Everybody! It's the beginning of Axem's FRED tutorial series.
To be a genius FREDder like me, do your best!
But when that doesn't work, you can take a look here.
FRED has sure changed from its retail FreeSpace 2 days. Mountains of new sexps and features have been added, allowing certain FREDders to accomplish feats that people had no idea were even possible. Junior FREDders may see something in a campaign and go "WOW, I want to do this in my campaign. But how did they do it?!". Typical answer is "go look in the mission file."
While that's fine and dandy, the people peering in don't have any context on why that stuff worked. So I'm going to help you understand! And then you'll be able to think about how to approach other assuredly insane ideas you have lurking in your head.
Approximately once a month I will create a new tutorial on some random FRED concept. From things as specific to "How do I do in-mission jumping"? or as broad as "Arguments, how do they work?"
Answer to both of those, of course, is magic. But I'll show you the magic.
So, now's your chance to suggest topics or ideas. If there's a bunch of smaller topics that look great, I'll lump them together.
Everything will be posted on the FS Wiki, so if you find a typo or something while reading it, feel free to correct it.
====The Tutorial ListTutorial 1: In-Mission JumpingTutorial 2: Conditional ArgumentsTutorial 3: Directive-is-variable SEXPTutorial 4: Mission Infrastructure and Checkpoints *NEW*