Working on a small game for the One Choice Jam. Due to the nature of the jam, I decided to get rid of most of the standard Inform verbs (I know how you all would love to see “proper responses” to the usual “standard” verbs like KISS, FART, LICK, and all the other usual four-letter-words, as well as the 70+ standard verbs built into Inform.) Sorry @rovarsson, no LICK in this game. Maybe the next one.
Since I am allowed to have only one choice in the game, that automatically implies that everything else will be 100% railroaded, in the sense that at each step only ONE command will be successful, and everything else will be rejected with an error message. To avoid the risk of people trying out ALL the usual verbs at each and every turn, I have decided to severely limit the vocabulary of the PC to keep things under control. Consider it a small experiment in simulating “freedom” in a severely restricted environment if you will.
Now a game which appears very similar to what I am doing (albeit with a LOT more freedom) is Treasures of a Slaver’s Kingdom - Details (ifdb.org). Its HELP command neatly lists the limited vocabulary of the PC which happens to be a Barbarian as well (okay, trying to be original is next to impossible, but the coincidences are piling up quickly here…)
I now have the following short list (trying to find synonyms basically). In the HELP I want to list the most “appropriate” one and add the others as alternatives using the usual understand statements in Inform.
|Purpose||Inform verbs||Barbarian verbs|
|Go somewhere||GO , WALK , RUN||GO , MOVE , HEAD , STRIDE , MARCH , JOURNEY|
|Look at something||LOOK||LOOK, GAZE, EXAMINE, EYE|
|Get something||GET , TAKE etc||SEIZE, GRASP , GRAB , SNATCH|
|Let go of something||DROP , THROW , DISCARD||DROP , DISCARD , ABANDON , DITCH|
|Get the contents of something||(GET / TAKE ALL FROM)||LOOT, PLUNDER , PILLAGE , ROB , RAID|
|Give something||GIVE||GIVE , PRESENT , OFFER , HAND , DONATE|
|Talk to something||(ANSWERING THAT)||TALK , SPEAK , PARLEY|
|Attack something||ATTACK , KILL etc||ATTACK , STRIKE , SMITE , HACK , SLASH|
The Barbarian uses bladed weapons so attack verbs like BASH or CRUSH seem less appropriate.
Not sure if I need the USE verb, but if I do, I would be very much interested in Barbarian alternatives.
For me it is hard to judge if these verbs correctly fulfill the role I am trying to assign them. Also, some categories feel lackluster. Any good places I can go to find alternatives? And verbs which are miscategorized or probably should be dropped altogether? I basically want to go for the “Barbarian vibe” as the game above was trying to do.
Also, I might as well keep the standard Inform7 verbs as well-known alternatives (where applicable) in an attempt to not alienate the in-crowd too much.
Feedback is very much appreciated!