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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Rethinking the code framework

While going through the list of required interactions I realised that much of the work of triggers can be done via Unrealscript instead.
Instead of setting up a trigger, emitter and matinee sequence for each flare, a few functions of code can be written that will control all the flares in the exact same way. This way we can add as many flares, bowls and fire pits as we want, without spending time setting up each one via the engine's trigger system.

Example of old way:
- Add flare mesh on wall
- Create fire emitter and hide it behind the wall
- Create a trigger that activtes a matinee sequence
- Set up matinee sequence that moves the emitter from behind the wall to where the flare mesh is

Exmaple of new way:
- Right click "Add malta_flare here"
- Position the flare where you want it

Not to say that triggers are obsolete, they have their uses (it. But for repetitive, multiple interactions it is much better (and more manageable) to do it via scripting.

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