One of the main ways your Clojurecraft bots will interact with the world is through event handlers.

Event handlers are functions you create that respond to events that happen in the Minecraft world. They return a list of Actions that you want your bot to perform.

Event handlers are pure functions that should take the bot as their first argument. Their other arguments will depend on the particular handler.

Creating and Registering Event Handlers

The first thing you need to do is create an event handling function:

(defn jump-on-chat [bot message]
  [(clojurecraft.actions/jump bot)])

Then register the handler for the action:

( bot :chat #'jump-on-chat)

Notice that you don’t pass the function directly to the add-handler function. You pass a symbol to the function. This is two extra characters to type, but it means you can redefine the function in the REPL and your changes will take effect immediately in all of the currently running bots.

Available Events

You can register handlers for the following events.


(defn chat-handler [bot message]
  [... actions ...])

Chat events are fired when a chat message arrives.

A few things to note when writing bots for the vanilla server:

First, a “chat message” includes things like “foo joined/left the game.”. You can parse these and take appropriate action if you like.

The other important point is that you will receive your own messages. If you fire a chat action you’ll get a message back for it! A helpful function to use might be something like this:

(defn message-is-own? [bot message]
  (clojure.contrib.string/substring? (str "<" (:username bot) ">")


(defn dead-handler [bot]
  [... actions ...])

This event is fired when your bot dies.

You’ll probably want to respawn when this happens:

(defn dead-handler [bot]
  [(clojurecraft.actions/chat bot "WHY YOU DO THIS?")
   (clojurecraft.actions/respawn bot)])