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§14.11. Changing the text of responses
These responses are named so that they can be changed. Most IF authors dislike one or two of the existing responses, and some would like to change almost all of them to give the text a different style; and extensions for IF in languages other than English change literally every response, of course.
It's very easy to change responses:
The print empty inventory rule response (A) is "Your hands are, like, totally empty. Lame."
and we can even do this dynamically during play:
now the print empty inventory rule response (A) is "Your hands ...";
just as if we were setting a variable.
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The most straightforward way to alter the response text for something in the standard rules is to select the Index tab, then select Actions, then pick the particular action whose text we'd like to alter. Under action details, there will be icons that look like speech bubbles.
Clicking on the speech bubble will show what the current response text is, and give us an option called "set".
If we click "set", this will automatically paste in the response name that we need to change. We can put this inside a "when play begins" rule in order to make that change take effect from the start of the game, like so: