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(Syntax) Syntax to determine how many turns remain before a scheduled event

For instance:

Before turning the hourglass:
if the time until the sand runs out is less than 3 turns:
instead say “There’s only a little sand left on top; you might as well let it run its course.”

This would require some additional syntax to determine whether this event is in fact scheduled at all; otherwise, checking for the time remaining until it runs out would have to return a runtime error.

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      • Ron NewcombRon Newcomb commented  · 

        Or rather, an implementation already exists in the extension "Extended Timers"

      • Ron NewcombRon Newcomb commented  · 

        Countdowns (usually to player death, or plot point) are a staple of I-F, and while countdowns could be implemented with a naked number variable, that isn't a very natural-language way to go about them.

        The implementation seems relatively easy. I can post one, if desired.

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