Fatal Dimensions

TCL-Programs Reference Manual


Written by Joran Jessurun (Fatal) for Fatal Dimensions.

Quick Introduction

A mob can be associated with one mobprog. This is done in the mob editor with the procinstance command. When a mobile is created, this program will be executed. When a mob is extracted (purged / removed from game) all variables and procedures created by the mobprog will be deleted.

A mobprog will normally contain some definitions for procedures (using the TCL proc command) and at least one call to the addtrigger command. The addtrigger command will let the mob react on certain events by calling a mobprog.

A small example for a mobprog:

proc greetplayer {} {
    ! say "Hello [char short], how are you today?"
    ! tip [char]

addtrigger 1 greet {greetplayer} {trig true}

This small mobprogam will be executed when the mob associated with this mobprogam is loaded (with load mob command or a reset). It will define a procedure that greets the default character and tipping its hat to him/her. Finally it will add a greet trigger. The name of that trigger is 1. This can be used to delete the trigger dynamically (not often used). A greet trigger is a trigger that will go off when a player enters the room. The last argument of a trigger is an extra condition that should be valid before the trigger executes. Here {trig true} is used, meaning that this trigger will always occur. If it had been {trig chance 40} there only is a 40% chance the trigger will occur. If the trigger fires it executes the {greetplayer} command, defined earlier.

Default Command Target

When a trigger executes the mob, char, room and obj command will refer to the default.

  • mob - The mob command will normally always refer to the mob that is executing the mobprogam.
  • char - When the trigger involves a character, char will refer to that character. The greet trigger is an example of a trigger that involves a character.
  • ! - The ! command is for executing mud commands. As an default the ! command will always use the mob that is executing the mobprog.
  • addtrigger - The addtrigger should only be used outside procedure definitions and will always be executed on the mob that is running the mobprog.
  • room - default the room will be the room that the mob that is running the mobprog is standing in.

The mud and random commands do not have any special mud structures associated with them.

Search mechanisms

charid's, objid's and locations can be used as parameters for the commands. The following paragraphs will describe the format of these identifiers.

The charid

A charid is a way to identify characters in the mud. This can be one player or one or more mobiles. The charid has the following form:


With the options you can specify how the search must be done. The options are a list of characters. Allowed characters are:
g Search globally. Default all search actions are only done in the current room. This option makes the system search the whole mud.
m Only find mobs.
p Only fins PCs.
v Use vnum to find a mob

The <argument> can be a name or an id (number). Every player and mob have an unique id. This can be used to find that character.

A name can haver a prefix like this:


This will search for the second janitor in the room.

Additionally you can access the memory slots by using #, eg:


will retrieve the char/mod currenty stored in slot 1. See the -set and -get options on the char commands page. You can't combine the [options:]<argument> syntax with the # syntax.


m:10 Mob with id 10 in this room.
gm:10 The same mob, but search globally.
p:123252424 The player with the given id in current room
v:3001 The mob with vnum 3001 in current room
Test The mob or player with name Test in current room
mg:Test The mob with name test searched globally
p:Fatal The player with name Fatal in current room
mg:3.janitor The third janitor in the mud
#2 The char/mob currently stored in slot 2

The objid

The objid is used to find an instance of an object. It has the following form:
Option letters:
v Use vnum to find the object.
t Use string as object type.

The argument can be a name or a number. A number indicates the objects unique id. object id's will not be preserved after reboot.

Just as with chars/mobs you can use # to access the memory slots.


100 Search for object with id 100
v:3001 Search for object with vnum 3001
t:weapon Search for a weapon
t:3.weapon Search for the third weapon
test Search for the object named test
#4 Current obj in slot 4

The location

The location is used to find a room in the mud. You can search for room vnum or a mob or object that is in a room.

[options:]<name> Search for char or object.
[options:]<number> Search for char or object or vnum. (default vnum)

Option letters:
m Find only mobs
p Find only PC's
c Find mobs or PC's.
o Don't search for chars, but for objects

Normally when using a number it will be interpreted as a room vnum. Using the options m, p, c or o it will be interpreted as an id.

3001 Room with vnum 3001
m:100 Room with mob with id 100
p:Fatal The room where Fatal is standing
o:122 The room which contains object with id 122. It will only find objects that are lying in the room.