Get Number of Pawns

November 30, 2017

UE4 Version: 4.18.3

Github Link: https://github.com/Harrison1/unrealcpp/tree/master/GetNumberOfPawns

For this tutorial we are using the standard first person C++ template with starter content. If you don't know how to add a new actor class to your project, please visit the Add C++ Actor Class post.

This is a simple tutorial on how to get the total number of pawns in a scene. Create a new C++ actor class that and call it GetNumberOfPawns. We are not going to do anything in the header file, below is the final header file.

GetNumberOfPawns.h

#pragma once

#include "CoreMinimal.h"
#include "GameFramework/Actor.h"
#include "GetNumberOfPawns.generated.h"

UCLASS()
class UNREALCPP_API AGetNumberOfPawns : public AActor
{
	GENERATED_BODY()
	
public:	
	// Sets default values for this actor's properties
	AGetNumberOfPawns();

protected:
	// Called when the game starts or when spawned
	virtual void BeginPlay() override;

public:	
	// Called every frame
	virtual void Tick(float DeltaTime) override;

};

Next, in our BeginPlay() function we are going to add GetWorld()->GetNumPawns(). All actors have access to the GetWorld() function. You can see all of the world's functions here. Below is our final .cpp file.

#include "GetNumberOfPawns.h"


// Sets default values
AGetNumberOfPawns::AGetNumberOfPawns()
{
 	// Set this actor to call Tick() every frame.  You can turn this off to improve performance if you don't need it.
	PrimaryActorTick.bCanEverTick = true;

}

// Called when the game starts or when spawned
void AGetNumberOfPawns::BeginPlay()
{
	Super::BeginPlay();

	int32 MyPawns = GetWorld()->GetNumPawns();

	GEngine->AddOnScreenDebugMessage(-1, 5.f, FColor::Green, FString::Printf(TEXT("Number of Pawns: %d"), MyPawns));
	
}

// Called every frame
void AGetNumberOfPawns::Tick(float DeltaTime)
{
	Super::Tick(DeltaTime);

}

Author

Harrison McGuire

Harrison McGuire