From Worms Knowledge Base
The game editor is somewhat less complicated than the weapon editor but still has a few advanced features. Some of the options in the game editor conflict with those in the weapon editor - the game editor over-rides weapon editor settings and is designed to make certain aspects of the game easier to control by doing so. The game editor also contains options that specify what map editor options will apply (see Map Editor), as will be explained later.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Standard Options
- 3 Stockpile
- 4 Donor Cards
- 5 Worms Movements
- 6 Ways To Win The Match
- 7 Worm Selection
- 8 Fall Damage
- 9 Crate Control
- 10 Event Control
- 11 Object Control
- 12 Map Editor Over-ride
- 13 Individual Worm Inventories
The game editor will, of course, contain the usuals, with a few simple additions:
- Worms Health (It would be adjustable for every worm. God mode could be made for a worm by forcing his health to be constant every second.)
- Automatic/Manual Worm Placement(You would be able to set how many worms you place manually and how many are placed randomly)
- Only last team attacks(On/Off Toggle)
- Alternating/Consecutive Alliance Turns
This refers to how the teams in a color group take their turns: red1-blue1-red2-blue2 or red1-red2-blue1-blue2
- Turn Time (And an option for Turn time stockpile: unused seconds from a turn added to the next)
- Retreat Time (See this)
- Hotseat Time
- Time Display
- Terrain regeneration(You would be able to play consecutive rounds on the same terrain, but with the damage intact.)
All of these options can be modified along the game with the Dependent Changer.
In the Simple Editor, you would pick between Stockpile, Anti-Stockpile and No Stockpile. But in the Advanced Editor, Stockpiling wouldn´t be needed. Using the Dependent Changer, you could reset the Ammunition to the initial number every round(No Stockpile) or to receive the initial number of Ammunition every round, which would be added to the Ammunition you already have(Stockpile). If neither of these options is used, you will just use the remaining Ammunition of the previous turn(Anti-Stockpile).
There are 4 options which affect Donor Cards:
- Appearance Probability: The probability of appearance when the last worm of the team dies.
- Number of Weapons: The maximum number of weapons you can get in a Donor Card.
- Priority: When the number of weapons you can get is greater than the previous option, this will allow to decide which weapons you can collect.
Currently, you can decide if worms can move or not. But this can be made for all worms movements. You could configure the Walking Speed or disable the walking at all. Also, you could configure the Height and the Horizontal Change of the various jumps: the forward jump, the backwards jump, the backflip jump and the straight jump or disable some of them or even all of them. There would be the following restrictions:
- The straight jump wouldn´t have any horizontal change
- The forward jump, the backwards jump and the backflip jump would have a minimum horizontal change
- All the jumps would have a minimum height
- The backflip jump can´t be enabled if the backwards jump isn´t enabled
- The backflip jump would have an horizontal change lower than the backwards jump and an height greater than the backwards jump
You could set the Wind Suscepibility when a worm is jumping/falling and the Gravity of worms. Aditionally, you could disable/enable the Traversavility of worms. Disablling it would make worms to be able to pass through each other.
Ways To Win The Match
Currently, you can only win a Match by winning a determinated number of rounds, but with this option many new things could be done.For example, you can set the way to win the match to # consecutive rounds to win or best of # rounds. Also, you could use position points, that is, you get points depending of the position and who gets more points at the end of # rounds, or who gets a determinated number of points wins the match. But there is much more. Disqualifications could be used, for example, for the player who finishs a game below a determinated positions, gets a determinated number of points(this number should be negative) or doesn't get a determinated number of points in a determinated round
Currently, you can pick Cycled Worm Selection(The worms are selected automacticly by the computer in a determinated order), Manual Worm Selection (You can pick at the beginning of the turn which worm to move) or Random Worm Selection(Worms are selected randomly). But what about if you want an intermediate option? In Worms Unlimited you would have squads, you would split your team in Squads(Group of worms) where you could select manually which worms to move. This would make possible to have other two modes of worm selection: Cycled Squad Selection (The squads are selected automacticly by the computer in a determinated order) and Random Squad Selection(Squads are selected randomly). Another subject about the Worm Selection is that it's automatically set to Cycled Worm Selection after Sudden Death. But with the Dependent Changer, you could change betweem all the selection modes whenever you want, and even change the Squads if you wanted to.
You think that Fall Damage is only a matter of enabling/disabling it, but not, it's not. For a start you can decide the minimum and maximum injury you can receive in a fall : it is the Minimum/Maximum fall injury. Also, you can decide from which height you start receiving fall damage and which is the final height where the injury stop increasing.It is the Starting/Final Falling Height. A simple calculation from the computer would be enough to know how many damage you receive.You could even set a option like Fall Doesn't End Turn.
A number of options would be available for more powerful control over crates in the game. But first, a word about the crate system in general, and why it is badly designed.
As it is, health crates do two things, a fact that's easy to forget. Supplying health is the obvious one, but they also relieve your worms, your entire team in fact, of poison, should they have been struck by a scrupulous skunk. This seemingly-insignificant feature is holding back a whole potential game type, where worms must collect health crates to combat a continually diminishing health value, through poison effects, while simultaneously dealing with the enemy. Currently, such a game cannot be devised.
But enough about health crates, the real flaws lie in the utility system. Utilities were made to seperate weapons that caused damage and weapons that aided your team in another way, with mind-boggling failure. There is one transport tool in these utilities: the Jetpack, . Yet there are so many other 'weapons' that don't do damage. Parachute, Girder, Teleport, Freeze, Rope, Worm Select, Bungee, the list goes on. Include the weapons ideas on the Weapons suggestions page, and this number increases to over 30 utilities. Why weren't these herded into the Utilities category? Maybe it was to preserve the F-key shortcuts, maybe it was just too much hassle.
Whatever the reason, utilities should never have existed at all. They can hardly be edited in the weapon editor; only quantity can be changed and that's only if you've completed enough missions to win that option. The utility section would be better off abandoned, and those tools that occupy it dragged into the main menu, where greater editing power can be wielded.
But wait, what about those other utilities? I am of course referring to Double Damage and Double Turn Time, those instant-effect utilites upon crate collection. Low gravity, Laser Sight, Invisibility and Fast Walk should also be moved here and converted into instant-effect power-ups. These are pointless if collectable, so should they be available in standard weapon crates, as a unique surprise, or kept in utility toolboxes as usual? The key feature of these is that they are power-ups, not ammunition. They only last for your turn, and this scarcity of availability has a proven influencial effect on human thinking. You will not want to see it go to waste, so it could completely change what was previously a planned-out turn. All power-ups should have that effect: they should make you think "could I do something with this?"
They should have a separate system (i.e. using the toolbox graphic to denote a power-up) and that system should be fully editable in the game editor, unlike the current utility system which doesn't allow you to disable specific pick-ups. More are needed (suggestions are welcome) and these might include temporary Invincibility, or perhaps weapon specific power-ups such as Teleport Doesn't End Turn, Improved Airstrikes or Girder Intersects Land (a feature that was available with WA, with the use of a third-party program). These power-ups have the persuasive ability to change what happens in a turn, and change the outcome of a game completely.
Power-ups and transport tools should, of course, remain distinguishable from regular weapons if the Host desires. Perhaps the toolbox could be used for this as it is most appropriate, and another sprite assigned to "power-ups", such as a gift-box.
So, what would Crate Control have control over? Taking the above into account and some suggestions I've heard over the years, let's take a look:
General crate options
Probability of a crate landing is an obvious starter(It would use the Fractional Probability System, with the difference that the sums of the numerators may be equal or lower than the denominator.)
- Cycle Between Zones.
- If enabled, the game editor allows specific map options (see Map Editor, below) to control where crates land. This feature would be useful to have crates alternate between the left and right sides of the map, so that in "fort" games, each team gets their fair share of crates.
- Booby-trapped Crates.
- Crates may explode when collected with a definable probability.
- Maximum Crate Setting.
- Crates won't appear if the limit is reached, or they will explode if the limit is exceeded, as the host decides.(This may be set for one or more types or for all crates in general.)
- Wind Susceptibility.
- The degree in which the crate drop is susceptible to the wind.
The amount of health delivered. This could be fixed or random.
Whether poison is treated. And, if so, whether for that worm or the whole team.
Nothing special about these, so long as they are fully editable (as in the Weapons Editor) unlike in Worms Armageddon.
- Temporary Invincibility.
- Lasts the whole turn.
- Teleport Doesn't End Turn.
- Essentially turns regular teleports into Super Teleports.
- Improved Airstrikes / Close Combat / Firearms / Projectiles, etc.
- Lasts the whole turn.
- Crate Spy.
- Lasts for a definable number of turns or the whole game.
- Double / Triple / Quadruple Damage.
- Lasts the whole turn.
- Girder Intersects Land.
- Lasts for a definable number of turns or the whole game.
- Disable all mines or mine-like weapons.
- Lasts the whole turn.
- Low gravity / Laser Sight / Invisibility / Fast Walk.
- See Editor Specifics
- Super-weapon Differentiation.
- An option that allows super-weapon crates to be identified by a red flashing border.
This is basically the Sudden Death option panel, only with far more control. You could even have more than one Sudden Death. The events, each editable in strength, will come in many forms, and occur between turns rather than during them:
- Nuclear Bomb
- Flooding (With an option to make the strenght of the Flooding relative to the number of surviving teams)
- Ozone Hole (a weapon idea. Click here for details)
- Alien Invasion (same as above. Click here for details)
- Sudden death (The actual sudden death, all worms reduced to 1 health point)
- End round (The round would end and the team/group with most energy wins)
- Lightning Storm (several random Lightning Strikes)
Other events such as the global utilities can be included, even though they would not be classed as "Sudden Death" events as such:
- Scales of Justice
- Low Gravity
- Double/Triple/Quadruple Damage
- Crate Shower
- Random Mine/Barrel Spawn
These events can each be triggered by a small number of things:
- After A Specific Turn
- After A Specific Time
Any number of these events, in any combination, would be possible (just not simultaneously). If Flooding was already activated, then triggering another Flooding of the same strength would not make anything(As it wouldn't make sense to trigger two floodings in the same turn).
The Map Editor would have a fair bit of control over terrain Objects, but the game editor has some extra options. These would over-ride map-specific options if they conflicted.
Firstly, a list of the objects that would be available. Some of these are new.
- Oil Barrels(The classic barrels in Worms games)
- Poison Barrels(This would release Poison instead Fire when it exploded)
- Ice Barrels (This would release Ice instead Fire when it exploded)
- Nuclear Barrels(This would release Radiation instead Fire when it exploded)
- Mines (with the regular settings options of course)
- Self-replicating Mines (as described in the Weapons Section)
- Sentry Guns (as described in the Weapons Section)
- Bunkers (as described in the Weapons Section)
- Spring (as a Trampoline but it doesn't allow to set the power of the jump)
- Vending Machine
Not much bigger than a barrel, this heavily armoured (indestructable, even) object sits defiantly on the terrain, its function being to dispense weapons. Yes, any worm in close contact with this unit can trade in health points, as a sort of currency, for a weapon of his choice from a small predefined list. As if the Vending Machine were a worm itself, it can have any selection of weapons, infinite supply or restricted. All this predefined by the host, who may also choose to have the Vending Machine randomly restocked with anything each turn, and even the prices.
When a worm is moved very close to the machine, a small window not too dissimilar from the weapons menu should scroll in from the left, with cursor available to select anything affordable. Right-clicking or moving away from the machine should close the window.
- Communications Outpost
Allows the summoning of a free but very weak airstrike (type defined by host) that doesn't end your turn. Destructibility is an option.
- Teleport Booth
Allows free teleportation to any location. End turns. Destructibility is an option.
For each of these objects, the number on the terrain can be determined (if random). Otherwise, the game editor can be instructed to allow the map-editor-specific options (see Map Editor, below) to control placement of objects.
Additionally, the game editor will be able to spawn new mines and barrels on the terrain in random spots between turns, with a given probability, in much the same way as crates arrive.
Map Editor Over-ride
The game editor will be capable of disabling map-editor-specific options, so that the scheme can freely be used with any map for its shape only, and not any map-specific settings that come with it:
- Force a determinated grade of destructibility
- Disable Terrain Armor Points Zones
- Disable Worms Placement Zones
- Disable Object Placement Zones
- Disable Event-triggering Zones
- Disable Automatic Spawn Points
- Disable Defined Object Placements Points
- Disable Game-Winning Crates
- Disable Game-Modifiying Crates
- Disable Game-Winning Flags
See Map Editor for details concerning these concepts.
Individual Worm Inventories
This control panel will allow you to determine which worms will be able to use which weapons. It is a simple case of selecting each worm in turn, and ticking off the weapons available in the scheme that it can use.
Additionally, the game editor will be able to do this for each team rather than just all teams - so different teams may have entirely different sets of weapons. In the case that the Host wants one team to have one version of a weapon, and the other team a different version - in any respect - of the same weapon, then the Host can use the weapon factory to do so (see Weapon Factory).