Brief

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Setting something to brief mode will cause you not to see some aspects of it. Its opposite is verbose mode--seeing everything fully--which is the default.

Forms of syntax available for the command 'brief':
brief 
brief <type>
brief all

"Brief" by itself will tell you which things you have in brief mode and which you have in verbose mode. "Brief <type>" puts the specified in brief mode, while "brief all" puts everything in brief mode. "Verbose" is used in the same way.

Things that can be put in brief mode

Combat

If combat is in brief mode, you don't see attacks that don't land, or that are fully absorbed by armour or arcane shielding.

You do still see attacks that successfully deal damage, your monitor, people moving aggressively towards you, and TPA breaking.

Look

Using brief look makes it so that when you move, you automatically "glance" instead of automatically "look"ing--in other words, the full room description is suppressed and you only see the brief description. You can still "look" to see the full room description.

Score

If score is in brief mode, then "score" by itself will be the same as "score brief", showing only (as the default) current and maximum hit points, current and maximum guild points, current xp, and current burden.

Also, in this mode, "score stats" is shown in a slightly compressed form.

You can use "score brief" or "score verbose" to use the score command in brief or verbose mode once.

Names

With names in brief mode, you won't see people's pre-titles (titles set with the title command) when you see them do things, or when you see them in a room.

Htell

Having htell in brief mode suppresses the timestamps that normally precede each tell in the tell history.

Finger

Errors

Quit

Setting quit to brief mode stops you from getting the "Greco the Departure Gecko starts inspecting all your items and scribbling on a notepad" message when you quit.

You can use "quit brief" or "quit verbose" to use the quit command in brief or verbose mode once.

Temperature

Setting temperature to brief suppresses mention of items that are having "little or no effect" when you use the temperature command.

You can also "temperature very brief" to see only the room temperature, overall warmth or cooling your clothing provides, and your personal temperature and whether you're getting warmer or cooler; "temperature brief" to see all that and the specific items of clothing that are having an effect on your temperature; or "temperature verbose" to see all that and the items of clothing that are having little or no effect.

Money

In brief mode, the "money" command outputs the contents of your purse as a sort of abbreviated summary instead of listing every type of coin individually. For example, instead of seeing:

Your purse contains 3 Ankh-Morpork royals, 6 Ankh-Morpork ten-dollars, 7 Ankh-Morpork dollars, one Ankh-Morpork half-dollar, 4 Ankh-Morpork ten-pence, 5 Ankh-Morpork pence, 4 Agatean Empire rhinu, 5 Djelian talents, 4 Djelian tooni, 31 Djelian talona, 40 Djelian ptascpi, 62 Genuan livres and 50 Genuan cents.

You'll see this:

Your purse contains A$367.95, 4Rh, DjToon 57.50 and 6,2,50Gf.

You can use "money brief" or "money verbose" to use the money command in brief or verbose mode once.

Count

In brief mode, the "count" command will only tell you how many things you've counted instead of listing them all.

You can use "count brief" or "count verbose" to use the count command in brief or verbose mode once.

Errorreply

Using brief here causes you to get informed of bug/typo/idea replies like this:

You have a new bug reply from <creator>.

instead of like this:

A hairy report insect scuttles in with a cloud of legs.
The hairy report insect whispers to you: You have a new bug reply from <creator>.
The hairy report insect scuttles about insectly.
The hairy report insect says: Ah, home again.
The hairy report insect disappears under the floor boards.

(The verbose version is also visible to others in the room.)

Purse

Putting your purse in brief mode causes you to see only, "Your purse is closed" when you use the "inventory" command, instead of seeing how much money you have.

Time

In brief mode, the "time" command will only show the time in one location--your time zone, if you've set it, or London if you haven't--instead of in several different time zones.

You can use "time brief" or "time verbose" to use the time command in brief or verbose mode once.

Tell

Ignore

In brief mode, "ignore" gives you a list of people you're ignoring, in sentence form ("You are ignoring womble and frog."), and suppresses the reason and amount of time.

In verbose mode, "ignore" puts every person you're ignoring on a separate line, and shows the reason (or that you didn't specify a reason) and how much longer you'll be ignoring them for (if applicable).

You can use "ignore brief" or "ignore verbose" to use the ignore command in brief or verbose mode once.

Exits

With exits in brief mode, exits will appear in their glance/brief look form, independent of whether you're looking or glancing.

(This does not affect the "exits" command.)

Gp

In brief mode, the "gp" command shows you how many of each type of gp you have as a nicely formatted list. If you don't have enough gp for a certain kind of command, it will show up as a negative number--how many more gp you need before you'll be able to use gp for those kinds of commands.

In verbose mode, the "gp" command gives the same information, but in full sentences. Also, instead of showing how much more gp you need to start using gp for certain kinds of commands, it shows you the threshhold itself.

Syntax

In brief mode, the "syntax" command simply lists the available syntaxes for the specified command. In verbose mode, it also gives an explanation for each syntax.

You can use "syntax <verb> {brief|verbose}" to use the syntax command in brief or verbose mode once.

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