The Producers, Buffs and Areas Example Project builds on the Gatherables and Inventory project to allow creators to design games around producers which transform items into different items over time, buffs which provide customizable restrictions on the producers, and areas which allow the world space to be divided into distinct pieces which can be loaded on demand.
These systems also use or depend on gatherables, inventory, tools, currency, and databases all of which you read about in the Gatherables reference.
The Producers, Buffs and Areas Example Project can be found in the CREATE menu alongside the Empty and Framework project options.
- In Core, click the CREATE tab at the top to open options for new and existing projects.
- In the top bar menu of CREATE, select NEW PROJECT.
- In the EXAMPLE PROJECTS section, select Producers, Buffs and Areas.
- Give the project a name in the Name field and press the CREATE button.
The project is divided into Scenes which showcase distinct ways the Producers, Buffs, and Areas systems can be used to create gameplay. To access the Scenes window, click Window in the top toolbar and select Scenes.
Open the main scene and hit play. Now find your player lot (signs are above the archways) and head over to explore it. You can explore the project example to example, reading the signs, and trying out the interactions.
This example has been stripped down just the parts used for the fire and cooking. Try everything out, then see if you can figure out how to add a new cookable food to the scene, lets say a potato. For further instructions, read the Baked Potato Walkthrough included in the Camp Fire Example.
Look at the settings on the Power and Happiness Buffs, and then look over how the Producers are receiving and giving off the Buffs. You can try adding a coal mine that needs to give off a fuel Buff for the power plant to receive before it can give off power.
This example has all the possible data you can add to Producers and Buffs, as well as some small scripts that can make visible changes to your objects when Buffs are detected. If you are ever unsure what kinds of data you can put under something, this is a good scene to check.
It also has an example of just using a regular placed item that is not a Producer to give off a Buff (the statue). Look inside Producer Base - Square Dirt (Client) to find examples of little scripts that can react to Buffs.
Every example has Player Lots in it. They are needed to store which items the Player has placed in the world and what state they are in. They can also be used and combined with Areas in more advanced ways.
Areas can be used without Player Lots. They are a way to load up art when you go through a portal to a new place. For example, you could have the furniture in your castle not load until a player visits. This will greatly reduce your scene object counts.
There are several examples of different lot/area combinations in this scene. If you are wondering what loads up the objects and how to specify the templates, trying looking for Area Object Loader and Player Lot Object Loader and then check the custom properties.
There are detailed readmes for all of the systems used in the Producers, Buffs and Areas scenes. You can find all the internal documentation by opening the Project Content window and searching for
README. The HELP - Quick Start Guide - README file can give you an idea of how to start, and direct you through the other resources available.