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Character isn't moving

Okay, so this issue must be something very simple such as a forgotten checkmark or something, but I'm kinda stuck.

I tried to recreate the Blueprint Top Down project and got my character, gamemode and controller blueprint. First of all, when I put a playerstart in my level, it ignores my player character and the camera just sits there in the middle of the playerstart... If I remove the player start and I run the game, I can see my top down character but movement isn't doing anything. When looking at the blueprints however I can see that it activates and works correctly when I press my left mouse button. So somewhere between the Controller blueprint and the Character blueprint it just doesn't connect.

So I double checked the Gamemode blueprint, and what I saw there was that I'm missing a tab called 'Input', where 'Block input' is unchecked. Could this be why mine isn't working? And if so, how do I get that tab in my GameMode defaults?

I'm sorry for this question, hope that I'm clear enough...

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asked Sep 24 '14 at 10:07 AM in Using UE4

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avatar image Ben Halliday STAFF Sep 24 '14 at 01:34 PM

Hey Serellyn,

Did you set your World Settings to use your custom gamemode?

avatar image Serellyn Sep 24 '14 at 05:28 PM

Thank you for replying Ben. Yeah I've set the custom gamemode. Well atleast if World Settings is the same as Project Settings -> Maps & modes. I've added a screenshot :)alt text

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avatar image Matthew Rumble Jun 10 '17 at 05:23 AM

I finally got my 3rd person girl character to work and walk but when I played in the editor, there was a clone of my character and only the second one worked but the camera was stuck behind the original character. After deleting the first character, I was able to move the second/clone but the camera is stuck infront of the girl and I cannot move backward, only foward. I am thinking I need to adjust the spring arm but that is for the orginal character I got rid of in the level to control the second. Anyone can help me?

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Hey Serellyn,

You'll also need to set which Game Mode is being used in the World Settings. You can open the World Settings tab from the main toolbar or by going to Windows > World Settings. Then you'll need to find the Game Mode section and expand that, which will look like this:

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Switch the GameMode Override to your GameMode.

You can read more about setting your GameMode in World Settings here:


Hope that helps!

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answered Sep 24 '14 at 06:09 PM

avatar image Serellyn Sep 24 '14 at 08:15 PM

Hey Ben, thanks! I forgot that one so I fixed it, but it's still not working. Still no movement and still the same problem when I try to use a PlayerStart. The camera just goes to playerstart instead of the character.

avatar image Ben Halliday STAFF Sep 24 '14 at 08:34 PM

Hm, then there may be something with how your Character Blueprint is set up. Can you show an image of what your Components tab looks like? It's possible your camera isn't set away from your mesh properly. Another thing to check is whether your PlayerStart says BADsize on it... if so, it's intersecting with your floor which may cause this.

I also see that you don't have a Nav Mesh in your Scene Outliner. If you're using the same click-to-move setup as the Top Down template, you won't be able to move the character without one.

Otherwise, I may need to take a look at the project to see what's causing the issue. Just to be clear, if you start a new project from the Top Down Blueprint template, that works fine? You can zip and attach the project folder if it's small enough, or you can put it up somewhere for me to download if you'd like.

avatar image Serellyn Sep 24 '14 at 08:42 PM

Your are great and fast with your responses! The not moving issue was indeed solved my the Nav Mesh, I did not know that so thank you :) However, I can't get the PlayerStart to work. So I would love for you to check that out for me... You've been a great help so far :) The project can be downloaded here: serellyn.net/ProjectDyslexia.zip

avatar image Ben Halliday STAFF Sep 24 '14 at 08:53 PM

Okay, in your MyPlayerCharacter BP, go to the Components tab and select the Camera1 component. Scroll down to the Camera Settings and in the Details panel disable Use Controller View Rotation. For a standard Top Down camera, you don't want to inherit the rotation of the controller for either the Spring Arm or the Camera. That should do it!

avatar image Serellyn Sep 24 '14 at 08:56 PM

You sir, are my hero of the week. I'd give you a medal if I had one =D Thanks a million and sorry for my noob-ish questions. Have a nice day! Or night :) No, have a nice week!

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GameStateBase instead of GameState <- that was my fix. It took over an hour of comparing every element of game mode and every parrent type.

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answered Jan 29 '17 at 01:37 AM

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avatar image Kinos141 Jun 30 '17 at 06:23 PM

This was the fix for my issue.

avatar image Zerstoren Jan 03 '19 at 03:11 PM

Yes this was the right fix also for my issue

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My issue (after many hours of banging my head against the forums) was that the Character -> Mesh -> Animation class was incorrect, and my character wouldn't move until the class was resolved to something that was animated.

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answered Mar 14 '17 at 01:38 AM

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