Mission Scripting

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This article will describe everything you need to know in order to understand how to write and modify missions scripts in Off Grid! Mission scripts can get a little bit large but don't let that overwhelm you, they're deceptively simple, we promise!


All modding scripts for Off Grid are written in Lua, it's a lovely little language which is simple ( don't tell it I said that ) and extensible thanks to the marvellous MoonSharp.

Lua is quite easy to pick up, even people with no programming experience should be able to get hacking in next to no time!

You'll need the following tools for editing and writing new mission scripts:


Firstly you'll need an IDE, we recommend the Atom with the following extensions:

language-lua Syntax highlighting for Lua
autocomplete-lua Auto-complete support for Lua, we recommend enabling the "Override lower priority providers" in the plugin settings

LevelKit & Game

Both of these are needed in order to run and test and scripts you create


The Mission Script Structure

As mentioned above, mission scripts can get rather large so this article will attempt to break down all the little sub elements, it can be helpful to try and think of the mission script in the same way you might think of a film script. The vast majority of the script is simply defining what is in the world of the mission you've created. Enough talking, lets jump into an example! Rather than posting an entire example script, we'll go from top to bottom exploring what each element does.

Initial Mission State

mission = {

-- Mission info
	startTime = {2009, 04, 27, 21, 13, 00},

In this first code block we create the mission Lua table and define its first value.

Name Description
startTime The start time of the mission in the game world (Year, Month, Day, Hour, Mins, Secs)

startTime doesn't have to be the current date, you can set your mission in any time you desire.


-- Character definitions:
	characters = {
		joe = {
			displayName = "Joe Harman",
			internalName = "Joe",
			characterType = "player",
			prefab = "player",
			spawnpoint = "PlayerSpawn",

This is the first example of us creating a sub table in the mission table, the characters table contains all the information about the characters in your mission! In this example we've added Joe, the protagonist of Off Grid. Here's a break down of what the value of Joe's table means:

Character Table
Name Description
displayName The name that will be used any game UI referencing the character
internalName The internalName can be thought of as the id for the character, you'll reference the character by this value in a few places including conversations (Must be unique!)
characterType The 'type' of the character, see Character Types and Prefabs for more information on possible values
'prefab' The prefab for the character, see Character Types and Prefabs for more information on possible values
spawnpoint The name of the spawn mission object, the position of this object will be where the character is spawned

The characters table can hold information on as many characters as you'd like to fill the mission with, they won't be spawned into the mission until you decide (more on that later)

Physical Items

-- Inventory items:
	items = {
		usbkey = {
			internalName = "USBDongle",
			displayName = "USB dongle",
			description = "Modified USB Bluetooth dongle given to you by the hackers",
			uiSpriteName = "usbdongle.png",

The items table contains information about physical items that the player will be able to add to their inventory over the course of the mission, in this example we're marking up a USB dongle that the player can plug into computers

Item Table
Name Description
internalName The internalName we'll use to identify this item (Must be unique!)
displayName The display name of the item, this is what will be displayed in the games UI
description The description of the item, this will be displayed to users in the players inventory UI
uiSpriteName The path to the items sprite, this is the image that will be used in the games UI


--[[ Data files:
Available data types: generic, text, SMS, encrypted, audio, video, location, key, UUID
	data = {
		PlayerPGPKey = {
			internalName = "PlayerPGPKey",
			name = "Personal PGP encryption key",
			immutable = true,
			dataType = 7,
			creatorName = "Player",
			dataString = "PGP Fingerprint: 1d7d ef54 7a63 5756 63a7 cf14 fbd8 775c c39d 4e51",
			description = "AES 256-bit",
			dataColor = {0.0, 0.6, 1.0, 0.3},

The data table contains data that's specific to your mission, in this example we're defining the players PGP encryption key

Data Table
Name Description
internalName The internalName we'll use to identify this data (Must be unique!)
name The display name of the data, this is what will be displayed in the games UI
immutable Is the data immutable? If true the player won't be able to delete it, this is useful for data items that are part of mission objectives
dataType The type of the data, this is used for displaying the data correctly
creatorName The name of the data's creator (displayed in the UI)
dataString The contents of the data file
description A description of the data file
dataColor RGBA value that's used as the colour of the data point when visible in the players data view


-- Networks:
--[[ types: 0 = mobile, 1 = WiFi, 2 = mesh ]]--
	networks = {
		Semaeopus4G = {
			name = "Semaeopus4G",
			networkType = 0,
			allowPlayerDisconnect = false,
			userAccessKey = "user",
			adminAccessKey = "admin",
			rootAccessKey = "root",

The networks table contains all the information about the possible networks in your game, networks can be of different types such as mobile networks, WiFi, and mesh

Network Table
Name Description
name The name of the network (Must be unique!)
networkType The type of the network (mobile - 0, WiFi - 1, mesh - 2)
allowPlayerDisconnect Is the player allowed to disconnect from the network?
userAccessKey The password for user access to the network
adminAccessKey The password for admin access to the network
rootAccessKey The password for root access to the network

Data sent at higher access levels across a network won't be visible to devices that are connected at a lower access level.


-- Mission objectives:
	objectives = {
		enterTheBuilding = {
			name = "Enter the building",
			onStart = function()
				print("Player must now enter the building")
			onCompleted = function()
				print("The player is now in the building!")

The objectives table contains all the tasks that the player should complete before your mission is finished.

Objective Table
Name Description
name The name of the objective (should be unique)
onStart A callback function that's triggered when the objective is started
onCompleted A callback function that's triggered when the objective is completed


devices = {
		laptop = {
			internalName = "laptop",
			script = "Scripts/Devices/laptop.lua",
Device Table
Name Description
internalName The name of the device. Must be unique and match the MissionObject in the scene
script The script that defines the gui and the behaviour of the device ( See Device Scripting for more information )

Mission Setup

--[[ Mission Setup ]]--
-- Is called every time the mission is loaded, set up characters, networks, devices etc.
-- Do not add to inventories, connect to networks etc this state is for StartMission
function SetupMission()
-- Add Player:

-- set up networks:
	Mission.ConnectToNetwork(mission.devices.OfficeComputerHack, mission.networks.Semaeopus4G.name, mission.networks.Semaeopus4G.userAccessKey)
	Mission.ConnectToNetwork(mission.devices.PanelHack, mission.networks.Semaeopus4G.name, mission.networks.Semaeopus4G.userAccessKey)
	Doors.SetZoneKeys("admin", {"adminkey"})
	Doors.SetZoneKeys("general", {"generalkey"})