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Sega 500. Close Combat weapons. Jeff “Ezeikeil” Giles So far. We’ve created a weapons template for mapping out all the weapon dependencies and a Flamethrower which fired globs of flaming goo. Today.

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Sega 500

Sega 500

Close Combat weapons

Jeff “Ezeikeil” Giles

So far
So far

  • We’ve created a weapons template for mapping out all the weapon dependencies and a Flamethrower which fired globs of flaming goo.


  • We’re going to get up close & personal by building a Tazer.

  • Using the Shield gun mesh & some of it’s functionality to shock our subject to death.

  • Our goal is to cover the basics of setting up this weapon.

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Close Combat

  • At it’s core, a close combat weapon is not all that different from the regular weapons in UT.

  • In effect, to build this I just used the template I build in lesson 21 & copied all these files into a new package.

  • I then added CC as a prefix to the namesCC as in “Close combat”.

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Close Combat

  • It still derives from the Weapon base class and simply made some name changes…Only the changes are shown here:

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class CCStick extends Weapon;




FireModeClass(0)=CCFire //what we shoot


//the pickup item which spawns this to our inventory




… <snip>

bMeleeWeapon=true //yes, I'm a close combat weapon...used in AI


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Close Combat

class CCAmmoPickup extends UTAmmoPickup;



InventoryType=class'CCAmmo' //what item to create in inventory

PickupMessage="You picked up some CC-stick ammo“


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Close Combat

class CCAmmo extends Ammunition;



ItemName="CC Charge" //our name




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class CCStickPickup extends UTWeaponPickup;


{ //item created in inventory


//pickup message displayed to the player

PickupMessage="Close combat BoomStick!!!"


//mesh & draw type to use




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Close Combat

class DamTypeCCStick extends WeaponDamageType;



//death messages to the player

DeathString="%o got smacked %k's S-Mart special."

MaleSuicide="%o Bitch slaped himself"

FemaleSuicide="%o Bitch slaped herself"

//what weapon class causes this message



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Close Combat

class CCFire extends WeaponFire;

var class<DamageType> DamageType;

var int Damage;

var float range;



AmmoClass=class'CCAmmo' // what type of ammo to use





PreFireAnim=Charge // the charge ani in the shield gun







bFireOnRelease=true// fire when mouse button goes up


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Close Combat

  • And these are all the BASIC changes needed to get our weapon in…

  • We can summon it…

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Close Combat

  • We can pick it up

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  • And we can use it.

  • Notice the sounds & are in and it animates.

  • However, it don’t do jack…no damage… nada…zip…nil!

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Close Combat

  • But as you can see that by following this template, we go a new weapon in the game in under 10 minutes…

  • Hooray for good object orientation!!!

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Close Combat

  • Ok, granted it doesn’t DO anything other than make some noise, but we have out starting point.

  • Lets start by making it deal some hurt. Then we’ll worry about pretty…

    Functionality over fashion.

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Close Combat

  • So, open up the CCFire class & add one function named DoFireEffect.

  • This fella is going to calculate what we hit & deal damage for us.

    …In all it’s glory…

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Close Combat

Function DoFireEffect()


local Vector HitLocation, HitNormal, StartTrace, EndTrace, X,Y,Z;

local Rotator Aim;

local Actor Other;



//where to start the trace from

StartTrace = Instigator.Location

//direction + error

Aim = AdjustAim(StartTrace, AimError);

//where the trace ends

EndTrace =a StartTrace + Range * Vector(Aim);

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Close Combat

  • //trace from start to finish & returns what I hit

  • Other = Trace(HitLocation, HitNormal, EndTrace, StartTrace, true);

  • if ( Other != None && Other != Instigator )

  • {

    • if ( Pawn(Other) != None )

    • {

    • //hurt the opponent

    • Other.TakeDamage(Damage, Instigator, HitLocation, X+vect(0,0,0.5), DamageType);

    • }

    • else

    • Instigator.TakeDamage(Damage/2, Instigator, HitLocation,, DamageType)

  • }

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Close Combat

  • Something to note: We’re not using a projectile here. This is an instant hit weapon which is why you see the trace functions.

  • Hence we also dispensed with projectile class from the class list.

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Close Combat

  • What’s going on?

  • Weapon.GetViewAxes(X,Y,Z);

    • The orientation of the x,y,z axis of our weapon in model space…not world space

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Close Combat

StartTrace = Instigator.Location;

//direction + error

Aim = AdjustAim(StartTrace, AimError);

//where the trace ends

EndTrace = StartTrace + Range * Vector(Aim);

  • Setting up our start & end points for the trace call.

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Close Combat

Other = Trace(HitLocation, HitNormal, EndTrace, StartTrace, true);

  • Traceintrinsic(277) final function Actor Trace(out vector HitLocation, out vector HitNormal, vector TraceEnd, optional vector TraceStart, optional bool bTraceActors, optional vector Extent);Traced a line and see what it collides with first. Takes this actor's collision properties into account. Returns first hit actor, Level if hit level, or None if hit nothing.

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Close Combat

  • In English…Draws a line from you to the end point in the direction your weapon is facing & returns the actor you hit.

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  • Now, deal some damage:

if ( Other != None && Other != Instigator )


if ( Pawn(Other) != None )


//hurt the opponent

Other.TakeDamage(Damage, Instigator, HitLocation,

X+vect(0,0,0.5), DamageType);



//hurt ourselves

Instigator.TakeDamage(Damage/2, Instigator, HitLocation,,


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Close Combat

  • Now we deal some pain…

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  • This is all well & good, but we really have to make it interesting to look at.

  • Now that we’ve the function down…time for the fashion.

  • Since a Tazer is an electric shock weapon, lets cause some appropriate effects.

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Close Combat

  • What we’re after:

  • Shock effect which ripples over the pawn.

  • A glow.

  • These are 2 separate effects.

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Close Combat

  • The first thing to add was the blue flare around the torso of the pawn.

  • Defined here in one of the UT texture packages:


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Close Combat

  • Nothing more than a texture which, like the fire from yesterday, is nicely wrapped up into an xEmitter for us.

  • So we can do pretty much the same thing…Spawn it & set it’s base.

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Close Combat

local ShockProjElec BFlame;


//Add an additional flare effect on target pawn a






  • And that’s all it takes to give a pawn a nice healthy blue glow.

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Close Combat

  • Lastly was the electric shock effect on the pawn.

  • Surprisingly, this is really quite easy to do, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look for it.

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Close Combat

  • If you open up the XGameShaders in the texture browser you’ll find this one alone with a bunch of others.

  • Notice that it’s animated.

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Close Combat

  • To get this effect in the game, we just have to add 2 lines of code.



  • But the big surprise is where.

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Close Combat

class DamTypeCCStick extends WeaponDamageType;

  • In our custom damage type.

  • But if you think about it… Kind of makes sense. When damage occurs, render the overlay.

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Close Combat

  • And that’s it, basic functionality for close combat weapons…

  • Now, some food for thought. Look at *how* this weapon works. It does a trace over a very short range…in effect, functioning like an instant fire weapon

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Close Combat

  • This is as far as I got on close combat weapons. There’s a bit more to do, like binding the proper attachments and spawning impact effects on non-actor surfaces (like walls).

  • But the basics of the functionality are in and as you can see it does have a shocking effect on our opponents.