All in-game objects in Evennia, be it characters, chairs, monsters, rooms or hand grenades are represented by an Evennia Object. Objects form the core of Evennia and is probably what you’ll spend most time working with. Objects are Typeclassed entities.
How to create your own object types¶
An Evennia Object is, per definition, a Python class that includes
evennia.DefaultObject among its parents. In
mygame/typeclasses/objects.py there is already a class
that inherits from
DefaultObject and that you can inherit from. You
can put your new typeclass directly in that module or you could organize
your code in some other way. Here we assume we make a new module
# mygame/typeclasses/flowers.py from typeclasses.objects import Object class Rose(Object): """ This creates a simple rose object """ def at_object_creation(self): "this is called only once, when object is first created" # add a persistent attribute 'desc' # to object (silly example). self.db.desc = "This is a pretty rose with thorns."
You could save this in the
mygame/typeclasses/objects.py (then you’d
not need to import
Object) or you can put it in a new module. Let’s
say we do the latter, making a module
you just need to point to the class Rose with the
to make a new rose:
@create command actually does is to use
evennia.create_object. You can do the same thing yourself in code:
from evennia import create_object new_rose = create_object("typeclasses.flowers.Rose", key="MyRose")
@create command will auto-append the most likely path to your
typeclass, if you enter the call manually you have to give the full path
to the class. The
create.create_object function is powerful and
should be used for all coded object creating (so this is what you use
when defining your own building commands). Check out the
functions for how to build other entities like Scripts).
This particular Rose class doesn’t really do much, all it does it make
sure the attribute
desc(which is what the
look command looks
for) is pre-set, which is pretty pointless since you will usually want
to change this at build time (using the
@desc command or using the
Object typeclass offers many more hooks that is
available to use though - see next section.
Properties and functions on Objects¶
Beyond the properties assigned to all typeclassed objects (see that page for a list of those), the Object also has the following custom properties:
aliases- a handler that allows you to add and remove aliases from this object. Use
aliases.add()to add a new alias and
aliases.remove()to remove one.
location- a reference to the object currently containing this object.
homeis a backup location. The main motivation is to have a safe place to move the object to if its
locationis destroyed. All objects should usually have a home location for safety.
destination- this holds a reference to another object this object links to in some way. Its main use is for Exits, it’s otherwise usually unset.
nicks- as opposed to aliases, a Nick holds a convenient nickname replacement for a real name, word or sequence, only valid for this object. This mainly makes sense if the Object is used as a game character - it can then store briefer shorts, example so as to quickly reference game commands or other characters.or nicks.add(alias, realname) to add a new one.
account- this holds a reference to a connected Account controlling this object (if any). Note that this is set also if the controlling account is not currently online - to test if an account is online, use the
accountfield is set and the account is online, this is a list of all active sessions (server connections) to contact them through (it may be more than one if multiple connections are allowed in settings).
has_account- a shorthand for checking if an online account is currently connected to this object.
contents- this returns a list referencing all objects ‘inside’ this object (i,e. which has this object set as their
exits- this returns all objects inside this object that are Exits, that is, has the
The last two properties are special:
cmdset- this is a handler that stores all command sets defined on the object (if any).
scripts- this is a handler that manages Scripts attached to the object (if any).
The Object also has a host of useful utility functions. See the function
src/objects/objects.py for their arguments and more
msg()- this function is used to send messages from the server to an account connected to this object.
msgon all objects inside this object.
search()- this is a convenient shorthand to search for a specific object, at a given location or globally. It’s mainly useful when defining commands (in which case the object executing the command is named
callerand one can do
caller.search()to find objects in the room to operate on).
execute_cmd()- Lets the object execute the given string as if it was given on the command line.
move_to- perform a full move of this object to a new location. This is the main move method and will call all relevant hooks, do all checks etc.
clear_exits()- will delete all Exits to and from this object.
clear_contents()- this will not delete anything, but rather move all contents (except Exits) to their designated
delete()- deletes this object, first calling
The Object Typeclass defines many more hook methods beyond
at_object_creation. Evennia calls these hooks at various points.
When implementing your custom objects, you will inherit from the base
parent and overload these hooks with your own custom code. See
evennia.objects.objects for an updated list of all the available
hooks or the API for DefaultObject here.
There are three special subclasses of Object in default Evennia - Characters, Rooms and Exits. The reason they are separated is because these particular object types are fundamental, something you will always need and in some cases requires some extra attention in order to be recognized by the game engine (there is nothing stopping you from redefining them though). In practice they are all pretty similar to the base Object.
Characters are objects controlled by Accounts. When a new Account
logs in to Evennia for the first time, a new
Character object is
created and the Account object is assigned to the
Character object must have a Default Commandset set on itself
at creation, or the account will not be able to issue any commands! If
you just inherit your own class from
make sure to use
super() to call the parent methods you should be
mygame/typeclasses/characters.py is an empty
class ready for you to modify.
Rooms are the root containers of all other objects. The only thing
really separating a room from any other object is that they have no
location of their own and that default commands like
creates objects of this class - so if you want to expand your rooms with
more functionality, just inherit from
mygame/typeclasses/rooms.py is an empty
Room class ready for you
Exits are objects connecting other objects (usually Rooms) together. An object named North or in might be an exit, as well as door, portal or jump out the window. An exit has two things that separate them from other objects. Firstly, their destination property is set and points to a valid object. This fact makes it easy and fast to locate exits in the database. Secondly, exits define a special Transit Command on themselves when they are created. This command is named the same as the exit object and will, when called, handle the practicalities of moving the character to the Exits’s destination - this allows you to just enter the name of the exit on its own to move around, just as you would expect.
The exit functionality is all defined on the Exit typeclass, so you
could in principle completely change how exits work in your game (it’s
not recommended though, unless you really know what you are doing).
Exits are locked using an access_type called traverse and also
make use of a few hook methods for giving feedback if the traversal
evennia.DefaultExit for more info. In
mygame/typeclasses/exits.py there is an empty
Exit class for you
The process of traversing an exit is as follows:
- The traversing
objsends a command that matches the Exit-command name on the Exit object. The cmdhandler detects this and triggers the command defined on the Exit. Traversal always involves the “source” (the current location) and the
destination(this is stored on the Exit object).
- The Exit command checks the
traverselock on the Exit object
- The Exit command triggers
at_traverse(obj, destination)on the Exit object.
object.move_to(destination)is triggered. This triggers the following hooks, in order:
obj.at_before_move(destination)- if this returns False, move is aborted.
- Move is performed by changing
obj.locationfrom source location to
- On the Exit object,
at_after_traverse(obj, source)is triggered.
err_traverseon itself and display this as an error message. If this is not found, the Exit will instead call