Methods used to map out a path of travel from one point to another, typically avoiding obstacles in the way.

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Tile-wide extent tracing on a grid

I'm currently working on A* pathfinding on a grid and I'm looking to smooth the generated path, while also considering the extent of the character moving along it. I'm using a grid for the ...
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Best pathfinding algorithm for a tower-defense game? [duplicate]

What do you suggest would be the best algorithm for a tower-defense game? It's a 2D based tile game, where there is walls and towers blocking the way, between spawnpoints and their destination points. ...
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Tweaking AStar to find closest location to unreachable destination

I've implemented AStar in Java and it works ok for an area with obstacles where the chosen destination is reachable. However, when the destination is unreachable, the calculated "path" is in no way ...
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Low CPU/Memory/Memory-bandwith Pathfinding (maybe like in Warcraft 1)

Dijkstra and A* are all nice and popular but what kind of algorithm was used in Warcraft 1 for pathfinding? I remember that the enemy could get trapped in bowl-like caverns which means there were ...
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What heuristics are used in NavMeshes?

What heuristics do programmers use in A* pathfinding for NavMeshes? NavMesh = Navigation Mesh, its a type of pathfinding that uses meshes instead of waypoints.
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How to calculate the vector of an interception?

Given are a twodimensional space, and 1 friendly spaceship standing still, one foe is moving NOT directly to the friendly ship with known actual position, speed and direction. The friendly ship wants ...
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Pathfinding with multiple random paths in a Tower Defense game

I thought about random pathfinding for my Tower Defense game. A* would not work for my puposes, because I specifically need random pathfinding. Imagine a map with routes, a starting point and a ...
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Path finding between multiple maps

I'm interested in path finding between multiple maps - could be indoor/outdoor maps, different levels in a building etc but the main restraint is that there are one (or more) ingress/egress points ...
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Techniques for (literally) cutting corners on square grid maps

My game involves a level with deformable terrain and units that can travel in any direction but are slowed down by uneven terrain. Normal A-star should work fine in most cases, except on flat land ...
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Path Finding for an Arena based map in 3D using NavMesh

I have a 3D arena map (consider a small island surrounded by water on all sides) for a multiplayer Tank fight game. The moveable areas are marked using a Navigation Mesh made by the Arena designer. ...
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Wikipedia A* pathfinding algorithm takes a lot of time

I've successfully implemented A* pathfinding in C# but it is very slow, and I don't understand why. I even tried not sorting the openNodes list but it's still the same. The map is 80x80, and there ...
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Path finding algorithms?

I posted this question on stack overflow first, but I guess no one is very interested in video games there... What are some path finding algorithms used in games of all types? (Of all types where ...
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Finding possible moves for an entity in a 2d tiled game

I'm having issues coming up with a specific search term for this, but how would one go about finding the possible moves in a 2D turn-based strategy game (i.e. FF:Tactics, Fire Emblem, Advance Wars). ...
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A-Star Pathfinding Not Giving Shortest Path

I'm attempting to implement the A* pathfinding algorithm in Java. I thought it was working well, but then I found instances where it doesn't follow the shortest path Green = start, red = target, ...
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2D pathfinding - finding smooth paths

I was trying to implement a simple pathfinding, but the outcome is less satisfactory than what I intended to achieve. The thing is units in games like Starcraft 2 move in all directions whereas units ...
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Correct way to handle path-finding collision matrix

Here is an example of me utilizing path finding. The red grid represents the grid utilized by my A* library to locate a distance. This picture is only an example, currently it is all calculated on ...
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Smoothing found path on grid

I implemented several approaches such as A* and Potential fields for my tower defense game. But I want smooth paths, first I tried to find path on very small grid ( 5x5 pixels per tile) but it is ...
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“Line of sight” path across navigation mesh

I want to calculate the line of sight in a navigation mesh. Consider the image below, the yellow line is the result of only A* and the red line is the result of a line of sight" algorithm that uses ...
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How to pathfind over an obstacle?

How to represent the following situation best - agent (@) needs to get to the goal($). The path is blocked by a moat(~~~). A rake (or some other device, like waterwalking boots) is available that will ...
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Best pathfinding for a 2D world made by CPU Perlin Noise, with random start- and destinationpoints?

I have a world made by Perlin Noise. It's created on the CPU for consistency between several devices (yes, I know it takes time - I have my techniques that make it fast enough). Now, in my game you ...
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Creating a navmesh from a voxel terrain

My world is represented by a 3D density field, where a positive density means solid ground and a negative (or zero) density means air. How can I generate a navmesh from that voxel data, with surfaces ...
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Square Grid Polygonal Terrain Query algorithm?

I have a square, fixed-grid terrain with one terrain type per grid unit in my game, and I want to do an arbitrary polygonal terrain query which returns all of the grid units enclosed/intersected by ...
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Complexity of defense AI

I have a non-released game, and currently it's only possible to play with another human being. As the game rules are made up by me, I think it would be great if new players could learn basic game play ...
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Linking nodes algoritm for Visual Design

I'm developing an editor for my game, and now it's time to make a visual scripting system to let designer modify behaviours. This video shows what i have done and the problem to resolve the link ...
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One Step-Ahead A-Star

I am attempting to create a server-centric RTS (as opposed to usual parallel synchronised simulation route of most RTS games today) - however I am still leveraging the discreet N-turns-ahead paradigm ...
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A* : Partial recalculation when one node *changes*

I have implemented an A* library. Its most interesting feature is that it is "interruptible"; for example, you can stop the calculation loop on a game frame, and resume it later on the following ...
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In A star, how does the heuristic help determine your path?

Say you're using a 4 by 5 grid. The G cost for horizontal and vertical movement is 10, and the G cost for diagonal movement is 14. On this page: ...
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How do I apply A* to a complex and dynamic 3D environment?

So I've looked a bit at Breadth-First and Depth-First search algorithms and I think I've got a pretty good idea of how they work. Now I am here : http://www.policyalmanac.org/games/aStarTutorial.htm ...
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Delaunay triangulation. Where to start?

I'm trying to learn procedural generation technique's. Specifically for dungeons. I started off with a 2D array and I generate my rooms fine. Each room contains wall tiles as seen in the screenshot ...
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trapped inside a Graph : Find paths along edges that do not cross any edges

This is a graph based platformer level and the round shapes are creatures. I am looking for a path traveling along edges that does not cross other edges(To simulate the creature crawling on the ...
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How to create a curve from a set of points that passes through said points?

What is the best way to create a smooth curve path from a set of points? For example: I've seen Bezier curves before, but those try to smooth out the path from the set of points, like this:
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Find nearest tile of type x

I currently have an array of tiles which makes up the tilemap (stored as an int array) and I want an NPC to be able to move itself to the nearest tile of type X (ie find the nearest tree and chop it ...
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Pathfinding with 2D, non-grid based movement over uniform terrain

I'm looking for the best solution to pathfinding in my game. The map is ultimately grid-based, but entities are positioned using floats, and can move in any direction to any point on the map. The ...
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How can I plot a radius of all reachable points with pathfinding for a Mob?

I am designing a tactical turn based game. The maps are 2d, but do have varying level-layers and blocking objects/terrain. I'm looking for an algorithm for pathfinding which will allow me to show an ...
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Path planning for volumes in games

How would you path plan a volume for a game? For example a 1 km cube with tunnels and caverns. Also the terrain is destructible. You have walking and flying modes. I would separate it into phases. ...
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A* for non grid network

For my specific case, I am trying to find a path finding implementation similar to what described here. I could see reference implementation for A* and HPA*, but I wonder how to extend A* to simple ...
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3D pathing finding with flying

Does anyone know of a (free or paid) solution that enables 3D path finding? Basically something like: CalculateRoute(input_geometry, start_pos, end_pos, variance) I found a good paper on the ...
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How can I navigate to a target between bodies moving along fixed paths?

The problem: An autonomous ship starts at the outskirts of a solar system, and wants to move to a moving target, which is one of the planets. There are also many other planets moving at the same time, ...
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Run-time Navigation Mesh Generation for 2D Tile Maps

I have a 2D tile map, where each tile is marked as blocking or non-blocking. Each tile is 16x16 pixels and sub-tile movement is possible. I'm attempting to generate a navigation mesh from this data, ...
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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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Implementing David Silver's Cooperative Pathfinding in Real-Time

I'm currently implementing David Silver's Cooperative Pathfinding algorithm for a 2D game with grid-based movement (all eight directions). The issue I'm having trouble wrapping my mind around is the ...
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What makes a path finding heuristic Monotonic vs. Non-monotonic?

I am currently working on an algorithm that solves a path through the maze. So far I have implemented a Manhattan and Pythagorean Heuristic. I was wondering what makes a heuristic monotonic and how ...
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A* search in hexagonal grid with minimum turn radius

I need to run an A* search through a hexagonal grid. However, I have one nasty constraint: my vehicle can only turn so sharp. It has a specified minimum turn radius. I can't quite see how to translate ...
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A* pathfinding algorithm to identify entrances into current “room”?

Was looking for some online articles that might have a good idea or two in how to approach this but not finding much. Most of it deals with the various ways to generate and follow a path to a known ...
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A* algorithm very slow

I have an programming a RTS game (I use XNA with C#). The pathfinding is working fine, except that when it has a lot of node to search in, there is a lag period of one or two seconds, it happens ...
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Help me please to choose proper path-finding algorithm

I am new to game development and just want to ask for advice. I need to know which path-finding algoritm will be suitable for my scenario: Units - any shape. But in most cases rectangles of ...
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How to determine that nodes in Grid Graph are unreachable before applying pathfinding?

I would like to determine accessibility of nodes before applying pathfinding algorithm to Grid Graph. I have a surface with nodes overlayed on it and I would like to somehow determine that nodes ...
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How can I generate a 2d navigation mesh in a dynamic environment at runtime?

So I've grasped how to use A* for path-finding, and I am able to use it on a grid. However, my game world is huge and I have many enemies moving toward the player, which is a moving target, so a grid ...
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What algorithm to use for path mapping?

I am making a turn based game with tiles, much like Final Fantasy Tactics. I am trying to develop an algorithm for mapping out a list of available tiles to walk on. So for example, I am at (0,0) and ...
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How can I make a character smoothly traverse a list of waypoints?

I want to set up paths for enemy characters in my game to patrol. I'd like to be able to define a list of waypoints and have the enemy follow the path from one point to another, but in a smooth curve. ...