If you follow this blog, you're probably well aware that I tend to develop a more than I release. A lot more.
See, the thing is I just hate releasing imperfect things. Good testers are nearly impossible to find, and I often find myself sitting on a project out of paranoia that there is some bug in it that I haven't found yet because I am the only tester.
But I guess the best way of getting things tested is to just release it. I've found that people are much quicker to tell you if something they expect to work flawlessly does not.
So I'm going to fair-warn you that many agents I'm going to release have not been fully tested. Consider yourself a tester.
Anyway. Moving on to today's thingy.
Today I'm going to release the Magic Words Core, which is needed for all modules to work, as well as the SERU module, to give you something to play with.
Most of you have probably seen the Magic Words Demo if you follow this blog regularly. This is an agent that you inject in parts-- the core agent allows for speech-bubble activated scripts while various modules define the activation words and scripts themselves.
Once injected, typing "help" into the speech bubble (as though you were talking to a creature) will bring up a window listing all the commands available to you. If you haven't injected any modules, it won't show much of anything, but it will update itself as you inject more modules. This way you won't have to memorize every single command when you have fifty modules injected.
Download the Magic Words Core. This zip file contains both an agent and a cosfile. If you use it a lot, I would highly recommend just dropping the cosfile in your \Bootstrap\010 Docking Station folder so you don't have to inject it into every world, but if you want to pick and choose, just use the agent file per-world as you normally would.
Of course, the core alone doesn't really do much of anything, so here is a module, for your amusement.
If you're not familiar with SERU, I think it was by far my most popular agent, at least two years ago. It played through a sort of mini-storyline in which you were entrusted with stray eggs to care for. Several people liked the random eggs the agent produced, but weren't too keen on the storyline, so it made a perfect candidate for a magic words shortcut.
After injecting the Magic Words SERU module (and ensuring the core is injected as well), all you have to do is type "seru" in the speech bubble and a random egg will mysteriously appear. No storylines, beams, or cooldowns involved. Though I would still highly recommend using the original agent for the full experience, I realize it gets old after a while and sometimes you just want interesting creatures to mess with.
Download Magic Words SERU. Remember that this, like all Magic Words modules, requires the core to work. This file also comes with both a cos and an agent file, so you can decide which you want to use.
If you are a developer, it's very easy to write your own Magic Words modules! I'll try to get the template posted up by tomorrow.