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FAQ๐Ÿ”—

If you have any questions please read this page first. You can easily look for your questions using the table of contents to the right. It's very likely that it has been already asked and answered. If not, feel free to ask us in the discord !.

Where is the command for creating quests?๐Ÿ”—

There is no such command. BetonQuest is too complex to edit it using commands or chest GUI's. We have a VSCode addon to make editing easier.

Can you add particles over NPCs' heads like in "Quests" plugin?๐Ÿ”—

Yes! Check out the EffectLib compatibility documentation.

Can I assign multiple conversation files to one NPC?๐Ÿ”—

No. You can use cross-conversation-pointers though.

Can I delete all tags from a player at once?๐Ÿ”—

No. You either need to run all /q t del PLAYER PACKAGE.TAG commands, or you can use /q purge PLAYER to reset an entire player profile. If you want this as a scripted part of your quest however: Either use a folder event that holds all tag-deleting events. Or use a run event in which you specify all tag-deleting events at once. (We will improve this don't worry)

How do I start an objective from a conversation?๐Ÿ”—

Use the objective event.

Why is X thing not working?๐Ÿ”—

If something stopped working before asking for help please do /q reload and READ THE OUTPUT IN CONSOLE! You will be able to see which events etc. loaded and which didn't with the reasons why. You may be able to fix it yourself from this or use this information, so we can better help you!

Also double check you saved your files and if needed reupload them to your server. This is insanely common and can be overlooked!

I have an error which says "Cannot load plugins/BetonQuest/{someFile}.yml", what is wrong?๐Ÿ”—

You have incorrect YAML syntax in your conversation file. Usually it's because you started a line with ! or &, forgot colons or made some weird things with apostrophes.

How to get a formatted version of the BlockObjective's variables?๐Ÿ”—

The math variable is perfect for this. /papi parse USER %betonquest_BlockVar:math.calc:|objective.test.left|%

How to display "1 / 10" in objective notify๐Ÿ”—

This problem can be solved by scripting a small custom message system.

The core ideas of that system are:

  • An objective always has an amount of 1 as we want to show a message upon each progression towards our goal.

  • The objective instantly restarts after it is finished thanks to the persistent argument. It will be deleted using the objective event once it's finished.

  • The systems logic is essentially just a point variable that is increased on each completion and a notify event being run. That notify event displays a the current objective progress.

  • The objective gets reset with an event that has a condition bound to it. That means that the event will only be run once the condition is true. in this case the player needs 10 points / needs to have mined 10 blocks.

Here is an example for the block objective.

#objectives.yml
mineStone: "block stone -1 persistent events:blockBroken"

#events.yml
blockBroken: "folder addPoint,sendNotify,checkForCompletion"

addPoint: "point blockCounter 1"
sendNotify: "notify &a%point.blockCounter.amount%&8/&210 &7stone broken. io:chat"

checkForCompletion: "run ^objective remove mineStone ^deletepoint blockCounter conditions:has10Points"

#conditions.yml
has10Points: "point blockCounter 10"

How can I let the NPC say things across multiple lines?๐Ÿ”—

You need to use the PIPE | character at the start of the multiline string.

text: |
  This is line one.
  This is line two.

          You
        can also
  format this using spaces.

How to deal with unresolvable variables that show "0"?๐Ÿ”—

You can just add them together using math.calc.

%math.calc:objective.PickWheat1.left+objective.PickWheat2.left+objective.PickWheat3.left+objective.PickWheat4.left'

How to match different items with just one condition?๐Ÿ”—

If you want a player to have e.g. potato + poisonous_potato = 64 in his inventory you can make a special item in your items.yml file that matches items based of their names. More specifically, you can have a Block Selector that is a regex. It would look like this in the example:

#items.yml
anyPotato: ".*potato.*"

#conditions.yml
hasAnyPotato: "item anyPotato"

How to store custom text in a variable / How to use the variable objective?๐Ÿ”—

  1. Start a variable objective for the player. It serves as a variable storage:

    #objectives.yml
     myVariableStorage: "variable no-chat"
    

  2. Assign values to that storage using a key and a value. Both can be any text you like:

    #events.yml
    addBlock: "variable myVariableStorage blockName REDSTONE"
    addLocation: "variable myVariableStorage location 123;456;789;world"
    

  3. Read from your variable storage using the storages name and the data key.

    #conditions.yml
    hasHeartBlock: "testforblock %objective.myVariableStorage.location% %objective.myVariableStorage.blockName%"
    

Error "Quester is not defined"๐Ÿ”—

You either actually did not define the quester: someName option at the top of your conversation, or your YAML syntax is invalid. YAML Syntax Errors are the HUGE red lines that you see when you do /q reload. They lead to the file not being properly read -> All kinds of errors like "can't find quester etc." Copy your file into http://www.yamllint.com/ to confirm that it is actually a YAML error and fix your syntax. Best practise is to define all options like this: myOptionName: "myData" The double quotes prevent YAMl issues with e.g. !.

Other plugins override BetonQuest commands / BetonQuest overrides other commands!๐Ÿ”—

You can change which command is used using a Bukkit feature: https://bukkit.gamepedia.com/Commands.yml

Handling death in your quests๐Ÿ”—

Sometimes, while writing a dangerous quest you will want something specific to happen when the player dies. If it's a boss battle you may want to fail the quest, if it's a dungeon you may want to respawn the player at the beginning of a level etc. You can do that with die objective - simply start it for the player at the beginning of the quest and make it fire events that will do the thing you want (like teleporting the player to desired respawn point, removing tags set during the quest etc). You can add persistent argument to the objective instruction string to make it active even after completing it. Remember to delete it after the quest is done!

Creating regions for one player at the time๐Ÿ”—

Imagine you have a room to which the player is teleported. Then suddenly mobs start to spawn and the player must kill them (because it's a trap or something). The player has killed all the mobs, he got a tag and wants to proceed but all of the sudden another player teleports into the room and all the mobs start to spawn again. The first player is quickly killed and the second one easily kills all mobs. You can prevent such situations by using party condition. Just check with it if the party consisting of "players inside the room" has greater amount of players that 1. Set the range to something big enough so it covers the room and the party condition can be tag or location.

Racing with folder event๐Ÿ”—

Since folder event can run tag events even for offline players you can create races. Create location objective where you want the finish line to be and condition it with negated "race_failed" tag (or similar). It will mean that "if the player has not failed the race, he can win it by reaching the location". Now when the race starts fire folder event with the amount of time you want to give your players to complete the race. This event should set "race_failed" tag. If the player reaches the location before this tag is set, he will fire all events in that location objective, but if the time has passed, the objective will not be completed. You can figure the rest out for yourself.

Random daily quests๐Ÿ”—

Starting the random quest must be blocked with a special tag. If there is no such tag, the conversation option should appear. Create a few quests, each of them started with single folder event (they must be started by single event!). Now add those events to another folder event and make it random:1. At the end of every quest add delay which will reset the special blocking tag. Now add that folder event to the conversation option. When the player chooses it he will start one random quest, and the conversation option will become available after defined in delay objective time after completing the quest.

The same random daily quest for every player๐Ÿ”—

To do this use something called "Static event". Run a static folder event every day at some late hour (for example 4am). The folder event should be random:1 and contain several different globaltag events. These events will set a specific tag. Now when the player starts the conversation and asks about the daily quest the NPC should check (using the globaltag condition) which tag is currently set and give the player different quests based on that. Of course, the static folder event also needs to remove the the current tag before setting a new one.

Global Quests (all players work together)๐Ÿ”—

There is no super easy way to do this yet. One would do this: Create an objective that is immediately fired upon the first action (this means setting the amount to one for most objectives). That objective must be persistent so it restarts immediately upon completion. It would trigger a globalpoint event that increases some globalpoint variable by one. That globalpoint variable tracks the players combined progress as it is the same for all of them. Therefore, there must also be some sort of globalpointcondition that checks whether the "global objective" has been completed. It must be checked in a "checkCompletion" event that is run alongside the globalpoint event. It could look like this:

checkCompletion: "run ^objective delete globalQuest ^folder giveRewards,notifyRewards conditions:globalObjectiveDone"

Make the NPC react randomly๐Ÿ”—

Imagine you want to lie to NPC and he has 15% chance of believing you completely, 35% of being suspicious and 50% of not believing at all. The common denominator for those percentages is 20, so we can write it as 3/20, 7/20 and 10/20. The NPC will check options one after another until it finds one which meets all conditions. We will use random condition with our options. The first one will have 3-20 chance (that's the format used by random condition). If this condition fails, the NPC will check next option. But it won't be 7-20, because we already "used" 3 of 20. If you wrote it like that, the chance would be too low. That's why it will be 7-17. The third option should have 10-10 (because 17 - 7 = 10 and 50% is 10/20), but as you can see it will always be true. It's because we want the last option to be shown if both previous fail. You don't have to add the last condition at all.

Quest GUI๐Ÿ”—

If you want your players to be able to choose a quest everywhere, every time, then you can create a conversation which can be started with an item. This one is a little hacky but it shows flexibility of BetonQuest. First you need a conversation which behaves as a quest choosing GUI. Name the NPC "Quester", add one option for each quest etc. Now you need an objective which will start this conversation using conversation event. It should be action objective, set to right click on any block. Add hand condition to make it accept only clicks with a specific item and make the objective persistent (so players can use it multiple times). The item used here should be marked as Quest Item so players can't drop it. Now define new global location covering your whole map and using it start the objective and give players the item. This way all players (existing and new) will get the quest item, which opens a GUI with quests when right clicked.

Non-Linear Objectives in Quests๐Ÿ”—

If ever you're making a quest that has the player completing multiple objectives at once in order to complete the quest itself, you may want to add the option of being able to complete the objectives in a non-linear fashion (Objective C -> Objective A -> Objective B -> Completed). There are multiple ways of doing this but this one is probably the simplest. Firstly, create as many objectives as you want. We are going to be working with three objectives:

Objective_A: Objective_Arguments events:Rewards
Objective_B: Objective_Arguments events:Rewards
Objective_C: Objective_Arguments events:Rewards

Now that the player has been given these three objectives, we will also create three objective conditions that check the player for these objectives:

Has_Objective_A: objective Objective_A
Has_Objective_B: objective Objective_B
Has_Objective_C: objective Objective_C

We will also create one and condition, which means a player must (or must not, depending on negation) meet all conditions in order for it to return as true. In this case, the player must not be in the process of completing these objectives. The ! in front of the ConditionIDs negates the arguments within the condition. Make sure you have wrapped the condition with ' or " depending on your preferences.

All_Objectives_Done: 'and !Has_Objective_A,!Has_Objective_B,!Has_Objective_C'

Finally, create the event that you wanted to use to give the quest rewards to the player. To this event, you will add the All_Objectives_Done condition. This ensures that the event will not be fired unless the player has completed all objectives.

Rewards: RewardEventArguments condition:All_Objectives_Done

Now, simply add this Rewards event to every one of your objectives and you have now created a way for players to complete a quest's objective in a non-linear fashion! You can add as many or as little objectives as you want, you just have to add the additional objectives to the conditions.


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