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Main loop: Main flight loop (Part 8 of 16)

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Name: Main flight loop (Part 8 of 16) [Show more] Type: Subroutine Category: Main loop Summary: For each nearby ship: Process us potentially scooping this item Deep dive: Program flow of the main game loop
Context: See this subroutine in context in the source code Variations: See code variations for this subroutine in the different versions References: No direct references to this subroutine in this source file

The main flight loop covers most of the flight-specific aspects of Elite. This section covers the following: * Continue looping through all the ships in the local bubble, and for each one: * Process us potentially scooping this item
LDA #3 \ Set A to 3 to denote we may be scooping an escape pod CPX #TGL \ If ship type < Thargon, i.e. it's a canister, jump BCC oily \ to oily to randomly decide the canister's contents BNE slvy2 \ If ship type <> Thargon, i.e. it's an escape pod, \ jump to slvy2 with A set to 3, so we scoop up the \ escape pod as slaves LDA #16 \ Otherwise this is a Thargon, so jump to slvy2 with BNE slvy2 \ A set to 16, so we scoop up the Thargon as alien items \ (this BNE is effectively a JMP as A will never be \ zero) .oily JSR DORND \ Set A and X to random numbers and reduce A to a AND #7 \ random number in the range 0-7 .slvy2 \ By the time we get here, we are scooping, and A \ contains the type of item we are scooping (a random \ number 0-7 if we are scooping a cargo canister, 3 if \ we are scooping an escape pod, or 16 if we are \ scooping a Thargon). These numbers correspond to the \ relevant market items (see QQ23 for a list), so a \ cargo canister can contain anything from food to \ computers, while escape pods contain slaves, and \ Thargons become alien items when scooped STA QQ29 \ Call tnpr with the scooped cargo type stored in QQ29 LDA #1 \ and A set to 1, to work out whether we have room in JSR tnpr \ the hold for the scooped item (A is preserved by this \ call, and the C flag contains the result) LDY #78 \ This instruction has no effect, so presumably it used \ to do something, but didn't get removed BCS MA59 \ If the C flag is set then we have no room in the hold \ for the scooped item, so jump down to MA59 make a \ sound to indicate failure, before destroying the \ canister LDY QQ29 \ Scooping was successful, so set Y to the type of \ item we just scooped, which we stored in QQ29 above ADC QQ20,Y \ Add A (which we set to 1 above) to the number of items STA QQ20,Y \ of type Y in the cargo hold, as we just successfully \ scooped one canister of type Y TYA \ Print recursive token 48 + Y as an in-flight token, ADC #208 \ which will be in the range 48 ("FOOD") to 64 ("ALIEN JSR MESS \ ITEMS"), so this prints the scooped item's name JMP MA60 \ We are done scooping, so jump down to MA60 to set the \ kill flag on the canister, as it no longer exists in \ the local bubble .MA65 JMP MA26 \ If we get here, then the ship we are processing was \ too far away to be scooped, docked or collided with, \ so jump to MA26 to skip over the collision routines \ and move on to missile targeting