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  2. Working Environment
  3. Land-based Vehicles and Basics
    1. Basic Requirements
    2. First Beams/Nodes
    3. Rigidity
    4. Wheels
    5. Engine
    6. Suspension
    7. Steering
    8. Commands
    9. Hooks
    10. Submeshes
    11. Flares
    12. Props
    13. Details
  4. Objects and Texturing
    1. Meshes
      1. Tools
      2. Basic Rules
    2. Materials
    3. Flexbodies
  5. Aircraft and Winged Vehicles
    1. Simple Aircraft
    2. Wings
    3. Fusedrag
    4. Engines
      1. Props
      2. Jets
  6. Nautical Vehicles and Boats
    1. Simple Boats
    2. Engines
  7. Packaging


What is a command?

A command is a beam  that has "Commands" that make it extend/retract and so forth, The command beam has many uses, From being a Hydraulic arm to a destruction tool, There are plenty of ways to use a command.

Basic information

I will start off by using the basic sectional organization, which is..

Node 1, Node 2, Extension/Contraction Rate, Maximal Contraction, Maximal Extension, Contraction Key, Extension Key,  Option
1,       2,        0.1,            1.0,                 3.0,              1,              2,           i
  • Node 1 - The node where the command beam starts
  • Node 2 - The node where the command beam ends
  • Rate of extension/contraction - How fast the command beam moves
  • Maximum contraction - The shortest length that the command beam will try to be, as a proportion of its startup length
  • Maximum extension - The longest length the command beam will try to be, as a proportion of its startup length
  • Contraction key - A number representing the function key needed to compress the command beam. More than one can be controlled with the same key. (see below for keymap)
  • Extension key - The key used to extend the command beam.
  • Option flag (optional) - (i) makes the command beam invisible. (r) makes the command behave like a rope or a winch (no compression strength). (n) should be used as a filler when a description field is needed (p) program: makes the command extend or retact fully with the push of a button

In the RoR Editorizer, the beam for commands will be Green (Or whatever color you specified for the command beam).

This is what a Command beam looks like in the Editorizer (With standard colors)


A command has plenty of uses, In fact, many vehicles in the Rigs of Rods repository host vehicles with Commands in it. Some of the things you can do with commands..

  • Open hoods
  • Make lifting arms
  • Adjust ride heights
  • Make extending parts
  • Make winches
  • Many, many more uses too!

One example (In picture form) is you can make a "Wrecker" in the game for vehicle recovery, All of the moving parts are made by using Commands 

Just a simple Command can create a very majestic looking vehicle (Click to enlarge)

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