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Waypoints Used With Walkwaypoints Edit

There are 4 different types of waypoints to make an NPC move around in a set pattern via the standard Bioware Waypoint system. WP_ , WN_ , POST_ , NIGHT_

The Four WaypointsEdit

  • WP_ Waypoints: Make the NPC move around in the day.
  • WN_ Waypoints: Make the NPC move around at night.
  • POST_ Waypoints: Make the NPC walk to one spot and stay there at daytime.
  • NIGHT_ Waypoints: Make the NPC walk to one spot and stay there at nighttime.

Each waypoint has a prefix followed by the TAG of the NPC.

Example: If your NPC had a tag of SMITH then the waypoint tags would be, WP_SMITH, WN_SMITH, POST_SMITH, NIGHT_SMITH

Waypoint RulesEdit

GeneralEdit

  • The NPC can have multiples of the WP_ and WN_ waypoints, but only one POST_ and one NIGHT_ waypoint.
  • Multiples of the WP and WN waypoints have a sequence number at the end of the tag name, so for the NPC called SMITH, the waypoints would be; WP_SMITH_01, WP_SMITH_02, WP_SMITH_03, etc....
  • This means you cannot have the NPC run a set pattern of WP_ waypoints to then stand at a POST_ waypoint.

OverridesEdit

  • WN waypoints override NIGHT waypoint.
  • WP waypoints override POST waypoints.
  • POST waypoints cannot be used with WP waypoints for a given NPC.
  • NIGHT waypoints cannot be used with WN waypoints.

Simple WaypointEdit

The easiest way of getting the waypoints up and running for your NPC is:

  • Right-click on the NPC and choose create waypoint.
    • A waypoint is created underneath or near the npc.
  • Move the mouse to the point on screen you want your second waypoint to appear, and then right-click; the option to create a waypoint is given.
  • Choose "create a waypoint" to create a second waypoint for your NPC.
  • This process can be done multiple times.

Waypoints for GuardsEdit

To get a guard to return to his barracks at night:

Same AreaEdit

  • If the guard has a tag of GUARD, then place a NIGHT_GUARD waypoint in the barracks.
    • This can be used with a sequence of WP waypoints for your guard to patrol in the day, e.g. WP_GUARD_01, WP_GUARD_02, etc
    • Or it can be used with a POST waypoint tagged POST_GUARD to have him stand at his post in the

day.

Different AreasEdit

To allow for cross-area transitions, e.g. Barracks in one area, patrol the route in another area, set the global int X2_SWITCH_CROSSAREA_WALKWAYPOINTS to "one" (1) on the module.To do this:

  • In module properties, click the advanced tab, then click variables.
  • Enter X2_SWITCH_CROSSAREA_WALKWAYPOINTS as an int and the value to 1.

Four Waypoint FAQEdit

Guard gets stuck crossing area transitions(or goes on a strange route)Edit

You will have to experiment with this, due to some issues with the pathfinding. If your area has more than one transition point to a second (but same) area then do not expect your NPC to use the transition point you want.

It may be best to experiment using POST and NIGHT waypoints first to see which route the NPC favours. It's worth knowing this, so you know why its happening, and you don't waste too much time, like I have.

The NPC gets stuck on wallsEdit

This happens because when a player is not in the area, the NPC's AI is set to low.

One of the best ways to get around this is to have more WP, WN waypoints if you can to help the NPC pathfind a lot better.

Obviously this won't help POST and NIGHT waypoints, but if you know scripting you could place a script on enter of an area to check if any players are in the area, and if not, jump the NPC to its POST or NIGHT waypoint.

NPC is not facing the same direction as his waypointEdit

(For a POST or NIGHT waypoint)

Solution:

  • Right-click the Waypoint and go to variables.
  • Enter X2_L_WAYPOINT_SETFACING as an int and the value to 1.

NPC not changing to NIGHT_ or WN waypoints at night Edit

Ensure that in the onspawn script of your NPC, the following line is uncommented (e.g. the // removed before it, and the line not displayed in green) SetSpawnInCondition (NW_FLAG_DAY_NIGHT_POSTING);

NPC won't walk to its waypoints Edit

In the onspawn script of your NPC ensure that following two lines are still commented out (e.g. the // is still before the lines, and the line is displayed green)

  • SetSpawnInCondition (NW_FLAG_IMMOBILE_AMBIENT_ANIMATIONS);
  • SetSpawnInCondition (NW_FLAG_AMBIENT_ANIMATIONS);

Waypoints with Mobile Ambient Animations Edit

The following Waypoints require that mobile ambient animations be switched on at spawn time of the NPC. That means that the follwing line needs to be uncommented in the onspawn script. (e.g. the // removed before it, and the line not displayed in green) SetSpawnInCondition (NW_FLAG_AMBIENT_ANIMATIONS);

When mobile ambient animations is switched on for a NPC, the NPC will wander around and interact with other NPC's that have either mobile or immobile ambient animations switched on. They will also interact with nearby placeables. walking up to a placeable, closing nearby doors.

Also worth noting that the NPC's will also use the same animations for mobile ambient animations, as they do for immobile ambient animations (with a bit more moving around ).

The NPC with mobile ambient animaions switched on will never wander too far from its spawn point(starting position), always returning back to it.

The following waypoints allow for better control of your NPC's. To wander around more between the waypoints described below, aswell as the placeables the NPC comes across, or the other NPC's, or its spawn point(start position).

Remember - The NPC's will not walk straight to these waypoints as in walkwaypoints above but will meander amongst them(wander about them in a casual laid back way).

Generic Stop Waypoint Edit

This waypoint is tagged "NW_STOP".

  • If you place a few of these in an area, lets say a city exterior for example.
  • If the NPC's spawned in that area have mobile ambient animations switched on, they will walk amongst the NW_STOP waypoints.
  • This works quite well if you want a busy/crowded city/town feel. So you could have a park area in the city with an NW_STOP waypoint, or/and a NW_STOP waypoint near a market stall.
  • The NPC's spawned in that are will at some point in their wanderings go to these waypoints.

Tavern Waypoint Edit

This waypoint is tagged "NW_TAVERN".

  • If NPC's are spawned inside an area with the tavern waypoint, then those NPC's will remain in the tavern and not leave it.
  • However, for NPC's spawned outside the tavern area,
    • If you place a NW_STOP waypoint inside the tavern aswell (as the NW_TAVERN), the NPC's will cross the area transition to visit the NW_STOP waypoint in the Tavern, neatly closing the door behind them on entry/exit of the tavern/area outside.

There has been a bit of a misconception regarding this waypoint, this waypoint does not make any new animations appear as far as I know by simply dropping it in a tavern.

Only by setting the immobile or mobile animations on an NPC in the spawn script will the NPC move.

Shop Waypoint Edit

This waypoint is tagged "NW_SHOP".

  • Like the tavern waypoint, if an NPC is spawned inside an area with the shop waypoint then the NPC will remain in the shop and not leave it (the shop keeper/assistant I guess).
  • If an NPC is spawned outside the shop area or if you place a NW_STOP waypoint inside the shop as well, the NPC will cross the area transition

to visit the NW_STOP waypoint, neatly closing the door behind them on entry/exit of the shop.

Home waypoint Edit

This waypoint is tagged "NW_HOME".

  • If an npc is spawned in an area that has a home waypoint, then the NPC will classify that area as his home.
  • The NPC should leave the area in the day and return to it at night.
    • After long testing, the NPC only seemed to want to leave the area if a player entered it, however the NPC did return back to the area at night.

Safe Waypoint Edit

This waypoint is tagged "NW_SAFE".

Placing one of these waypoints in area, means that any injured NPC with mobile animations will retreat to this point. (Sort of like a cowering corner.)

  • NPC's will not cross area transitions to get to a NW_SAFE waypoint.
  • If there is not a NW_SAFE waypoint in the same area then they will resume mobile animations.

Stealth Waypoint Edit

This Waypoint is tagged "NW_STEALTH".

Placing one of these waypoints in an area, means any NPC with stealth capabilities turns stealth mode on when it reaches one of these waypoints.

  • Could be good for using in dark caverns/dungeons etc, to have NPC dissappear into and appear from the darkness.

Detect waypoint Edit

Ok, I admit, this one I thought I'd leave you guys to figure out...

Mobile Ambient Waypoint FAQEdit

NPC not wandering, even though animations switched on Edit

Ensure that the following line is commented out in the onspawn script of the NPC. (e.g. the // is still before the lines, and the line is displayed green)

  • SetSpawnInCondition (NW_FLAG_IMMOBILE_AMBIENT_ANIMATIONS);

Use NW_STOP waypoints inside NW_TAVERN,NW_SHOP waypointed areas? Edit

The answer is yes.

You will need to place NW_STOP waypoints in the NW_TAVERN,NW_SHOP areas if you want the NPC's outside to come and drink/shop.

Creature Waypoints Edit

As an extra, I thought I would throw this one in, I've done most of the others, so...

The following waypoint is used with the Bioware Beholder AI.


Beholder AI Exit waypoint Edit

This waypoint is tagged "X2_WP_BEHOLDER_TUNNEL"

If you look in the script "x2_ai_behold" it tells you what the waypoint is for. It explains:

  • Beholder will always use its eyes, unless
    • a) If threatened in melee, it will try to move away or float away to the nearest waypoint tagged X2_WP_BEHOLDER_TUNNEL

So if you place a few of these waypoints around, your beholder will escape to the nearest one.

    • If you noticed in Chapter two of HotU, these waypoints where placed on the otherside of room doors (sneaky).

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