This may sound like a dumb question, because my game has a number of NPCs and situations where the player would ask someone about something, usually a topic listed in a table. I am trying to write a rule where the crucial thing is that the player needs to tell someone about a specific thing–or things. I want more than one subject to lead to the desired(by the player) result. Here is the gist of what I am attempting(not from my game but it’s a lot like what I am trying)–
Instead of telling Bob about something:
if the second noun is Julie or Amber:
say "You tell him of all the harsh realizations that you have come to, the trials that you have endured, the torture, and finally the excruciating pain that you withstood at the hands of the dominatrix Amber. You tell him of your escape and discovery of the pit from which you rescued Julie. And how Amber could be anywhere, with her minions, looking, watching, waiting...[line break]Immediately, Bob understands, and pulls off his blue jacket, and after conferring with his cohort, he gives you the jacket and that of his friend, plus his friend's fedora. He says, giving you the jacket and her the coat and hat, 'Here, why don't you wear my jacket, and she the coat and hat--you two would at least look something like us, as we are often seen together in public blah blah blah.";
now the player has the blue jacket;
now Julie has the torn brown sport coat;
now Julie has the fedora;
say "Bob looks at you as if trying to make a connection."
Bob would do the ‘otherwise’ if I told him about anything other than Julie or Amber, but the first reaction I describe above would result from telling Bob about either woman–he would give us their coats and hat as a disguise.
Only this is not how it happened in the play-testing. I have tried using only Julie, I have tried using double-quotes(“Amber” or “Julie”–assuming that ‘the second noun’ must be text), etc etc. Now, the ‘otherwise’ will work, even as a response to Julie. I have tried using ‘if the text understood is…’.
What am I getting wrong?