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How to Use the Clock to Test a Scenario
The basic method for building a Faction AI
script is to first, plan paths for enemy
hierarchies, then plan Missions
for enemy hierarchies, and then, finally, create a Faction
AI that triggers units to begin movement and execute Missions as
triggers are met.
Now that we have planned all of the enemy paths, planned and
canceled the Missions for all our hierarchies, and built a Faction AI
script, it is time to test our Faction AI script to make sure everything
is running correctly. At its heart, a Faction AI
script is just a list of triggers, or conditions that must be met, and
orders to be executed upon those triggers. This is where we make
sure that those triggers are set correctly.
Use the Clock to Test Your Scenario:
Just as in Armored Task Force, in ATF Scenario Builder
you can control when the clock is started and stopped and at what speed it
runs. However, unlike in ATF, in the Scenario Builder,
the clock is not always 'on'. You have to turn it on in order to run
There are three important points to remember when testing your
- CHANGES TO UNITS MADE WHILE THE CLOCK IS ON WILL BE LOST WHEN
THE CLOCK IS TURNED OFF! If you find an error in your
scenario, turn OFF the clock before making changes to correct the
- Enemy triggers require an enemy! If you have an Event
Box condition set, with the 'Check Enemy?' box checked, you must
have friendly and/or neutral units (or enemy units if we are talking about a Neutral
Faction AI) moved into the Event Box in order for the trigger to be
'true'. This is the only way to test the orders that correspond
to this trigger.
- Remember, if you have an Event
Box condition set, with the 'Check Enemy?' box checked, at
execution time during a game, the enemy will only react to what it sees.
Your enemy observation plan must be looking into trigger
areas. During testing, the trigger will be true if there are
vehicles there, but during a game of Armored Task Force, the
enemy must SEE vehicles in the Event Box to react.
1. Select 'Clock' from the 'Time' function to turn on the clock.
2. The options from the 'Compression' sub-menu of the 'Time'
menu allow you to change how fast the clock runs. For testing
purposes you will usually be able to run the clock at the fastest
setting, '8/1' or eight-to-one.
3. To start the clock, select 'Start', either from the toolbar
or the 'Time' menu. Before doing this, make sure you have
dragged units into Event Boxes, if needed, to trigger the orders you
want to test.
4. Watch the game run. You are looking to make sure that
the Faction AI is doing what you wanted it to, that no units are
moving when they shouldn't be, and that triggers are behaving as they
should. If you need to make changes, turn the clock off
5. To stop time, select 'Stop', either from the toolbar or the
6. When you are done testing, or you need to make changes before
re-testing, select 'Clock' again from the 'Time' menu to turn OFF the
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