Hello, all! Newbie here, taking advantage of quarantine to get to know Inform–something that’s been on my to-do list for a long time.
Here’s the question, with apologies up-front if the answer is really simple …
I have a room–an outdoor location. In the distance, there’s a ship. The ship is a backdrop, because it’s visible from various other rooms, and I’d like to handle it in the room descriptions rather than as a separate object.
“Examine ship” produces the right response, but commands like “go to ship”, “board ship”, “take ship”, etc. produce various unhelpful stock responses.
I’ve experimented with making a rule, but can’t get it to work. “Instead of going to the ship …”, for example, produces an error indicating that the ship is a backdrop, and not a thing to go to.
I’d like to tell Inform how to respond if the player tries to treat this backdrop as a room, a thing, etc. How do I go about this?