[MUD-Dev] Dictionary of Body Language

Koster Koster
Thu Aug 2 14:57:34 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ling.lo at coment.dk

> The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs and Body Language
> Cues:
>   http://members.aol.com/nonverbal2/diction1.htm
> Application to MMO's:
>   Text-medium - Subtle clues for npcs to emit which do not stick
>   out but, rather, provide ambience.  As Larry Niven once wrote
>   (this is horribly paraphrased): You can do funky things in
>   sci-fi literature, instead of "The door opened", you can write
>   "The door dilated".

The term is "to heinlein" as the precise example is from Heinlein's
story "Gulf" I believe. The term is apparently commonly used in
workshops such as Clarion (and Turkey City, which I am currently a
member of).

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