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* YouCantGetYeFlask: Brought up a few times. One item on the "Bill of Player's Rights" is "Not to have to type exactly the right verb". Another is "To be allowed reasonable synonyms". And "…At War With a Crossword" lists "The 'What's-The-Verb" syndrome" as one of the three big pitfalls in making puzzles.

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* {{Epigraph}}: Including the introduction, each essay apart from "Varnish and Veneer" opens with one or more quotes.


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* TakeThat: The first epigraph, quoted from Creator/TomStoppard:
-->Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.


* CreatorInJoke: Warned against in "…At War With a Crossword", which lists it as one of the three big pitfalls in making puzzles.

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* CreatorInJoke: Warned against in "…At War With a Crossword", which lists it "The 'In-Joke' syndrome" as one of the three big pitfalls in making puzzles.

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* ScareQuotes: From the closing section discussing how games are never truly finished:
-->Roughly 300 bugs in 'VideoGame/{{Curses}}' have been spotted since it was released publically two years ago (I have received well over a thousand email messages on the subject), and that was after play-testing had been "finished".





-->[…] it's more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village!) than the whole impersonal world (but [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]], the instability could blow up every star in the universe!).

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-->[…] it's more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village!) than the whole impersonal world (but [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]], {{Series/Doctor|Who}}, the instability could blow up every star in the universe!).


-->[…] it's more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village!) than the whole impersonal world (but Doctor, the instability could blow up every star in the universe!).

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-->[…] it's more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village!) than the whole impersonal world (but Doctor, [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor]], the instability could blow up every star in the universe!).


-->But a good rule of thumb􏰋, as any fi􏰁lm screenplay writer will testify,􏰋 seems to be to make the two scenes which open and close the story 􏰜"book-􏰌ends"􏰆 for each other:􏰙 in some way symmetrical and matching􏰍.

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-->But a good rule of thumb􏰋, thumb, as any fi􏰁lm film screenplay writer will testify,􏰋 testify, seems to be to make the two scenes which open and close the story 􏰜"book-􏰌ends"􏰆 "book-ends" for each other:􏰙 other: in some way symmetrical and matching􏰍.matching.



* CreatorProvincialism: One entry in the "Bill of Player's Rights" warns against this: "Not to need to be American". It gives the example of the diamond maze in ''VideoGame/{{Zork}} II'', which stumped many non-Americans who couldn't figure out that [[spoiler:it was a baseball diamond.]]

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* CreatorProvincialism: One entry in the "Bill of Player's Rights" warns against this: "Not to need to be American". It gives the an example of the diamond maze in ''VideoGame/{{Zork}} II'', which stumped many non-Americans who couldn't figure out that [[spoiler:it was a baseball diamond.]]



-->[…] it'􏰈s more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village􏰅􏰊!) than the whole impersonal world 􏰉(but Doctor,􏰋 the instability could blow up every star in the universe􏰅􏰊􏰍!).
* SelfDeprecation: "A plant which can be grown into a beanstalk is now,􏰋 perhaps,􏰋 rather a cliché.􏰍 So naturally no self-􏰌respecting author would write one􏰍." Note that Nelson's own game, ''VideoGame/{{Curses}}'', contains exactly this.

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-->[…] it'􏰈s it's more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village􏰅􏰊!) village!) than the whole impersonal world 􏰉(but Doctor,􏰋 (but Doctor, the instability could blow up every star in the universe􏰅􏰊􏰍!).
universe!).
* SelfDeprecation: "A plant which can be grown into a beanstalk is now,􏰋 perhaps,􏰋 now, perhaps, rather a cliché.􏰍 cliché. So naturally no self-􏰌respecting self-respecting author would write one􏰍.one." Note that Nelson's own game, ''VideoGame/{{Curses}}'', contains exactly this.

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[[http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/interactive-fiction/info/Craft.Of.Adventure.pdf "The Craft of the Adventure"]] is a series of essays by Creator/GrahamNelson on the design of InteractiveFiction {{Adventure Game}}s.

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* BookEnds: Brought up at the end of "A Narrative…", when discussing end game design:
-->But a good rule of thumb􏰋, as any fi􏰁lm screenplay writer will testify,􏰋 seems to be to make the two scenes which open and close the story 􏰜"book-􏰌ends"􏰆 for each other:􏰙 in some way symmetrical and matching􏰍.
* CreatorInJoke: Warned against in "…At War With a Crossword", which lists it as one of the three big pitfalls in making puzzles.
* CreatorProvincialism: One entry in the "Bill of Player's Rights" warns against this: "Not to need to be American". It gives the example of the diamond maze in ''VideoGame/{{Zork}} II'', which stumped many non-Americans who couldn't figure out that [[spoiler:it was a baseball diamond.]]
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Discussed in "Narrative…":
-->[…] it'􏰈s more interesting and dramatic to save a small number of people (the mud-slide will wipe out the whole village􏰅􏰊!) than the whole impersonal world 􏰉(but Doctor,􏰋 the instability could blow up every star in the universe􏰅􏰊􏰍!).
* SelfDeprecation: "A plant which can be grown into a beanstalk is now,􏰋 perhaps,􏰋 rather a cliché.􏰍 So naturally no self-􏰌respecting author would write one􏰍." Note that Nelson's own game, ''VideoGame/{{Curses}}'', contains exactly this.
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