Noob in need of a decent bit of help

Not gonna lie, I'm a bit of an idiot when it comes to this stuff! For about 6 months now I have been searching for an engine that works for me, that I can actually use for Text-based Games. I wish to create a sort of visual novel that spans across a large world with 5 seperate characters to play as.

That's unimportant, the question is I want to shoot a man with a rifle in the game, right? And I want that guy to be dead. That's it. How would I go about doing that?


This question is much too vague, because there's more ways to do this than I can count. Figure out the basic systems of your game, first. Do people have Health and they die when it hits 0? Do they just have a binary 'Alive/Dead' boolean that switches from True to False (And maybe back again)?

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