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LÖVE-based RTS

Post by zapwow » Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:17 pm

I've finally settled on a long-term project to work on: an RTS built in LÖVE/lua. I expect to learn a lot from this.

Basic goals include:
  • Different unit types
    Buildings
    Obstacles/pathfinding
    Half-decent graphics
Some fun ideas I'd like to include are:
  • Genetic programming for units, including their structure, appearance and abilities
    Multiplayer support
... but those are far off.

I'll post my progress here as often as I can, to keep myself motivated and to keep helpful feedback coming in. I've also acquired a couple books to guide me, including one that has already been helpful,"Programming Game AI by example". I want to do this right, so I'm open to any suggestions.

This is, of course, all being done in what spare time I have after school and life. I'm supposed to graduate from uni in June so don't expect much before then.

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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by zapwow » Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:24 pm

Here's what I have accomplished so far:
  • Basic camera movement
    Create/destroy units with keyboard
    Select, move units with mouse
    screen-clipping, self-culling units
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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by bartbes » Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:40 pm

Yay! Moving triangles! ;)
I hope this turns out like a nice RTS, so.. have fun coding!

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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by Skofo » Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:00 pm

Oh man, this looks really cool.

Looking forward to seeing more of it! :ultraglee:
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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by qubodup » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:22 am

This looks very good! The triangles are very sexy! (Self-made?)

So far I am reminded of following games: Qonk (open source), Liquid War (open source) and Homeworld (proprietary).

Ideas: 1. implement screen movement via keys 2. implement waypoints (hold-ctrl+mousepress to set them) 3. use asteroids and gas clouds that have effects like slowdown, damage or that can't be flown trough to give structure to the map

The background image is a bit problematic, it has too strong lines (they should be much lighter-colored instead) and when zoomed out, the lines create ugly effects. This could be solved by different images for different zoom levels (smaller have fewer lines).
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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by zapwow » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:17 pm

I haven't had much time this week (thesis/exams busyness) but my main contribution has been to completely rewrite every line of code that I had already done to make it more robust. Presently at ~750 lines :death:

I also reworked the State system and add more vehicle-like motion to the units, which I'm quite happy with. I've started on some basic graphics as well.

Nothing flashy here yet, but I thought I'd post an update anyway.
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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by rude » Mon Feb 16, 2009 12:51 am

Awesome. Looks promising.

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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by bartbes » Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:06 am

Great! Selection works as aspected, auto-patrol, those graphics/animations. I look forward to playing it!

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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by osuf oboys » Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:41 am

Very nice. The middle button is perhaps not something that should be used for very frequent actions though (de-selection). In most games, selection with the left button replaces the current selection and addition is made by holding shift. Another option would be do deselection or centering with a double click or to only have scrolling with the right mouse button if dragging.
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Re: LÖVE-based RTS

Post by iamah » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:30 pm

nice work... the first demo has that touch of happiness that makes great games...

do you use any tools for graphics?

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