From Jay is Games
by Johnny123 on May 26, 2015 08:00 PM
by Johnny123 on May 26, 2015 08:00 PM
by Lori.h on May 26, 2015 03:00 PM
at May 26, 2015 01:17 PM
Fuck funky headlines. So I said it.
Today's post is all about ... the new test level and new goon AI (mhm, maybe back to funky headlines?).
Let's start with an image:
While this worked well enough the random / percentage based goon AI it didn't look good on the new test level. One reason might have been the way I've dealt with entering/exiting the map. In short the goon wanders around until he reached the number of steps he should do and then takes the next exit he comes across. For the smaller test level this was OK, but with the much wider new level this revealed some problems. Due to the random nature, goons sometimes would just walk back and forth between a door and the elevator until it reached the required steps to exits again.
This made me rethink the way the goon walks around and I settled on the idea that it would (and does, comes to that) look better if the goon has a predefined path to follow.
The new test level, also shown is the potential path I want the goon to follow and the new elements.
Of course this added some more things to think about, most obvious is that the goon needs a path to follow once an entry and an exit have been assigned.
As Unity comes with a nice built in NavMesh, I tried to get away with that...
... and as soon as that was in, it showed that this won't work "out of the box".
To make that story short: it works just fine as long as you can work with a continuous path, but the different floors and the elevators proved to require a lot more work than I was willing to put into. One of the "easy", but tedious solutions were using Off-Mesh Links, so the NavMesh Agent would know how to reach the different floors. As far as I found out (prove me wrong) there's currently no way to create Off-Mesh Links on the fly via code.
Creating those by hand in the editor would have made a brave man cry (I gave up after a few). For each elevator, one link between the left and the right side and for every floor AND every side, so for a 3 floor elevator: 15 Off-Mesh Links (if I counted right).
Time for plan B.
Plan B was easy, just create nodes for my a* graph based pathfinder.
Well, creating nodes was easy, as I already had a lists of all doors, elevators and the other stuff.
Connecting these is a different story (in a way that makes sense). Until now the map elements (which the goon could interact with) only stored the current "block" (needed later when blocks will be combined to build a bigger level) and I really didn't want to add a "connected to" list or a "floor".
So the (nasty) solution was to read out the coords and store these in a PointInt3D (my simplified int Vector3 version) by multiplying the position by 10 and reducing the y value to the floor (ie. 0, 1, ...).
For instance an elevator creates X nodes (yellow dots, one for each floor): like [0,0,0], [0,1,0] and [0,2,0]. While I'm at it, I also connect these (so the floors are connected, too).
Then I looped over all floors and and created a temp list of the elements per floor, this list would then be sorted using the x value and viola ... all nodes per floor in order from left to right. Now simply connect Node[i] and Node[i + 1] and the floor is connected. As I had created the links between floor earlier, creating the complete graph (red lines) was a no-brainer.
Of course it isn't quite as easy as this, just look at the map and notice the green line marked "No! No! No!". I fixed this by .... well let's just say it is a dirty trick...
The path (blue line) is created by a simple "Pathfinder.GetPath(StartNode, EndNode)".
How the goons deal with that is for the next post, as this one is already long enough.
by LDora on May 25, 2015 06:00 PM
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by Ginge1980 on May 23, 2015 07:38 PM
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by LDora on May 23, 2015 01:00 PM
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When James Zadroga died as a result of complications that he suffered from as a result of being part of the rescue and recovery detail that occurred during and after 9/11, he was diagnosed with a respiratory illness, spending hundreds of hours at the twin tower site. Once he died, a fund was set up which started to pay out to the many thousands of people that were involved in this incident, the aftermath of what had occurred when the terrorists bombed these two buildings. Today, people now have another chance to reapply, or apply for the first time, to take part in the funding that is available.
This is a fund that was created in order to help people that were injured as a result of September 11. When the buildings came down, a significant amount of rubble was produced, along with fine dust that also had chemicals. Once these got into the lungs of individuals, even if they were not smokers or people that suffered from asthma, it led to complications which would require medical treatment, and this is what this money is for. Likewise, if people were injured as a result of falling debris, they would also qualify for this type of compensation. The amount of money that is available is limited at just about $4 billion, and will be dispersed to each person that can qualify.
The reason that this is important today is because the funding for that particular program was stopped, and people could no longer apply. Now people have a couple years to apply, and in the subsequent years, can receive this funding. The amount of funding that is dispersed to each person will depend upon their injuries, the medical condition that they have, or if they lost a significant other as a result of being a first responder to this incident. Since hundreds died that were part of the Police Department, fire department, and the thousands that were killed in the building itself, this money is definitely going to people who have suffered.
it’s actually not that hard to submit your application. This can be done on the Internet. Once it has been examined and approved, you can send this information in so that you will be able to be considered. If your request is approved, the money will be sent out in a timely manner, allowing you to get the treatment and help that you need. It will also be available for those that need compensation for losing a loved one, something that is necessary because of this disaster caused by terrorists.
The Zadroga Fund is there for anyone that is searching for a way to receive some type of compensation that will help them because of this incident that has occurred, well over a decade ago. Hopefully this will be something that is available for you, if you are the one that has suffered along with all of the others, money that you definitely deserve.
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by Ferret on May 22, 2015 10:47 PM
We wanted to celebrate the weekend with some of our top 5 war games. Does your favorite make our list? If it didn’t, be sure to share it with everybody below…
Civilizations Wars is a fast thinking RTS/RPG game, with deep tactic capabilities and amazing graphic in unique style. Choose one of three races and lead your people towards the legendary fallen star to find a secret force.
4. Age of War 2
A mix between a defense game and a strategy game, the goal of Age of War 2 is to destroy the enemy base while defending yours. You can build turrets to defend your base and units to attack the enemy’s base.
Defend against the incoming German Nazis in this WWII defense game with 6 exciting authentic weapons to buy including the M1A1 Thompson, M1 Browning, and Bazooka!
Customize 5 unique soldiers with hundreds of weapons, attachments, armour upgrades and camouflages. Play the campaign for an action packed continuation of the Strike Force Heroes storyline or hop into a custom game.
1. Warfare 1917
Lead the British or German army through the trenches of Europe in this First World War strategy game. Use infantry, armor and fire support to take control of the ground or bombard your foes into submission.
Did we miss a good war game? Tell us below!
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Delve into a strange cave with an endless supply of treasure, choosing your battles to gather as much loot as possible! Find rare artifacts, gold, and stat gems, and traverse the skill tree to become a mage, warrior, alchemist, or a hybrid.
Craft potions, enchant your equipment, and discover secret areas! But be careful, the cave has become quite dangerous lately with more explorers missing each day…
The Enchanted Cave 2 has 10 Quests to unlock!
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