Types/AutoplaceSpecification

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Autoplace specification is used to determine which entities are placed when generating map. Currently it is used for enemy bases, resources and other entities (trees, fishes, ...).

General structure

Autoplace specification consists of a set of peaks that describe conditions for placing the entity and several parameters.

Properties

sharpness

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

Example of sharpness filter with value 0.5

Parameter of the sharpness filter for post-processing probability of entity placement. Value of 0 disables the filter, with value 1, the filter is a step function centered around 0.5. See Probability Calculation.

max_probability

Type: Types/double

Default: 1

Since: 0.9.0

Multiplier for output of the sharpness filter. See #Probability_Calculation.

tile_restriction

Type: list of specifications, see below

Default: empty list

Since: 0.9.0

Restricts surfaces or transition the entity can appear on.

Contains list of specifications, each specification is a single Types/string with the ID of an allowed tile, or a list of two Types/strings for entities allowed on transitions.

richness_base

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

See #Richness_Calculation.

richness_multiplier

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

See #Richness_Calculation.

richness_multiplier_distance_bonus

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

Bonus to richness multiplier per tile of distance from starting point. See #Richness_Calculation.


control

Type: Types/string

Default: ""

ID of autoplace control that applies to this entity.

force

Type: Types/string

Default: "neutral"

Since: 0.8.0

Force of the placed entity. One of "enemy", "player" or "neutral". Only matters for EntityWithForce or EntityWithOwner.

order

Type: Types/Order

Default: ""

Since: 0.9.0

Order for placing the entity (has no effect when placing tiles). Entities whose order compares less are placed earlier (this influences placing multiple entities which collide with itself), from entities with equal order string only one with the highest probability is placed.

size_control_multiplier

Type: Types/double

Default: Magic. Based on sum of influences of noises.

Since: 0.9.2

Until: 0.12.x

This value times the size control setting is added to influence right before sharpness filter. Very small has a multiplier of -1, very big has 1.5. This value is replaced by ```coverage``` parameter in 0.13.0.

random_probability_penalty

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

A random value between 0 and this number is subtracted from a probability after sharpness filter. Only works for entities. See #Probability_Calculation.

peaks

Type: list of #Autoplace Peaks

If this property is missing, then the whole autoplace specification is interpreted as a single peak

coverage

Type: Types/double

Default: Calculated from existing peaks.

Since: 0.13.0

Sets a fraction of surface that should be covered by this item.

Internally this adds an additive influence modifier, so that expected fraction of tiles where total influence > 0.5 (the threshold for sharpness filter) equals the parameter.

Because of the autoplace system's complexity, this is only accurate on simple rules and does some simplification on the more complex ones:

  • There is always just one combination of tile properties (see #Dimensions) for which the coverage is calculated. This combination is given by a first *_optimal value encountered of each type other than starting_area and tier_from_start. Starting_area value is fixed to 0 and tier_from_start to 4.
  • min_influence and max_influence are completely ignored.

starting_area_amount

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

Since: 0.13.10

If this value is non zero, influence of this entity will be calculated differently in starting area: For each entity with this parameter a position in starting area is selected and a blob is placed centered on this position. The central tile of this blob will have approximately amount of resources selected by this value.

starting_area_size

Type: Types/double

Default: 10

Since: 0.13.10

See #starting_area_amount. Controls approximate radius of the blob in tiles.

Autoplace Peaks

influence

Type: Types/double

Default: 1

Influence multiplier. See #Influence_Calculation.

min_influence

Type: Types/double

Default: min double

Minimal influence (after all calculations) of current peak. See #Influence Calculation.

max_influence

Type: Types/double

Default: max double

Maximal influence (after all calculations) of current peak. See #Influence Calculation.

richness_influence

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

Bonus for influence multiplier when calculating richness. See #Influence Calculation.

noise_layer

Type: Types/string

Default: ""

ID of noise layer to use for this peak. If empty, then no noise is added to this peak. See #Noise.

noise_persistence

Type: Types/double

Default: 0.5

Min: 0

Max: 1

Persistence of the noise. See #Noise.

noise_octaves_difference

Type: Types/int

Default: 0

Difference between number of octaves of the world and of the noise. See #Noise

*_optimal

Type: Types/double

Optimal value of a tile property. If the property is close to this value, peak influence is 1. See #Dimensions.

*_range

Type: Types/double

Default: 0

Distance from the optimal parameters that is still considered optimal. See #Dimensions.

*_max_range

Type: Types/double

Distance from the optimal parameters that get influence of -1. See #Dimensions.

*_top_property_limit

Type: Types/double

Default: max double

Limit distance from the optimum on a single (positive) side. This is pure magic. See #Dimensions.

Dimensions

Peaks may reference a number of tile properties, specifying range of optimal values of the property and a range over which it is interpolated to no effect.

Currently the properties are:

  • starting_area_weight -- Number from 1 (inside starting area) to 0 (not influenced by starting area).
  • roughness -- a number between -1.5 and 1.5 which describe roughness of the terrain. In 0.7.2 roughness is visible only on the edges of lakes (smooth vs jagged).
  • elevation -- elevation of the terrain, up to 5000. Values smaller than 0 mean under water (elevation < 0 doesn't imply water tile, though)
  • water -- amount of available water on tile. Very simple dependence on elevation for now.
  • temperature -- average temperature on tile. Depends on elevation and some noise.
  • tier_from_start -- Distance from start in starting area sizes, rounded to integers.

You can see sheets on the generation of trees, doodads, biomes, water and tiles on this page: AutoplaceSheets

Influence Calculation

There are two possible modes in which influence is calculated. By default influence is calculated as a sum of influences of peaks (see next paragraph). When #starting_area_amount parameter is non zero a position in starting area is selected and a blob is placed centered on this position. Influence is then a maximum of the default calculated value and a value obtained from this blob.

Influence of a peak is obtained by calculating a distance from each of its dimensions and sum of these individual distances is used as a distance from optimal conditions. Based on this distance a peak gets influence between -1 and 1, which is then multiplied by the noise function, if it is specified, and by the influence constant (or by influence + richness_influence if calculating richness). Finally this value is clamped to a range between min_influence and max_influence.

Probability_Calculation

Probability of placing an entity at a given position is calculated as a sum of influences plus a bonus for autoplace control, passed through a sharpening filter, multiplied by max_probability and finally a random value gets subtracted.

max_probability * sharpness_filter(sum of influences + size modifier from GUI) - random(0, random_probability_penalty)

Richness_Calculation

If an entity is to be placed at a position and it a resource or a part of an enemy base, then richness is calculated in the next step. as sum of influences * (richness_multiplier + distance * richness_multiplier_distance_bonus) + richness_base.

Note, that when calculating richness, influences of individual peaks use richness_influence bonus.

Noise

A peak may have a noise multiplied with its influence. Noise used is a 2D multioctave perlin noise ( http://freespace.virgin.net/hugo.elias/models/m_perlin.htm ). Range of the noise is approximately from -1.5 to 1.5.

Factorio uses up to 256 different (non correlated) layers of perlin noise, a noise layer has to be defined as a prototype before use (see Prototype/NoiseLayer).

Intended use is to have noise layers separate for different types of objects that might appear (trees vs dry_trees vs enemy-bases). Also it has proven useful not to mix peaks containing noise with peaks referencing tile properties.

Controls

If the autoplace specification has a control selected, then its influence is affected by the row in map generator gui. Autoplace controls must be defined before use, see Prototype/AutoplaceControl.

  • Frequency -- If frequency is set to low, then it increases number of octaves for all noises in this specification
  • Size -- Set to large adds a bonus to all the final influence, also very slightly increases number of octaves
  • Richness -- Adds a simple multiplier to richness.

In case you are wondering why we can "very slightly increase number of octaves" and not just add whole octaves, it is because we sacrificed a goat to gods of computer graphics and to Ken Perlin in particular.