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Your game state machine:

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This file describes the game states machine of your game (all the game states properties, and the transitions to get from one state to another).

Important: to understand the game state machine, the best is to read this presentation first:

Focus on BGA game state machine

Overall structure

The machine states is described by a PHP associative array.


$machinestates = array(

    // The initial state. Please do not modify.
    1 => array(
        "name" => "gameSetup",
        "description" => clienttranslate("Game setup"),
        "type" => "manager",
        "action" => "stGameSetup",
        "transitions" => array( "" => 2 )
    // Note: ID=2 => your first state

    2 => array(
    		"name" => "playerTurn",
    		"description" => clienttranslate('${actplayer} must play a card or pass'),
    		"descriptionmyturn" => clienttranslate('${you} must play a card or pass'),
    		"type" => "activeplayer",
    		"possibleactions" => array( "playCard", "pass" ),
    		"transitions" => array( "playCard" => 2, "pass" => 2 )



The keys determine game states IDs (in the example above: 1 and 2).

IDs must be positive integers.

ID=1 is reserved for the first game state and should not be used (and you must not modify it).

ID=99 is reserved for the last game state of the game (end of the game) (and you must not modify it).



The name of a game state is used to identify it in your game logic.

Several game states can share the same name, however this is not recommended.

PHP example:

// Get current game state
$state = $this->gamestate->state();
if( $state['name'] == 'myGameState' )

JS example:

        onEnteringState: function( stateName, args )
            console.log( 'Entering state: '+stateName );
            switch( stateName )
            case 'myGameState':
                // Do some stuff at the beginning at this game state



You can use 3 types of game states:

  • activeplayer (1 player is active and must play)
  • multipleactiveplayer (1..N players can be active and must play)
  • game (no player is active. This is a transitional state to do something automatic specified by game rules)



The description is the string that is displayed in the main action bar (top of the screen) when the state is active.

When a string is specified as a description, you must use "clienttranslate" in order the string can be translate on the client side:

 		"description" => clienttranslate('${actplayer} must play a card or pass'),

In the description string, you can use ${actplayer} to refer to the active player.

You can also use custom arguments in your description. These custom arguments correspond to values returned by your "arg" PHP method (see below "arg" field).

Example of custom field:

        "description" => clienttranslate('${actplayer} must choose ${nbr} identical energies'),
        "arg" => "argMyArgumentMethod"

    function argMyArgumentMethod()
        return array(
            'nbr' => 2  // In this case ${nbr} in the description will be replaced by "2"

Note: You may specify an empty string ("") here if it never happens that the game remains in this state (ie: if this state immediately jump to another state when activated).

Note²: Usually, you specify a string for "activeplayer" and "multipleactiveplayer" game states, and you specify an empty string for "game" game states. BUT, if you are using synchronous notifications, the client can remains few seconds on a "game" type game state, and in this case this may be useful to display a description in the status bar during this state.


(mandatory for "activeplayer" and "multipleactiveplayer" game states type)

"descriptionmyturn" has exactly the same role and properties than "description", except that this value is displayed to the current active player - or to all active players in case of a multipleactiveplayer game state.

In general, we have this situation:

        "description" => clienttranslate('${actplayer} can take some actions'),
        "descriptionmyturn" => clienttranslate('${you} can take some actions'),

Note: you can use ${you} in description my turn in order the description can display "You" instead of the name of the player.


(mandatory for "game" game state type)

"action" specify a PHP method to call when entering into this game state.


    28 => array(
        "name" => "startPlayerTurn",
        "description" => '',
        "type" => "game",
        "action" => "stStartPlayerTurn",

    function stStartPlayerTurn()
        // ... do something at the beginning of this game state

Usually, for "game" game state type, the action method is used to do some automatic stuff specified by the rules (ex: check victory conditions, deal cards for a new round, go to the next player...) and then jump to another game state.

Note: a BGA convention specify that PHP method called with "action" are prefixed by "st".