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§12.13. Report rules for actions by other people

Report rules for the player's actions are easy to write, and for many actions, they are not much harder for other people either:

Report photographing: say "Click!"
Report someone photographing: say "Click! [The person asked] takes a snapshot of [the noun]."

But once other people are involved, we have to go to some trouble to get all of the possibilities right. Here is a case which did not immediately occur to the author of the "going" action, for instance:

>get in cage
You get into the cage.
>clark, get in automobile
Clark Gable gets into the automobile.
>clark, push cage west
Clark Gable goes west in the automobile, pushing the cage in front, and you along too.

The Lot (in the cage)
In the Lot you can see an automobile (in which is Clark Gable).

We said before that report rules are skipped if the action is running "silently", or if the action is one that the player does not witness. But that is also a tricky concept. Inform's doctrine is that you witness an action if you can see any of the actor, the noun or the second noun at either the beginning or the end of the action; except that being able to see a backdrop does not count. Thus if Clark Gable, in Beverly Hills, photographs the Hollywood sign then we do not witness this from Sunset Boulevard merely because we, too, can see the Hollywood sign.

While the report rules for actions by the player must actually report something, report rules for other people's actions are under no such obligation. For instance, if Clark unlocks a door from the other side to the player, then this counts as an action that the player witnesses - and after all, it could be argued that the player should hear the key turning in the lock - but in fact the standard rules for reporting locking choose to say nothing.

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**ExampleThe Man of Steel Excuses Himself
Elaborating the report rules to be more interesting than "Clark goes west."

***ExampleFate Steps In
Fate entity which attempts to make things happen, by hook or by crook, including taking preliminary actions to set the player up a bit.