Follower Control Plugin v3.0 for RPG Maker MV

Follower Control Plugin v3.0 for RPG Maker MV

Hello RPG Makers!

This update includes a couple of improvements.

  • There was a bug that affected loading and saving in some projects. Thanks to Edsephiroth for bringing this to our attention and a big thanks to McKathlin for fixing it!
  • The second improvement is that Move Routes given to non-existent followers will now be ignored.

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Tyruswoo_FollowerControl.js – v3.0

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To install:

  1. Download the file, and unzip it.
  2. Make sure the unzipped file is named Tyruswoo_FollowerControl.js and is saved as a .js file.
  3. Open the file folder of your project. Place the file in your project’s “js” folder, within the “plugins” folder.
  4. Open your project in RPG Maker MZ, then go to the Tools menu and select Plugin Manager. Use the Plugin Manager to add and activate the plugin.
  5. I recommend you place this plugin toward the bottom of your plugin list, so it has high priority.

The full help text of Follower Control v3.0 for MV is included below!

Follower Control v3.0

For RPG Maker MV

By Tyruswoo

Plugin Description:

Tyruswoo’s Follower Control plugin allows greater control of party follower movement. It allows using these commands on any follower:

  • Set Move Route
  • Show Balloon Icon
  • Show Animation
  • Transfer Player

Now you can easily make cool cutscenes involving the party’s followers and leader!

Plugin commands in brief:

  • Follower 0 // Target the leader (for Set Move Route of player).
  • Follower 1 // Target follower 1 (for Set Move Route of player).
  • Follower 2 // Etc. Works for up to 50 followers.
  • Follower StopChase // Followers stop chasing the leader.
  • Follower Chase // Followers chase the leader again.
  • Follower // Target follower associated with actor named .
  • Follower Variable //Target follower based on value of a variable.
  • Follower Actor //Target follower associated with actor

For best results, use the above Plugin Commands in combination with the

Set Move Route command. Make cool cutscenes! 🙂

Example of how to use this plugin:

Here is an example of using the Plugin Commands, combined with the Set Move Route command. Use the following commands within an event:

  • Plugin Command: Follower StopChase // This changes follower behavior. They no longer follow the leader.
  • Plugin Command: Follower 1 // This makes the Set Move Route command target Follower 1 instead of the leader.
  • (Now Set Move Route of player.) // Instead of the party leader, follower 1 will move independently.
  • Plugin Command: Follower 0 // This resets how Set Move Route works. Now it will target the leader again.
  • (Now Set Move Route of player.) // The party leader will move, but the followers will not chase the leader, since we used “Follower StopChase”.
  • Plugin Command: Follower Chase // Resets follower behavior, so they chase the leader again.

Details of Plugin Commands to target a follower instead of the leader for Set Move Route, Show Balloon Icon, Show Animation, or Transfer Player commands.

Example:

  • Follower 1

The plugin command “Follower 1” will make all future Set Move Route commands affect the first follower, i.e. the character following the party leader. This effect will continue until resetting by using the following plugin command:

  • Follower 0

The plugin command “Follower 0” causes default behavior of all Move Route event commands affecting the party leader.

Important: Make sure you use plugin command “Follower 0” to reset, so that future Set Move Route commands will affect the party leader!

Number Codes:

  • 0 = Leader
  • 1 = First Follower
  • 2 = Second Follower
  • 3 = Third Follower
  • 4 = Fourth Follower
  • 5 = Fifth Follower

And so on for up to 50 followers.

If the selected follower is not present (i.e. the party is too small, and that follower spot is not filled), then commands sent to that follower number will have no effect.

Notes on Transfer Player:

  • No matter the follower/leader targeted, using a Transfer Player to go to a new map will always rejoin the party, making the followers chase the leader again, and setting the leader as the target (same as using Plugin Command “Follower 0”).
  • If transferring to the current map, then the targeted follower determines the effect of Transfer Player: If the leader is targeted (Follower 0), then we check whether followers are chasing. If they are chasing, then we perform a Transfer Player type function, bringing the party together and performing the chosen fade. If the followers are not chasing, then the leader is teleported without affecting the followers’ positions. If a follower is targeted, then the follower is teleported without affecting the other followers’ or leader’s position.

Tip: If you want to transfer the followers and leader all independently during a cutscene, then be sure to use Plugin Command “Follower StopChase”. That way, transfers of the leader within the same map will no longer affect the followers, allowing for better cutscenes. (Note that this also works with TYR_CameraControl, allowing for the camera to stay focused on the correct camera target.)

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Details of Plugin Commands to make followers stop and start following:

Follower Chase

Makes all followers chase the leader and each other. This is the

default behavior of followers.

Follower StopChase

Makes all followers stop chasing the leader and each other. This

is useful for cutscenes in which the party leader moves around

alone, allowing followers and leader to all move independently.

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Details of alternative ways to select a follower:

Follower Variable variableID

Where variableId is the ID number of the desired variable.

This will use Variable variableId to determine which follower to

select. If Variable variableId has not been set, then it will be 0,

which will select the leader. If Variable variableId has been set to 3,

then follower 3 will be selected. Etc. In this way, the Control Variables

event command can be used to set a variable Id, which in turn selects

a follower.

Examples:

Follower Variable 3

This uses variable 3 to determine the follower. Set variable 3

to the desired follower, then use this command to set the

selected follower to the value of Variable 3.

Follower Variable 27

Same as above, but variable 27 is used. If variable 27 has

not been set, it will be 0, and the leader will be selected.

If variable 27 has been set to 1, then the first follower

will be selected. Etc.

This can also be used in combination with event Loops to cycle through

all followers in turn.

Follower Name

where Name is the name of the follower’s associated actor.

Examples:

Follower Harold

This will select whichever follower is associated with

the actor named Harold.

Follower Marsha

This will select whichever follower is associated with

the actor named Marsha.

This can be useful for certain cutscenes. For example, if you want a

certain follower to have a question mark bubble, or to do a jump

before speaking, etc, you can select that follower even if you do not

know their position in the group. This can be helpful if you allow

the player to alter the marching order of their characters’ party.

Follower Actor ID

where ID is the ID number of the follower’s associated actor.

Examples:

Follower Actor 2

This will select whichever follower is associated with

the actor of actorID number 2.

Follower Actor 39

This will select whichever follower is associated with

the actor of actorID number 39.

This can be useful just like selecting a follower by name, as described

above. However, by using an actor ID, we can select the desired actor,

even if the name of the actor has been modified. This is useful for

games that allow the player to change the names of all their actors.

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Synonyms: Here are a few alternate ways to write the same plugin command:

For the term “Follower”, you may type any of these:

Follower follower FOLLOWER

Follow follow FOLLOW

For the term “Chase”, you may type any of these:

Chase chase CHASE

Chase True chase true CHASE TRUE

Chase Start chase start CHASE START

For the term “StopChase”, you may type any of these:

StopChase stopchase STOPCHASE

stopChase Stopchase

Chase False chase false CHASE FALSE

Chase Stop chase stop CHASE STOP

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v1.00 January 17, 2016:

Created the plugin and added the following features:

– Plugin command “Follower” to select followers.

– Set Move Route effect on followers.

– Plugin commands “StopChase” and “Chase” to control followers

chasing the leader.

v1.01 January 19, 2016:

Added the following features:

– Show Balloon Icon for followers.

– Show Animation for followers.

– Transfer Player for followers.

v1.02 January 19, 2016:

Worked on fixing a bug. However, errors still occured. See below.

v1.03 January 20, 2016:

Fixed the bug found on January 19th.

– Previously, the “Follower” plugin command had to be used prior to

ever using Set Move Route or other featured commands in your game;

If the “Follower” plugin command was not used first, the game would

freeze. Now, the plugin no longer requires this! If you never

use a “Follower” plugin command, your game will function as it

would by default, without errors.

v1.04 January 20, 2016:

Added feature:

– If a follower is on the same tile as the leader, and then

Set Move Route is used to “Turn toward Player”, then the

follower will now turn to face the same direction as the leader!

So, by using the Gather Followers event command, then using

Set Move Route “Turn toward Player”, it is possible to make

followers be in a predictable position (right where the leader is),

from whence the followers can then be sent out in a pre-prepared

formation. This allows for ease of creating Common Events for

for your various formations of follower movement!

v1.05 Sept. 4, 2018:

Added feature:

– Now, when StopChase is on, and the leader’s MoveRoute is

caused to jump, the followers will not jump.

v1.06 Dec. 22, 2018:

Added features:

– Now can select follower based on a variable’s value, using

the Follower Variable plugin command.

– Now can select follower based on their actor’s name, using

the Follower plugin command.

v1.07 Dec. 31, 2018:

Added feature:

– Now can select follower based on an actor’s ID, using

the Follower Actor plugin command.

v1.08 Feb. 27, 2019:

Added feature/fixed bug:

– Followers can be set to have unique qualities of the following,

using Set Move Route:

– Opacity

– Blend Mode

– Walk Animation On/Off

– Step Animation On/Off

– Direction Fix On/Off

– Transparency On/Off

For these qualities, followers will retain their individual

qualities. However, if StopChase is Off, and one of these

qualities is applied to the player, then the same quality

will be applied to all followers, as well. Therefore, if you

want to apply any of the above qualities to only the leader,

StopChase must be On.

– Also, followers will now retain their own Move Speed as long as

StopChase is On, even if the followers are moving and the player

is moving at the same time. (However, unlike the above qualities,

if StopChase is turned back Off, followers will immediately

be reset to the player’s Move Speed.)

v1.09 March 8, 2019:

Added feature:

– A new script call was added, which can be used within the

Set Move Route command to make any follower pathfind to any

coordinates on the map, to any of the current map’s events,

or to any follower.

– First, select the desired Follower. Then, within the

Set Move Route command, use one of these scripts:

this.path(17, 5)

This finds the path to x coordinate 17, y coordinate 5.

this.path(“event”, 3)

This finds the path to Event 3 on the current map.

this.path(“follower”, 2)

This finds the path to Follower 2.

For whichever of the above pathing arguments you use,

the player or follower will only move one step each time

you call the script. You can use the script as many times

as you need, in order to make the player or follower step

toward the target for that many steps.

– Note: This script call also works for events. Just use the script

call within Set Move Route.

– Note: This script call has no variability, so it always

finds the straightest path, and will always yield the same result

every time. (This is different from the “Approach” movement type,

which has randomness, producing variability.)

v1.10 June 23, 2019:

Added feature:

– A new plugin command was added, which allows switching the

image of the currently selected follower, based on the currently

selected follower’s default image.

– To use poses, you first need to create the appropriately named

pose image files. Then, you can call those files for your

follower at any time. The follower’s default image will be used

to determine what their poses can be.

– You can create an infinite number of your own poses! To create a

pose, you need to have the default image file for the character,

and then create another image file with an underscore added at

the end, followed by the name of the pose (in lowercase letters).

For example, if our character’s default image is:

$McKathlinIsAwesome.png

Then our pose image for a wink should be named:

$McKathlinIsAwesome_wink.png

Or, our pose image for that character’s wounded image should be:

$McKathlinIsAwesome_wounded.png

And likewise for any other pose images for that character. You can

have as many poses as you want! There is no maximum.

Important Note: The poses must all have the same index value as the

default pose. In other words, the pose images must be the same size

as the default image, with the pose at the same position within the

image file.

– For example, if we want to make a certain follower wink, we first

select the follower. Then, make that follower change to a wink

pose:

Follower Pose wink

Have the follower hold the pose for a moment or say something, etc,

then return the follower to a default pose. There are several ways

to do this, and all are equivalent:

Follower Pose default

Follower Pose normal

Follower Pose none

Follower Pose stand

Follower Pose standing

All of the above plugin commands do the same thing of returning

the follower to their default pose.

v1.11 August 2, 2019:

Modified feature: There are now two ways to select a follower by

their name. You can select a follower by their actor’s name, as

listed in the database.

– By default, followers will be selected based on their actor’s

name in the database. For example:

Follower Shompta

The above searches the followers, and if a follower’s actor has

the name “Shompta” in the database, then that follower is selected.

– You can, if so desired, still search for an actor based on their

current name. The only reason to use this method is if

you want special things to occur only when an actor has a special

name that the player has entered in. For example, either of the

following will select a follower who is currently named

“SecretCode”.

Follower CurrentName SecretCode

Follower Current_Name SecretCode

If a player has indeed renamed an actor to be named “SecretCode”,

then the follower associated with that actor will be selected.

v2.00 January 24, 2020:

This update greatly improves the pathfinding. As previously, you can

use this.path() to make a follower move to specific coordinates,

to a specific event, or to a specific follower. However, now the

pathfinding allows avoiding obstacles. Note that in order for

the follower to recgonize obstacles, you must also use the Set Move

Route command to set Through Off prior to the movement. Then, use the

Set Move Route command to run a Script of the this.path function.

Examples of smart pathfinding that avoids obstacles:

this.path(17, 5)

This finds the smart path to x coordinate 17, y coordinate 5.

this.path(“event”, 3)

This finds the smart path to Event 3 on the current map.

this.path(“follower”, 2)

This finds the smart path to Follower 2.

As previously, note that the follower will only move one step each

time the script runs.

An excellent feature is that you can use this.path() not just on

Set Move Route of followers, but also on the leader of the player’s

group, or even on any event’s Set Move Route command!

Also importantly, if you use this in any cutscenes, the pathfinding

calculation will remain the same, as long as the obstacles are in

the same places!

You also have control over the pathfinding distance! By default,

RPG Maker MV allows pathfinding of up to 12 tiles, and this is what

is used to pathfind when the player uses the mouse or touchscreen to

move. But, with Follower Control, you can now change the pathfinding

distance for any follower, including the leader of the group, so

you can allow the player to pathfind even farther if you want!

You can also use this to modify how smart enemies are at pathfinding!

Use this script inside a Set Move Route command:

this.pathMax(value)

Where value is how many tiles/steps you want the character to be able

to pathfind around obstacles. For example:

this.pathMax(30)

The above allows pathfinding around obstacles, even if it requires

looking 30 tiles around to find the best path.

If you want to use the previous pathfinding, which did not take

obstacles into account, you can use scripts such as the following:

Examples of basic pathfinding that does not avoid obstacles:

this.moveToward(17, 5)

This finds the basic path to x coordinate 17, y coordinate 5.

this.moveToward(“event”, 3)

This finds the basic path to Event 3 on the current map.

this.moveToward(“follower”, 2)

This finds the basic path to Follower 2.

Remember that each script call moves the character only one tile,

i.e. only one step.

v2.1 April 19, 2020:

Added a plugin parameter to control the Max Party Members. This

allows you to have more than the default of 4 party members shown in

the party while the player traverses the map.

v2.2 Sept. 18, 2020:

Fixed a bug in which it was possible to select a absent follower if

the current $gameParty.battleMembers.length was less than

$gameParty.maxBattleMembers. For example, if the Max Party Members

is 4, and the current party size is 2, it was possible to select

followers 2 and 3, even though they do not exist. This was not

usually noticeable, because such followers are invisible. However,

using Show Balloon Icon or Show Animation could cause balloons or

animations to appear at the location of an absent follower.

v3.0 August 24, 2021:

Fixed a bug that was causing crashes on save/load in some games.

Ensured that move routes given to nonexistent followers are ignored.

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Terms of Use:

1. You joined Tyruswoo.com as a paying member when you downloaded this

plugin. You do not have to remain a paying member to use the plugin

you downloaded. However, your support is greatly appreciated, and allows

me to continue improving and updating plugins.

2. You agree to not redistribute this plugin. You agree to direct others to

Tyruswoo.com if they want the plugin.

3. You may use this for any game for which you are one of the main

developers. This includes any commercial or non-commercial game you are

creating.

4. Adding “McKathlin and Tyruswoo”, “Tyruswoo Studio”, or “Tyruswoo Team”

to your game’s credits is greatly appreciated, but not required.

5. Likewise, listing which Tyruswoo Team plugins you used is appreciated,

but not required.

6. A free copy of your game is awesome, but not required.

Enjoy! 🙂

~Tyruswoo

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Big thanks to Tyruswoo for making such a great plugin and to McKathlin for making it even better!

Lawenia

McKathlin

Lead Plugin Engineer

Pixel Artist

Music Composer

Sound Engineer

Questions or concerns? Check out the forums to ask a question. You may even find an answer there, already!

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