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Polygonal Map Generation for Games

Polygonal Map Generation for Games
I wanted to generate interesting game maps that weren’t constrained to be realistic, and I wanted to try some techniques I hadn’t tried before. I usually make tile maps but instead used a different structure. What could I do with 1,000 polygons instead of 1,000,000 tiles? The distinct player-recognizable areas might be useful for gameplay: locations of towns, places to quest, territory to conquer or settle, landmarks, pathfinding waypoints, difficulty zones, etc. I generated maps with polygons, then rasterized them into tile maps that looked like this: Most procedural map generators, including some of my own previous projects, use noise functions (midpoint displacement, fractal, diamond-square, perlin noise, etc.) to generate a height map. There were three main things I wanted for this project: good coastlines, mountains, and rivers. First, try the demo! Every project will have its own gameplay constraints. Polygons The first step is to generate some polygons. Map Representation Islands

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Embedding HTML5 Games into Unity - Unity3D Mobile Tutorials On 12.20.13, In iOS, Medium, UIKit, by vitapoly Did you know that Unity supports HTML5? Well, not out of the box, but with U3DXT’s iOS SDK plugin, you will have access to UIWebView from within Unity. Since UIWebView is HTML5 compliant, we can do a bunch of fancy things with it, such as embedding the popular Bomberman MMO, Bombermine! Granted, you can already [...] Character Customization System for Unreal Engine 4 Hi guys , I wanted to have a system through which you can customize your character , with only one base model , without having to model every time for a new NPC. So I created one base model and several morph targets, and using that you can customize your character's face , including height and width of nose , eyes and mouth , and body shapes , like waist , hips , belly , arms and legs. One drawback though, changing the body proportion , like increasing the height of the character , will not be consistent with the character's skeleton structure, so you might need to add additional blueprint logic to change the value of the corresponding bone location based on the value of the respective morph, or you can create a separate rig and switch between rigs in runtime, though I am unsure how that would be possible. With my current implementation , you can give a random value to any morph target in the blueprint , to create a character with different look.

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Pathfinding and Local Avoidance for RPG/RTS Games using Unity If you are making an RPG or RTS game, chances are that you will need to use some kind of pathfinding and/or local avoidance solution for the behaviour of the mobs. They will need to get around obstacles, avoid each other, find the shortest path to their target and properly surround it. They also need to do all of this without bouncing around, getting stuck in random places and behave as any good crowd of cows would: In this blog post I want to share my experience on how to achieve a result that is by no means perfect, but still really good, even for release. We'll talk about why I chose to use Unity's built in NavMesh system over other solutions and we will create an example scene, step by step.