Modding:Key Mapping (Commands)

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Mods can add custom key mapping entries to the Key Mapping menu.

Key Mapping.png

Players can then bind a key to the mod's custom command.

When the player presses that key, the mod's custom command is received as an event on the player character. This means that at least a small amount of C# scripting is required to take advantage of the key mapping infrastructure.

Define Key Mapping Options

A mod defines its custom key mapping options in a Commands.xml file. Here's an example file that defines two commands.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <command ID="ModName_Cmd_One" DisplayText="My Custom Debug Command" Category="Debug"></command>
  <command ID="ModName_Cmd_Two" DisplayText="My Custom Cool Command" Category="Cool"></command>

In this case, we've added one command to the existing "Debug" category in the Key Mapping menu. We've added another command to a new category - the "Cool" category. Here's how it looks in game:

Modding - Custom Key Mapping Menu.png

Creating a Part to Listen for the Command

Create a part to listen for your Key Mapping command on the player.

using System;

namespace XRL.World.Parts
    public class ModName_CommandListener : IPart
        public static readonly string CmdOne = "ModName_Cmd_One";
        public static readonly string CmdTwo = "ModName_Cmd_Two";

        public override void Register(GameObject Object)
            Object.RegisterPartEvent(this, CmdOne);
            Object.RegisterPartEvent(this, CmdTwo);

        public override bool FireEvent(Event E)
            if (E.ID == CmdOne)
                //Do something when the keybind for ModName_Cmd_One is pressed!
            if (E.ID == CmdTwo)
                //Do something when the keybind for ModName_Cmd_Two is pressed!
            return base.FireEvent(E);

Adding the Part to the Player

Add your part to the player when a New Game is started. This section uses the method described in the Modding:Adding_Code_to_the_Player article. Refer to that article for more information, including how you can also add your part to the player when an existing save game is loaded.

  using XRL;
  using XRL.World;
  public class ModName_PlayerMutator : IPlayerMutator
      public void mutate(GameObject player)
          // add your command listener to the player when a New Game begins

Shipping Your Mod

Your completed mod should look like this. For more info about the proper Mods directory location, see File locations > Offline mods.

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