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How should loot be distributed across dungeon levels?

I am making a dungeon crawler; as the player character adventures down through increasingly difficult floors of a dungeon, they collect more valuable treasure. What is a good algorithm to determine ...
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Why is it bad to hard-code content?

I know most games store dialogue text in files, but I've also seen a few text-based games actually program the content (map, choices, possible player commands, story text) into the game code. I can ...
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How do I serialise a mesh to a text file?

I'm building a game engine in OpenTK (OpenGL for C#). Is it ossible to take a terrain mesh (in any format) and convert it into a text file (or a really small character-filled file, no more than a few ...
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How do I scale a rectangle image while retaining its border thickness?

I want to create a programmatically scalable image like this: scales to . Both have a one pixel border. If I scaled from the first to the second in Paint.NET, there would be a two pixel horizontal ...
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Pathfinding Search for Path of Specific Length

I am creating a roguelike. This question applies to random map generation. First, I generate areas using a BSP algorithm, where I randomly divide the map into areas. Then, I generate a graph of the ...
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Creating specular maps for textures

How does one usually go about this? Is this something that generally an artist has to do manually, or are there decent procedural methods (such as with normal mapping where one can look for gradients ...
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Tools to generate convex collision geometry

Does anyone know tools to generate convex collision geometry from given 3D model? For example, UDK's Static Mesh Editor can do this; Valve instead recommends to use smoothing in 3D editor. Desired ...
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How can I generate Sudoku puzzles?

I'm trying to make a Sudoku puzzle generator. It's a lot harder than I expected and the more I get into it, the harder it gets! My current approach is to split the problem into 2 steps: Generate a ...
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How to create a reasonably sized urban area manually but efficiently

I have a game concept that only really works in an urban area that is of reasonable scale and diversity. In terms of what it should look like, think GTA, in terms of the size think more like a small ...
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How is the terrain generated in Commandos and Commandos game clones/look-alikes?

The Commandos series of games and its similar western counterpart, Desperados, use a mix of 2D and 3D elements to achieve a very pleasing and immersive atmosphere. Apart from the concept that alone ...
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Road / river generation on 2d grid map

This is a newbie question, but here it goes: My map is a 2d grid, and I want to generate roads and rivers. The route from the starting to ending point must not be the optimal route in number of ...
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Can I run into legal issues with random names?

I'm currently building a game whose NPC's are going to be assigned a random gender and a random name for the right gender. To do this I will be using a "database" of names (actually a text file with ...
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Finding inspiration / help for making up (weapon) names [closed]

I'm really bad with words, especially with English words. Currently I'm struggling to make a good weapon names for my game, it needs to display the weapon functionality (weak/strong/fast/ballistic ...
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What's the best way to generate an NPC's face using web technologies?

I'm in the process of creating a web app. I have many randomly-generated non-player characters in a database. I can pull a lot of information about them - their height, weight, down to eye color, hair ...
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Creating a basic character skeleton from code

I'd like to have a procedural system that uses a string of data to create a 3d creature. The way I've thought to do this is to use the code to generate a simple creature skeleton (I'll get to the skin ...
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Are mobile devices a viable platform/market for “User-Generated Content”-based games?

I intend to do a lot of research into this, but I know this community has a knack for delivering hard-to-find gems of knowledge, so I figured I'd ask here first. Preamble (My Situation) I'm ...
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Going from using XMLSerializer to using the XNA Content Pipeline

A well known limitation of using the XNA Content Pipeline is that it is not included in the XNA redistributable. So, if you want to create an editor for your game, the designer must download the whole ...
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How do I generate a torus mesh?

I'm trying to programmatically generate vertices and indices for a torus. I found this piece of code somewhere, and it looks like it works, but I'm not certain it is correct. With my little knowledge ...
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Procedural world generation oriented on gameplay features

In large procedural landscape games, the land seems dull, but that's probably because the real world is largely dull, with only limited places where the scenery is dramatic or tactical. Looking at ...