So, there is an user that is posting a series of questions that seems to be bent on creating some Rudeberg machine out of unseen servants, alarms and a familiar.
- Is a Familiar smart enough to execute delayed orders? - July 6th
- Can an Unseen Servant trigger an Alarm spell, and can said Alarm be customized? - July 6th
- Are conditional, sequential and looping instructions understood by an Unseen Servant? - July 3rd
Not only the point of the questions is hard to understand but also they seem to be just cogs in some bigger plot. To me it seems like a XY issue: they are asking about the viability of parts of his implementation, instead of disclosing what they really want to do.
It seems it is not only me that share this opinion:
You've asked a string of questions that amount to asking how you can kitbash a Turing machine out of D&D spells. However, this looks like a classic case of the XY Problem: asking for help with X while failing to disclose what actual problem Y you're trying to solve with all this Rube Goldbergery. This is a dysfunctional approach for RPG.se questions. I urge you to carefully consider your end goal and ask about solving that instead of whether further spell-programming ideas work. – SevenSidedDie♦ yesterday
They insistently comment on the answers and in the questions trying to push a point:
(Answer) (...) Alarm reacts to creatures; Unseen servant doesn't create a creature, so it can't trigger Alarm. Note that this has nothing to do with size.
(Comment) Oh. Dammit. Right. Creature. Forgot about that. But...... If an Unseen Servant is holding an insect, then maybe... - GaelL
(Comment) Unseen servants can't attack, they can't grapple tiny insects. @GaelL – Mindwin
(Comment) @Mindwin Including unconscious ones ? – Gael L
(Comment) @GaelL you are going so far with this that you are losing sight of what is happening. So, your US finishes a task. Then you command it to move up to 15 feet and pick up a unconscious but living insect. Then you use ANOTHER command to make it move up to 15 foot and trigger the alarm. Just to let you know that it finished a task, and you just issued two commands after that. So I beseech you, what is the point in doing all this? – Mindwin
Finally, really seems there is a hidden goal behind all this automation shenanigans:
@Mindwin Ah, friend, do not be sorry for giving accurate information ! After all, the reason I'm verifying all of my ideas is that I want to challenge by possible bias. There are several things I thought possible ut that weren't, and knowing it enabled me to think of other feasible ways to achieve my goals. (...) source
Is there anything actionable here, or should we (I) just disengage and let it die down?