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Spawn & Profile Group Script By Jman

Filename:  fnc_spawnProfileGroup.sqf 
Locality: Runs on server
Description: Spawns a group faction and sends them to a waypoint.
* _spawnPosition  -> Array. Position to spawn group
* _spawnExactLocation -> Boolean. Set to false if you want to spawn it in an exact position.
* _destinationPosition -> Array. Position of waypoint destination.
* _group -> String. CfgGroups name 
* _faction -> String. CfgGroups faction
Optional Params:
* _debug -> Boolean. Enable debug output
* _waypointPlacementRadius -> Scalar. Random placement radius.
* _waypointType -> String. Type of waypoint. NOTE: at the moment only MOVE is supported by the profiler.
* _waypointMovement -> String. Speed of waypoint movement.
* _waypointCompletionRadius -> Scalar. Completion radius of waypoint.
* _waypointTimeoutCounters -> Array.  Timeout counters.
* _waypointFormation -> String. Formation type.
* _waypointCombatMode -> String. Combat mode.
* _waypointBehaviour -> String. Behaviour type.
* _waypointDescription -> String. Description.
* ALIVE_spawnProfileGroup = compile (preprocessFileLineNumbers "fnc_spawnProfileGroup.sqf");
Create a trigger or call in script:
Syntax: [array, boolean, array, string, string, boolean, scalar, string, string, scalar, array, string, string, string, string] call ALIVE_spawnProfileGroup;
* [getMarkerPos "nmeGrp01_spawn_pos", false, getMarkerPos "nmeGrp01_dest_pos", "10_men_ME", "caf_ag_me"] call ALIVE_spawnProfileGroup;
* [getMarkerPos "nmeGrp01_spawn_pos", false, getMarkerPos "nmeGrp01_dest_pos", "10_men_ME", "caf_ag_me", true, 0, "Move", "Full", 0, [0,0,0], "Delta", "Open Fire, Engage At Will", "Aware", ""] call ALIVE_spawnProfileGroup;
Credits: ALiVE functions: The ALiVE team. Web:
* Script Created by [KH]Jman
* Creation date: 06/02/2014
* Email:
* Web:
// ====================================================================================
if (!isServer) exitWith {};
// ====================================================================================
// SCOPE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"_waypointCombatMode","_waypointBehaviour","_waypointDescription","_groupName", "_groupName","_config"];
_config = [];
// SCOPE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
waitUntil {!isNil "ALIVE_profileSystemInit"};
// PARMS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
_spawnPosition = _this select 0;
_spawnExactLocation = _this select 1;  
_destinationPosition = _this select 2;
_group = _this select 3;
_faction = _this select 4;
_debug = if(count _this > 5) then {_this select 5} else {false};
_waypointPlacementRadius = if(count _this > 6) then {_this select 6} else {0};
_waypointType = if(count _this > 7) then {_this select 7} else {"Move"};
_waypointMovement = if(count _this > 8) then {_this select 8} else {"Full"};
_waypointCompletionRadius = if(count _this > 9) then {_this select 9} else {0};
_waypointTimeoutCounters  = if(count _this > 10) then {_this select 10} else {[0,0,0]};
_waypointFormation = if(count _this > 11) then {_this select 11} else {"Delta"};
_waypointCombatMode = if(count _this > 12) then {_this select 12} else {"Open Fire, Engage At Will"};
_waypointBehaviour = if(count _this > 13) then {_this select 13} else {"Aware"};
_waypointDescription = if(count _this > 14) then {_this select 14} else {""};
// PARMS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// DEBUG -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
if(_debug) then {
 ["ALIVE_spawnProfileGroup -> _spawnPosition: %1, _spawnExactLocation: %2, _destinationPosition: %3, _group: %4, _faction: %5, 
 _debug: %6, _waypointPlacementRadius: %7, _waypointType: %8, _waypointMovement: %9, _waypointCompletionRadius: %10, 
 _waypointTimeoutCounters: %11, _waypointFormation: %12, _waypointCombatMode: %13, _waypointBehaviour: %14, 
 _waypointDescription: %15,", _spawnPosition,_spawnExactLocation,_destinationPosition,_group,_faction,_debug,_waypointPlacementRadius,
 _waypointBehaviour,_waypointDescription] call ALIVE_fnc_dump;
// DEBUG -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// MAIN -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
_profiles = [_group, _spawnposition, random(360), _spawnExactLocation, _faction] call ALIVE_fnc_createProfilesFromGroupConfig;
if(_debug) then { ["ALIVE_spawnProfileGroup -> _groupData: %1, _config: %2, _groupName: %3", _groupData, _config, _groupName] call ALIVE_fnc_dump; };
_profileWaypoint = [_destinationPosition, _waypointPlacementRadius, _waypointType, _waypointMovement, _waypointCompletionRadius, 
 _waypointTimeoutCounters,_waypointFormation, _waypointCombatMode, _waypointBehaviour, _waypointDescription] call ALIVE_fnc_createProfileWaypoint;
{ _profile = _x;_profileType = _profile select 2 select 5;
 if(_profileType == "entity") then {[_profile, "addWaypoint", _profileWaypoint] call ALIVE_fnc_profileEntity;};
} forEach _profiles;
// MAIN -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// ====================================================================================

Detect Virtual Units (Profiles) in a Trigger Area

Will be true if there are virtualized AI groups of side EAST (string) within 50 mtrs of the triggers position EAST

((count ([getposATL thisTrigger, 50, ["EAST","entity"]] call ALIVE_fnc_getNearProfiles)) > 0);

Will be true if there are virtualized vehicles of side EAST (string) within 500 mtrs of trigger position EAST

((count ([getposATL thisTrigger, 500, ["EAST","vehicle"]] call ALIVE_fnc_getNearProfiles)) > 0);

Example: Place this line of code in the condition field of an end mission (f.e. lose) trigger, optionally with timeout. It will fire when there are virtualized groups in the selected area (for a certain amount of time). It doesnt matter if they are spawned or not.

Profiling all non profiled units on the map

You can trigger the profiler to profile all non profiled units (handy for MCC and Zeus or scripts that spawn units during gameplay). This function needs to be called on the server locality after a short pause to enable ALiVE to finish initialising:

if (isServer) then {
    [] spawn {
        while {true} do {
            sleep 60;
            [] call ALiVE_fnc_createProfilesFromUnitsRuntime;

Adding Custom Inits to Spawned Units

The following is one method for adding custom scripts to every spawned unit or object of that class, for example running a script that adds custom gear to a class of units. This will work for units spawned with MP/MCP, the Profiles system and any other spawning method such as Zeus.

HEALTH WARNING: you will need to know the basics of scripting to setup the gear script so it only applies to AI (and not players) or specific factions. Place the following in description.ext and create my_code.sqf with whatever code you want to add to the spawned units. Also be aware that anything added to player units will duplicate if player persistence is on, so it's better to use regular methods for players (or include isPlayer check in your script).

class Extended_Init_EventHandlers {
 class Man {
  init = "_this call (compile preprocessFileLineNumbers 'my_script.sqf')";

This is an example my_script.sqf thanks to SpyderBlack723 on the BI Forums:

private "_this";
_this = _this select 0;
if ((side _this == west) and (!isPlayer _this)) then {
  removeallweapons _this;
  removeGoggles _this;removeHeadgear _this;removeVest _this;removeUniform _this;removeAllAssignedItems _this;removeBackpack _this;
  _this addHeadgear 'Helmet_ACU';_this addUniform 'Uniform_ACU';_this addVest 'Vest_ACU';_this addBackPack 'ACU_Backpack';
 { _this addItemToBackpack"rhs_mag_30Rnd_556x45_M855A1_Stanag"; } forEach [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17,18, 19, 20, 21];
 { _this addItemToBackpack "rhs_mag_m67"; } forEach [1, 2, 3, 4];
 { _this addItemToBackpack "SmokeShell"; } forEach [1, 2, 3, 4];
 { _this addItem "FirstAidKit"; } forEach [1, 2, 3, 4, 5];
 _this addweapon 'rhs_m4_grip_acog';_this addPrimaryWeaponItem 'rhsusf_acc_ACOG';_this linkItem "ItemMap";

Profile Counter

Great for debugging your missions. Counts all profiles for all sides.

if (isServer) then {
	_profilesBySide = [ALiVE_profileHandler,"profilesBySide"] call ALIVE_fnc_hashGet;
	_profilesBySide = _profilesBySide select 2;
	systemchat format ["Profile Count OPFOR - %1", count (_profilesBySide select 0)];
	systemchat format ["Profile Count BLUFOR - %1", count (_profilesBySide select 1)];
	systemchat format ["Profile Count INDEPENDANT - %1", count (_profilesBySide select 2)];

Spawning player group AI members after persistent save

If you use the ALiVE saving feature one 'issue' is that AI members in the player's group do not get saved or restored. If they are editor-placed units then they will spawn at their original editor start location instead of wherever the player is. To work around this do the following:

Place the following code at the bottom of your mission's init.sqf file:

waituntil {(player getvariable ["alive_sys_player_playerloaded",false])};
sleep 2;
	if !(isPlayer _x) then {
		if !(_x getVariable ["Persistent_Teleport", false]) then {
			_x setPos (getPos player);
			_x setVariable ["Persistent_Teleport", true, true];
			sleep .5;
} forEach units group player;


Add a Custom OPCOM Objective

This will register a position as an objective to all OPCOMs in the current mission.

select 0: _id (String);
select 1: _position (Array);
select 2: _size (Integer);
select 3: _type (String of "MIL" or "CIV");
select 4: _priority (Integer);
if (isServer) then {{[_x,"addObjective", ["OPCOM_custom_1", [25657.2,22175.8,0.00129318], 100, "MIL", 200] ] call ALiVE_fnc_OPCOM; } foreach OPCOM_INSTANCES};

Example: Place these lines of code (without the comments) in the on activation field of a "detected by..."-trigger (500mtrs radius). As the trigger fires your base will be registered to all OPCOMs, who will then send troops there (either to attack or defend). You can use these in combination with triggers and tasks. For example if you are detected by a trigger within a certain radius of your base, your base will be registered to OPCOM! OPCOMs will send their troops there and if you don't manage to defend your base the mission will fail.

This little gem comes from Cameroon on the BI Forum. It enables you to set a custom objective on the fly for one side only. The first parameter is an array that is passed straight to ALiVE_fnc_OPCOM - set it as you would when calling addObjective. The second argument is an array of strings for the factions that should get the objective.

It's worth noting that the OPCOM may not immediately notice the new objective and of course it's still prioritized so there might not be any units to send. Also, if you have a marker with the same name as the first argument ("opfoComRetake_obj"), ALIVE will take it over. It is recommended that you do not use a marker name same as the objective name.

Example:[["opforComRetake_obj", getMarkerPos "opforComRetake", 200,"MIL"],["EAST"]] call cjb_addObjectiveToSides;

cjb_addObjectiveToSides = {
	_objectiveParams = _this select 0;
	_factions = _this select 1;
		_opcom = _x;
			_faction = _x;
			_opcomSide = [_opcom,"side",""] call ALiVE_fnc_HashGet;
			if( _opcomSide == _faction) then {
				[_opcom, "addObjective", _objectiveParams] call ALiVE_fnc_OPCOM;
		} forEach _factions;

Assign a Custom Group & Vehicle to OPCOM

[your_editor_unit, your_editor_vehicle] spawn ALiVE_fnc_createProfileVehicleAssignment

Can either have an object or a hash passed to it. Note that if OPCOM already has enough groups it may take some time until it uses the newly assigned groups.

For example:

_customVehicleAssignments = [[leader1,vehicle1]];
  _leader = _x select 0;
  _vehicle = _x select 1;
  _group = group _leader;
  [_group, _vehicle, true] call ALIVE_fnc_vehicleAssignGroup;
} forEach _customVehicleAssignments;

Jump To The Action!

ALiVE_fnc_JoinNearestGroup will select the most important objective that is currently being attacked/defended by your forces and join you to an AI group that is on an assault or defend mission. This will send you directly into the action! Execute the function locally on any player client. Possible params are "attacking" or "defending".

[player,"attacking"] call ALiVE_fnc_OPCOMjoinNearestGroup

ALiVE_fnc_OPCOMJoinObjective will display all objectives that are currently being attacked/defended, lets you select the objective of choice and HALO drops your group to an AI group that is currently ordered to assault/defend this objective! Execute the function locally on any player client. Possible params are "attacking" or "defending".

[player,"attacking"] call ALiVE_fnc_OPCOMjoinObjective

Example: put in the Init field of a unit or object in editor

this addAction ["Select Assault Mission",{[_this select 1,"attacking"] call ALiVE_fnc_OPCOMJoinObjective},[],1,false,true,"","true"];


Add Custom Roadblock to Civ placement

1.0 Release includes the ability to add custom roadblocks. Define your custom roadblocks at init on the server:

ALIVE_compositions_roadblocks = ["YOUR_ROADBLOCK_CLASS1","YOUR_ROADBLOCK_CLASS2",etc];

Spawning a Custom Composition via Script

Use the following function:

Function: ALIVE_fnc_spawnRandomPopulatedComposition
Spawn a composition
Spawns a random populated composition
Position - Array
Type - String - Civilian, Military, Guerrilla
Category - String
    Civilian Categories - airports, checkpointsbarricades, construction, constructionSupplies, communications, fuel, general, heliports, industrial, marine, mining_oil, power, rail, settlements
    Guerrilla Categories - camps, checkpointsbarricades, constructionsupplies, commnunications, fieldhq, fort, fuel, hq, marine, medical, outposts, power, supports
    Military Categories - airports, camps, checkpointsbarricades, constructionsupplies, communications, crashsites, fieldhq, fort, fuel, heliports, hq, marine, medical, outposts, power, supports, supplies
Faction - String (OPTIONAL)
Size - String (Large, Medium, Small, ANY)
Infantry groups - Integer (OPTIONAL)
Mot Groups - Integer (OPTIONAL)
Mech Groups - Integer (OPTIONAL)
Armoured Groups - Integer (OPTIONAL)
SpecOps Groups - Integer (OPTIONAL)
Returns: None
// spawn a small fortification composition with 2 OPF_F groups
_result = [_position, "Military", "Fort", "OPF_F", "Small", 2] call ALIVE_fnc_spawnRandomPopulatedComposition;


Wait for Player Persistence to Initialise

Will wait until the persistent data of a player has been loaded (place in init.sqf f.e.)

waituntil {(player getvariable ["alive_sys_player_playerloaded",false])};

Example: Use this in init.sqf if you have a player-depended scripts and use "player persistence";

Pausing Modules

Use the following code on the server to pause and un pause modules completely. Pausing sys_profile will stop all simulation of profiles, and prevent spawning / despawning. Pausing OPCOM will stop OPCOM from issuing orders and running battlefield analysis. Pausing civ_population will stop all civilian AI commands and prevent spawning / despawning.

Pause and unpause the profile system

["ALIVE_SYS_PROFILE"] call ALiVE_fnc_pauseModule;
["ALIVE_SYS_PROFILE"] call ALiVE_fnc_unPauseModule;

Pause and unpause a whole lot of modules


This is an example script from dixon13 on our forums for automatically pausing OPCOM when players disconnect using initServer.sqf (see BI Community Wiki for further details on using init event scripts)

["someId", "onPlayerConnected", {
	if (({isPlayer _x} count playableUnits) > 0 || OPCOM_TOGGLE) then { ["ALIVE_MIL_OPCOM"] call ALiVE_fnc_unPauseModule; OPCOM_TOGGLE = false; };
}] call BIS_fnc_addStackedEventHandler;
["someId", "onPlayerDisconnected", {
	if ( ({isPlayer _x} count playableUnits) == 0 ) then { ["ALIVE_MIL_OPCOM"] call ALiVE_fnc_pauseModule; OPCOM_TOGGLE = true; };
}] call BIS_fnc_addStackedEventHandler;

Adjust Logistics Force Pool

Military Logistics and the Player Resupply module both work from the Global Force Pool to establish the allowed reinforcement levels for a faction. You can adjust this value on the fly in your own missions to add or remove from the global force pool. If running on a dedicated server, this must be performed on the server side only.

if(isServer) then {
	// example: get the global force pool count for the BLU_F faction
        _currentBLUFORForcepool = [ALIVE_globalForcePool,"BLU_F"] call ALIVE_fnc_hashGet;
        // example: alter the current BLU_F force pool
        [ALIVE_globalForcePool,"BLU_F",20] call ALIVE_fnc_hashSet;

Add Custom Variables to ALiVE Database

0.9.8 Release includes the ability to save and retrieve custom values to the ALiVE database using the following funcs:

["key", _value] call ALiVE_fnc_setData
_value = ["key"] call ALiVE_fnc_getData

Adding CAS units post-init

[_type,_settings] call ALiVE_fnc_CombatSupportAdd;
["CAS OR TRANSPORT",[SPAWN POS],Direction, "CLASS","CALLSIGN","CODE","HEIGHT"]] Call ALiVE_fnc_combatSupportAdd;

_type : The type of combat support, can be "CAS","TRANSPORT","ARTILLERY"

_settings: Array of settings

0: Position of vehicle

1: Direction of vehicle

2: Classname of vehicle

3: Callsign of vehicle (string)

4: Code to be ran on vehicle spawn

5: Height of vehicle


["TRANSPORT",[[1849.21,5805.27,0],60,"B_Heli_Transport_01_camo_F","VICTOR 1","",""]] Call ALiVE_fnc_combatSupportAdd;
["CAS",[[1849.21,5805.27,0],60,"B_Heli_Attack_01_F","Phantom 1","",""]] Call ALiVE_fnc_combatSupportAdd;

Removing CAS units post-init

[_side,_type,_callsign] call ALiVE_fnc_combatSupportRemove;


["WEST","CAS","EAGLE ONE"] call ALiVE_fnc_combatSupportRemove;
["WEST","TRANSPORT","VICTOR 1"] Call ALiVE_fnc_combatSupportRemove;

Third Party Scripts

Disable VCOM_AI

Globally disable VCOM_AI for Air units including Combat Support and Logistics. Put the following in init.sqf

[{{Driver _x setvariable ["NOAI",true];} foreach (vehicles select {_x isKindOf 'air'});}, 1, []] call CBA_fnc_addPerFrameHandler;