Is there a way to easily play FX on a specific dockpath when launching ships?
You can play FX on markers. Not sure how to tie it to a ship launching though… Maybe through the clever use of custom code?
Dock path can use animations, and in .madstate you can call effects with the animation.
Do you want FX on the parent ship or the ship that is launching?
On the parent ship. In this case the little puffs of atmosphere when a Viper leaves a launch tube.
Put a customcode on the Viper and when it is launching, trigger fx on the parent ship.
You can use
SobGroup_GetCurrentOrder(<sSobGroup>) to find out when the viper is launching. I think “6” is launching (1 is move, 2 is attack, 4 is dock…)
You can then use
SobGroup_GetSobGroupDockedWithGroup() to track what is docked with what.
Then you can use
FX_StartEvent(<sobGroup>,<eventName>) to trigger the fx.
Actually, the problem with the above approach is that you won’t know which dock path is being used… Maybe there is no way to know that…