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We've used the Properties Box before, but never taken a full tour of its features. They are:
: Used to choose the Emoticube that will represent the Verb in the Storyteller display.
Audience: Used to decide who witnesses the Event. This is covered in detail in Audience Types.
Description: The Author uses this to describe what the Verb does. This text will show up as a tooltip in Storyteller, telling the Player exactly what the Verb means and what will happen if they choose that Verb.
hijackable: Whether or not the Verb can be hijacked (see Hijacking).
occupies DirObject: Usually the DirObject is part of the Event and so is occupied by it (unable to do anything else until it ends). However, there are a few rare cases in which you might not want the DirObject to be occupied by the Event. These are usually cases in which the Audience is set to “Mental State” or “Subject Only”.
use Abort Script: Whether or not you want the Verb to have an Abort Script (see Abort Script).
TimeToPrepare: The amount of time that must elapse after setting the Plan before it can be executed. Usually TimeToPrepare is 1.
TimeToExecute: How long the Subject is tied down in the execution of the Verb. Usually TimeToExecute is 1.
Trivial_Momentous: Useful for measuring the dramatic import of a Verb. Will be more important in future versions of Storytron.
WordSockets: Here's where the Author creates the WordSockets used by the Verb. Every Verb has two default WordSockets: Subject and Verb. Up to thirteen additional WordSockets can be created for Actors, Props, Stages, certain Traits, and Quantifiers that will participate in the Verb (detailed examples in WordSockets).
Visible?: Whether the WordSocket is visible to the Player. Usually WordSockets are visible, but in certain cases, you may want to hide them from the Player.
Suffix: Here's where the Author defines additional words to be displayed in the Deikto Sentence depicting the Verb to the Player, making the Sentence easier to understand. Example in WordSockets.
Note to Myself: For the Author's use in keeping track of which WordSocket holds which component. Contents of this field appear as a tooltip in the Options display of the Verb Editor.
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