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The time of day influences damage done by lawful and chaotic units; this makes timing of your attack important. Graphically time of day is represented by a picture (landscape with sun or moon) in the status table, and by darkening the screen during night turns.

Scenario author can schedule the times of day in scenario; use the pre-defined time macros, or create new times of day.

The [time] tag

The [time] tag is a subtag of the [scenario] tag. However, most scenarios do not use these directly, but usually use ready-made macros to specify the day-night cycle. See data/core/macros/schedules.cfg for the definitions of these macros.

The [time] tag describes a single turn of a day/night sequence. When a scenario is played, the first turn is described by the first [time] tag; the second described by the second, until there are no more. After all the tags have described a turn, the next turn is described by the first tag again.

The [time] tag recognizes the following keys:

  • id: the id by which you can reference this time, e.g. in the time_of_day tag of AiWML.
  • name: (translatable) the name displayed when the cursor is over the day/night image.
  • image: the image displayed at the top of the Status Table during turns of this type.
  • mask: the image displayed over all hexes during turns of this type.
  • lawful_bonus: units with alignment=lawful do +lawful_bonus % damage during turns of this type. Units with alignment=chaotic do -lawful_bonus % damage. Units with alignment=neutral are unaffected by this key. Units with alignment=liminal do -(abs(lawful_bonus)) % damage. lawful_bonus can be a negative number. This is useful if you want to give Chaotic units an advantage instead of Lawful ones.
  • red, green, blue: describe the tint of the screen during the time period. Appears to be an integer value from -255 to 255. See schedules.cfg for examples.
  • sound: a sound to play (in sounds/) when changing into this time of day.

Ready-made times and schedules

The following macros represent predefined times:


The latter three are typically used alone. The rest are more often used indirectly via one of the following predefined 6-step schedules:


Two alternate schedules are also available. Each individual time in these schedules has its own macro, but they won't be listed here.


Scheduling time

The [scenario] tag contains a few [time] tags (or macros). These time tags are used in a loop, that is: first time tag is used during the first turn, then second one,... and when all time tags passed then again the first one, second one, etc.

The typical day/night cycle looks like this:


To avoid day/night cycle, use a neutral time of day, for example {DAWN}. For underground scenarios, usually the {UNDERGROUND} time of day is used. It works like night; that is it gives advantage to chaotic units and disadvantage to lawful units.

See Also

This page was last modified on 21 November 2016, at 17:08.