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sonic76
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:58 am   

Display timer on button
 
I have a very simple timer that fires when I pick something up. The room resets in 15 minutes, so I have a timer that does an echo after 15 minutes.

What I would love would be to just have that showing all the time. So a button that shows the timer as it counts down.

How would I do this?

#ala potions +900 {#say potions reset}

that's my simple timer.

If i type #show %alarm(potios) it shows me the time remainng in miliseconds. I want it to just show the seconds, and not have to use #show, just show on the button.
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shalimar
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Location: Pensacola, FL, USA

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:58 pm   
 
In order to display the countdown on a button, you need to keep a dedicated variable for that value.
Unfortunately, the value from a function, or a database variable, won't update in the button caption.

potionTimer=900

#ALARM "countdown" -1 {
#IF (@potionTimer>0) {potionTimer=(@potionTimer-1)}
//repeat for any other timers you need to keep track of
}

Personally, I dont like making my buttons extra long to accommodate the timer, so i just change the color of the button as a visual cue as to whether or not i can use it.

#CALL %btncol( potion, , firebrick)
#ALARM "nextPotion" +900 {#CALL %btncol( potion, , lime)}

P.S. Typing #ALARM by itself will show you all currently running alarms, as well as how many seconds until they fire.
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