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Creating a quest

Creating a new Solarus quest

Open Solarus Quest Editor. Since this is the first launch, there is no quest yet. You can create a new one with the File > New quest... menu. A popup dialog will open, asking for the location of your quest. Create a new folder called your-quest-name (for instance) where to save your quest to.

File menu

The basic skeleton of a Solarus quest is then generated in the your-quest-name folder, and looks like this. These folders already contain basic examples for each content: note that this Solarus quest is already ready to be run, without any more configuration.

📂 your-quest-name
└─ 📂 data
  └─ 📂 enemies
  └─ 📂 entities
  └─ 📂 fonts
  └─ 📂 items
  └─ 📂 languages
  └─ 📂 maps
  └─ 📂 musics
  └─ 📂 scripts
  └─ 📂 shaders
  └─ 📂 sounds
  └─ 📂 sprites
  └─ 📂 tilesets
  └─ 📄 main.lua
  └─ 📄 project_db.dat
  └─ 📄 quest.dat

The content of each folder will be explained in a further chapter. Let's still detail what are the 3 files at the root:

  • main.lua is the starting point for your game. You'll be able to edit this Lua script to configure how your game starts.

  • quest.dat contains your project metadata (title, author, screen size, Solarus required version, etc.). It is not visible in Solarus Quest Editor's file tree, because usually you don't edit it manually. Metadata are edited with the File > Quest properties menu (Ctrl+P) or by right-clicking on your quest's top item in the file tree.

  • project_db.dat is a file that contains all information about how your resources are configured. Usually, you never have to edit it manually. This file is automatically modified by Solarus Quest Editor when you edit a map, a sprite or any resource.

Solarus Quest Editor's main window

The Solarus Quest Editor window is divided in 4 main parts. Here is a quick overview.

Solarus Quest Editor UI

  1. Toolbar: Main functions of the app.
  2. Quest tree: Displays the quest files. It's not exactly the filesystem tree, but close to it.
  3. Tabs and workspace: This is where the different tabs open, and where you are able to edit your files with the multiple editors included in Solarus (map editor, sprite editor, script editor, etc.).
  4. Console: Displays the game's output.

Running a quest

With Solarus Quest Editor

To run a quest when you're developing it, you can hit the F5 key or press the "play" button.

Button to run a quest

The quest will start in a separate window. Output will be displayed in the console at the bottom of the window, which is really useful for debugging.

With Solarus Launcher

For the majority of players, who don't like using the command-line, Solarus Launcher provides a convenient way to launch quests. Players have to add a quest (a .solarus file or quest.dat file) to the quest library managed by Solarus Launcher, with the Add Quest button, select it, and click on Play (or hit Enter).

Here too, the game's output will be printed to the built-in console. It allows players to give you some useful information about bugs or errors.

Solarus Launcher

With solarus-run

solarus-run is the command-line program to start a Solarus quest, that you pass as an argument. It is able to actually launch a Solarus quest from two types of input parameters:

  1. From a .solarus file, which is the recommended way of distributing your quest to players.

    solarus-run path/to/your/quest.solarus
  2. From a folder where it finds a data/quest.dat or quest.dat file.

    solarus-run path/to/your/quest

Last update: February 7, 2023