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func_forcefield is a brush entity available in Team Fortress 2 Team Fortress 2. Its one of the few brush entities to have team filtered collisions, alongside func_respawnroomvisualizer. All teams but the team this brush entity belongs to, are blocked by it. This entity (func_forcefield) remains visible to both teams regardless of distance.

Despite the render quirk, the entity still finds moments with its team filtered collision keyvalue, often when users edit entities of an already compiled map. Some methods involved are lump file patching or SourceMod plugins.

Keyvalues


Base:
Brush Model (model) <string> !FGD
Which bmodel to display. Normally automaticity set by VBSP; only should be edited if editing a map without recompiling it.
Collisions (solid) <choices>
Method of collision for this entity.

Values:

  • 0: None
  • 1: BSP (QPhysics) !FGD
    Icon-Bug.pngBug:In Portal 2, if an entity using QPhysics collisions is hit by Gel, the game will crash!
  • 2: Bounding Box
  • 3: Oriented Bounding Box (Use for runtime spawned brush entities meant to be rotated) !FGD
  • 4: Oriented Bounding Box but constrained to Yaw only !FGD
  • 5: Custom/Test (Usually no collision with anything) !FGD
  • 6: VPhysics


Name (targetname) <string>
The name that other entities use to refer to this entity.
Parent (parentname) <targetname>
Maintain the same initial offset to this entity. An attachment point can also be used if separated by a comma at the end. (parentname [targetname],[attachment])
Tip.pngTip:Entities transition to the next map with their parents
Tip.pngTip:phys_constraint can be used as a workaround if parenting fails.
Origin (X Y Z) (origin) <coordinates>
The position of this entity's center in the world. Rotating entities typically rotate around their origin.
Note.pngNote:Hammer does not move the entities accordingly only in the editor.
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.pngNote:This works on brush entities, although Hammer doesn't show the new angles.
Classname (classname) <string> !FGD
Determines the characteristics of the entity before it spawns.
Tip.pngTip:Changing this on runtime still has use, like making matching an entry in S_PreserveEnts will persist the entity on new rounds!
Spawnflags (spawnflags) <flags> !FGD
Toggles exclusive features of an entity, its specific number is determined by the combination of flags added.
Effects (effects) <flags> !FGD
Combination of effect flags to use.

TeamNum:
Initial Team (TeamNum) <choices>
Which Team the entity belongs / is assigned to on spawn
  • 0: None
  • 1: Spectator/Halloween Souls Team Fortress 2
  • 2: RED Team Fortress 2
  • 3: BLU/Robots Team Fortress 2
  • 5: Halloween Bosses (only in Team Fortress 2) !FGD

Internal keyvalues used by VRAD:

Minimum Light Level (_minlight) <normal>
Minimum amount of light to hit this brush (monochromatic). Values over 1 are overbright, and will bloom in HDR mode.
Shadows (vrad_brush_cast_shadows) <boolean> (in all games since Source 2007)
Determines if this entity will cast lightmap shadows.

VisibleBrush:

Render Mode (rendermode) <choices>
Set a non-standard rendering mode on this entity.
Render Modes
  • 0: Normal
  • 1: Color
  • 2: Texture
  • 3: Glow
  • 4: Solid/Alphatest Obsolete
  • 5: Additive
  • 6: Removed, does nothing Obsolete
  • 7: Additive Fractional Frame
  • 8: Alpha Add
  • 9: World Space Glow
  • 10: Don't Render
Render FX (renderfx) <choices>
Various somewhat legacy alpha effects.
Render Effects
Icon-Bug.pngBug:Alpha effects from 0 to 10 are unavailable due to the bug in code in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • 0: None
  • 1: Slow Pulse (varies alpha by ±16 over a period of 1.5 s)
  • 2: Fast Pulse (varies alpha by ±16 over a period of 0.4 s)
  • 3: Slow Wide Pulse (varies alpha by ±64 over a period of 1.5 s)
  • 4: Fast Wide Pulse (varies alpha by ±64 over a period of 0.4 s)
  • 5: Slow Fade Away (decreases alpha by -1 per frame/(in all games since Left 4 Dead) Fades out over 4 s)
  • 6: Fast Fade Away (decreases alpha by -4 per frame/(in all games since Left 4 Dead) Fades out over 1 s)
  • 7: Slow Become Solid (increases alpha by +1 per frame/(in all games since Left 4 Dead) Fades in over 4 s)
  • 8: Fast Become Solid (increases alpha by +4 per frame/(in all games since Left 4 Dead) Fades in over 1 s)
  • 9: Slow Strobe (transparent 0.8 s, visible 0.8 s, repeat)
  • 10: Fast Strobe (transparent 0.2 s, visible 0.2 s, repeat)
  • 11: Faster Strobe (transparent 0.09 s, visible 0.09 s, repeat)
  • 12: Slow Flicker (transparent 0.18 s, visible 1.5 s, repeat)
  • 13: Fast Flicker (transparent 0.14 s, visible 0.2 s, repeat)
  • 14: Constant Glow ("NoDissipation;" purpose uncertain—for sprites?) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • 15: Distort (causes unnatural flickering and position shifting)/(in all games since Left 4 Dead) Fade Out (instant; not very useful outside of code)
  • 16: Hologram (Distort + "distance fade")/(in all games since Left 4 Dead) Fade In (instant; not very useful outside of code)
  • 17: Scale Up ("Explode"/"scale up really big!" causes wild stretching of model parts) (in Source 2013)/Fade Wider Pulse (varies alpha by ±255 over a period over a period of 0.26 s) (in all games since Left 4 Dead)
    Confirm:which branches/games is it available in, and where does it do what?
  • 18: Glow Shell (purpose unclear) (in all games since Source 2013) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
    Confirm:what does this do? and which games is it in?
  • 19: Clamp Minimum Scale ("keep this sprite from getting very small (SPRITES only!)") (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • 20: Environmental Rain ("for environmental rendermode, make rain") (in Source 2013) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
    Confirm:which games? may be nonfunctional.
  • 21: Environmental Snow ("for environmental rendermode, make snow") (in Source 2013) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
    Confirm:which games? may be nonfunctional.
  • 22: Spotlight FX ("TEST CODE for experimental spotlight") (in Source 2013) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • 23: Ragdoll ("HACKHACK: TEST CODE for signalling death of a ragdoll character;" ragdolls an entity but doesn't kill it) (in Source 2013) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
    Confirm:which games? may be nonfunctional?
  • 24: Fade Wider Pulse (varies alpha by ±255 over a period over a period of 0.26 s) (in Source 2013) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • 25: kRenderFXMax/Fade Near (removed since Left 4 Dead) (not in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
Blank image.pngTodo: what does this do? may be nonfunctional
Render FX / Transparency (0–255) (renderamt) <integer 0–255>
Transparency amount; requires a Render Mode other than Normal. 0 is invisible, 255 is fully visible.
Render Color (R G B) (rendercolor) <color255>
Color tint.
Texture Frame (texframeindex) <integer> !FGD
The frame number for any animated textures on this entity.

Shadow:

Disable Shadows (disableshadows) <boolean>
Prevents the entity from creating cheap render-to-texture shadows, or lightmap shadows if the entity is a prop_static. Does not affect shadow mapping.
Disable Receiving Shadows (disablereceiveshadows) <boolean>
Prevent the entity from receiving dynamic shadows on itself.
Shadow Cast Distance (shadowcastdist) <integer> !FGD
Sets how far the entity casts dynamic shadows. 0 means default distance from the shadow_control entity.
Disable ShadowDepth (disableshadowdepth) <boolean> (in all games since Portal 2)
Used to disable rendering into shadow depth (for projected textures) for this entity.
Disable flashlight (disableflashlight) <boolean> (in all games since Portal 2)
Used to disable projected texture lighting and shadows on this entity.
Projected Texture Cache (shadowdepthnocache) <choices> (in all games since Portal 2)
Used to hint projected texture system whether it is sufficient to cache shadow volume of this entity or to force render it every frame instead.
Choices
  • 0 : Default
  • 1 : No cache - render every frame
  • 2 : Cache it - render only once

SystemLevelChoice:

Minimum / Maximum Effect Details Level (mincpulevel / maxcpulevel) <choices> (in all games since Left 4 Dead)
Don't render for players with Effect Details levels that exceed the minimum or maximum.[Note.pngKey names are related to cpu_level cvar used by Effect Details.]
Choices
  • 0: Default ("Low" formincpulevel, "High" formaxcpulevel)
  • 1: Low
  • 2: Medium
  • 3: High
Minimum / Maximum Shader Details Level (mingpulevel / maxgpulevel) <choices> (in all games since Left 4 Dead)
Don't render for players with Shader Details levels that exceed the minimum or maximum.[Note.pngKey names are related to gpu_level cvar used by Shader Details.]
Choices
  • 0: Default ("Low" formingpulevel, "Very High" formaxgpulevel)
  • 1: Low
  • 2: Medium
  • 3: High
  • 4: Very High

DXLevelChoice:

Minimum / Maximum DX Level (mindxlevel / maxdxlevel) <choices> (removed since Left 4 Dead)
The entity will not exist if the engine is running outside the given range of DirectX Versions.
Choices
Warning.pngWarning:If these are used, the object may break when the user switches their DirectX settings.

Inputs


Base:
AddContext <string>
Adds to the entity's list of response contexts. See Context.
AddOutput <string>
Assigns a new keyvalue/output on this entity. For keyvalues, some rely on extra necessary code to be ran and won't work if its simply just changed through this input. There is a strict format that must be followed:
// Format of changing KeyValues: "AddOutput [key] [value]"
//// Raw text:
"OnUser1" "!self,AddOutput,targetname new_name"

// Format of adding an Output: "AddOutput {targetname}:{inputname}:{parameter}:{delay}:{max times to fire, -1 means infinite}"
//// Raw text:
"OnUser1" "!self,AddOutput,OnUser1:SetParent:!activator:0.0:-1"
// Arguments can be left blank, but the empty blank should still be contained.
//// Raw text:
"OnUser1" "!self,AddOutput,OnUser1:ClearParent::0.0:-1"
ClearContext
Removes all contexts from this entity's list.
ClearParent
Removes this entity from the the movement hierarchy, leaving it free to move independently.
FireUser1 to FireUser4
Fires the respectiveOnUseroutputs; see User Inputs and Outputs.
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 thanKillinput.
RemoveContext <string>
Remove a context from this entity's list. The name should match the key of an existing context.
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.
Use  !FGD
Same as a player invoking +use; no effect in most cases.
DispatchResponse <string> !FGD
Dispatches a response to the entity. See Response and Concept.
DispatchEffect <string> (removed since Left 4 Dead) !FGD
Dispatches a special effect from the entity's origin; See also List of Client Effects. Replaced by the particle system since Left 4 Dead.

Visible Brush:
Alpha <integer 0–255>
Sets the entity's transparency to a number from 0 (invisible) to 255 (fully visible). Requires the entity to have its Render Mode (rendermode) set to a number other than 0.
AlternativeSorting <boolean>
Swaps the rendering order of the entity. Used to attempt to fix sorting problems when rendering, for example an object rendering in front of translucent materials.
Color <color255>
Sets an RGB color for the entity.
SetDamageFilter <targetname>
Sets a filter for this entity for when it receives damage.
EnableDamageForces
Allows the entity to be pushed by damage done to it (usually force amount correlates with the damage done).
DisableDamageForces
Prevents the entity from being pushed by damage done to it.Shadow:
DisableShadow
Turn dynamic shadows off for this entity. Identical to applying  EF_NOSHADOW.
EnableShadow
Turn dynamic shadows on for this entity.

EnableDisable:

Enable
Disable
Enable/disable this entity from performing its task. It might also disappear from view.

Outputs

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.

See also