After a year of distractions I finally plunged myself into Storyspace 3 and accompanying texts (Storyspace 3 and Storyspace and Hypertext Narrative) and I’m loving it: congratulations, Mark!
Nevertheless a frustration glooms. Storyspace help chapter (longer paragraph) on sculptural hypertext and even long passages in Hypertext Narrative about the techniques of sculptural linking (unlinking), neither Howard Oakley’s friendly and useful blog entries do not help me in getting the idea of Deck working. I was following this introduction:
"$Deck is a set-type attribute but is typically simply the name shared by a deck. We might have a deck named “shipboard” that describes a transatlantic voyage in 1932. To “pick up” the deck at the beginning of the episode, the initial note named Bon Voyage sets $Deck(/me)=“shipboard”. Bon Voyage has no outbound links, but because $Deck(/me) is “shipboard”, trying to follow the default link from Bon Voyage will cause Storyspace to randomly select one unread note which is marked as having a $Deck that contains “shipboard”. This will continue until we reach a note that has conventional calligraphic links, or until some note changes $Deck(/me). "
In my Storyspace file there is a starting page, a "me’ page, a “Bon Voyage” node and 4 test nodes, each of them attributed to the “shipboard” deck. Start page links to “Bon Voyage” from where I expect the Deck nodes to be drawed. I set the “Bon Voyage” page with $Deck(/me)=“shipboard” and each of the 4 deck notes have “shipboard” in their Deck attribute field.
Sadly, it’s not working. My “Bon Voyage” just sits there and links to nowhere on hitting Enter.
I know there might be some “yikes” on my way, but I also hope that this perhaps starts some exchange of working Storyspace files for sculptural hypertext. Mine, so far, is not working.
P.S The “me” file is showing “shipboard” as an active deck which is even more puzzling.