One way can be to use the activity “Writing a paragraph about”:
The Lab is a room.
The counter is a supporter in the Lab.
The glass is on the counter.
The bowl is on the counter.
The spoon is on the counter.
Rule for writing a paragraph about the counter:
say "You can see a counter here, on which [is-are a list of things on the counter].";
[ Edited: I had said “(It’s so useful I really need to give it an id in the HTML so I can link to it directly.)” but doing it doesn’t take much more effort than talking about doing it, so I did it. Above link updated to go directly to the Looking section. ]