I'm considering developing a space opera game, having already done some game design. Technically, though, I'm coming from a business applications background. Hence I don't really know how I should handle time and duration.
Let's state the matter clearly: what if something is bound to happen in 5 hours and on which other events depend.
For example the arrival of some space ship in some system where some defense systems are present, hence a fight would start.
Should I use some kind of scheduler (like Quartz in my java land) to trigger the corresponding event when due (I plan to use events for communication)? Something else?
Edit: important side note: the aim is to do some web application, so with multiple nodes for better scalability and the like. Hence a single loop on one node wouldn't do it. Should there be a master node or are they some better known solution ?
Furthermore, the loop in itself doesn't resolve this duration issue: between firing of the event on its ends, many loops happen. Does it mean every loop should check such "waiting" actions?