ai_goal_operator

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<Half-Life 2> ai_goal_operator is a point entity available in the Half-Life 2 series. It indicates items in the world that some NPCs may operate upon.

This entity is also in the code for [Portal]. Its functionality is not guaranteed.

In code, it is represented by class CAI_OperatorGoal, defined in ai_behavior_operator.cpp.

Keyvalues

Position entity (target) <targetname>
Name of the entity that the NPC should move to in order to perform the operation.
Context target (contexttarget) <targetname>
(Optional) Name of an entity that the operator will use within context.
Initial State (state) <choices>
How the operated entity starts.
  • 1: Not ready (closed, locked, etc)
  • 2: Ready (open and accessible)
How should NPC approach? (moveto) <choices>
Confirm:Not implemented?
  • 0: Don't approach
  • 1: Walk
  • 2: Run

AI_GoalEntity:

Actor(s) to affect (actor) <target_name_or_class>
The targetname or classname of any NPCs that will be included in this goal. Wildcards are supported.
Search Type (SearchType) <choices>
What the Actor(s) to affect keyvalue targets by.
  • 0: Entity Name
  • 1: Classname
Start Active (StartActive) <boolean>
Set if goal should be active immediately.

Base:

Classname (classname) <string>
The classname defines the type of entity. Classnames can be changed using AddOutput, which will influence how the engine deals with the entity in certain circumstances.
Name (targetname) <string>
The name that other entities refer to this entity by.
Global Entity Name (globalname) <string>
Name by which this entity is linked to another entity in a different map. When the player transitions to a new map, entities in the new map with globalnames matching entities in the previous map will have the previous map's state copied over their state.
Parent (parentname) <targetname>
Specifies a movement parent. An entity will maintain its initial offset from its parent. An attachment point can be added to the end of the name, separated by a comma. Every entity can be parented, even point entities. Entities which are parented will be forced to transition to the next map, such as from a trigger_transition. Some entities which aren't intended to be parented may not function correctly. phys_constraint can be used as a workaround to parenting.
Origin (X Y Z) (origin) <coordinates>
The position of this entity's center in the world. Rotating entities typically rotate around their origin.
Pitch Yaw Roll (X Y Z) (angles) <angle>
This entity's orientation in the world. Pitch is rotation around the Y axis, yaw is the rotation around the Z axis, roll is the rotation around the X axis.
Note:This works on brush entities, although Hammer doesn't show the new angles.
Flags (spawnflags) <integer>
Toggles features of an entity, its specific number is determined by the combination of flags added.
Response Contexts (ResponseContext) <string>
Pre-defined response system contexts for this entity. Format is key:value,key:value,.... Contexts may be filtered.
Effects (effects) <integer> !FGD
Combination of effect flags to use.
Local Time (ltime) <float> !FGD
The local time of the entity, independent of the global clock. Used mainly for physics calculations.
Next Think (nextthink) <float> !FGD
Amount of time before the entity thinks again.
Hammer ID (hammerid) <integer> !FGD
The entity's Hammer ID. Mainly used by plugins and debugging commands, such as ent_keyvalue. Can be manually assigned with the "hammerid" or "id" keyvalue. Entities spawned at run-time are not assigned any Hammer ID.

Inputs

SetStateReady
Set the object's state to Ready. Fire this input when the object has been unlocked/opened or otherwise made ready for interaction.
SetStateFinished
Fire this input when the NPC has completed the interaction with this object.

AI_GoalEntity:

Activate
Make the goal active if it wasn't already. NPCs will begin taking orders.
Deactivate
Make goal inactive.
UpdateActors  !FGD
Tell the goal entity to re-check Actor(s) to affect in case any disappeared, or any new NPCs spawned.[confirm]

Base:

Kill
Removes this entity and any entities parented to it from the world.
KillHierarchy
Functions the same as Kill, although this entity and any entities parented to it are killed on the same frame, being marginally faster than Kill.
SetParent  <string>
Move with this entity. See Entity Hierarchy (parenting).
SetParentAttachment  <string>
Change this entity to attach to a specific attachment point on its parent. The entity will teleport so that the position of its root bone matches that of the attachment. Entities must be parented before being sent this input.
SetParentAttachmentMaintainOffset  <string>
As above, but without teleporting. The entity retains its position relative to the attachment at the time of the input being received.
ClearParent
Removes this entity from the the movement hierarchy, leaving it free to move independently.
AddOutput  <string>
Evaluates a keyvalue/output on this entity.
Format: <key> <value>
Format: <output name> <targetname>:<inputname>:<parameter>:<delay>:<max times to fire, -1 means infinite>
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fire the OnUser outputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
Use  !FGD
Same as a player invoking +use; may not do anything. Can also be invoked by creating an output that does not specify an input.
This input is not included in Valve's FGDs.
DispatchEffect  <string> !FGD
Dispatches a special effect from the entity's origin. Removed and replaced entirely by the particle system since <Left 4 Dead>.
DispatchResponse  <string> !FGD
Dispatches a response to the entity. See Response and Concept.
AddContext  <string>
Adds to the entity's list of response contexts. Format is <key>:<value>.
RemoveContext  <string>
Remove a context from this entity's list. The name should match the key of an existing context.
ClearContext  <string>
Removes all contexts from this entity's list.

Outputs

OnBeginApproach
Fired when the NPC begins to approach the position.
OnMakeReady
Fired when the item is ready to operate.
OnBeginOperating
Fired when the NPC is ready to operate.
OnFinished
Fired when SetStateFinished is sent to the entity.

Base:

OnUser1 to OnUser4
These outputs each fire in response to the firing of the like-numbered FireUser1 to FireUser4 Input; see User Inputs and Outputs.