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zarlor
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Old January 11th, 2013, 04:40 AM
I thought I would consolidate a list of things that get used over and over again in the Editor, or that I have otherwise found to be very useful. Hopefully this will be helpful for those, like me, who work best from having lots and lots of examples.

First I have found it very useful to go through the documentation found in Hero Lab by going to Help -> Savage Worlds Manual and from within that Manual there is a link to "Creating Custom Material" that also has some useful, although maybe a little confusing, stuff in it. But probably the most useful section I found was a little more buried. Go to Help -> Savage Worlds Manual, then click on "Adding Custom Content" then hit the "Click here" part of the sentence that says "Click here for more information on using the Editor with Savage Worlds." That information and the Tutorials section there on creating a Race is something I found to be really helpful. Finally I found the Expressions at http://hlkitwiki.wolflair.com/index....ag_Expressions to be very useful as well. I would also add that Mathias has written some really useful posts on the Pathfinder forum which he links here. Some of his examples may look Pathfinder specific, but they're still very relevant for coding in Savage Worlds files, too.

Now on to the examples. Remember that in most cases we might list Edges or Skills below, but those really could be anything, where appropriate, so Hindrances or Equipment or Racial Abilities, whatever it is you have the UniqueID for. Also remember that for Savage Worlds the die type numbers are half the actual die type for our purposes in the program. So a d4 is 2, a d6 is 3, d8 is 4, a d12 is 6 and then anything higher than 6 turns into d12+(your number-6), so 7 is d12+1, 10 is d12+4 and so on.

So on to some specific code things I've found useful.

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To grant a specific skill at d6 (we use Healing in this example):

Bootstrap: skHealing
Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000

Code:
~This will offset the cost:
perform #resspent[resSkill,-,1,"Chaplain"]

~This will increase the Skill
foreach pick in hero where "thingid.skHealing"
  eachpick.field[trtBonus].value += 1
nexteach
Note here that we had to use a Bootstrap to add the Healing Skill, then we offset the cost of it to make it free to have it, and finally we added "1" to the die type, since the Bootstrap gave us the skill at d4. if we added "2" we could start with a d8 in the skill, and so on.

To do that for a set Knowledge skill, let's use Knowledge (Latin) for this example:

Bootstrap: skKnow Fields...: FieldID: domDomain, Value: Latin


Code:
~This will offset the cost:
perform #resspent[resSkill,-,1,"Latin"]

~This will increase Latin
 foreach pick in hero where "thingid.skKnow"
   if (compare(lowercase(eachpick.field[domDomain].text),"latin") = 0) then
      perform eachpick.field[trtBonus].modify[+,1,"Latin"]
   endif
 nexteach
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To modify a skill (or other trait,in this case we'll use Guts) roll, adding a +2 bonus to the roll rather than the die type, use (the thing in quotes is just a way of saying what it was that provided the bonus, in this case we're saying it's something called "Gutsy", maybe that's an Edge or a Racial Ability, what it is doesn't matter much, just make it understandable for why the bonus was given.):

Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
perform #traitroll[skGuts,+,2,"Gutsy"]
If you want to make sure that bonus doesn't stack with other bonuses, then use #traitprof instead of #traitroll.

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To modify a skill (again, we'll use Guts) by adding one die type use:

Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
perform #traitadjust[skGuts,+,1,"Gusto"]
-----
To search for an appropriate Knowledge skill (in this case Astronomy) of d10 or higher:

Pre-reqs:
Message: Knowledge (Astronomy) d10 required.

Code:
foreach pick in hero where "thingid.skKnow"
   if (compare(lowercase(eachpick.field[domDomain].text),"astronomy") = 0) then
      validif (eachpick.field[trtFinal].value >= 5)
   endif
nexteach
-----
To find a Knowledge field (in this case Arcane) and then add a bonus (+2) to the roll:

Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
~go through all knowledge skills and find an "Arcane" one
foreach pick in hero where "thingid.skKnow"
   if (compare(lowercase(eachpick.field[domDomain].text),"arcane") = 0) then
      perform #traitroll[skKnow,+,2,"Highest Clearance"]
   endif
nexteach
Don't forget you can replace #traitroll with #traitadjust in the above if you want to add die types instead of roll bonuses.

-----
How about doing the reverse of that by finding a Knowledge field (in this case Arcane) and only adding a +2 bonus to everything that is NOT that version:

Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
~go through all knowledge skills and find an "Arcane" one
foreach pick in hero where "thingid.skKnow"
   if (compare(lowercase(eachpick.field[domDomain].text),"arcane") <> 0) then
      perform eachpick.field[trtRoll].modify[+,1,"Smarty Pants"]
   endif
nexteach
-----
To check if any one of a particular thing exists, like you would use in a Pick-req, but where we're not just looking for a single Edge to exist but rather if any one of a list of Edges exist. For this example we have Edges for both NCO and Officer and I just want to check that the character has either one of those edges:

Expr-reqs:
Message: Rank (NCO or Officer) Edge required.
Code:
hero.tagis[Edge.edgTDNCO] + hero.tagis[Edge.edgTDOffic] <> 0
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To check if any one of different criteria exist. This one is a bit more complicate. Let's say you wanted to check for if a character has either a Spirit of d8 OR a particular Edge (we'll use Nepotism for this, from Necropolis):

Pre-reqs:
Message: Spirit d8 required.

Code:
validif (hero.child[attrSpi].field[trtFinal].value >= 4)
validif (hero.tagis[Edge.edgNCNepot] <> 0)
if (@ispick <> 0) then
   altpick.linkvalid = 0
endif
Now say you needed that to be a Knowledge skill instead, say Artillery d6, in which case we could use:

Code:
foreach pick in hero where "thingid.skKnow"
  if (compare(lowercase(eachpick.field[domDomain].text),"artillery") = 0) then
    validif (eachpick.field[trtFinal].value >= 3)
  endif
nexteach
validif (hero.tagis[Edge.edgNCNepot] <> 0)
if (@ispick <> 0) then
   altpick.linkvalid = 0
endif

The "if (@ispick <> 0) then" part of that code is primarly just an error trap, so it seems it should be good practice to use it in this instance. (See http://forums.wolflair.com/showthread.php?t=33096 for more details.)

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To level up a character, like the Veteran of the Wierd West Edge does in Deadlands:

Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
#resmax[resXP] += 20
#resmax[resAdvance] +=4
It appears that you need to both add the XP AND the number of Advances that XP would give you to get these to work right.

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For Expr-reqs it's important to note that if you are looking to check against a Trait that you KNOW every character has, like any of the Attributes (say, Spirit of d6 or higher) you an use something like:

Code:
#trait[attrSpi] >= 3
To check for a Spirit of d6. However, if you are looking for something that any partcular character might NOT have at all, like a skill (say, Boating at d6 or higher) then you need to use the #traitfound expression instead, so:

Code:
#traitfound[skBoating] >= 3
-----
To add an extra wound level:

Eval Scripts: Setup/10000

Code:
herofield[acMaxWound].value += 1
-----
To have the program ignore some amount of wound penalties (like for the Nerves of Steel Edge):

Eval Scripts: Setup/10000

Code:
herofield[acIgnWound].value += 2
-----
To perform different actions based on the existence of a certain Edge. In this example I have a derived trait called Fame (trPMFame) and if this character has the Noble edge (edgPMNoble) I want to add 15 points to the Fame trait, but if they don't have the Edge I want to give them 10 points of fame instead.

Eval Script: Pre-Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
if (hero.tagis[Edge.edgPMNoble] <> 0) then
   perform #traitadjust[trPMFame,+,15,"Admiral"]
 else
   perform #traitadjust[trPMFame,+,10,"Admiral"]
endif
-----
To add extra damage onto a weapon, in this case jbearwillis asked for (and CapedCrusader provided the code) the ability to add an extra 1/2 Agility die modifier to damage for a weapon:

Eval Script: Traits/5000 Timing: Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
var DamagePlus as number
DamagePlus = hero.childfound[attrAgi].field[trtFinal].value - 1
field[wpDmgBonus].value += DamagePlus
-----
To create a drop-down "pick list", let's say to apply a +1 roll bonus to one of three skills (the Scholar Edge is another example worth looking at):

Menu #1 Source: All Picks on Hero (this will make sure you don't get an error for trying to modify a skill that doesn't exist on the character)
Menu #1 Tag Expression: thingid.skBoating | thingid.skDriving | thingid.skPiloting
Eval Scripts: Pre-Traits/5000 - Before: Calc trtFinal

Code:
~apply the +1 modifier to selected skill
if (field[usrChosen1].ischosen <> 0) then
   perform field[usrChosen1].chosen.field[trtRoll].modify[+,1,"Ordo Novus Templum"]
endif
-----
To create a weapon that doesn't use up your "hand slots", like you might use for a shoulder mounted weapon in power armor, or retractable claws:

Eval Script
Phase: Pre-Traits/5000

Code:
if (field[grIsEquip].value <> 0) then
   herofield[acHands].value += 1
endif
Eval Rule
Phase: Validation/8000

Code:
~if we have no more than three hands of gear equipped, we're good
validif (hero.tagcount[Hero.Hand] <= herofield[acHands].value)

~mark associated tabs as invalid
container.panelvalid[armory] = 0
Timing: Script Name: Check Hands

Lenny Zimmermann
Metairie, LA, USA

Data files authored (please let me know if you see any issues with any of these if you have/use them):
Official (In the downloader)
50 Fathoms, Deadlands: Hell On Earth, Deadlands: Noir, East Texas University, Necessary Evil (requires Super Powers Companion), Pirates of the Spanish Main, Space 1889 (original file by Erich), Tour of Darkness, Weird War II, Weird Wars: Rome
Coming Eventually
Evernight (LWD has completed their review but I have some fixes to make first... although Pinnacle mentioned this might get an overhaul to SWADE so I may just wait for that first. If you just HAVE to have this now, though, just PM me)

Last edited by zarlor; September 3rd, 2013 at 08:03 AM.
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