Hi, everyone. I’ll jump right with my question (for the easily-bored ) and put some background afterwards (for those made of sterner stuff!).
Is there a way of displaying longer names on the rooms on a map? The world I’m currently fiddling with has rooms called ‘R250’ to ‘R295’, so every room on the map is called ‘R2’.
I tried renaming the first room to ‘50’ but Inform 7 spat that out with an amusing message
I could name the rooms ‘00’ to ‘ZZ’*. The resulting map would still look pretty cryptic, but at least I could have 36^2=1,296 distinct names. (I’m not sure if that would cope with the entire game. There are about that many rooms.)
I’m using the printed name property of rooms to give them their ‘real’ names (many of which are duplicates). From a player’s perspective, it’d probably be better if the map used the printed name so the 1st few rooms would be called ‘Ss’, ‘Ab’, and ‘Rs’.
FWIW, nearly all of the Inform 7 source that I’m currently using is generated by a C program that translates files used to a multi-user game I used to play circa 1989.
*Edit: excluding pairs that are numbers, so that’d be, erm, 1,276(?) possible names.