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Old 09-14-2004, 05:32 PM
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day/night cycle

Anyone mastered the day/night cycle settings yet??

I.e. how the "time rate" value works??
once started does the map then run thru the full 24 hours to get back to the original "time of day" setting?? --then does it start over?
And what value would you enter to make the cycle take 10 minutes? 20 minutes, etc etc
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Old 09-14-2004, 07:54 PM
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If you open an NPJ saving of your map (npz is useless for this) you will see the map laid out in XML format.
XML is much like HTML but with tags specific to the application.

You will see that it is of standard format for a Nova map, ie the coordinates of named objects.

There are a number of values that are within the < terrain>< /terrain> tags, most of which are the values that you have plugged into NILE Terrains Menu Options (such as time of day, fog amount etc.

You will notice some options that appear redundant, Fog Color being the main one and the tags for time of day and speed of time cycle.
I have fiddled with these and it 'appears' as though mucking about with <TIME_OF_DAY_RATE > (I just deleted the value in between the tags), will in fact pause the time but I havent played enough in one of my own maps to verify this.

Notice also though that there are values for active window and camera settings. These tags are specific to NILE itself and so I am of the suspicion that the map files we save are specifically for the NILE to use and as such, many options are not there yet, or redundant.
JO Ops interprets the file and then adds its own magic. (LFP Groups automatically working without programming much being one example)

It is my opinion therefore that although mucking about with values might work, many of them don't and so it wouldnt suprise me if setting time of day rate is as redundant as the Weather features were in DFLW and BHD MED.
Pain in the arse really as I don't want to play some of my own maps at midnight.
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Old 09-26-2004, 03:40 AM
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Night/Day cycle works fine on NOTAP Maps.
But u can set the time for every map in NILE,
so if u want some maps without change just use a great value for TOD.
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Old 09-26-2004, 05:46 AM
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So, by setting 10.00 am the map will remain at 10.00 am permanently & not cycle?
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Old 10-10-2004, 05:02 PM
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No it does rotate. Bloody timer. There should be a WAC command to override it if you ask me, but no one will because I am a numpty not a dev.
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:40 PM
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oh well, maybe in the next update............version 99.2 would that be? lol
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Old 10-13-2004, 04:42 AM
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fast and slow

Time rates night and day :
Very slow value - 60
very fsat value -10824 (gives a 20 min for daytime)
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Old 10-15-2004, 12:12 PM
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cool cheers m8
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Old 10-15-2004, 04:34 PM
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Sorry,missed an "0" off the fast time cycle .
should be:- 108240

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Old 10-25-2004, 04:46 AM
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The last batch of nile updates have corrected the time rates
now -60 is one day in one hour .So the higher the value the longer the day !
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Old 10-26-2004, 05:36 PM
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k, thanks for keeping me updated m8
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