Seeking a specific syntax solution

I have a basic fighting engine planned, and am having some trouble second-guessing I7’s syntax.

Is there anyway I can wedge “Instead of a person (called a) attacking a person (called b):” and “Instead of attacking a person (called b):” together, while labelling the player as ‘a’?

I ask because apparently the first doesn’t cover the player (even though he’s technically a person.)

Instead of an actor attacking someone (called b):

It seems you can’t used “(called …)” on the actor, but you can refer to the actor as “actor” anyway. This is covered in section 12.14 of the manual.

Many many thanks.