Avatar Naming Schemes

Creature animations are stored in BAM files. There are usually a series of BAM files for each animation, e.g. an attacking animation, a walking animation. The way in which these animations are split across the sequences in BAM files, and across BAM files themselves, depends on which animation scheme the creature animation uses. The EE games have externalised many properties of creature animations to PST-style ini files.

There are several creature animation schemes. The list below is presented as a rough guide.

IWD style
One optional weapon letter for weapon overlays
A: Axe
B: Bow
C: Club
D: Dagger
F: Flail
H: Halberd
M: Mace
Q: Quarterstaff
S: Sword
W: Warhammer
GU - Get up (switches to the SC/SD sequence)
SD - Stand
SC - Stance (ready for attack)
GH - Get hit (switches to the SC/DE sequence)
DE - Die (switches to the TW sequence)
TW - Twitch (dead, still images most of the time). Played till the last frame, then freezes.
SP - Spell (After an arbitary number of loops, switches to CA)
CA - Cast (Ending sequence of spell casting) (switches to SC/SD)
SL - Sleep. Played till the last frame then freezes (May switch to the GU sequence).
WK - Walk
A1 - Attack
A2 - Attack
A4 - Attack

[Animation ID][(optional) Single-letter weapon ID][Sequence ID][(optional) E for +180 - +360 degrees]
Example: The armored skeleton animation MSKAAGU.BAM (battle axe, Get Up), MSKAMA1.BAM (morning star, attack-slash).

BG1 character style
These animations have [E] files for eastern orientations. There are only 8 orientations of which 5 are in the first file, 3 are in the second file. Both files have the full 8 orientation slots, but only 5/3 are useful.

[Animation ID][(optional) Single-letter weapon ID]Gn[(optional) E for +180 - +360 degrees]
Example: The sirine animation MSIRG1.BAM (unarmed/creature, "left" animation), MSIRBG1E.BAM (bow, "right" animation).

BG1 monster style
These have no secondary files for mirrors. There are 9 orientations for each action, the 7 eastern orientations are generated. All animations are 'G<number>'
G1 = Stand combat? (sequences 10-18, min 16 frames)
G11 = Walk (sequences 1-9, min 8 frames)
G12 = Stand Peaceful?
G13 = Hit?
G14 = Hit?
G15 = Twitch (dead)
G2 = Attack
G21 = Attack
G22 = Attack
G23 = Ranged Attack?
G24 = Same as G23
G25 = Casting? Build-up of Spell?
G26 = Release Spell?

[AnimationID]Gn[(optional) Digit)][(optional) Two-letter weapon ID]
Example: The rakshasa animation MRAKG2.BAM (unarmed/creature), MRAKG2CB.BAM (crossbow).

There are also minor sub-types for birds/cow/carrion crawler/dragons etc.

PST style
Similar to the IWD style, there is a separate file for each action.
AT1 = Attack
AT2 = Attack, etc.
C2S = Combat to stand (put weapons away)
C2C = Stand to comabt (draw weapons)
CF1 = Random Standing thing (Combat)
DFB = Die (sleep)
HIT = Could it be hit?
RUN = Run
WLK = Walk
TK1 = Talk
TK2 = Talk, etc.
STC = Stand in Combat
STD = Stand in Peace
SF1 = Random standing thing (peace)
GUP = Get up
SP1 = Spell casting
SP2 = Spell casting
yyy = Designation (e.g. ann = Annah, noa = Nameless One Axe, dkk = Dak'kon)
Some animations are missing SC sequences, these animations look relaxed even in combat (e.g. Morte).
Some animations are missing SD sequences, these animations seem always agitated (e.g. Nupperibo).
Some animations have special cycles (e.g. Fidgets).


BG2/IWD style
These animations have no [E] files for eastern orientations. There are 9 orientations for each action, the 7 eastern orientations are generated by code. Melee animations are 'A<number>', CA-cast, 'SX'-xbow shot, 'SS'-sling, 'SA'-bow. Weapon overlays are in separate files.

[C/D][Animation ID] xxxx

Character animation BAMS use a standard naming system. Each BAM is given an 7 character filename, corresponding to the contents of the BAM. This system is described below.

Character 1 Character 2 Character 3 Character 4 Character 5 Character 6 Character 7
Irrelevant Race Gender Class Armor Action Detail
  D: Dwarf/Gnome
H: Human
E: (Half) Elf
I: Halfling
O : Half-Orc
F: Female
M: Male
C: Cleric
F: Fighter/Ranger/Paladin
M: Monk
T: Thief/Bard
W: Mage
B: ?
1: None
2: Leather
3: Robe
4: Platemail/Mail
A: Attack
C: Cast
G: Misc.
S: Shooting
W: Walking
Char 6 = A
1: 1-handed overhead
2: 2-handed overhead
3: 1-handed backslash
4: 2-handed backslash
5: 1-handed thrust
6: 2-handed thrust
Char 6 = S
<empty> = bow
x: crossbow

If there is an E in the end of the file, it means that it's the missing part of the file without an E.

Example: CIMT1CA:
Male halfling with no armor is casting a spell.

Example: CHMF4A5 :
Male human fighter with plate male attacking with a dagger

Weapon animations are named in the following format: WxsAAnn
W = All weapons animations begin with W
x = Unknown, player or monster?
s = Size (S = small, M = Medium, L = Large, H = Huge)
AA = Item name (as in the itm header animation field)
nn = Action (as sequence field, above)

PLT Files
The paperdoll image (PLT file) for an animation is named after the animation name (anisnd.ids), a number represending the armor state, then 'inv', hence mber1inv for a bear paperdoll.