Ask-tell

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A conversation system that relies primarily on the use of the verbs "ask" and "tell"; as in >ASK PETER ABOUT THE CORPSE or >TELL PETER ABOUT INCOME TAX. This system is supported by default in Inform, but it often produces the impression of a disjointed conversation, since the NPC with whom one is conversing tends to retain no knowledge of the conversation state. The most prevalent alternative is menu-based conversation.

-- Emily Short