This is Ginger's Book of Idiosyncrasies, explaining little niggly bits and/or miscellaneous activities, as well as the exact way to interpret all those symbols she uses in her examples. Additions to this book are welcome; please send her email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any little toys you'd like to see included.
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This page explains the syntax Ginger uses when she tells you how to type a command in any of the help documentation she writes.
If a phrase is enclosed with these: < >, you are asked to replace whatever is between them with something else. Therefore, if you see: <my name> you would put your name (Bob, Ralph) in place of the <my name> in the command, *without the < >s*.
If a phrase is enclosed with there: ' ', it refers to the word or phrase between them, without the 's included. If you see: type 'east', you need to type east on a line by itself and hit return. No 's. If you see: 'help @open', that's what you need to type (no 's).
Comments in parentheses: () explain a command. Most of the time, what I want you to type is on the left, and what you're doing when you type it is on the right.
Any commands I refer to you typing are to be typed when you are
logged into a character on the MUCK itself. Guest characters can type
anything beginning with 'help' ('help @succ', 'help number', etc.),
but cannot use the @set, @link, or other building commands.
To get a character on FurTooniaMUCK, send email to email@example.com with a character name, an alternate in case there already is someone with your name, your real name and email address, and a password for your character.
Programs are nasty little critters if you don't understand them, but they can be tamed and controlled. If you've got an effect you'd like to have in your building, most likely there's a program available to deal with it. First, type 'programs' and look through the pages in there. If you don't find anything good in there, try 'plib', the program library, and be ready for spam (lots and lots and lots of stuff scrolling down your screen)! Once you have the program's name, and its database number (see 'help number'), then you are ready to get some help setting the program up; here's how to wrangle that program into giving you that help.
First of all, type '@view #<db# of program>' (for example, '@view #6800'). When this works, it will say something like 'command to view: @list <db#>=1-12--Run this command?' Type 'y' and hit return, and it will list some help docs, or an explanation of the program.
If it doesn't work, it will reply 'There are no documents for that program, sorry.' Then your next step is to type '@list <db# of program>=1-12' on your own, to see if there are any comments hidden there. There sometimes are, even when people haven't set up @view. The 1-12 lists lines 1-12 of the program; you can list more if you need to, but tht's usually spammy enough for the first test of a program, to see if it has help docs.
If @view and @list don't work, don't despair! There are two more ways of finding out how that program works. Make a personal exit, or action, on yourself, and link it to the program, like so:
@act <actionname>=me (ex: @act test=me) @link <actionname>=#<db# of the program> (ex: @link test=#19)
Now, see what that action does; type <actionname> #help, or just <actionname> by itself, and see if it does anything. Sometimes these commands will tell you syntax, or other important information.
NOTE: If it's a program that affects descriptions, try creating an object and typing:
@desc <objectname>=@<program db#, WITHOUT THE #> ( for example: @create testobject @desc testobject=@5020 )
This will put a description on the object with a call to the program in it. Now look at the object, and see if the program tells you anything.
If all else fails, type 'examine #<database number of program>'. It will return the name of the person who owns the program. Page or page #mail him or her and see if they can help! Or ask a wizard or helpstaff; they probably know. Try the other steps first, though! :)
Just a quick note--I keep putting up help documentation nobody reads. All the "book of..." files are available online, as buildhelp (Easy Book of Building), exitshelp (Book of Exits), and the Book of Flags is available in the Tourism Office, South, then SouthWest from Town Square. Some other commands you didn't know existed are: