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    Trigger Modes

    Trigger Modes

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    In the video above the terminology used is different than what it’s currently used in the app and in the documentation.

    Activation Modes = Trigger Modes
    On Start = On Enabling

    However, the functionalities presented in the video are on par with the current version of machinations.io

    Nodes have 4 Trigger Modes, according to which Resources get redistributed.

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    Set the Trigger Mode of a Node in its Functional menu, under Trigger.

    game design in machinations: how to trigger nodes

    When a Node fires it pushes or pulls Resources along the Resource Connections that are connected to it. Whether a Node fires depends on its Trigger Mode.

    A Node in a Machinations diagram can be in one of 4 different Trigger Modes:

    1. Passive – can fire only in response to a trigger generated by another element
    2. Interactive – fires only when the you click it during Play (not during Quick Plays)
    3. Automatic – fires every Step. All automatic Nodes fire simultaneously
    4. On Enabling – fires only once, immediately after you click the Run button
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    Interactive Nodes fire after being clicked when the next Step begins. This may make it seem as if the Node didn’t receive the input or that there’s a delay.

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    Interactive Nodes are only clickable during Interactive Play. During Quick Plays, they are treated as passive Nodes.

    🔧 Here are 3 examples of Trigger Modes, and their actions (or lack thereof).

    1. In the Push example, the Blue, Orange, Green and Red Pools are set to push a Resource at any Step their Trigger Mode is met
    2. In the Pull example, the 4 coloured Pools are set to pull a Resource at any Step their Trigger Mode is met.
    3. The Triggered example showcases how another Node on the diagram can act as an activator.

    Note: In the example below, both the Source and the Pool are set to automatic. This will double the flow of Resources, as both Nodes will perform an action during a given Step. So instead of 1 Resource flowing from the Source to the Pool, as stated on the Resource Connection Label, 2 Resources will be transferred during one Step.

    double activation

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