Deep Sinking R/T Help Text


Say Mode

If you are in "Say" mode, whatever you type will be spoken aloud at your current location. If you wish to enter a command in this mode, prefix it with a forward slash (/). For example, to issue the where command, type /where. "Say" mode is better for chatting.

Party Chat Mode

If you are in "Party Chat" mode and you are a member of a party (see the join and invite commands) then you can switch to this mode and whatever you type will be spoken only to the other members of your party. As with "Say" mode, you can prefix commands with a forward slash (/) to execute them while in "Party Chat" mode. "Party" mode is better if you are planning to carry on a private conversation with one or more other people, because you won't have to keep typing their names.

Do Mode

If you are in "Do" mode, whatever you type will be interpreted as an action. For example, if you wish to wave, you would simply type wave. To say things out loud in "Do" mode, use the say command. "Do" mode is better for wandering around and interacting with the virtual environment.

In "Do" mode, you can issue multiple commands at one by separating them with the word "than" or with a semicolon. For example, to go north three times, you could use something like go north then go north then go north or the equivalent abbreviated form n;n;n.

Tell Mode

When you send or receive a private message, the person at the other end will get a little tab of their own on your interface. By activating that tab, you will be able to send additional messages to that person just by typing them. You can still use slash commands like /go north in tell mode. You may have a maximum of three tell tabs at any given time. If a fourth conversation is started, the first tab opened will be reused. Currently it is not possible to close open tell tabs.

Command Quick Reference

Anytime you see something in [brackets] in the command quick reference, you should replace that with whatever you are trying to act on. Don't include the square brackets! For example, if you want to get a closer look at a someone nearby named Bob, the command will be listed below as "examine [item/person]" but you would type "examine bob", or in "Say" mode, "/examine bob."

afk
afk [message]
Informs people who examine you or attempt to send you "tell" messages that "[Your name] is away: AFK." If you provide the optional [message], it will be displayed in the form: "[Your name] is away: [message]." To cancel AFK status, use noafk or reload the page.
appoint [who]
If you are the leader of a party, you can shift the mantle of leadership to another member of the party by using this command.
cloak
Hides your online status from others. Your name will not appear on the Sinking Island manifest, nor will it appear on the "Registered Users" list on the Forum index page.
close [item]
Closes an open item that can be closed. Examples might include a backpack or treasure chest.
cut [item] with [item]
Cuts an item with another item. You must be holding the item being used to do the cutting, and it must be suitable to the task.
decloak
Shows your online status to others. Your name will appear on the Sinking Island manifest, and you will appear on the "Registered Users" list on the Forum index page.
disband
Disband your party. You must be in a party and you must be the leader of that party for this command to work.
do [text]

Form 1:

The do command is similar to emote except that it allows you to write in the first (I) and second (you) person and attempts to handle converting the text to be appropriate for all people present. (See also you are.) The person specified by you are must be present for the command to work.

Since computers do not speak English, this command needs a little extra help. To help it work properly, please enclose all verbs (at least, those performed by "I" or "you") in [brackets].

You can specify that your name should appear at a certain point by inserting [*] into the text. If you do not, the first reference to you will be converted to your name. In all cases, the first reference to the target will be converted to his or her name (except on his or her screen). To indicate that you issued the command, your name will appear in color. BBCode may not be used with the do command.

Example: do I [smack] you upside the head.

Form 2:

The do command can also be used as a direct alternate for the emote command. To use it in this fashion, do not use square brackets. In this case, your name will appear at the front of the line in paranthesis and your text will be displayed unmodified./p>

Example: do I smack you upside the head.
Result: (Your Name) I smack you upside the head.

This form is designed to provide a streamlined interface for quickly and easily entering free-form text while still providing proper accountability.

doto [person] [text]
This is a variant of the do command that does not need to be set up in advance. It will treat [person] as the person referred to by all second-person pronouns.
doff [item]
Take off an article of clothing that you are wearing.
don [item]
Put on an article of clothing (which you must already be carrying). Clothes worn will be visible if someone examines you.
drink [item]
Drink a liquid (which must be something drinkable that you are carrying) in its entirety.
drop [item]
Drop an item that you are currently holding.
eject [who]
If you are the leader of a party and one of the members of the party gets out of line, you can remove them from the party with this command.
emote [text]
Performs [text] as an action. (Try it and see.)
enter [object]
Enter something in your current location, like a building, or certain other enterable things...
examine [item/person]
Obtain a description of a nearby item or person. When you examine a person, you will get information similar to the forum profile.
forums
List all the forums (with hyperlinks that open in a new tab/window) so you can surf them or post without losing your place on Sinking Island.
get [item]
Pick up a nearby object and carry it around with you.
give [item] to [person]
Give an item you are carrying to a nearby person.
go [direction]
Move in an available direction. Possible directions include north, south, east, west, up and down.
go home
Return the location that you have previously designated as your home location. You travel on foot, so you will pass briefly through all intervening rooms. This command will not work if your home location cannot be reached by traveling in normal directions. (For example, it will not work if you are stuck in quicksand.)
go to cantina
Return to the Cantina East Patio. All the restrictions that apply to the go home command apply to this as well.
home
Set the current location as your "home" location. It will then appear on your "Go To" bar, and you can return to it by clicking or using the go home command.
inventory
List all the items you are currently carrying, if any.
invite [who]
If you are the leader of a party, you can invite other people in your current location to join your party. If you are not in a party and you invite someone, you will automatically create a new party at the same time. Only the leader of a party can invite others into the party.
join [who]
If you have been invited to a party, this command will join that party. In order for this command to work, you must provide the name of someone already in the party that you can currently see.
leave
If you are currently inside something, go back outside of it.
list
Lists the people currently in chat. This list honors your "Hide your online status" setting in your board profile. If that setting is "yes" you will be counted but not shown on this list. Even if your online status is hidden, other people in your same location will still be able to see you.
lock [item] with [item]
Lock a door or container using a key.
look inside [item]
Look inside an item. The item must either be transparent or an open container (like the Lost & Found box).
look through [item]
Look through an object like a telescope or something else hollow.
news
Re-enables notification about new forum posts in your favorite forums if you have previously disabled it with nonews. New post notification is on by default, but if you have not selected any favorite forums, it will have no effect.
noafk
Cancels away status as set by a previous afk command.
nonews
Disables notification of new forum posts in your favorite forums. This setting is persistent across logins.
noparty
If you are currently in a party, you can use this command to leave the party. If you are the leader of the party, leadership will automatically pass to the party member with the most R/T time. If the party is reduced to a single member, it will disband.
nopose
Cancels the effect of a previous pose command.
notell
Disables "tell" messages (incoming and outgoing) if you would prefer to be left alone. This setting is persistent across sessions. To cancel this setting, issue "tell" by itself.
open [item]
If you are near or holding an item that can be opened (such as a treasure chest or backpack), you can use this command to open it.
order [item]
Purchase something. This is only valid at locations where items are for sale. Usually the items you can buy will be listed on a menu or otherwise indicated in the room description.
party [text]
If you are in a party, you can use this command to send [text] to everyone in your party, no matter where they are, just as if you were in "Party Chat" mode.
pname [text]
If you are the leader of a party, you can change the party's name with this command. The default name of the party is "(Your Name)'s Party" but you can pick something more creative if you like.
pose [text]

You can use this command to change the standard "Your Name is here." message displayed when someone else sees you. As long as you stay in your current location, other people who arrive will see your [text] instead of "Your Name is here." If [text] does not end in a period, one will be added. You may not use HTML or BBCode in [text]. If the * character appears in [text], it will be replaced with your name. If there are no asterisks in [text], your name will be added at the beginning. (To prevent confusion, there is no way to adopt a pose that does not contain your name.)

For example, if you enter pose sits quietly in the corner then people will see "Your Name sites quietly in a corner." Or, if you enter pose Surrounded by empty beer mugs, * is weeping for his mommy. people will see "Surrounded by empty beer mugs, Your Name is weeping for his mommy."

pull [person] into [item]
push [person] into [item]
Attempt to push/pull a person into an item.
push [person]
Gives someone a little push. If they are in quicksand, however, works as push [person] down instead.
push [person] down
If someone is in quicksand, use this to visibly push them deeper. The exact method of pushing is left to your imagination or emote commands.
put [item] in [item]
Put an object you are holding inside another item, if that makes sense for the items involved.
quit
Leave Sinking Island. (Documented only for completeness. This command obviously has no practical application!)
remove [item] from [item]
Take an object out of another object.
repeat [command]
Attempt to execute [command] every few seconds, exactly as if you had typed if in.
rescue [person]
If a person is in a dangerous situation, you may be able to help them with this command.
roster
If you are in a party, this will list the name of the party and all the current party members and indicate who the leader of the party is.
say [text]
Says [text] out loud at your current location. This is the default command in "Say" mode and is the primary means for group chat.
shout [text]
Shouts [text] out loud. People in your current location and nearby locations will be able to hear you. Shouting excessively is impolite and will get you kicked off the server.
sink
If you are currently sinking in quicksand, use this command to force yourself deeper into the quicksand.
sink [person]
If a person is currently sinking in quicksand, use this command if you wish them to sink deeper. Randomly sinking people without their permission is considered rude.
sip [item]
If you have a drink, this will let you sip it instead of drinking it all at once. You may sip a drink any number of times. To finish it, use drink.
slap [user]
slap [user] around slap [user] with [item]
Slapping is a special case of emote that is often used to let people know they are crossing the line of good behavior or chat ettiquette.
status
Gives you information about how many events are currently stored in the database, and how old they are. This information can be helpful to determine if there's something wrong with the system.
stop
Stops the effects of a previous repeat command.
struggle
Attempt to get free of quicksand under your own power. This move may be risky.
tell
Counteract the effects of notell>.
tell [person]
Find out if [person] is online and has "tell" messages enabled. (Good to do before you spend five minutes composing a message only to find out the person has tells off.)
tell [person] [text]
Send a private message to a person. The person must be signed on right now, but it does not matter if they are in your current location; you can tell someone something from any location.
turn [item]
If you encounter something turnable, this is how you turn it.
unlock [item] with [item]
Unlock a door or container using a key.
wake
This command can be used to wake up from a Psychic World South environment.
what
List any items in your current location.
where
Print a description of your current location.
who
Print a list of the people (other than you) presently in your current location.
whoami
Tells you what your name is. (In case you forget.)
you are [person]
This command is used in conjunction with do (q.v.) to indicate who the second-person pronouns in a do command refer to. This setting is persistent until changed. The purpose of this is to allow multiple do commands to be issued without stating the same person's name each time. By setting this, you can also use you to refer to this person in other commands, such as examine you or rescue you.
Additional emotes and actions:

Some commands have additional undocumented forms that mimic other documented commands for the sake of grammatical convenience. For example, pull [person] out of [item] is another way to say rescue [person], and push [person] deeper is another way to say sink [person]. Although they work any time the alternate command one, some are more appropriate for specific situations. For example, one might fall in while standing near quicksand, but probably not while outside a cabana, even though the command is the same as enter and will work the same way at both locations.

Abbreviations & Alternates

Some commands can be abbreviated, or have alternate names:

backnoafk
buyorder
cantinago to cantina
carry, drag, tug, yankpull
chug, drain, quaffdrink
d, downgo down
e, eastgo east
exitleave
extract, saverescue
fall into, jump into, step into, stumble intoenter
force, press, shovepush
inv, vinventory
jump outleave
l, look, read, xexamine
meemote
n, northgo north
nursesip
pparty
placeput
run, walkgo
s, southgo south
ttell
takeget
u, upgo up
w, westgo west

To provide additional flexibility and variety, sometimes the use of an alternate form of a command will change the text displayed. For example, the command carry Person north will produce the same net effect as pull Person north but it will appear as carrying the person rather than pulling them.

BBCode Formatting

Deep Sinking R/T uses the same "BBCode" formatting as the regular Deep Sinking forum, with a few limitations. Here are the basics.
[b]example[/b]
Boldface: example
[i]example[/i]
Italics: example
[u]example[/u]
Underline: underline
[color=red]example[/color]
Text color: example

Valid colors vary from browser to browser, but some likely examples may include: red, green, blue, purple, orange, brown, and gray. If you know how, you can also specify a specific color by its RGB value in the form #000000 where each pair of hexadecimal digits represents the color value for red, green, and blue, respectively.

If you choose the color white, your text will be invisible.

[size=15]example[/size]
Text size: example

You may choose any font size between 6 and 29 points.

[url]http://deepsinking.org/[/url]
Plain hyperlink: http://deepsinking.org

The hyperlink always opens in a new window or tab (depending on the browser) so anyone who clicks on it will not have their Deep Sinking R/T session interrupted.

[url=http://deepsinking.org/]Deep Sinking[/url]
Fancy hyperlink: Deep Sinking

The fancy hyperlink works just like the plain hyperlink, except you can specify different text to display instead of the URL. If you hover your mouse pointer over the link, most browsers should show the URL in a Tooltip popup or on the status bar.

The [quote], [code], [list], and [img] features of BBCode are not supported in Deep Sinking R/T. Embedding HTML is not supported in Deep Sinking R/T.

Emoticons

As with BBCode, Deep Sinking R/T inherits its emoticons (smilies) from the regular forum. View the available Emoticons.