Hufflepuff Karen wrote:Have to laugh, I just put this on my Kindle Fire and after stealing coins from an Animaniac, the game paused while Reticulating Splines... been there, done that before! It won't let me encourage my hero though. Guess I talked to him too much when we started... have to wait until I have some more power?
The Reticulating Splines dates back to the first Sims version! I love it.
The game never really pauses (or does it all the time for a few moments) while showing weird messages. I had "Loading..." while my Heroine was on her way to a town, shortly after that she met a "Son of a Glitch" to fight. All messages everywhere are intended as funny.
Godly powers are limited. You start with 100%. Every message you send to your hero(ine) costs 5%, encourage/punish costs 25%. Your powers can be increased by having your hero(ine) pray or sacrifice. It refills when your hero(ine) reaches a new level. (And also when completing a quest, I think. Mine are on their third quest, so I might have missed that.)
In general, if you say something to your hero(ine) too often, you'll see messages of annoyance ("Not now, I'm in Airplane mode" or something.) If you search for "Godville voice" or "Godville voice of god" you'll find a list of keywords. If they're used in a sentence, your hero(ine) might do them, but not always. The less you do, the better it seems to get. Twice or thrice a day some hint to your hero(ine) and perhaps an encouragement seems to work best for me at the moment. Don't ignore them too long (I don't know how long that is), they will become lazy and sort of stop believing in you. See the wiki for more details, I don't remember everything I've read about it.
If their health gets too low, they might go to the nearest town. If you notice it just before they do that you can encourage them (gives health too) and send them back on their quest a few minutes later.
In all it's a game to watch and laugh about. I'm loving the sense of humour, especially with SFP being so gloomy at the moment.