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RA2 Missions Argentina -English-

Missions: Winning Conditions
Submitted by ArgCmdr

This will briefly explain several ways of ending your mission map in victory. This will briefly explain several ways of ending your mission map in victory.

Establishing a single factor for a victory is easy: Suppose the only objective is destroying all the enemy. The trigger would simply consist of an event and an action at minimum. However, its preferable to make it look tidier.

For the simple and fast way;
Trigger Name: Win * or any other thing, just keeping order
Owner: < insert player house> * actually not needed but its just to keep an order
Type: 0
Event: 11 Destroyed All, * I most times recommend to use another event, Destroyed All...Buildings instead. As if any unit is off the map, the map wouldnt end, and its usually annoying in long maps.
Action: 1 Winner is...

Its my recommendation, however, to toggle the victory five or six seconds after objective is accomplished. That way, you can stick in a string saying objective accomplished or similar without interruptions.

Trigger structure would be:

Trigger: Win Prelude
Type: 0
Owner: < player house>
Event: Destroyed All, or whatever event is needed for ending the map
Actions: 11 Text Trigger (optional, in case you want to express something before map end); 21, EVA_PrimaryObjectiveAchieved (In case its a primary objective, as example); 54 Disable Trigger (This should disable losing triggers, as lose triggers would still toggle if losing conditions happen within those 5 seconds); 53 Enable Trigger, Win (the trigger below)

Trigger Name: Win * or any other thing, just keeping order
Owner: < insert player house> * actually not needed but its just to keep an order
Type: 0
Event: 13 Elapsed Time, 6
Action: 1 Winner is...

Usually a simple map, will have one or two objectives. For example, infiltrate Building X, and Escape to Zone Y. How would you link both objectives?:
You have two ways. You can go for what is called a linear development of the map, or a non-linear one. In the case of the example given above, it is obviously linear. Because you need to accomplish an objective before you accomplish another one. In honesty, linear mission maps are easier to control, specially during testing.
Heres an example:

Linear development: Player has X unit, needs to infiltrate Y building and escape to Z zone. Thus, you will need to detect when Y building is entered first:

Trigger: Enable Win
Type: 0
Owner: < player> *Actually its not necessary unless other actions demand, it
Event: 1 Entered By..., House who will toggle the trigger by entering the attached structure, most cases itll be player (remember of course to attach a structure)
Actions: **Whole lot you want, a camera move, a text trigger, a sound...**; 53 Enable Trigger, Win

Trigger: Win
Type: 0
Owner: < player> *same again.
Event: 1 Entered By..., house that must escape
Actions:Win / Enable Win (in case this would be the Win Prelude described above)

Now we will go for a description of non-linear:
Suppose Building X and Building Y need to be infiltrated in order to win. The toggling of the Win Prelude, or the Win trigger can be made by several ways, however the easiest one is through local variables
A Local variable is simply a boolean value, on or off, 1 or 0, true or false, yes or no. First thing to do is creating two of them, one for Building X and one for Building Y. So go to Edit ---> Local Variables, an create one called BX and a BY, both with an initial value of 0. Now after, time of building triggers:

Trigger: BX
Owner: < player>
Type: 0
Event: 1 Entered by, player house, or house under player control (Remember to attach the structure to this trigger)
Action: 56 Set Variable, BX + All the rest, sounds, text...

Trigger: BY
Owner: < player>
Type: 0
Event: 1 Entered by, player house, or house under player control (Remember to attach the structure to this trigger)
Action: 56 Set Variable, BY + All the rest, sounds, text...

Then the Win trigger or prelude. What just needs to be remarked is that the events should be two, so the trigger fires when both buildings are infiltrated. So Events for the Win prelude trigger or directly Win trigger would be:

Event 0: 36 Local Set, BX
Event 1: 36 Local Set, BY

Finally, ill explain differences between linear and non-linear:

A point that linear development has, and that is really beneficiating for author of the maps, is the spawning of patrols. In a non-linear commando maps, there are difficulties to make groups of patrols, so that a major slowdown is not produce if the units patrolling in the map are too much. In a linear map, patrols are spawn by groups, in the measure player advances or map is revealed. That way theres no over-consumption of processor time, keeping the game running at high-speed, besides offering the author fullcontrol on patrol timings, and the ability to divide them in groups, toggling its spawn when the player does a certain thing (i.e approach an area)

Non-linear maps, in another corner, make possibilities on maps very flexible, and allow difficulty abyss between doing one thing or another one initially. For example, offering the player reinforcements if he accomplishes a secondary or tertiary objective first, so primary becomes easier, but not viceversa. That way, player needs to decide what to do first, and his decision affects the rest of the map. Linear maps have this one problem, you cant make player follow various paths without the map becoming non linear, unless the paths all converge in the same one again, which requires more detail effort and more patrol controls.

I think that should be it, the most noticeable differences.

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