Cooking Design - Achaea Online Help

9.37.6 Cooking Design


Designing new cooking recipes requires the "recipes" ability learned in the
cooking skill (see HELP COOKING). All the commands needed for creating cooking
recipes can be viewed with the DESIGN command. Below you will find further
explanation of these syntaxes, and guidelines to follow when designing new


DESIGN <sketch> COPY <recipe>
   - Copy a basic recipe onto your new sketch.

DESIGN <sketch> APPEARANCE <description>
   - Sketch out the appearance description for your new recipe.

DESIGN <sketch> DROPPED <description>
   - Sketch out the dropped description for your new recipe.

DESIGN <sketch> EXAMINED <description>
   - Sketch out the examined description for your new recipe.

DESIGN <sketch> FIRSTEATEN <description>
   - What someone will see when he or she eats this food.

DESIGN <sketch> THIRDEATEN <description> 
   - What other people in the room will see when someone eats
     this food. Use $eater, $eater_his, $eater_him, $eater_he.
     Adding a plus (e.g. $+eater) will capitalise the word.

DESIGN <sketch> SMELL <description>
   - Describe how the food smells.

DESIGN <sketch> TASTE <description>
   - Describe how the food tastes.

   - Specify whether the recipe needs cooking or not.

DESIGN <sketch> INGREDIENTS ADD|REMOVE [#] <ingredient>
   - Add or remove items from the list of ingredients. 

   - At a cost of 1000gp you can hide your designs from others
     when they do NDS MATCH searches. This may be set on the
     sketch or after approval with the corresponding NDS

   - At the cost of 1000gp you can hide the crafters mark. This
     means that when the crafted item is probed it will not show
     the line saying "It bears the distinctive mark of".

   - Submit your sketch for approval by the Crafting Council.
     You must be in the Culinary Institute of Delos.

   - Pay for and collect your approved recipe.
     You must be in the Culinary Institute of Delos.

1. Don't take liberties with the recipe type. This means that if you copied 'a
   plate of cooked food' onto a sketch, the sketch must remain a plate. It can
   be 'a plate of eggs and toast' but it cannot be 'a dish of fried eggs' or 
   'fried eggs'. The main noun in the 'appearance' description must exactly 
   match whatever the recipe is for.
   Keep in mind pluralisation. That noun is what will be pluralised so if 
   there is more than one your appearance should still make sense. 'a plate 
   of eggs and toast' plural '2 plates of eggs and toast'. While the noun 
   would still be in 'fried eggs on a plate' it would not work in plural 
   form as '2 fried eggs on a plates'.

2. 'Appearance' description.
   a. Don't make a sentence out of it.
   b. Don't make it too long or try to cram too much detail into it. That is
      what the examined description is for. The system will limit the length
      for you.

   The simplest way to see if you have set an appropriate description here is
   to put it in this sentence: You give <appearance> to Tecton. If that makes
   a proper sounding sentence then you're probably ok.

3. 'Dropped' description.
   This is what people see when an item is in a room and they type 'look.'
   a. It must be a complete sentence, with a period on the end. No exclamation
      points, no question marks, no multiple periods.
   b. The main noun in the sentence must be the same as the schematic name so
      that people know what to call it when they want to pick it up, without
      having to type 'info here.'
   c. Keep this to one line or less.
   d. Something like "A plate of eggs sits on a table." is not acceptable.
      If it were dropped on the highway, there is no table to sit on!

4. 'Examined' description.
   This is what people see when they examine or probe an item.
   a. Use full sentences.
   b. Be descriptive.
   c. Do not try to format your descriptions in the editor. When
      using the editor put your entire description on line one. The
      editor will properly format it for you.

5. Ingredients. All recipe sketches must specify the ingredients required
   to make the recipe. The Crafting Council may slightly adjust the
   quantities when approving your recipe, but any major omissions or errors
   will result in the sketch being returned to you.

   Ingredients currently available are: salt, sugar, flour, spices,
   seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, cheese, butter, eggs, grain, dough,
   pasta, meat, fish, poultry, milk, water, oil, chocolate.

6. Cooked. If the entire dish, or most of it, needs to be cooked, then this 
   should be 'yes.' If only a small portion needs cooking, such as egg in a
   chef salad, then you can put 'no.'

7. First/Thirdeaten.
   These are the messages people will see when they or someone else eats the
   food. There is a maximum of 240 characters, which the system will limit
   you to. Keep these reasonable, without forcing actions upon the eater
   unless they really make sense. No "You devour a meat pie and, realising
   it is the most delicious thing you have ever eaten, dance a merry jig."

   Do include some version of the 'appearance' description in the
   thirdeaten message. Otherwise onlookers will see only "Tecton gives a 
   soft sigh of delight as He daintily eats the dessert." They will not know 
   exactly what he has eaten.

   In the third person message, use the following in place of names and 
   pronouns: $eater, $eater_his, $eater_him, $eater_he. Adding a plus
   (e.g. $+eater) will capitalise the word. Some examples:
     - With a look of apprehension, $eater takes a bite of pickled
       snail. $+eater_he looks surprised for a moment, then hungrily
       gobbles down the rest.
     - $+eater gnaws on a juicy chicken drumstick with abandon, not
       noticing the juice running down $eater_his chin.

8. Smell and Taste.
   You can use the SMELL and TASTE commands to inspect food before eating
   it. When designing this aspect of a recipe, please note that the
   'appearance' of the item will always come at the beginning of the
   text. You will see the full sentence when you probe your sketch.

   For example, using 'has a strong savoury flavour.' in a recipe for 'a bowl
   of chicken soup' will cause the reaction 'A bowl of chicken soup has a
   strong savoury flavour.'

9. Suitability.
   The Crafting Council reserves the right to determine whether foods are
   suitable for Achaea's environment. Certain anachronistic foods and terms
   will not be allowed. Following is a list of some such foods; we will 
   attempt to keep it up to date, but please be aware that it is not

   Not allowed: pizza, tacos, hot dogs, pancakes, waffles, fondue, 
                jellybeans, gummianything(bear, worm, etc).