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BEWARE - Synonyms mess up conversations!

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BEWARE - Synonyms mess up conversations!

Postby Lazzah » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:23 am

P.O. Prune had a problem with his game where a certain conversation topic ASK ABOUT LULU wasn't producing the correct response, when all the rest of the topics did. I discovered that he had created a synonym for the character name Lulu Belle where the synonym was Lulu-Belle. I deleted the synonym and the command ASK ABOUT LULU then worked.

I suppose this is a bug, but the chances of getting it fixed are - unless Campbell comes back full-time - virtually zero, so I won't bother adding it to the bugs page. :(

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Re: BEWARE - Synonyms mess up conversations!

Postby ice_wanted » Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:47 pm

Couldn't you just have added a additional subjects in the conversation to support the synonym response? (ie: lulu, lulu-bell, lulu bell). I'm assuming there was a reason for the synonym in the first place.
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Re: BEWARE - Synonyms mess up conversations!

Postby ralphmerridew » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:01 am

Synonyms were probably a workaround for limitations on how tasks worked prior to ADRIFT 5. Since those limitations have been fixed, it's probably best to avoid synonyms altogether.
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Re: BEWARE - Synonyms mess up conversations!

Postby ice_wanted » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:34 pm

I find synonyms quite useful in very specific use cases. That said, I agree they should be used with moderation to avoid unforeseen behaviors.
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