plinkie Sure thing.
Basically, I've got it set up so that when I press the button to make him face a certain direction, all at once he turns in the direction, fires a bullet and spawns the jetpack effects.
You can see here (http://imgur.com/vjNQOnt) (no hyperlinks for noobies, how frustrating!!!!), the space guy and the jetpack effects coming out behind him. At this point I have pressed the "S" key once so that he faces right, fires a bullet and one jetpack effect spawns
And here (http://imgur.com/1ViVshU) you can see that when I keep firing a bullet the jetpack effects pile up.
Here (http://imgur.com/QuYeHFo) he is facing left, jetpack effects in front of him. I've pressed the "A" key once, so he turns left, fires a bullet and spawns one jetpack effect.
And here (http://imgur.com/PWTIyy) he is firing multiple bullets, jetpack effects piling up.
So, I just want one jetpack effect at a time. So far the only way I've figured out how to spawn the jetpack effects in the correct positions and layers and everything is tie them to the firing mechanism, but like you see that produces the piling up of the effects. Is there a way to inhibit the spawning of an item if it is already present on the screen or something?