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Hey there! Thanks for using Denizen for Bukkit and Citizens2. Looking for a quick starting guide? Here's the place!

So, what is Denizen? It's is best classified as a scripting platform. Denizen for Bukkit and Citizens2 utilizes the scripting, and various other components provided by DenizenAPI. The scripting component of Denizen features easy to use script containers, replaceable tags, commands, and a queue system. Built aside is a slew of components that deal with many kinds of event handlers, many additional NPC features, a fully-featured variable system (we call them 'flags'), and a rich object-oriented set of features. I encourage users to start small when first getting into Denizen, but rest assured there are tons of features to explore.

Denizen NPCs? Yep, that's right. Denizen is probably best known as a way to create scripted Citizen NPCs. In fact, this whole project started out as an extension to Citizens2. You can use it to make interactive NPCs with the use of Assignment Scripts and Interact Scripts. This is pretty easy to do, and there's a bunch of cool NPC specific (among many other) commands and tags that you can utilize as well.

Here's a small example I call 'cookies'. I normally like to comment my scripts, but this one below is presented without any as to show the flow.

  type: assignment 
  interact scripts: 
  - 100 Cookie Handler 

Cookie Handler:
  type: interact 
    'Spreading the Word*': 
      click trigger: 
        - random 3 
        - chat 'I like cookies!' 
        - chat 'MMmm.. cookies are favorite!' 
        - chat 'Cocoa and wheat me freak!' 
      chat trigger: 
          trigger: 'I love /cookie/s!' 
          - chat 'Me too!' 
          - narrate '<> gives you some cookies.' 
          - give i@cookie qty:6 
          - zap 'step:Cookies given' 
    'Cookies given': 
        click trigger: 
            - chat 'How were the cookies?' 
            - zap 'step:Spreading the Word'

It's a simple 2-step, multi-trigger script that creates a cookie loving NPC. For some reason I think it's funny to name the NPC 'Notch'. Making a NPC use this script couldn't be easier, either. Simply use a bukkit command while having the NPC selected. It looks like this:

/npc assignment --set cookies

Now clicking on your NPC will use Denizen Triggers to activate the script above. An instant Denizen NPC! Cookies is funny, but hardly useful, and it's my personal philosophy that NPCs should be useful. How 'bout a simple healer? This NPC will heal you, but only when you're seriously injured.

Basic Healer: 
  type: assignment 
  interact scripts: 
  - 100 heal me, bro! 

Heal me, bro!: 
  type: interact 
    "Need a heal?*": 
      click trigger: 
        - if '<>' < '<m:<> / 2>' { 
            - look <player.location> 
            - chat 'Woah dude, you are <>! You could use a heal!' 
            - chat 'Just give me another click to get some power!' 
            - zap "Healin'" duration:30s 
          } else { 
            - look <player.location> 
            - chat 'Nice an healthy. Keep it up!'  
      click trigger: 
        - ^zap 'need a heal?' 
        - ^engage 
        - chat "Here goes nothin'!" 
        - playeffect instant_spell <npc.location> qty:25 
        - playeffect heart <player.location> qty:25 offset:1 
        - heal <player> 
        - disengage

How do you make a Healer NPC with this script? You guess it! Just select that NPC, and type:

/npc assignment --set 'basic healer'

It's not just for NPCs. I guess I already told you that, but Denizen has some other script types that open up possibilities that extend far beyond it's core functionality of utilizing NPCs. One of my favorite 'simple scripts' that I like to show people is one that my friend Blankiito showed me. The one below is slightly modified, but basically it enables a 'rogue-like feature' that makes a player invisible when sneaking. It's a simple concept, but perfectly illustrates the flow of a Denizen Script.

  type: world
  debug: false
    on player starts sneaking:
    - playeffect <p.location> magic_crit qty:10
    - invisible <player> state:true

    on player stops sneaking:
    - invisible <player> state:false

Even small scripts can be incredibly useful for your server. Sometimes scripts can replace entire bukkit plugins, and since the 'code' is in Denizen Script, the end result is often times more flexible to you, the server operator. Have a plugin that run some commands every once in awhile? Replace it with a simple Denizen script.

Auto Save Event Handler:
  type: world
  debug: false
    on 5:00 in world:
    - announce 'Autosaving...'
    - execute as_server 'denizen save'
    - execute as_server 'citizens save'
    - execute as_server 'save-all'

Use Denizen to solve problems, or to make features easier to use. Example: If you're familiar with Citizens, you may have realized that WorldGuard's /butcher command is not friendly to mob-type NPCs. It removes them, too, which can be a pain! Why not write your own /butcher command?

Safer Butcher Handler: 
  type: world 
  debug: false 
    on sbutcher command:  
    - narrate 'Removing all mob entities within 15 blocks... your NPCs are safe!'  
    - foreach <player.location.find.entities.within[15]> {  
        - if <%value%.is_mob>  
          remove %value%  

Denizen Quests are the best quests. If you're like me, this whole thing started by using the Quester for Citizens1. It featured a fairly simple questing structure to implement things like 'kill quests' and 'collection quests'. When Citizens went to version 2, that functionality was no longer 'core', but no worries Denizen can help! By utilizing Denizen's Player Listeners, simple questing can be done easily, and it's more robust because you can use all the other features implemented by Denizen, too!

So, how do you best get started? This is a question we get all the time. Because of the enormous amount of ways to use and customize Denizen, we suggest that you simply START SMALL! Checking out the videos, scripts, and articles on denizen-docs you're sure to find a comfortable place to start. While scripting, utilize the tools provided, such as the SublimeText2 grammar pack, and the reference and search for meta lookup on this site.

Like any programming language, there is a learning curve with code structure and syntax that will only be overcome by trial and error. While using some user-made scripts can be as easy as dragging-and-dropping, many scripts will likely require at least a basic understanding of the denizen-script structure to fully utilize their features. But don't worry! Denizen is purposefully made to be easy to read and easy to customize! Tags, commands and events are all very verbose, easy to follow. With a little bit of research we know you'll soon be drunken with power, just like us!


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  • Avatar of mcmonkey4eva mcmonkey4eva Aug 02, 2015 at 23:44 UTC - 0 likes

    @ineedhelpplz: Go

    You need to post the error if you expect any support.

    Your Server Folder -> logs -> latest.log (a text file) -> copy/paste everything into -> submit it -> post the link here as a reply comment

  • Avatar of ineedhelpplz ineedhelpplz Aug 02, 2015 at 21:46 UTC - 0 likes

    Okay, so I just wanna download Denizen but for some reason I get an error every time i try. My plugins include: Animal Shop, BlackSmith, Builder, Chairs, Citizens, dltTraders, Essentials (regular, chat, and spawn) pEX, Sentry, Timber, Vault, and WorldEdit.

    Don't try and tell me its the outdated version of denizen because its not, i swear (denizen-0.9.7-SNAPSHOT.jar). Also if you need my latest log or something please tell me how to post it.

    please please help

    Last edited Aug 02, 2015 by ineedhelpplz
  • Avatar of Sean_Amor Sean_Amor Jul 29, 2015 at 20:50 UTC - 0 likes

    Simple Sorting hat/Rank Selector Script:

    Anyone can use this!

  • Avatar of mcmonkey4eva mcmonkey4eva Jul 19, 2015 at 07:04 UTC - 0 likes

    @SynapseRegion: Go

    Update your Spigot.

  • Avatar of SynapseRegion SynapseRegion Jul 19, 2015 at 06:35 UTC - 0 likes

    The Newest version has a error caused:

  • Avatar of Morphan1 Morphan1 Jul 19, 2015 at 05:00 UTC - 0 likes

    @mcmonkey4eva: Go


  • Avatar of mcmonkey4eva mcmonkey4eva Jul 19, 2015 at 04:32 UTC - 0 likes

    @omgitsbob12: Go

    This is a fixed error, update to the latest dev build at as well as the latest release of Spigot - if it still errors, just post again and I'll slap around the dev who wrote that particular section of code :)

  • Avatar of omgitsbob12 omgitsbob12 Jul 19, 2015 at 03:35 UTC - 0 likes

    When using essentials /sudo command, Denizen crashes the server, I orginally showed it to the Essentials people and they said Denizen was causing the crash.

    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR com.earth2me.essentials.commands.EssentialsLoopCommand.loopOnlinePlayers(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR com.earth2me.essentials.commands.Commandsudo.updatePlayer(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR org.bukkit.plugin.SimplePluginManager.callEvent(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR org.bukkit.plugin.SimplePluginManager.fireEvent(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR org.bukkit.plugin.RegisteredListener.callEvent(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR$1.execute(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR net.aufdemrand.denizen.scripts.triggers.core.ChatTrigger.asyncChatTrigger(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.get(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.awaitDone(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR java.util.concurrent.locks.LockSupport.park(
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR sun.misc.Unsafe.park(Native Method)
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR Stack:
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR PID: 14 | Suspended: false | Native: false | State: WAITING
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR Current Thread: Server thread
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR ------------------------------
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR Server thread dump (Look for plugins here before reporting to Spigot!):
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR ------------------------------
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR Spigot version: git-Spigot-6d16e64-87b9f46 (MC: 1.8.7)
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR Be sure to include ALL relevant console errors and Minecraft crash reports
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR Please report this to
    18.07 21:33:50 [Server] ERROR The server has stopped responding!
    18.07 21:32:43 [Server] INFO Forcing Steve to run: /c:test
  • Avatar of linghun91 linghun91 Jul 18, 2015 at 23:22 UTC - 0 likes

    @mcmonkey4eva: Go

    can you make a video for how set npc drop items

  • Avatar of linghun91 linghun91 Jul 18, 2015 at 23:15 UTC - 0 likes

    @mcmonkey4eva: Go

    ok i m update 187


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