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West of Loathing uses various text generation templates to make randomly generated descriptions, item names, responses, etc. Commonly, these are made using a Mad Lib-inspired system of templates and categories.

Example case[]

For example, an object name might use the data table below with the a [COLOR] [OBJECT] formula, where the words in brackets are replaced by an entry picked randomly from the buckets (lists) of words. This could result in items such as a Red Sphere, or Blue Cone. Some bucket entries can include other buckets, or even themselves. In this case, a [COLOR] entry could be replaced by [COLOR] and [COLOR], and both of those colors replaced by real colors (or rarely, further recursion), giving for example, a Red and Blue Cube.

Bucket Results
[OBJECT]
  • Cube
  • Sphere
  • Cone
[COLOR]
  • Red
  • Green
  • Blue
  • [COLOR] and [COLOR]

Occurrences[]

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