Name
Import from Master Event List
Benefit
Quickly migrate existing exercises to TeamXp with the minimum amount of work
Key Features
* calculates the inject timer duration from the time given in the MEL
* creates all necessary Personas
* adds player positions to the scenario
* create the correct content type if the method label is recognized (ie. "phone" creates phone content)
* uses CSV UTF-8 to support multiple languages and emojis

This article explains how to create a new scenario by importing an existing Master Events List, sometimes also called a Master Scenario Event List.




Recipe

  1. Create a new scenario
  2. Select "Import from MEL"
  3. Import your MEL as a CSV with UTF-8 encoding

Ingredients

The column headings and order must be as shown in the image below.
We recommend using our template as the starting point:  MEL Template.xlsx

There is no common format for the MEL but our version should be close to what you have... with some added extras.

Number - this is the event sequence number 
Time - this is the clock time of the event
From - who is sending this message? In TeamXp this is assumed to be a persona
Faction - used by TeamXp to group personas
To - this is the player or players receiving the message
Team - this is the player's team (if there is one)
Method - this is the communications channel. Use the TeamXp naming convention that you see in the scenario editor
Subject - this is the message subject and can be blank for methods like Twitter that don't have subjects
Message - the body of the message 
Expected Action - what's expected of the players after they receive the message. This text will be placed in the Inject so that it's readable by the moderator and observers
Tab - unique to TeamXp, this is the whiteboard tab in the scenario editor and helps to breakup long MELs into manageable parts


BETA: Extended MEL format (from version 3.2.36)

We have introduced additional columns to allow faster importing of rich media and other elements:
StoryTime - this isn't used yet by TeamXp but it's here for human readable compatibility outside of TeamXp
ImageURL - this is the URL of any only audio, video (vimeo/flowplayer/youtuve) and image. The rich media will be atttached to the content. For example if the Method is Phone or Walkie-Talkie then a link to an audio mp3 file will immediately create a working phone/walkie-talkie on import
Question Type - Button/Choice
Text Button 1 - this allows a single button to be added to the content card (with no connections)
Text Button 2 - this allows an additional button to be added for Choice question types
DataPoint - this creates a real-time data point on the content card. When combined with the Text Button 1 & 2 , allows a quick and simple way to send alerts to the exercise control team, as shown in the example below.