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Subject: How to use timers and events
Subject: How to use timers and events
Author: Tyche
Posted: 01/04/2006 05:32AM

Q. How do I set up a repetitive, timed event on an object or room?

A. The Hamster! The World initializes the Hamster to send :timer events to for anything subscribed to it. I think it's 2 second intervals. I use @powered in GameObject to serialize this. So when any GameObject is loaded with it true, it will subscribe to the Hamster. The Hamster sends the events to the tits queue and so in the Player#ass method.

Using healing as an example:

   when :timer
     heal(parms)  # your routine
     more_routines
     super(e)  # will call GameObject#ass or just override and use 
               # call fart(e) here to preserve triggers.
   end  


If you want to heal at 5 minute intervals, you will have to keep state like:

 def heal parms
   @heal_state += 2  # timer seconds - or $world.hamster.time if accessor
   if @heal_state > 300  # 5 minutes
     @health += heal_rate
   end
 end


There is no event scheduling, only event handling. I don't wish to implement it. State transitions in the GameObjects? are the way TeensyMud is designed.

An alternative is to create another Hamster and event type in World:

    @heal_manager = Hamster.new(self, 300.0, :timer_five_minutes)


Then handle it in Player#ass with:

   when :timer_five_mintes
     heal_update(parms)  # your routine


You'll need something other than Object#powered to save this interest in heal_manager. I'd be wary of making too many special Hamsters as they run as independent threads and all have to serialize on the tits queue.



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