The reset section

Once you have learned to build rooms, objects and NPCs, you will find one main missing thing, while you have created NPCs and objects they don't exist in the game unless you load them. When developing the VME we found that logging on and loading everything for the players to interact with, became a very difficult thing to do when we got over 30 items. After many seconds of thought we came up with the idea of a reset section that would do all of this work for us. In fact the reset takes care of closing doors after players have opened them, loading NPCs and their equipment, loading objects by themselves in rooms or even loaded objects in objects.

Everything inside the reset section activates once at boot time and then again when the reset time is up and the reset flag is true. These two fields were described in the Section called Zone information section in the chapter called Zone source file and are included in the zone header. The reset section is denoted by the symbol '%reset' and can placed anywhere but we try to keep it at the end of our zone files. There is no set order you must reset your doors, objects, and NPCs in but I like to do doors first, special reset commands second, objects in rooms third, objects with objects in them fourth, NPCs fifth, and finally NPCs. You may find that you have a better way of sorting them and again it is up to you.

Door resets

To show how the door resets work we will revisit an old room example from the Section called Exits with doors in the chapter called The Room Section. The following two rooms are linked with a door and at boot time they are reset to closed. When the mud boots the door flags set on the room are the door flags that are used. After boot up time the reset section is where the VME gets its information about what to do with the door.

title "Module tunnel"
descr "The hallway is about 50 meters long and around 100 meters from
side to side and top to bottom...."

movement SECT_INSIDE

west to chamber descr
"The hallway opens up into a chamber."; 

east to office descr
"You see what looks to be an office."
keyword {"air lock door","air lock","door"}


title "The station office"
"Large paintings fill the walls of this part of the station...."

movement SECT_INSIDE

west to hallway descr
"You see what looks to be a hallway."
keyword {"air lock door","air lock","door"}

Now that we have two rooms let's define the reset command and how it works. All reset commands have a keyword and then a set of arguments. The door reset command is simply 'door' followed by a set of arguments that tell the VME where the door is, which door in that location, and what you want to do with the door. The command looks like this.

door <room symbol> <Direction number> {<door flags>}

Door argument explanation

room symbolic

As the name indicates this is the room that the door is located in. If you are resetting a door not in the zone the reset command is in you will need to use a full symbolic name with the zone extension. The following would be two valid examples.

//room symbolic in  this zone
door myroom ...

//room symbolic in another zone
door out_room@frogwart ...

direction number

The direction number can be one of the pre-defined direction numbers in the file vme.h shown here so you don't have to go flipping file to file.

#define NORTH 0
#define EAST  1
#define SOUTH 2
#define WEST  3
#define UP    4
#define DOWN  5
#define NORTHEAST 6
#define NORTHWEST 7
#define SOUTHEAST 8
#define SOUTHWEST 9

door flags

These flags, surrounded by '{}', describe the state of the door after the reset. The following is the list of possible door flags.


Set this if you can open and close this exit, be it a door, gate or otherwise.


Set this if you want the exit to be closed at reset time.


Set this if you want the exit to be locked at reset time.


An interesting aspect is that if you do not specify a key, you can only unlock this door with the 'pick' skill, 'unlock' spell or from DIL with UnSet();


Using this flag renders the 'pick' skill and 'unlock' spell unusable on the lock of this exit.


If this bit is set, the exit is hidden until the mobile has successfully searched for it, using the 'search'-command.

Now that we have all the information we need we can close the door after the reset time expires. For our two rooms the door reset would look like this.



As you can see from the example it is very important to close both sides of the door. If you do not close both sides you will get very weird and undefined errors when players are trying to open and close them

Another thing that you can do with the door reset command is change the doors status. In our previous example we reset the door to its status that it has when it first is loaded into the game. If however we wanted to change the door to a locked door we could do that by adding the locked flag like this.