Creating Custom Game Types

The Ruleset Desktop File

Creating new game types is incredibly simple for Killbots, especially when starting from an existing ruleset file. Rulesets are stored as a single desktop file where the parameters and metadata are stored as simple key-value pairs.

Example 4.2. The Default Killbots Game Type

[KillbotsRuleset]
Name=Killbots
Name[gl]=Robots asasinos
Author=Parker Coates
AuthorContact=parker.coates@kdemail.net
Description=<qt><p>The default Killbots game type.</p><p>Includes a medium size grid, safe teleports, fast enemies and pushable junkheaps.</p></qt>
Description[gl]=<qt><p>O xogo tipo Killbots por omisión.</p><p>Inclúe unha grella mediana, teleportacións seguras, enemigos rápidos e chatarra que se pode empurrar.</p></qt>
Rows=16
Columns=16
EnemiesAtGameStart=8.0
EnemiesAddedEachRound=4.0
FastEnemiesAtGameStart=-2.0
FastEnemiesAddedEachRound=2.0
EnergyEnabled=true
EnergyAtGameStart=0
EnergyAddedEachRound=0
MaxEnergyAtGameStart=12.0
MaxEnergyAddedEachRound=0.0
SafeTeleportEnabled=true
CostOfSafeTeleport=1
VaporizerEnabled=false
CostOfVaporizer=0
PushableJunkheaps=Many
SquaskKillsEnabled=true
JunkheapsAtGameStart=0.0
JunkheapsAddedEachRound=0.0
PointsPerEnemyKilled=5
PointsPerFastEnemyKilled=10
WaitKillPointBonus=0
WaitKillEnergyBonus=1
SquashKillPointBonus=0
SquashKillEnergyBonus=1

Note that all text parameters should be entered in American English. As seen in the example above, translations can be added to the desktop file by repeating the key and appending the language code between square brackets. Also note that rich text can be given to the Description field by wrapping the value in <qt> tags.

A ruleset file should contain all of the following parameters.

Name

the name of the ruleset as it will appear in the ruleset selector and the high score dialog.

Author

The creator of the ruleset

AuthorContact

The contact information of the creator. This is usually an email address.

Description

A description of the ruleset. This should give a decent overview of the game type, but it doesn't need to list the value of each parameter as this information can been seen in the Details dialog.

Rows

The number of rows in the game grid.

Columns

The number of columns in the game grid.

EnemiesAtGameStart

The number of regular enemies added to the grid at the start of the first round.

EnemiesAddedEachRound

The number of additional regular enemies added to the grid at the start of each round.

FastEnemiesAtGameStart

The number of fast enemies added to the grid at the start of the first round.

FastEnemiesAddedEachRound

The number of additional fast enemies added to the grid at the start of each round.

EnergyEnabled

If set to false the hero will be enable to earn or spend energy.

EnergyAtGameStart

The amount of energy awarded to the hero at the start of the first round.

EnergyAddedEachRound

The amount of energy awarded to the hero at the start of each round.

MaxEnergyAtGameStart

The maximum energy capacity of the hero at the start of the first round.

MaxEnergyAddedEachRound

The change in maximum energy capacity at the start of each round.

SafeTeleportEnabled

If set to false the safe teleport action will be disabled.

CostOfSafeTeleport

The amount of energy consumed by teleporting safely.

VaporizerEnabled

If set to false the vaporizer action will be disabled.

CostOfVaporizer

The amount of energy consumed by using the vaporizer.

PushableJunkheaps

The number of junkheaps that can be moved with a single push. Possible values are None, One and Many

SquaskKillsEnabled

If true, the hero can squash enemies by pushing junkheaps onto them.

JunkheapsAtGameStart

The number of junkheaps placed on the grid at the start of the first round.

JunkheapsAddedEachRound

The number of additional junkheaps placed on the grid at the start of each round.

PointsPerEnemyKilled

The number of points awarded for destroying a regular enemy.

PointsPerFastEnemyKilled

The number of points awarded for destroying a fast enemy.

WaitKillPointBonus

The number of bonus points awarded for destroying an enemy while waiting out the round.

WaitKillEnergyBonus

The number of bonus energy units awarded for destroying an enemy while waiting out the round.

SquashKillPointBonus

The number of bonus points awarded for squashing an enemy with a junkheap.

SquashKillEnergyBonus

The number of bonus energy units awarded for squashing an enemy with a junkheap.

Installing Custom Game Types

In order for Killbots to detect and use a new game type, the ruleset file must be moved to an appropriate directory. To install the game type for only the current user, copy the file to $KDEHOME/share/apps/killbots/rulesets. To make the game type available system wide, move the file to `kde-config --prefix`/share/apps/killbots/rulesets. Note that this will likely require administrative privileges.