Sometimes you want characters in the background to do multiple things in a row. Or you want a character to enter and THEN turn and face their friend, while their friend is talking with them. This is a great time for the THEN command:
&JAMIE enters from left to spot 1.28 150 200 THEN JAMIE faces left
Hey Jamie, it’s good to see you!
In the above example, Jamie would enter WHILE Sally was talking. When Jamie completed her entrance, she would turn around
&JAMIE is talk_neutral THEN JAMIE is talk_gossip THEN JAMIE is idle
In this example, Jamie may be a background character. She could just continue animating seamlessly while the rest of the scene moved on around her.
Example C: A character enters a conversation and act with the “THEN” command.
Donacode : &JOHN enters from right to screen right THEN JOHN faces left THEN JOHN is listen
The THEN command is only useful when paired with the &ersand command. If you want actions to happen independently in a row, you can continue to use the @ command. If want things to happen WHILE dialogue is on screen, that is a good use for & and THEN.