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[1.7.10]Help simple mob modification.


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Hello there. I have been spending my time looking into ways to modify the behavior of vanilla mobs.


I did not want to create a new mob by extending the vanilla mob. Google has pointed me towards Forge hooks, however I cannot find up to date information to help guide me.


I want to modify the onLivingUpdate() and some of the code for the chicken itself. I wanted to be able to feed the chicken my custom seeds. Once that chicken eats the seeds I wanted it to have one chance to drop my custom egg instead of a normal egg.


I am unsure how to approach this.

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Generally, if you want to change vanilla behavior I look for the following possibilities (in this order).


a) Look for public methods in the vanilla classes.  For example, the AI of entities is in a public list that can be changed.  For EntityChicken the time between eggs is a public field so you could change that, etc.  Basically you can use your IDE (Eclipse) to suggest all available methods if you write the name of a class or class instance and then put the dot "." and wait a second -- a popup window will show all available methods.  As a modder it is very useful to frequently browse through these -- they can even give you ideas for new mods.

b) Look for Forge events that relate to what you want to do.  The Forge programmers know the types of things that modders commonly want to do, and so they "fire" events at the points in the vanilla code that are likely useful.  The events pass additional information to aid processing that particular event.  For more on event handling you can check out my tutorial: http://jabelarminecraft.blogspot.com/p/minecraft-forge-172-event-handling.html.  In this case, as diesieben07 suggests above there is an event that might be useful for your chicken mod need.

c) Use Java reflection.  This is easier than it sounds and allows inspection of fields and methods in other classes that were originally meant to have limited scope.  In other words you can see private or protected stuff.  This is a peculiarity of Java that allows this, and while it isn't really good programming practice generally it is a very important modding tool.

d) Use ASM access transformers.  I honestly haven't done a lot with this, but basically seems to be a framework to affect code that otherwise isn't within scope.  I'm sure there are tutorials.


Another approach that can be useful is to replace the vanilla items, blocks, or entities with your own custom ones that extend the original classes.  There are events for most places where these are created, placed or spawned and in worst case you can use tick events to poll for existence of things you want to replace.  This method can cause some side effects, if other vanilla code or other mods are expecting the vanilla classes and use something other than instanceof to test them or cast them.


Anyway, just some ideas on techniques worth learning as a modder.

Check out my tutorials here: http://jabelarminecraft.blogspot.com/

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I've been working with this for a bit, this is absolutely the most awesome thing I have seen since working on a server for an MMO.


I wonder, why not use multicasting delegates in place of hard coding callbacks into specific classes?



I did look into some of these methods before comping back. My ASM is weak so I didn't want to play it too much. Part of my googling did point me to replacing  vanilla mobs and passives with my own but along with the tutorial it was made clear that should anyone ever hook into the vanilla mobs and I decided to block their spawning, their mod would not work.


Some of the practices that are using to mod are pretty straight forward, I just kinda took a bad step and did not make sure I got myself some reliable documentation first, haha. It seems there aren't a lot of tutorials that deal with 1.7.X so thoroughly as 1.6.X. xD


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