TICK is a CAOS command used to set a timer running, or return the current setting of the timer period. As of Creatures 3, 20 ticks correspond to one second.
Syntax: TICK number_of_ticks (integer)
Sets a timer running with the given period, so that every number_of_ticks ticks, the timer script of the TARG agent will be called.
Returns, as an integer, TARG's current timer period (i.e., what it was last set to using the command above).
TICK being used in the CAOS Command Line to call the timer script of HOTS every 40 ticks:
TARG HOTS TICK 40
Being used in the CAOS command line to display the tick value of HOTS:
TARG HOTS OUTV TICK
If TICK has a small value, it runs more frequently - for example, a tick value of 1 means that the script tries to run twenty times per second! This leads to lag. It is better to have a higher value for TICK or a tick that can turn off if needed.