Command

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A command is an order given by a player, normally entered as text in response to a command prompt. Most commands cause the player's adventurer to perform an action, such as moving in a certain direction, picking up an artifact, or attacking a monster; some commands may also trigger actions such as loading, saving, or exiting a game.

Common commands

Nearly all Eamon adventures recognize the following common commands:

GET/TAKE
DROP
ATTACK
ESCAPE/RETREAT/FLEE
READY
LOOK
EXAMINE
GIVE

NORTH/N
SOUTH/S
EAST/E
WEST/W
UP/U
DOWN/D
ENTER

SMILE
WAVE
SAY
DRINK
READ
OPEN
INVENTORY/I

POWER
HEAL
BLAST
SPEED

The player can see the list of supported commands by entering HELP or ?. Also, if the player enters text that the game doesn't recognize, it responds, "Huh? I only understand these commands--" and then lists the commands.

Many adventure authors add at least a few new commands to the basic set that allow players to perform new actions important to solving puzzles or interacting with the environment. A few adventures remove or disable basic commands, as in The Death Star where magic cannot be used.