Old Paranoia Game in Python


S

Sean P. Kane

I ported the old (and long since removed) game from the bsd-game
pacakge called, Paranoia, based on the old Paranoia role playing game
from C to Python as a simple exercise in learning the language and pure
late night boredom. Anyways, here it is for anyone looking for a few
minutes of nostalgia. I may get around to posting this at
http://homepage.mac.com/spkane/ or http://www.spkane.org/, but for now
here it is. Improvements or corrections, welcome.

Thanks,
Sean


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#!/usr/bin/env python
#
#
# -*- encoding = 'utf-8' -*-
#
#
# Command Line GCS Upgrade Application
# ====================================
# This is a port of paranoia from the old bsd-games package.
#
#
# HISTORY
# =======
#
# 1.2 - 03 Jan 2005
# + Initially started porting application
#
# Requires
# ========
# 1) Python 2.3
'''\
usage: paranoia

'''

__author__ = 'Sean P. Kane <[email protected]>'
__copyright__ = '''This is a solo paranoia game taken from the Jan/Feb
issue (No 77) of SpaceGamer/FantasyGamer magazine.

Article by Sam Shirley.

Originally implemented in C on Vax 11/780 under UNIX by Tim Lister

Ported to Python on an Apple Powerbook G4 by Sean P. Kane

This is a public domain adventure and may not be sold for profit'''

__date__ = '01/03/2005'

#Also change version at top of main()
__version__ = '1.2'

#the basics
import sys
#For Dice Rolling
import random
#new argument parsing library
from optparse import OptionParser

moxie = 13
agility = 15
maxkill = 7 # The maximum number of UV's you can kill
clone = 1
page = 1
computer_request = 0
ultra_violet = 0
action_doll = 0
hit_points = 10
read_letter = 0
plato_clone = 3
blast_door = 0
killer_count = 0

def instructions():
print """Welcome to Paranoia!

HOW TO PLAY:
Just press <Enter> until you are asked to make a choice.
Select 'a' or 'b' or whatever for your choice, then press <Enter>.
You may select 'p' at any time to get a display of your statistics.
Always choose the least dangerous option. Continue doing this until
you win. At times you will use a skill or engage in combat and will
be informed of the outcome. These sections will be self explanatory.

HOW TO DIE:
As Philo-R-DMD you will die at times during the adventure.
When this happens you will be given an new clone at a particular
location. The new Philo-R will usually have to retrace some of
the old Philo-R\'s path hopefully he won\'t make the same mistake
as his predecessor.

HOW TO WIN:
Simply complete the mission before you expend all six clones.
If you make it, congratulations.
If not, you can try again later.
"""

def character():
print
""""===============================================================================
The

The Character : Philo-R-DMD %s
Primary Attributes Secondary Attributes
===============================================================================
Strength ..................... 13 Carrying Capacity ................. 30
Endurance .................... 13 Damage Bonus ....................... 0
Agility ...................... 15 Macho Bonus ....................... -1
Manual Dexterity ............. 15 Melee Bonus ...................... +5%%
Moxie ........................ 13 Aimed Weapon Bonus .............. +10%%
Chutzpah ...................... 8 Comprehension Bonus .............. +4%%
Mechanical Aptitude .......... 14 Believability Bonus .............. +5%%
Power Index .................. 10 Repair Bonus ..................... +5%%
===============================================================================
Credits: 160 Secret Society: Illuminati Secret Society Rank: 1
Service Group: Power Services Mutant Power: Precognition
Weapon: laser pistol to hit, 40%% type, L Range, 50m Reload, 6r Malfnt, 00
Skills: Basics 1(20%%), Aimed Weapon Combat 2(35%%), Laser 3(40%%),
Personal Development 1(20%%), Communications 2(29%%),
Intimidation 3(34%%)
Equipment: Red Reflec Armour, Laser Pistol, Laser Barrel (red),
Notebook & Stylus, Knife, Com Unit 1, Jump suit,
Secret Illuminati Eye-In-The-Pyramid(tm) Decoder ring,
Utility Belt & Pouches
===============================================================================
""" % clone

def page1():
global page
print """You wake up face down on the red and pink checked E-Z-Kleen
linoleum floor.
You recognise the pattern, it's the type preferred in the internal security
briefing cells. When you finally look around you, you see that you are alone
in a large mission briefing room.
"""
page = 57
more()

def page2():
global page
global computer_request
print """\"Greetings,\" says the kindly Internal Security self
incrimination expert who
meets you at the door, \"How are we doing today?\" He offers you a doughnut
and coffee and asks what brings you here. This doesn\'t seem so bad, so you
tell him that you have come to confess some possible security lapses. He
smiles knowingly, deftly catching your coffee as you slump to the floor.
\"Nothing to be alarmed about it\'s just the truth serum,\" he says,
dragging you back into a discussion room.
The next five hours are a dim haze, but you can recall snatches of conversation
about your secret society, your mutant power, and your somewhat paranoid
distrust of The Computer. This should explain why you are hogtied and moving
slowly down the conveyer belt towards the meat processing unit in Food
Services.
"""
if computer_request == 1:
new_clone(45)
else:
new_clone(32)
more()

def page3():
global page
print """You walk to the nearest Computer terminal and request more
information about
Christmas. The Computer says, \"That is an A-1 ULTRAVIOLET ONLY IMMEDIATE
TERMINATION classified topic. What is your clearance please, Troubleshooter?\"
"""
choose(4,"You give your correct clearance",5,"You lie and claim
Ultraviolet clearance")

def page4():
global page
print """\"That is classified information, Troubleshooter, thank you
for your inquiry.
Please report to an Internal Security self incrimination station as soon as
possible.\"
"""
page = 9
more()
def page5():
global page
print """The computer says, \"Troubleshooter, you are not wearing
the correct colour
uniform. You must put on an Ultraviolet uniform immediately. I have seen to
your needs and ordered one already it will be here shortly. Please wait with
your back to the wall until it arrives.\" In less than a minute an infrared
arrives carrying a white bundle. He asks you to sign for it, then hands it to
you and stands back, well outside of a fragmentation grenade\'s blast radius.
"""
choose(6, "You open the package and put on the uniform", 7, "You
finally come to your senses and run for it")

def page6():
global page
global ultra_violet
print """The uniform definitely makes you look snappy and pert. It
really looks
impressive, and even has the new lopsided lapel fashion that you admire so
much. What\'s more, citizens of all ranks come to obsequious attention as you
walk past. This isn\'t so bad being an Ultraviolet. You could probably come
to like it, given time.
The beeping computer terminal interrupts your musings.
"""
ultra_violet = 1
page = 8
more()

def page7():
global page
global ultra_violet
print """The corridor lights dim and are replaced by red battle
lamps as the Security
Breach alarms howl all around you. You run headlong down the corridor and
desperately windmill around a corner, only to collide with a squad of 12 Blue
clearance Vulture squadron soldiers. \"Stop, Slime Face,\" shouts the
commander, \"or there won\'t be enough of you left for a tissue sample.\"
\"All right, soldiers, stuff the greasy traitor into the uniform,\" he orders,
waving the business end of his blue laser scant inches from your nose.
With his other hand he shakes open a white bundle to reveal a pristine new
Ultraviolet citizen's uniform.
One of the Vulture squadron Troubleshooters grabs you by the neck in the
exotic and very painful Vulture Clamp(tm) death grip (you saw a special about
it on the Teela O\'Malley show), while the rest tear off your clothes and
force you into the Ultraviolet uniform. The moment you are dressed they step
clear and stand at attention.
\"Thank you for your cooperation, sir,\" says the steely eyed leader of the
Vulture Squad. \"We will be going about our business now.\" With perfect
timing the Vultures wheel smartly and goosestep down the corridor.
Special Note: don\'t make the mistake of assuming that your skills have
improved any because of the uniform you\'re only a Red Troubleshooter
traitorously posing as an Ultraviolet, and don\'t you forget it!
Suddenly, a computer terminal comes to life beside you.
"""
ultra_violet = 1
page = 8
more()

def page8():
global page
print """\"Now, about your question, citizen. Christmas was an old
world marketing ploy
to induce lower clearance citizens to purchase vast quantities of goods, thus
accumulation a large amount of credit under the control of a single class of
citizen known as Retailers. The strategy used is to imply that all good
citizens give gifts during Christmas, thus if one wishes to be a valuable
member of society one must also give gifts during Christmas. More valuable
gifts make one a more valuable member, and thus did the Retailers come to
control a disproportionate amount of the currency. In this way Christmas
eventually caused the collapse of the old world. Understandably, Christmas
has been declared a treasonable practice in Alpha Complex.
Thank you for your inquiry.\"
You continue on your way to GDH7-beta.
"""
page = 10
more()

def page9():
global page
global computer_request
print """As you walk toward the tubecar that will take you to
GDH7-beta, you pass one
of the bright blue and orange Internal Security self incrimination stations.
Inside, you can see an IS agent cheerfully greet an infrared citizen and then
lead him at gunpoint into one of the rubber lined discussion rooms.
"""
choose(2,"You decide to stop here and chat, as ordered by The
Computer",10,"You just continue blithely on past")
if page == 2:
computer_request = 1
else:
computer_request = 0

def page10():
global page
global moxie
global ultra_violet
print """You stroll briskly down the corridor, up a ladder, across
an unrailed catwalk,
under a perilously swinging blast door in urgent need of repair, and into
tubecar grand central. This is the bustling hub of Alpha Complex tubecar
transportation. Before you spreads a spaghetti maze of magnalift tube tracks
and linear accelerators. You bravely study the specially enhanced 3-D tube
route map you wouldn\'t be the first Troubleshooter to take a fast tube ride
to nowhere.
"""
if ultra_violet == 0:
choose(3,"You decide to ask The Computer about Christmas using a
nearby terminal",10,"You think you have the route worked out, so
you\'ll board a tube train")
if page == 3:
return
print "You nervously select a tubecar and step aboard."
if dice_roll(2,10) < moxie:
print "You just caught a purple line tubecar."
page = 13
else:
print "You just caught a brown line tubecar."
page = 48
more()

def page11():
global page
print """The printing on the folder says \"Experimental Self Briefing.\"
You open it and begin to read the following:
Step 1: Compel the briefing subject to attend the briefing.
Note: See Experimental Briefing Sub Form Indigo-WY-2,
\'Experimental Self Briefing Subject Acquisition Through The Use Of
Neurotoxin Room Foggers.\'
Step 2: Inform the briefing subject that the briefing has begun.
ATTENTION: THE BRIEFING HAS BEGUN.
Step 3: Present the briefing material to the briefing subject.
GREETINGS TROUBLESHOOTER.
YOU HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY SELECTED TO SINGLEHANDEDLY
WIPE OUT A DEN OF TRAITOROUS CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY. YOUR MISSION IS TO
GO TO GOODS DISTRIBUTION HALL 7-BETA AND ASSESS ANY CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY
YOU FIND THERE. YOU ARE TO INFILTRATE THESE CHRISTMAS CELEBRANTS,
LOCATE THEIR RINGLEADER, AN UNKNOWN MASTER RETAILER, AND BRING HIM
BACK FOR EXECUTION AND TRIAL. THANK YOU. THE COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND.
Step 4: Sign the briefing subject\'s briefing release form to indicate that
the briefing subject has completed the briefing.
ATTENTION: PLEASE SIGN YOUR BRIEFING RELEASE FORM.
Step 5: Terminate the briefing
ATTENTION: THE BRIEFING IS TERMINATED.
"""
more()
print """You walk to the door and hold your signed briefing release
form up to the
plexiglass window. A guard scrutinises it for a moment and then slides back
the megabolts holding the door shut. You are now free to continue the
mission.
"""
choose(3,"You wish to ask The Computer for more information about
Christmas",10,"You have decided to go directly to Goods Distribution
Hall 7-beta")

def page12():
global page
print """You walk up to the door and push the button labelled \"push
to exit.\"
Within seconds a surly looking guard shoves his face into the small plexiglass
window. You can see his mouth forming words but you can\'t hear any of them.
You just stare at him blankly for a few moments until he points down to a
speaker on your side of the door. When you put your ear to it you can barely
hear him say, \"Let\'s see your briefing release form, bud. You aren\'t
getting out of here without it.\"
"""
choose(11,"You sit down at the table and read the Orange
packet",57,"You stare around the room some more")

def page13():
global page
print """You step into the shiny plasteel tubecar, wondering why the
shape has always
reminded you of bullets. The car shoots forward the instant your feet touch
the slippery gray floor, pinning you immobile against the back wall as the
tubecar careens toward GDH7-beta. Your only solace is the knowledge that it
could be worse, much worse.
Before too long the car comes to a stop. You can see signs for GDH7-beta
through the window. With a little practice you discover that you can crawl
to the door and pull open the latch.
"""
page = 14
more()

def page14():
global page
print """You manage to pull yourself out of the tubecar and look
around. Before you is
one of the most confusing things you have ever seen, a hallway that is
simultaneously both red and green clearance. If this is the result of
Christmas then it\'s easy to see the evils inherent in its practice.
You are in the heart of a large goods distribution centre. You can see all
about you evidence of traitorous secret society Christmas celebration rubber
faced robots whiz back and forth selling toys to holiday shoppers, simul-plast
wreaths hang from every light fixture, while ahead in the shadows is a citizen
wearing a huge red synthetic flower.
"""
page = 22
more()

def page15():
global page
print """You are set upon by a runty robot with a queer looking face
and two pointy
rubber ears poking from beneath a tattered cap. \"Hey mister,\" it says,
\"you done all your last minute Christmas shopping? I got some real neat junk
here. You don\'t wanna miss the big day tommorrow, if you know what I mean.\"
The robot opens its bag to show you a pile of shoddy Troubleshooter dolls. It
reaches in and pulls out one of them. \"Look, these Action Troubleshooter(tm)
dolls are the neatest thing. This one\'s got moveable arms and when you
squeeze him, his little rifle squirts realistic looking napalm. It\'s only
50 credits. Oh yeah, Merry Christmas.\"
"""
while True:
print """\nSelect \'a\', \'b\' or \'c\' :
a - You decide to buy the doll.
b - You shoot the robot.
c - You ignore the robot and keep searching the hall.
"""
choice = raw_input("Type choice and press <Enter> to continue:")
if choice == "a":
page = 16
break
elif choice == "b":
page = 17
break
elif choice =="c":
page = 22
break

def page16():
global page
global action_doll
print """The doll is a good buy for fifty credits it will make a
fine Christmas present
for one of your friends. After the sale the robot rolls away. You can use
the doll later in combat. It works just like a cone rifle firing napalm,
except that occasionally it will explode and blow the user to smithereens.
But don\'t let that stop you.
"""
action_doll = 1
page = 22
more()

def page17():
global page
global hit_points
print """You whip out your laser and shoot the robot, but not before
it squeezes the
toy at you. The squeeze toy has the same effect as a cone rifle firing napalm,
and the elfbot\'s armour has no effect against your laser.
"""
robot_hp=15
i = 0
while i < 2:
if dice_roll(1,100) <= 25:
print "You have been hit!"
hit_points = hit_points - dice_roll(1,10)
if hit_points <= 0:
new_clone(45)
more()
return
else:
print "It missed you, but not by much!"

if dice_roll(1,100) <= 40:
print "You zapped the little bastard!"
robot_hp = robot_hp - dice_roll(2,10)
if robot_hp <= 0:
print "You wasted it! Good shooting!"
print "You will need more evidence, so you search GDH7-beta
further"
if hit_points < 10:
print "after the GDH medbot has patched you up."
hit_points=10
page = 22
more()
return
else:
print "Damn! You missed!"
i = i + 1

print "It tried to fire again, but the toy exploded and demolished it."
print "You will need more evidence, so you search GDH7-beta further"
if hit_points < 10:
print "after the GDH medbot has patched you up."
hit_points=10
page = 22
more()

def page18():
global page
global agility
print """You walk to the centre of the hall, ogling like an infrared
fresh from the
clone vats. Towering before you is the most unearthly thing you have ever
seen, a green multi armed mutant horror hulking 15 feet above your head.
Its skeletal body is draped with hundreds of metallic strips (probably to
negate the effects of some insidious mutant power), and the entire hideous
creature is wrapped in a thousand blinking hazard lights. It\'s times like
this when you wish you\'d had some training for this job. Luckily the
creature doesn\'t take notice of you but stands unmoving, as though waiting for
a summons from its dark lord, the Master Retailer.
WHAM, suddenly you are struck from behind.
"""
if dice_roll(2,10) < agility:
page = 19
else:
page = 20
more()

def page19():
global page
global maxkill
global clone
global killer_count
print """Quickly you regain your balance, whirl and fire your laser
into the Ultraviolet
citizen behind you. For a moment your heart leaps to your throat, then you
realise that he is indeed dead and you will be the only one filing a report on
this incident. Besides, he was participating in this traitorous Christmas
shopping, as is evident from the rain of shoddy toys falling all around you.
Another valorous deed done in the service of The Computer!
"""
killer_count = killer_count + 1
if killer_count > maxkill - clone:
page = 21
more()
elif read_letter==1:
page = 22
more()
else:
choose(34,"You search the body, keeping an eye open for Internal
Security",22,"You run away like the cowardly dog you are")

def page20():
global page
print """Oh no! you can\'t keep your balance. You\'re falling,
falling head first into
the Christmas beast\'s gaping maw. It\'s a valiant struggle you think you are
gone when its poisonous needles dig into your flesh, but with a heroic effort
you jerk a string of lights free and jam the live wires into the creature\'s
spine. The Christmas beast topples to the ground and begins to burn, filling
the area with a thick acrid smoke. It takes only a moment to compose yourself,
and then you are ready to continue your search for the Master Retailer.
"""
page = 22
more()

def page21():
global page
print """You have been wasting the leading citizens of Alpha Complex
at a prodigious
rate. This has not gone unnoticed by the Internal Security squad at GDH7-beta.
Suddenly, a net of laser beams spear out of the gloomy corners of the hall,
chopping you into teeny, weeny bite size pieces.
"""
new_clone(45)
more()

def page22():
global page
print "You are searching Goods Distribution Hall 7-beta."
choice = dice_roll(1,4)
if choice == 1:
page = 18
elif choice == 2:
page = 15
elif choice == 3:
page = 18
elif choice == 4:
page = 29
more()

def page23():
global page
print """You go to the nearest computer terminal and declare
yourself a mutant.
\"A mutant, he\'s a mutant,\" yells a previously unnoticed infrared who had
been looking over your shoulder. You easily gun him down, but not before a
dozen more citizens take notice and aim their weapons at you.
"""
choose(28,"You tell them that it was really only a bad joke",24,"You
want to fight it out, one against twelve")

def page24():
global page
print """Golly, I never expected someone to pick this. I haven\'t
even designed
the 12 citizens who are going to make a sponge out of you. Tell you what,
I\'ll give you a second chance.
"""
choose(28,"You change your mind and say it was only a bad
joke",25,"You REALLY want to shoot it out")

def page25():
global page
print """Boy, you really can\'t take a hint!
They\'re closing in. Their trigger fingers are twitching, they\'re about to
shoot. This is your last chance.
"""
choose(28,"You tell them it was all just a bad joke",26,"You are
going to shoot")

def page26():
global page
print """You can read the cold, sober hatred in their eyes (They
really didn\'t think
it was funny), as they tighten the circle around you. One of them shoves a
blaster up your nose, but that doesn\'t hurt as much as the multi-gigawatt
carbonium tipped food drill in the small of your back.
You spend the remaining micro-seconds of your life wondering what you did wrong
"""
new_clone(32)
more()

def page27():
global page
# doesn't exist. Can't happen with computer version.
# designed to catch dice cheats
print "cheat..."
page = 0
more()

def page28():
global page
print "They don\'t think it\'s funny."
page = 26
more()

def page29():
global page
print """\"Psst, hey citizen, come here. Pssfft,\" you hear. When
you peer around
you can see someone\'s dim outline in the shadows. \"I got some information
on the Master Retailer. It\'ll only cost you 30 psst credits.\"
"""
while True:
print """\nSelect \'a\', \'b\' or \'c\' :
a - You pay the 30 credits for the info.
b - You would rather threaten him for the information.
c - You ignore him and walk away.
"""
choice = raw_input("Type choice and press <Enter> to continue:")
if choice == "a":
page = 30
break
elif choice == "b":
page = 31
break
elif choice == "c":
page = 22
break

def page30():
global page
print """You step into the shadows and offer the man a thirty credit
bill. \"Just drop
it on the floor,\" he says. \"So you\'re looking for the Master
Retailer, pssfft?
I\'ve seen him, he\'s a fat man in a fuzzy red and white jump suit. They say
he\'s a high programmer with no respect for proper security. If you want to
find him then pssfft step behind me and go through the door.\"
Behind the man is a reinforced plasteel blast door. The centre of it has been
buckled toward you in a manner you only saw once before when you were field
testing the rocket assist plasma slingshot (you found it easily portable but
prone to misfire). Luckily it isn\'t buckled too far for you to make out the
warning sign. WARNING!! Don\'t open this door or the same thing will happen to
you. Opening this door is a capital offense. Do not do it. Not at all. This
is not a joke.
"""
while True:
print """\nSelect \'a\', \'b\' or \'c\' :
a - You use your Precognition mutant power on opening the door.
b - You just go through the door anyway.
c - You decide it\'s too dangerous and walk away.
"""
choice = raw_input("Type choice and press <Enter> to continue:")
if choice == "a":
page = 56
break
elif choice == "b":
page = 33
break
elif choice =="c":
page = 22
break

def page31():
global page
print """Like any good troubleshooter you make the least expensive
decision and threaten
him for information. With lightning like reflexes you whip out your laser and
stick it up his nose. \"Talk, you traitorous Christmas celebrator, or who nose
what will happen to you, yuk yuk,\" you pun menacingly, and then you notice
something is very wrong. He doesn\'t have a nose. As a matter of fact he\'s
made of one eighth inch cardboard and your laser is sticking through the other
side of his head. \"Are you going to pay?\" says his mouth speaker,
\"or are you going to pssfft go away stupid?\"
"""
choose(30,"You pay the 30 credits",22,"You pssfft go away stupid")

def page32():
global page
print """Finally it\'s your big chance to prove that you\'re as good
a troubleshooter
as your previous clone. You walk briskly to mission briefing and pick up your
previous clone\'s personal effects and notepad. After reviewing the notes you
know what has to be done. You catch the purple line to Goods Distribution Hall
7-beta and begin to search for the blast door.
"""
page = 22
more()

def page33():
global page
global ultra_violet
global blast_door
print """You release the megabolts on the blast door, then strain
against it with your
awesome strength. Slowly the door creaks open. You bravely leap through the
opening and smack your head into the barrel of a 300 mm \'ultra shock\' class
plasma cannon. It\'s dark in the barrel now, but just before your head got
stuck you can remember seeing a group of technicians anxiously watch you leap
into the room.
"""
blast_door = 1
if ultra_violet==1:
page=35
else:
page=36
more()

def page34():
global page
global read_letter
print """You have found a sealed envelope on the body. You open it
and read:
\"WARNING: Ultraviolet Clearance ONLY. DO NOT READ.
Memo from Chico-U-MRX4 to Harpo-U-MRX5.
The planned takeover of the Troubleshooter Training Course goes well, Comrade.
Once we have trained the unwitting bourgeois troubleshooters to work as
communist dupes, the overthrow of Alpha Complex will be unstoppable. My survey
of the complex has convinced me that no one suspects a thing soon it will be
too late for them to oppose the revolution. The only thing that could possibly
impede the people\'s revolution would be someone alerting The Computer to our
plans (for instance, some enterprising Troubleshooter could tell The Computer
that the communists have liberated the Troubleshooter Training Course and plan
to use it as a jumping off point from which to undermine the stability of all
Alpha Complex), but as we both know, the capitalistic Troubleshooters would
never serve the interests of the proletariat above their own bourgeois desires.
P.S. I\'m doing some Christmas shopping later today. Would you like me to pick
you up something?\"
"""
more()
print """When you put down the memo you are overcome by that strange
deja\'vu again.
You see yourself talking privately with The Computer. You are telling it all
about the communists\' plan, and then the scene shifts and you see yourself
showered with awards for foiling the insidious communist plot to take over the
complex.
"""
read_letter = 1
choose(46,"You rush off to the nearest computer terminal to expose
the commies",22,"You wander off to look for more evidence")

def page35():
global page
print """\"Oh master,\" you hear through the gun barrel, \"where
have you been? It is
time for the great Christmas gifting ceremony. You had better hurry and get
the costume on or the trainee may begin to suspect.\" For the second time
today you are forced to wear attire not of your own choosing. They zip the
suit to your chin just as you hear gunfire erupt behind you.
\"Oh no! Who left the door open? The commies will get in. Quick, fire the
laser cannon or we\'re all doomed.\"
\"Too late you capitalist swine, the people\'s revolutionary strike
force claims
this cannon for the proletariat\'s valiant struggle against oppression. Take
that, you running dog imperialist lackey. ZAP, KAPOW\"
Just when you think that things couldn\'t get worse, \"Aha, look what we have
here, the Master Retailer himself with his head caught in his own cannon. His
death will serve as a symbol of freedom for all Alpha Complex.
Fire the cannon.\"
"""
new_clone(32)
more()

def page36():
global page
print """\"Congratulations, troubleshooter, you have successfully
found the lair of the
Master Retailer and completed the Troubleshooter Training Course test
mission,\"
a muffled voice tells you through the barrel. \"Once we dislodge your head
from the barrel of the \'Ultra Shock\' plasma cannon you can begin with the
training seminars, the first of which will concern the 100% accurate
identification and elimination of unregistered mutants. If you have any
objections please voice them now.\"
"""
while True:
print """\nSelect \'a\', \'b\' or \'c\' :
a - You appreciate his courtesy and voice an objection.
b - After your head is removed from the cannon, you register as a mutant.
c - After your head is removed from the cannon, you go to the unregistered
mutant identification and elimination seminar.
"""
choice = raw_input("Type choice and press <Enter> to continue:")
if choice == "a":
new_clone(32)
break
elif choice == "b":
page = 23
break
elif choice == "c":
page = 37
break

def page37():
global page
print """\"Come with me please, Troubleshooter,\" says the Green
clearance technician
after he has dislodged your head from the cannon. \"You have been
participating
in the Troubleshooter Training Course since you got off the tube car in
GDH7-beta,\" he explains as he leads you down a corridor. \"The entire
Christmas assignment was a test mission to assess your current level of
training. You didn\'t do so well. We\'re going to start at the beginning with
the other student. Ah, here we are, the mutant identification and elimination
lecture.\" He shows you into a vast lecture hall filled with empty seats.
There is only one other student here, a Troubleshooter near the front row
playing with his Action Troubleshooter(tm) figure. \"Find a seat and I will
begin,\" says the instructor.
"""
page = 38
more()

def page38():
global page
global plato_clone
print """\"I am Plato-B-PHI%d, head of mutant propaganda here at the
training course.""" % plato_clone
print """If you have any questions about mutants please come to me.
Today I will be
talking about mutant detection. Detecting mutants is very easy. One simply
watches for certain tell tale signs, such as the green scaly skin, the third
arm growing from the forehead, or other similar disfigurements so common with
their kind. There are, however, a few rare specimens that show no outward sign
of their treason. This has been a significant problem, so our researchers have
been working on a solution. I would like a volunteer to test this device,\"
he says, holding up a ray gun looking thing. \"It is a mutant detection ray.
This little button detects for mutants, and this big button stuns them once
they are discovered. Who would like to volunteer for a test?\"
The Troubleshooter down the front squirms deeper into his chair.
"""
choose(39,"You volunteer for the test",40,"You duck behind a chair
and hope the instructor doesn\'t notice you")

def page39():
global page
global plato_clone
print """You bravely volunteer to test the mutant detection gun.
You stand up and walk
down the steps to the podium, passing a very relieved Troubleshooter along the
"""
print """way. When you reach the podium Plato-B-PHI%d hands you the
mutant detection gun""" % plato_clone
print """and says, \"Here, aim the gun at that Troubleshooter and
push the small button.
If you see a purple light, stun him.\" Grasping the opportunity to prove your
worth to The Computer, you fire the mutant detection ray at the Troubleshooter.
A brilliant purple nimbus instantly surrounds his body. You slip your finger
to the large stun button and he falls writhing to the floor.
\"Good shot,\" says the instructor as you hand him the mutant detection gun,
\"I\'ll see that you get a commendation for this. It seems you have the hang
of mutant detection and elimination. You can go on to the secret society
infiltration class. I\'ll see that the little mutie gets packaged for
tomorrow\'s mutant dissection class.\"
"""
page = 41
more()

def page40():
global page
print """You breathe a sigh of relief as Plato-B-PHI%d picks on the
other Troubleshooter.""" % plato_clone
print """\"You down here in the front,\" says the instructor
pointing at the other
Troubleshooter, \"you\'ll make a good volunteer. Please step forward.\"
The Troubleshooter looks around with a \`who me?\' expression on his face, but
since he is the only one visible in the audience he figures his number is up.
He walks down to the podium clutching his Action Troubleshooter(tm)
doll before"""
print """him like a weapon. \"Here,\" says Plato-B-PHI%d, \"take
the mutant detection ray""" % plato_clone
print """and point it at the audience. If there are any mutants out
there we\'ll know
soon enough.\" Suddenly your skin prickles with static electricity as a bright
purple nimbus surrounds your body. \"Ha Ha, got one,\" says the instructor.
\"Stun him before he gets away.\"
"""
more()
while True:
if dice_roll(1,100) <= 30:
print "His shot hits you. You feel numb all over."
page = 49
break
else:
print "His shot just missed."

if dice_roll(1,100) <= 40:
print "You just blew his head off. His lifeless hand drops
the mutant detector ray."
page = 50
break
else:
print "You burnt a hole in the podium. He sights the mutant
detector ray on you."
more()

def page41():
global page
print """You stumble down the hallway of the Troubleshooter Training
Course looking for
your next class. Up ahead you see one of the instructors waving to you. When
you get there he shakes your hand and says, \"I am Jung-I-PSY. Welcome to the
secret society infiltration seminar. I hope you ...\" You don\'t catch the
rest of his greeting because you\'re paying too much attention to his handshake
it is the strangest thing that has ever been done to your hand, sort of how it
would feel if you put a neuro whip in a high energy palm massage unit.
It doesn\'t take you long to learn what he is up to you feel him briefly shake
your hand with the secret Illuminati handshake.
"""
choose(42,"You respond with the proper Illuminati code phrase,
\"Ewige Blumenkraft\"",43,"You ignore this secret society contact")

def page42():
global page
print """\"Aha, so you are a member of the elitist Illuminati secret
society,\" he says
loudly, \"that is most interesting.\" He turns to the large class already
seated in the auditorium and says, \"You see, class, by simply using
the correct
hand shake you can identify the member of any secret society. Please keep your
weapons trained on him while I call a guard.
"""
choose(51,"You run for it",52,"You wait for the guard")

def page43():
global page
print """You sit through a long lecture on how to recognise and
infiltrate secret
societies, with an emphasis on mimicking secret handshakes. The basic theory,
which you realise to be sound from your Iluminati training, is that with the
proper handshake you can pass unnoticed in any secret society gathering.
What\'s more, the proper handshake will open doors faster than an
\'ultra shock\'
plasma cannon. You are certain that with the information you learn here you
will easily be promoted to the next level of your Illuminati secret society.
The lecture continues for three hours, during which you have the opportunity
to practice many different handshakes. Afterwards everyone is directed to
attend the graduation ceremony. Before you must go you have a little time to
talk to The Computer about, you know, certain topics.
"""
choose(44,"You go looking for a computer terminal",55,"You go to the
graduation ceremony immediately")

def page44():
global page
global read_letter
print """You walk down to a semi-secluded part of the training
course complex and
activate a computer terminal. \"AT YOUR SERVICE\" reads the computer screen.
"""
if read_letter==0:
choose(23,"You register yourself as a mutant",55,"You change your
mind and go to the graduation ceremony")
return
while True:
print """\nSelect \'a\', \'b\' or \'c\' :
a - You register yourself as a mutant.
b - You want to chat about the commies.
c - You change your mind and go to the graduation ceremony.
"""
choice = raw_input("Type choice and press <Enter> to continue:")
if choice == "a":
page = 23
break
elif choice == "b":
page = 46
break
elif choice == "c":
page = 55
break

def page45():
global page
print """\"Hrank Hrank,\" snorts the alarm in your living quarters.
Something is up.
You look at the monitor above the bathroom mirror and see the message you have
been waiting for all these years. \"ATTENTION TROUBLESHOOTER, YOU ARE BEING
ACTIVATED. PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO MISSION ASSIGNMENT ROOM A17/GAMMA/LB22.
THANK YOU. THE COMPUTER IS YOUR FRIEND.\" When you arrive at mission
assignment room A17-gamma/LB22 you are given your previous clone\'s
remaining possessions and notebook. You puzzle through your predecessor\'s
cryptic notes, managing to decipher enough to lead you to the tube station and
the tube car to GDH7-beta.
"""
page = 10
more()

def page46():
global page
print """\"Why do you ask about the communists, Troubleshooter? It
is not in the
interest of your continued survival to be asking about such topics,\" says
The Computer.
"""
choose(53,"You insist on talking about the communists",54,"You
change the subject")

def page47():
global page
print """The Computer orders the entire Vulture squadron to
terminate the Troubleshooter
Training Course. Unfortunately you too are terminated for possessing
classified information.

Don\'t act so innocent, we both know that you are an Illuminatus which is in
itself an act of treason.

Don\'t look to me for sympathy.

THE END
"""
page = 0
more()

def page48():
global page
print """The tubecar shoots forward as you enter, slamming you back
into a pile of
garbage. The front end rotates upward and you, the garbage and the garbage
disposal car shoot straight up out of Alpha Complex. One of the last things
you see is a small blue sphere slowly dwindling behind you. After you fail to
report in, you will be assumed dead.
"""
new_clone(45)
more()

def page49():
global page
print """The instructor drags your inert body into a specimen
detainment cage.
\"He\'ll make a good subject for tomorrow\'s mutant dissection class,\"
you hear.
"""
new_clone(32)
more()

def page50():
global page
global plato_clone
print """You put down the other Troubleshooter, and then wisely
decide to drill a few
holes in the instructor as well the only good witness is a dead witness.
You continue with the training course.
"""
plato_clone = plato_clone + 1
page = 41
more()

def page51():
global page
print """You run for it, but you don\'t run far. Three hundred
strange and exotic
weapons turn you into a freeze dried cloud of soot.
"""
new_clone(32)
more()

def page52():
global page
print """You wisely wait until the instructor returns with a Blue
Internal Security
guard. The guard leads you to an Internal Security self incrimination station.
"""
page = 2
more()

def page53():
global page
print "You tell The Computer about:"
choose(47,"The commies who have infiltrated the Troubleshooter
Training Course\n and the impending People\'s
Revolution",54,"Something less dangerous")

def page54():
global page
global blast_door
print """\"Do not try to change the subject, Troubleshooter,\" says
The Computer.
\"It is a serious crime to ask about the communists. You will be terminated
immediately. Thank you for your inquiry. The Computer is your friend.\"
Steel bars drop to your left and right, trapping you here in the hallway.
A spotlight beams from the computer console to brilliantly iiluminate you while
the speaker above your head rapidly repeats \"Traitor, Traitor, Traitor.\"
It doesn\'t take long for a few guards to notice your predicament and come to
finish you off.
"""
if blast_door==0:
new_clone(45)
else:
new_clone(32)
more()

def page55():
global page
print """You and 300 other excited graduates are marched from the
lecture hall and into
a large auditorium for the graduation exercise. The auditorium is
extravagantly decorated in the colours of the graduating class. Great red and
green plasti-paper ribbons drape from the walls, while a huge sign reading
\"Congratulations class of GDH7-beta-203.44/A\" hangs from the raised
stage down
front. Once everyone finds a seat the ceremony begins. Jung-I-PSY is the
first to speak, \"Congratulations students, you have successfully survived the
Troubleshooter Training Course. It always brings me great pride to address
the graduating class, for I know, as I am sure you do too, that you are now
qualified for the most perilous missions The Computer may select for you. The
thanks is not owed to us of the teaching staff, but to all of you, who have
persevered and graduated. Good luck and die trying.\" Then the instructor
begins reading the names of the students who one by one walk to the front of
the auditorium and receive their diplomas."""
more()
print """Soon it is your turn, \"Philo-R-DMD, graduating a master of mutant
identification and secret society infiltration.\" You walk up and receive your
diploma from Plato-B-PHI%d, then return to your seat. There is another
speech""" % plato_clone
print """after the diplomas are handed out, but it is cut short by by rapid
fire laser bursts from the high spirited graduating class. You are free to
return to your barracks to wait, trained and fully qualified, for your next
mission. You also get that cherished promotion from the Illuminati secret
society. In a week you receive a detailed Training Course bill totalling
1,523 credits.
THE END
"""
page = 0
more()

def page56():
global page
print """That familiar strange feeling of deja\'vu envelops you
again. It is hard to
say, but whatever is on the other side of the door does not seem to be intended
for you.
"""
choose(33,"You open the door and step through",22,"You go looking
for more information")

def page57():
global page
print """In the centre of the room is a table and a single chair.
There is an Orange
folder on the table top, but you can\'t make out the lettering on it.
"""
choose(11,"You sit down and read the folder",12,"You leave the room")

def choose(apage,adesc,bpage,bdesc):
global page
while True:
print "\nSelect \'a\' or \'b\' :\n"
print " a - %s.\n b - %s." % (adesc, bdesc)
choice = raw_input("Type choice and press <Enter> to continue:")
if choice == "a":
page = apage
break
elif choice == "b":
page = bpage
break

def dice_roll(num,sides):
return reduce(lambda x,y,s=sides:x +random.randrange(s), range(num+1))+num

def more():
waiting = raw_input("Press <Enter> to continue:")
if waiting =='p':
character()
more()

def new_clone(resume):
global page
global clone
global ultra_violet
global action_doll
global hit_points
global killer_count
print "\nClone %d just died." % clone
clone = clone + 1
if clone > 6:
print "\n*** You Lose ***\n\nAll your clones are dead. Your name
has been stricken from the records.\n\n THE END\n"
page = 0
else:
print "Clone %d now activated." % clone
ultra_violet=0
action_doll=0
hit_points=10
killer_count=0
page = resume

def next_page(this_page):
print "\n"
if this_page == 0:
page = 0
return
elif this_page == 1:
page1()
return
elif this_page == 2:
page2()
return
elif this_page == 3:
page3()
return
elif this_page == 4:
page4()
return
elif this_page == 5:
page5()
return
elif this_page == 6:
page6()
return
elif this_page == 7:
page7()
return
elif this_page == 8:
page8()
return
elif this_page == 9:
page9()
return
elif this_page == 10:
page10()
return
elif this_page == 11:
page11()
return
elif this_page == 12:
page12()
return
elif this_page == 13:
page13()
return
elif this_page == 14:
page14()
return
elif this_page == 15:
page15()
return
elif this_page == 16:
page16()
return
elif this_page == 17:
page17()
return
elif this_page == 18:
page18()
return
elif this_page == 19:
page19()
return
elif this_page == 20:
page20()
return
elif this_page == 21:
page21()
return
elif this_page == 22:
page22()
return
elif this_page == 23:
page23()
return
elif this_page == 24:
page24()
return
elif this_page == 25:
page25()
return
elif this_page == 26:
page26()
return
elif this_page == 27:
page27()
return
elif this_page == 28:
page28()
return
elif this_page == 29:
page29()
return
elif this_page == 30:
page30()
return
elif this_page == 31:
page31()
return
elif this_page == 32:
page32()
return
elif this_page == 33:
page33()
return
elif this_page == 34:
page34()
return
elif this_page == 35:
page35()
return
elif this_page == 36:
page36()
return
elif this_page == 37:
page37()
return
elif this_page == 38:
page38()
return
elif this_page == 39:
page39()
return
elif this_page == 40:
page40()
return
elif this_page == 41:
page41()
return
elif this_page == 42:
page42()
return
elif this_page == 43:
page43()
return
elif this_page == 44:
page44()
return
elif this_page == 45:
page45()
return
elif this_page == 46:
page46()
return
elif this_page == 47:
page47()
return
elif this_page == 48:
page48()
return
elif this_page == 49:
page49()
return
elif this_page == 50:
page50()
return
elif this_page == 51:
page51()
return
elif this_page == 52:
page52()
return
elif this_page == 53:
page53()
return
elif this_page == 54:
page54()
return
elif this_page == 55:
page55()
return
elif this_page == 56:
page56()
return
elif this_page == 57:
page57()
return
page = 0

def main(args):
'''Main Game Execution'''
usage = "usage: %prog [options]"
version = "%prog 1.2"
parser = OptionParser(usage=usage, version=version)

(options, args) = parser.parse_args()

instructions()
more()
character()
more()
while page != 0:
old_page = page
next_page(page)
print "-"*79

if __name__ == '__main__':

main(sys.argv[1:])
 
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P

Paul Rubin

Oh cool, I sort of remember that game from back in the day. I didn't
play it very much so never got very far in it. I'll have to try your
version.
 
L

Lucas Raab

Sean said:
I ported the old (and long since removed) game from the bsd-game pacakge
called, Paranoia, based on the old Paranoia role playing game from C to
Python as a simple exercise in learning the language and pure late night
boredom. Anyways, here it is for anyone looking for a few minutes of
nostalgia. I may get around to posting this at
http://homepage.mac.com/spkane/ or http://www.spkane.org/, but for now
here it is. Improvements or corrections, welcome.

Thanks,
Sean

Equipment: Red Reflec Armour, Laser Pistol, Laser Barrel (red),
Notebook & Stylus, Knife, Com Unit 1, Jump suit,
Secret Illuminati Eye-In-The-Pyramid(tm) Decoder ring,
Utility Belt & Pouches
===============================================================================

<snip>

The Illuminati really have infiltrated our society.
 
L

Lucas Raab

Aahz said:
Stay alert!
Trust no one!
Keep your laser handy!

Well, I really meant "Secret Illuminati Eye-In-The-Pyramid(tm) Decoder
ring", but if you wanted to go in another direction...
 
A

Aahz

Well, I really meant "Secret Illuminati Eye-In-The-Pyramid(tm) Decoder
ring", but if you wanted to go in another direction...

Trust the computer, the computer is your friend.
 
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mensanator

Aahz said:
Trust the computer, the computer is your friend.

However, the computer isn't a fuckin' mind reader.

If you're going to post source code on the usenet, don't
have lines longer than 72 characters. Otherwise you'll
find your code has wrapped lines. This not only causes
syntax errors in your choose and print statements but
also fucks up the formatting of of printed paragraphs.

Stupid human.
 
P

Paul McGuire

However, the computer isn't a fuckin' mind reader.

If you're going to post source code on the usenet, don't
have lines longer than 72 characters. Otherwise you'll
find your code has wrapped lines. This not only causes
syntax errors in your choose and print statements but
also fucks up the formatting of of printed paragraphs.

Stupid human.

I copy-and-pasted to a file named para1.py, then wrote the following python
script with pyparsing to fix the erroneous line breaks.

-- Paul

===============================
from pyparsing import *

extraLineBreak = White(" ",exact=1) + LineEnd().suppress()
text = file("para1.py").read()
newtext = extraLineBreak.transformString(text)
file("para2.py","w").write(newtext)
 
M

mensanator

Paul said:
I copy-and-pasted to a file named para1.py, then wrote the
following python script with pyparsing to fix the erroneous
line breaks.

-- Paul

===============================
from pyparsing import *

extraLineBreak = White(" ",exact=1) + LineEnd().suppress()
text = file("para1.py").read()
newtext = extraLineBreak.transformString(text)
file("para2.py","w").write(newtext)
Damn, that was pretty neat! You learn something new every day.
 
L

Lucas Raab

However, the computer isn't a fuckin' mind reader.

If you're going to post source code on the usenet, don't
have lines longer than 72 characters. Otherwise you'll
find your code has wrapped lines. This not only causes
syntax errors in your choose and print statements but
also fucks up the formatting of of printed paragraphs.

Stupid human.

Temper, temper...
 
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Terry Reedy

Never saw this specific game. Some suggestions on additional factoring out
of duplicate code.
def next_page(this_page):
print "\n"
if this_page == 0:
page = 0
return

The following elif switch can be replaced by calling a selection from a
list of functions:

[None, page1, pag2, ... page57][this_page]()
elif this_page == 1:
page1()
return
elif this_page == 2:
page2()
return ....
elif this_page == 57:
page57()
return

Also, a chose3 function to complement your chose (chose2) function would
avoid repeating the choose-from-3 code used on multiple pages.

Terry J. Reedy
 
S

Steven Bethard

Terry said:
Never saw this specific game. Some suggestions on additional factoring out
of duplicate code.

def next_page(this_page):
print "\n"
if this_page == 0:
page = 0
return


The following elif switch can be replaced by calling a selection from a
list of functions:

[None, page1, pag2, ... page57][this_page]()

elif this_page == 1:
page1()
return
elif this_page == 2:
page2()
return
...

elif this_page == 57:
page57()
return


Also, a chose3 function to complement your chose (chose2) function would
avoid repeating the choose-from-3 code used on multiple pages.

Terry J. Reedy

This is what I love about this list. Where else is someone going to
look at 1200+ lines of code and give you useful advice?! ;) Very cool.
(Thanks Terry!)


While we're making suggestions, you might consider writing dice_roll as:
def dice_roll(num, sides):
return sum(random.randrange(sides) for _ in range(num)) + num
for Python 2.4 or
def dice_roll(num, sides):
return sum([random.randrange(sides) for _ in range(num)]) + num
for Python 2.3.

You also might consider writing all the pageX methods in a class, so all
your globals can be accessed through self, e.g.:

class Game(object):
def __init__(self):
...
self.page = 1
self.computer_request = 0
...

def page2():
print ...
if self.computer_request == 1:
new_clone(45)
else:
new_clone(32)
...

You could then have your class implement the iteration protocol:

def __iter__(self):
try:
while True:
self.old_page = self.page
yield getattr(self, "page%i" % page)
except AttributeError:
raise StopIteration

And then your main could look something like:

def main(args):
...
instructions()
more()
character()
more()
for page_func in Game():
page_func()
print "-"*79

Anyway, cool stuff. Thanks for sharing!

Steve
 
M

McBooCzech

Newbie in Python.
I did copy the whole script form the web and save it as para1.py. I did
download pyparsing module and save it to
C:\\Python23\\Lib\\pyparsing122.
I did run following script:

import sys
sys.path.append('C:\\Python23\\Lib\\pyparsing122')

from pyparsing import *
extraLineBreak = White(" ",exact=1) + LineEnd().suppress()
text = file("Para1.py").read()
newtext = extraLineBreak.transformString(text)
file("para2.py","w").write(newtext)

I did try to run para2.py script, but following message

File "para2.py", line 169
choose(4,"You give your correct clearance",5,"You lie and claim
^
SyntaxError: EOL while scanning single-quoted string

So my questions are:
Why pyparser didn't correct the script?
What I am doing wrong?
Is it necessary to correct the script by hand anyway?

Petr
 
S

SPK

You can download the code from the web directly now at:

http://homepage.mac.com/spkane/python/

Thanks for all the code suggestions. This is what I was hoping for, but
was honestly suprised to actually get it all, although I did get at
least one emotional blast, so I don't feel like Usenet has completely
changed from it's old self...grin....

I already made a change to the this_page() method based on a
suggestion, and will happily pursue many of the other sugestions here.
I'm only about 100 pages into Mark Lutz's "Learning Python" book, so
I'm sure there is a lot more learning to do.

Thanks for all your input!

Sean
 
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Paul McGuire

McBooCzech said:
Newbie in Python.
I did copy the whole script form the web and save it as para1.py. I did
download pyparsing module and save it to
C:\\Python23\\Lib\\pyparsing122.
I did run following script:

import sys
sys.path.append('C:\\Python23\\Lib\\pyparsing122')

from pyparsing import *
extraLineBreak = White(" ",exact=1) + LineEnd().suppress()
text = file("Para1.py").read()
newtext = extraLineBreak.transformString(text)
file("para2.py","w").write(newtext)

I did try to run para2.py script, but following message

File "para2.py", line 169
choose(4,"You give your correct clearance",5,"You lie and claim
^
SyntaxError: EOL while scanning single-quoted string

So my questions are:
Why pyparser didn't correct the script?
What I am doing wrong?
Is it necessary to correct the script by hand anyway?

Petr
Petr -

After running the little script, I still had to make one correction by hand,
on line 1057. There was a line that needed to be indented that wasn't.
This little pyparsing script only takes out the line-breaks that were added
because of the news server's word wrapping algorithm, and does not catch
indentation errors. After correcting that by hand, I ran the program
para2.py successfully.

Did you extract *just* the Python code in the previous post? I did not find
the line you listed as line 169 in either my pre-pyparsing nor
post-pyparsing versions of the program. In para1.py, your line 169 shows up
as my line 159, in para2.py, it is line 152, and it looks like:
choose(4,"You give your correct clearance",5,"You lie and claim
Ultraviolet clearance")
(of course, this is likely to get word-wrapped again, but the point is, it
includes the rest of the quoted string after the word 'claim').

What encoding are you using? I am currently working on a Unicode-compatible
pyparsing, and this may help resolve your problem. Since your e-mail domain
country code is cz, it's possible that the encoding for spaces and/or line
breaks is treated differently. This is just a wild guess.

Anyway, in the interest of tracking down a potential pyparsing problem,
could you please e-mail me your para1.py file?

-- Paul
 
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