Developers' Diary

Paraplu: Sequential dialog boxes

It was surprisingly tricky to create a system for a series of dialog boxes that appear one after another. Soft Landing’s novel part is based on conversation scripts for doing just that, but in Paraplu’s running-around-shooting-stuff engine, we didn’t really have any way of doing it. Now the game keeps track not just of whether there’s a dialog on screen to be dismissed, but also what kind of dialog it is, so that it knows whether to bring up another when that one is gone. Currently the only thing that uses this is the “workshop” where you can craft items into other items, but in the future we might want to be able to just load arbitrary lists of strings in there and set up long narratives.

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