AEP Callbacks

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Map.bsf callbacks

InitMap

Called when a new game is started. Also called each time the scenario is opened in the editor.

InitFinal

Called when a new game is started, immediately after InitScenario.

StartMap(flags)

Called each time the scenario is opened (new game, loading a saved game, loading the scenario in the editor).

Under some circumstances, StartMap can be called again during a play session, for example when a snapshot or replay state from an older play session is loaded. Bit 0 of the flags parameter will be set when this is the case, although generally the game should respond the same way.

StartTurn

Called at the beginning of the planning phase of each turn.

EndTurn

Called at the end of the resolution phase of each turn. Happens during the TurnResolveComplete command.

UpdateMap(tick)

Called each frame. If the tick parameter is 0, it means that this is an 'extra' frame because the game is rendering faster than its 'logical' framerate (30 fps). Things that should happen at a constant speed (such turn resolution) should only happen if tick is 1, things that should happen as fast as possible (such as UI handling) should happen regardless of tick. In practice, there should be very few places you need to look at the tick parameter.

UpdateAI(faction)

Called for each AI controlled faction until it returns a non-zero value. It is expected to run a small slice AI planning each call. Called after UpdateScenario. AI factions which have the INACTIVE attribute set to non-zero will be skipped.

RenderMap

Called each frame after all of the update callbacks. Primarily used for drawing UI elements over the map

StartGroupVisuals(id)

Expected to set up the visuals for a group (including call SetGroupAsset). Called at various points during game flow (expect it to be called multiple times as needed for the same group). Must not modify gameplay values for object.

StartStructureVisuals(id)

Expected to set up the visuals for a structure (including call SetStructureAsset). Called at various points during game flow (expect it to be called multiple times as needed for the same structure). Must not modify gameplay values for object.

PathfindingData(region, group, ...)

Request for connection info for a group leaving a region. For each region the group can enter from the requested region, the script must call SetPathfindingData.

UI_UPDATE_GROUP(groupID, zoom, mouseX, mouseY, buttons)

Called once per frame for each group visible on the map to update the UIGroup layout for the current frame. zoom is the height of the camera above the ground. Return <= 0 if there is nothing to be drawn. If the mouse is over any visible component of the UI, GetMouseGroup will return that group ID as it would if the mouse was over the group's on-map 3d object. The root of the UI is automatically placed to draw immediately below the base of the group's on-map 3d object.

UI_UPDATE_CITYSCAPE(regionID, zoom, mouseX, mouseY, buttons)

Called once per frame for each region visible on the map to update the UICity layout for the current frame. zoom is the height of the camera above the ground. Return <= 0 if there is nothing to be drawn. If the mouse is over any visible component of the UI, GetMouseStructure will return the ID of structure in that region as it would if the mouse was over the structure's on-map 3d object. The root of the UI is automatically placed to draw immediately below anchor 0 of the region.

Scenario.bsf callbacks

InitScenario

Called when a new game is started, immediately after InitMap.

StartScenario(flags)

Called each time the scenario is opened (new game, loading a saved game), immediately after StartMap. The flags parameter has the same meaning as in StartMap.

StartTurn

Call each turn, immediately after Map.bsf StartTurn

EndTurn

Called each turn, immediately before Map.bsf EndTurn. Happens during the TurnResolveComplete command.

UpdateScenario

Called each frame, immediately after UpdateMap

RenderScenario

Called each frame after, immediately after RenderMap

Callback sequence

New Game Example

  1. InitMap
  2. InitScenario
  3. InitFinal
  4. StartMap
  5. StartScenario
  6. StartStructureVisuals x X
  7. StartGroupVisuals x X
  8. StartTurn in Map.bsf
  9. StartTurn in Scenario.bsf
  10. UpdateMap
  11. UpdateScenario
  12. RenderMap
  13. RenderScenario
  14. UpdateMap
  15. ...
  16. UpdateMap
  17. UpdateScenario
  18. UpdateAI
  19. ...
  20. EndTurn in Scenario.bsf
  21. EndTurn in Map.bsf
  22. StartTurn in Map.bsf
  23. StartTurn in Scenario.bsf
  24. UpdateMap
  25. ...

Loading Saved Game Example

  1. StartMap
  2. StartScenario
  3. StartStructureVisuals x X
  4. StartGroupVisuals x X
  5. UpdateMap
  6. UpdateScenario
  7. RenderMap
  8. RenderScenario
  9. UpdateMap
  10. ...