January 24th, 2007
Posted by pftq

Scatter & Copy Effects for AOM/AOE3

Scatter Effects  

This is perhaps one of the most complex effects I have created. The basic idea is that units in an area “scatter” or move to a random location. There are two effects. One of them, “Random in Area”, will have each unit move to their own random location, in the area you specify. The other one, “From Original Location”, will have each unit move in a random direction from their OWN location.

What am I talking about?

The units in the following picture all started out near the titan. In a single effect, “Scatter - Random in Area”, with the Edge Only enabled, the units are forced to the edge of the area’s radius - each one choosing its own spot.

Units Scattered to Edge of Area

Try doing that with any effects you have prior to this.

Explaining the Fields:
- Unit Type ID - Number that is the id of the protounit or class (AbstractInfantry, Building…) you want. IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU DEFINE THIS. Otherwise the trigger will blindly loop through every unit type in the game, not knowing what to look for specifically (even if you want ALL unit types, use the CLASS ID for “All”). DOWNLOAD THE ID VIEWER EFFECT TO FIND ANY ID YOU WANT. Not defining works but it uses a LOT of memory - if you do use it, do NOT loop without a condition.

- From… - Define a single player to scatter from or have it convert from ALL players (not including the player being converted to obviously).

- Scatter Radius: How far units will go either from - themselves, in “From Original Location” - or the Target, in “Random in Area”.

- Edges Only: This will set it to only fill the perimeter, basically forcing the unit to go exactly to the edge of the radius.

These are the trigger effects included in this set:

Scatter - Random in Area: Units around the CENTER UNIT will go to a random location within SCATTER RADIUS of the TARGET.
Scatter - From Original Location: Units around CENTER UNIT will go to a random location within SCATTER RADIUS of THEMSELVES.

Some things to keep in mind:
- The locations chosen are random - the same location may be chosen twice.
- AOM/AOT Issue: Cinematic Blocks and similar objects do not return Object Info (use object info tool in editor) and cannot be used as target or center unit. Try Invisible Target or other invisible objects that return object info.

Copy Effects

Meanwhile…. I also created this out of a request.
This effect was requested by nottud at aom.heavengames.com

The effect copies units within a set area and pastes them in another area (areas determined by center units). There are two effects, one retains the player owner of each unit, the other converts them to a player. An option is also available to retain unit positions, creating a true Copy effect.

Explaining the Fields:
- Unit Type ID - Number that is the id of the protounit or class (AbstractInfantry, Building…) you want. IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU DEFINE THIS. Otherwise the trigger will blindly loop through every unit type in the game, not knowing what to look for specifically (even if you want ALL unit types, use the CLASS ID for “All”). DOWNLOAD THE ID VIEWER EFFECT TO FIND ANY ID YOU WANT. Not defining works but it uses a LOT of memory - if you do use it, do NOT loop without a condition.

- From… - Define a single player to copy from or have it copy from ALL players

- Retain Unit Positions - Toggle this on to copy the units exactly as they are, including the locations of each unit, in relative to the center unit.

These are the trigger effects included in this set:

Army Copy Units in Area - Retains the owner of each unit, a true copy effect.
Army Copy Units in Area TO PLAYER - converts the units to the player of the army as well.

Some things to keep in mind:
- Army Deploy stops working if the deploy point is full; if this may happen, it’s a good idea to Retain Unit Positions to avoid clogging.
- AOM/AOT Issue: Cinematic Blocks and similar objects do not return Object Info (use object info tool in editor) and cannot be used as target or center unit. Try Invisible Target or other invisible objects that return object info.

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January 23rd, 2007
Posted by pftq

NearUnit Effects

        Another set of trigger effects for AOM and AOE3 designers…

         These are one of the more unique, less straight-forward trigger effects I have made. One of many things RMS have over scenarios is the randomness of each game. The below effects should add some of that missing element to scenarios and open up many more possibilities.

The basic workings involve:
- Radius: As with other effects and conditions, radius determines how far a selected location can be. Unfortunately, due to a lack of the squareroot function in XS, filling every spot within the radius actually forms a square. :P
- Edges Only: This will set it to only fill the perimeter. If every spot is filled, you will see a hollow square.

         The fact that the radius is a square should not really much a problem. The only way you can notice is if you actually fill every spot, which you probably wouldn’t be doing (in a serious use of the effect) anyways.

Screenshots of what I mean:
Perfectly Filled Squares
Perfectly Hollowed Squares
Instant Box Wall Created With Triggers

         I’ve taken the effects I found useful and also combined it with the ToUnit Effect. Perhaps it is just preference, but I see no point in using an area selection, other than being lazy. Using a unit target, you can simply place a block down to specify the area - not only that, but you can also have a moving area (moving unit). That is far more useful.

These are the trigger effects included in this set:

Army Build Building Near Unit
Army Deploy Near Unit (Heading removed for Space, let me know if this is a problem)
Army Teleport Near Unit
Invoke God Power Near Unit (Area GPs only, and with single location)
Move From Area To Near Unit
Teleport Units to Near Unit
Unit Build Building Near Unit
Unit Create Near Unit

Download NearUnit Effects Here

Some things to keep in mind:
- Army Deploy deploys next to the obstacle if an obstacle is an encountered - therefore you will not have a perfect square or line.

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January 21st, 2007
Posted by pftq

QV Compare Group Set

        These conditions and effects for Age of Empires III and Age of Mythology allow you to select the highest or lowest QV from a group.

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These effects and conditions allows you to compare an unlimited number of QVs.   The condition compares a single QV against any number of other QVs and the effect gives you the highest or lowest value QV out of a group (again of any number of QVs).

QV Compare Group Condition: Measure unlimited QVs by inserting more conditions without enabling the reset box (make sure to check the same QV in “QV to Check”).   Enable RESET to start a new check.   Note that there may be multiple QVs with highest value.

QV Save Highest or Lowest: The NAME of the QV with the highest or lowest value is saved to QVerHighLow (in same trigger only). Enter “+QVerHighLow+” in place of the QV name when you want to get the name of the QV with that value. Be sure to have the “QV Start Highest or Lowest” ONCE in the trigger BEFORE using this any number of times. Measure unlimited QVs in the same trigger by inserting more conditions without enabling the reset box (make sure to check the same QV in “QV to Check”).   Enable RESET to start a new check.   Note that there may be multiple QVs with highest or lowest value, in which the last QV will be used.

Example Trigger to get the Highest QV of a Group:
Effect: QV Start Highest or Lowest
Effect: QV Save Highest or Lowest
- QV1, QV2, QV3 <-- Find highest of these three
- Reset, On
- Checked Var is, >
Effect: QV Save Highest or Lowest
- QV4, QV5, QV6 <-- Also see if any of these are higher
- Reset, OFF <-- Otherwise it doesn"t remember the last 3 QVs
- Checked Var is, >
Effect: Send Chat
- Player 1 says (with decimal): The Highest QV is “+QVerHighLow+” with a value of “+trQuestVarGet(”"+QVerHighLow+”")+”!
- Player 1 says (no decimal): The Highest QV is “+QVerHighLow+” with a value of “+(1*trQuestVarGet(”"+QVerHighLow+”"))+”!

Results:
- If QV1 is highest (value of 99), it will say: The Highest QV is QV1 with a value of 99.000000! (or 99 if no decimal)

Download QV Compare Group Set

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January 20th, 2007
Posted by pftq

ToUnit Effects

         This is my 4th venture into using kb commands for triggers. These commands were discovered by TwentyOneScore nearly 4 years ago, but no effort was put in by the community to understand them. From what I gather, once TOS left, the concept was buried and seemingly lost.

         The build of these triggers is very different from my previous kb trigger effects and conditions (as it is a different type, not an “in Area”), but you should find that it works exactly as it should - ex. Army Deploy with the location set to a unit.

         I have gone and taken all effects I find useful, that use a location as target, and configured them to use a target unit as well:

Army Build Building At Unit
Army Deploy To Unit
Army Teleport To Unit
Invoke God Power At Unit (Lightning, Shift Sands… where unit is)
Move From Area To Unit
QV Invoke God Power At Unit (see Invoke GP At Unit)
Teleport Around Unit To Unit (so weird modding my own code)
Teleport Units to Unit
Unit Build Building At Unit
Unit Create At Unit

Download ToUnit Effects Here

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January 20th, 2007
Posted by pftq

Teleport in Area Effect

        Following up on my last release “Convert Units in Area”, I’ve configured the “Teleport Unit” effect as well to take in area inputs.

        It works just as one would expect.   A center unit is selected, which is not teleported of course.   Player ranges to teleport from can be set as well as unit type (which should be defined if possible.. looping through all types is very hard on the computer).

        The exact same code works on Age of Mythology and Age of Empires III, expansion and non expansion.

        Teleport in Area Effect

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