Arma 3: Probing Mechanics

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ED-1E Mini UGV

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Track Lock Indicator

The track lock indicator (when the tracks are prevented from moving the vehicle) can be triggered with the following code. This concerns the UI indicator only, actual track locking is done by attaching the Mini UGV to e.g. a game logic in order to stop it.

nameOfVehicle setVariable ["BIN_ugv_trackLock", true];


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Mini UGV MFD Animations

The following animations can be used with the animateSource script command to control the exterior MFD statuses. Most of these animations are hidden by default. In order to unhide them, you have to animate them to 0 phase.

Animation Name Functionality Selection
Detector1Light1_Green Hiding the green light on the gas detector (top light) 3
Detector1Light1_Red Hiding the red light on the gas detector (top light) 3
Detector1Light2_Green Hiding the green light on the gas detector (bottom light) 4
Detector1Light2_Red Hiding the red light on the gas detector (bottom light) 4
Detector2Aux_hide Hiding the icon for the auxiliary attachment on the side MFD 1
Detector2Speaker_Off Hiding the 'Speakers Off' icon on the side MFD 2
Detector2Speaker_On Hiding the 'Speakers On' icon on the side MFD 2
ChemDetectorLight Hiding the threat detected light on the chemical detector 6
ChemDetectorLevel1 Hiding the chemical detector's 1st status bar 7
ChemDetectorLevel2 Hiding the chemical detector's 2nd status bar 7
ChemDetectorLevel3 Hiding the chemical detector's 3rd status bar 7
BiopsyCapacity Setting the biopsy probe capacity (goes from 1 to 100) 5

Example code to unhide all elements:

{
	ugv animateSource [_x, 0, true];
} forEach [
	"Detector1Light1_Green",
	"Detector1Light1_Red",
	"Detector1Light2_Green",
	"Detector1Light2_Red",
	"Detector2Aux_hide",
	"Detector2Speaker_Off",
	"Detector2Speaker_On",
	"ChemDetectorLight",
	"ChemDetectorLevel1",
	"ChemDetectorLevel2",
	"ChemDetectorLevel3"
];
ugv animateSource ["BiopsyCapacity", 100];


Probing Event Handlers

probingStarted

Event handler returns following information:

  • 0. object: Object - object which was scanned
  • 1. material: String - name of the material
  • 2. completion: Number - how much information about that material was gathered (from 0 to 100)
BIN_ProbeEvent_1 = [missionNamespace, "probingStarted", {
	params["_object", "_data", "_completion"];

	if (_object isEqualTo Probe_2) then
	{
		if(_data isEqualTo "alien") then
		{
			hint "Probing started, hold left mouse button until the scan is completed.";
		} else {
			hint "Try pointing at the center of the probe when the cover is open.";
		};
	} else {
		// ...
	};
}] call BIS_fnc_addScriptedEventHandler;

probingEnded

  • 0. data: Array - array containing following information:
    • 0. object: Object - object which was scanned
    • 1. material: String - name of the material
    • 2. completion: Number - how much information about that material was gathered (from 0 to 100)
  • 1. success: Boolean - returns true if probing was fully completed (meaning laser probing was not interrupted for example)


BIN_ProbeEvent_2 = [missionNamespace, "probingEnded", {
	params ["_data", "_success"];

	if (_success && {(_data # 0 == Probe_2) && (_data # 1 == "ALIEN")}) then
	{
		hint "Scan completed";

		player setCurrentTask (simpleTasks player # 2);
		(simpleTasks player # 1) setTaskState "Succeeded";
		["BIN_tskProbe1", "SUCCEEDED"] call BIS_fnc_taskSetState;
		"BIN_tskProbe2" call BIS_fnc_taskSetCurrent;
		[missionNamespace, "probingStarted", BIN_ProbeEvent_1] call BIS_fnc_removeScriptedEventHandler;
		[missionNamespace, "probingEnded",   BIN_ProbeEvent_2] call BIS_fnc_removeScriptedEventHandler;
	};
}] call BIS_fnc_addScriptedEventHandler;


Probe Tip Animations

Note that the Probe is referred to as "Alien Network" in the game. Probe tips can be animated with the following function:

[nameOfProbe, state, speedFactor, soundTypes] call BIN_fnc_probeAnim;

Parameters:

  • nameOfProbe: Object - name of the probe you would like to animate
  • state: Number - 0 or 1 where 1 means that the inner tissue will be expanded
  • speedFactor (Optional): Number - animation speed factor (default is 1)
  • soundTypes (Optional): Number - custom sounds for probe tip animations (default ["SoundSetSource_Sfx_Probe_Retract_01","SoundSetSource_Sfx_Probe_Expand_01"])

Example code:

[nameOfProbe, 1] call BIN_fnc_probeAnim;


Example Mission


See Also