How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

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How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#1 Post by DNAniel213 » Tue May 27, 2014 5:11 am

Ummm. I'm new here. And, yeah that's no excuse.

So, how do I use the same dialogue in branching choices? :roll:
I mean, I want to branch off the story in two choices, then at some point the story diverges, but then they both jump to different passages.

Generally like:
Choices A and B.
The character goes to the supermarket, then to school, and returns home in choice A.
In B, the character takes a walk in the park, then to school, and then dies because of diarrhea or something like that.

So regardless of A or B, he'll have to go to school. And if I want to save script space(since keeping stuff organized seems better Manlier), I'll only code in what happens in school once.

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#2 Post by Asceai » Tue May 27, 2014 5:16 am

You want to set a variable, then branch on it later.

Check out this part of the Quickstart tutorial

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#3 Post by Marionette » Tue May 27, 2014 6:45 am

What he said or just have the common parts in separate labels that all return when they are complete

So you end up with something like

Route A:
jump supermarket
jump school
jump home

Route B:
jump park
jump school
jump grossDeath


This way you still have one duped line, but if everything is in labels its easy to see the path each route takes, and separating the parts of the story will help you keep things manly...er organised. :p

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#4 Post by DNAniel213 » Tue May 27, 2014 6:54 am

Lol, I've gone over quickstart like thrice already, but I didn't notice this gem. XD

Though, for a fact, I didn't know it's purpose either.
nor do I understand it already. =_=
Thanks!! :D
Give me 5 minutes to understand this......
=_= and 3 hours to implement this in the whole script...



And Marionette, x) I don't quite get what you replied, but... I dunno, could it work like..

menu:
"Route A"
jump supermarket
jump school
jump home


or something like that?
If it does, then nothing could be more convenient x)

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#5 Post by Asceai » Tue May 27, 2014 6:57 am

Marionette wrote:What he said or just have the common parts in separate labels that all return when they are complete

So you end up with something like

Route A:
jump supermarket
jump school
jump home

Route B:
jump park
jump school
jump grossDeath


This way you still have one duped line, but if everything is in labels its easy to see the path each route takes, and separating the parts of the story will help you keep things manly...er organised. :p
You want call, not jump.

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#6 Post by DNAniel213 » Tue May 27, 2014 7:08 am

If so, (I just read a couple of pages about the call statement) but I can't seem to put it to use.

will it jump directly to school then home if call statement is used?

and.. Thanks for the time!!

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#7 Post by sendo » Tue May 27, 2014 7:52 am

DNAniel213 wrote:will it jump directly to school then home if call statement is used?
Yes.

The reason you don't want 'jump' with Marionette's example is that once you pick a route, the game will end once it hits the end of the first label you've jump to (ie supermarket for route A; park for route B). It won't continue to the school label unless you explicitly code it to supermarket/park labels. Jump does not return to where it was called (if that makes sense). So just replace jump with call and you're good to go.
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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#8 Post by Marionette » Tue May 27, 2014 9:05 am

DNAniel213 wrote:Lol, I've gone over quickstart like thrice already, but I didn't notice this gem. XD

Though, for a fact, I didn't know it's purpose either.
nor do I understand it already. =_=
Thanks!! :D
Give me 5 minutes to understand this......
=_= and 3 hours to implement this in the whole script...



And Marionette, x) I don't quite get what you replied, but... I dunno, could it work like..

menu:
"Route A"
jump supermarket
jump school
jump home


or something like that?
If it does, then nothing could be more convenient x)
Whoops, sorry for causing confusion. lol
I guess you 'jump' if you need to keep going forwards, ie new routes, and 'call' if you need to come back where you started. lol

So i guess to keep things extra simple, you can do something like

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menu:
  "choice 1"
    jump RouteA
  "choice 2"
    jump RouteB
  

label RouteA:
  call supermarket
  call school
  call home

etc.

And then even your menu is kept simple. :3

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#9 Post by DNAniel213 » Tue May 27, 2014 10:33 am

Thanks guys! Looks like finally registering here in lemmasoft was worth it! :D

When I understood python's basic if and then statements, it reduced my script length by about 10%

Added to learning the call statement(in which the wiki didn't elaborate much -_- ) x) reduced it by another 10% XD

but I'm more or less 1/4 way done. I've made a couple of 3-chapters worth novels(just words) back then, but just words wouldn't appeal to my type of stories. Then I found ren'py. Thanks!!!

A few more through, then my only problems would be the sprites. True, I can draw(basically), but I can't draw fast and I have about 9 characters (6 main characters) in my current novel.

I planned to make my first visual novel a short and safe one, but that day didn't bless me with a writer's block, and I kept typing the whole day. And here I am. Two weeks in, and I only have 3 complete sprites(Only one pose and clothing=_= Forgive me!)

I hope soon, I'll be able to par with you guys. Though I'll help with whatever way I can!
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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#10 Post by Taleweaver » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:07 pm

Whoops, overlooked that one for a long time.

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Re: How do I use the same dialogue in branching choices?

#11 Post by DNAniel213 » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:56 pm

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