How to add advanced options
Inklewriter also includes some more advanced tools than those we’ve covered so far. There are markers that let you save information about past choices. Say you ask the player to choose a gender, but only use that information a few times in the story, it would be fiddly and cumbersome to build multiple versions of all the text after that choice, so instead you can set a marker for ‘female gender’.
Counters work in much the same way as markers, but instead they save number values. This will handily let you track how many times the player has done something, such as how many gold coins they’ve found while exploring throughout the story, or how many times they’ve insulted the countess…
There are also conditionals, which let you use the information you’ve saved. You can set the text passages and player options to appear only if the player has seen the correct markers or reached the right counter values.
To learn more about how to use these options in your story, simply select the tutorial tab in inklewriter’s upper left menu, then select ‘I just want to choose a tutorial’. You can then click on ‘Choose a tutorial’, followed by ‘Tell me about markers…’.