I7 - how do I give Peter a stone?

I want the player to be able to give Peter a stone, and then have some stuff happening.
So far, I got this:

give stone to peter
Peter doesn’t seem interested.

So far so good. But how do I make peter react in some more intersting way? Is there a way to capture the ‘player-offering-peter-a-stone’ event?

Instead of giving the stone to Peter: now Peter carries the stone; say "Peter accepts the stone and says, 'Thank you.'"

Oh, so simple! Thanks!

If you offer me something more interesting that just a stone, I’ll be sure to react interestingly. Of course I wouldn’t seem interested in a stone.

Oh, of course!

give potato to peter

Peter says: “A potato?”


The usual way to eliminate that is either:

The block giving rule is not listed in the check giving it to rules.


The block giving rule does nothing when giving the stone to Peter.

Inform has the action all coded in, but blocks it with that rule. The former example removes the rule entirely and thus allows all giving to proceed normally. The second makes an exception for this one particular action.

The reason to use this instead of an Instead rule is that this allows the action to go through the usual machinery, allowing other rules (e.g. you might have an “After giving the magic ring to someone:” rule for a special effect) to affect it, and marks it as “Succeeded” instead of “Failed” (which can be important for Unsuccessful Attempt rule output).

You are carrying a rare and hitherto-undocumented copy of Angela M. Horns’ Z-code masterpiece The Meteor, the Stone, and a Long Glass of Sherbet.


There. Instant adventure game puzzle. Questionable English included.

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