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

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Do I need path finding to make AI avoid obstacles?

How do you know when a path-finding algorithm is really needed? There are contexts, where you just want to improve AI navigation to avoid an object, like a space -ship that won't crash on a planet ...
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Path finding in games

I am writing my term paper about Path finding algorithms in games, and i've got a couple of questions, hopefully you people could help me out with those ;) So, i've done a little bit of searching ...
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How to create a thread in XNA for pathfinding?

I am trying to create a separate thread for my enemy's A* pathfinder which will give me a list of points to get to the player. I have placed the thread in the update method of my enemy. However this ...
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Creating the nodes for path finding during run time - more like path making and more

I'm making my 1st game. I'm using javascript as I currently want to learn to make games without needing to learn another language but this is more of a general game dev question. It's a 2d turn-based ...
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How to handle pathfinding on a non-grid/non-node terrain map

I'm not sure if this is even path-finding. All I have is a 3D map that has hills, etc. I'd like the enemy to flock an object, but also walk around other objects. These blocking objects may be added ...
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Pathfinding for a lot of units, mostly random movement

I'm using a uniform cost eight-directional grid as a map, with buildings that represent unpassable terrain - the map tries to simulate a top-down flat city. I'm trying to fill the city with randomly ...
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Which pathfinding algorithm should I use for multiple enemies and tower placement?

I am new to game development and I am developing my first "Tower Defense"-type game. I need a pathfinding algorithm to place my towers and to move enemies. For tower placement case: I want the ...
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How can I make my units follow predetermined paths?

I'm planning my first game and am planning on using the engine set out in Beginning Android Games, as it deals with a load of stuff that is just noise at the moment to me (because I've no real world ...
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Which algorithm used in Advance Wars type turn based games

Has anyone tried to develop, or know of an algorithm such as used in a typical turn based game like Advance Wars, where the number of objects and the number of moves per object may be too large to ...
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How does an AI determine the bearing to follow within a nav mesh?

I've done some reading on nav-meshes, and I understand how to generate a path of polygons to reach a goal. However, what I don't understand is how you determine the bearing to follow within each ...
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How can I test if an object will “fit” during pathfinding?

I'm tinkering around with a 2d game where obstacles are polygons of arbitrary shapes, sizes and locations, and movable entities (players/enemies) can also be of arbitrary sizes. What's a good general ...
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Pathfinding avoid a list of polygon

i'm working on a 2D RTS project, no tile-based map. I have a problem on building map data structure & algorithm for that. I already think of a naive algorithm to solve that. Of course it's very ...
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In what instances would you want to use path-finding algorithms other than A*?

I am familiar with how the common ones technically work (BFS, DFS, Dijkstra, A*) but as far as their realistic benefits I don't quite see the need for them. Considering that, given the right ...
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How to create wrap-around pathfinding?

I've created a planet and obstacle grid and want to move units through this grid using A* or any other algorithm. The only problem is wrapping. I need a simple example of how to handle this unusual ...
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Pseudo-code examples of A*?

I'm looking for pseudo-code examples of the A* pathfinding algorithm that actually works. I tried plenty of different ones where it's not really clear how to implement them at all times. Keep in mind ...
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How to optimize my A* algorithm

I'm working on a roguelike, and I think my A* algorithm is insufficient. My general algorithm for building the dungeon is: Place rooms Figure out which rooms should connect by a relative ...
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Working with chunks of terrain

Let's take for example that in our game, we divide our world (1000x1000 tiles) into chunks of 100x100 tiles. Each chunk contains its own npcs, traps, players, items, whatever. Now, there comes to my ...
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Astar heuristics closing in on an answer before searching around to find nodes with lower movement costs

I am having some trouble with my A* path finding. everything works fine and the path is always found. However, my game is a open map space strategy game. There are no walls etc to navigate around. ...
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Path-finding algorithms for Polar coordinate based maze?

Following on from my question about moving a sprite in a circle, assuming that you have a maze which is shaped like a a set of circles with holes in them and barriers between them. Location of a ...
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How does Half Life's covering work?

Enemies in this game take cover. AFAIK HL uses some logical decisions for enemy to start searching for cover and to abandon cover, and I am able so far to find them; but how does he find a cover ...
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How to do starcraft pathfinding?

I've been trying to figure out how to implement something like the pathfinding in Starcraft 2. I'm not looking for all the sophisticated features like flocking, queueing, etc. In fact I like how in ...
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How to create a path-finding compatible road map from user input?

I'm currently working on an agent simulation (inspired by the recent SimCity release). Now, basically I understood how agents work but I do not understand how to put them into context. Agents travel ...
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How can I find all shortest paths using A*?

It is possible for A* Path Finding to return all the shortest paths given a graph/map? For example, given the map below: ----------- --a--X--b-- ----------- The said map can return four (4) ...
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Tool for creating complex paths?

I want to create some fairly complex 2d predefined paths for my AI sprites to follow. I'll need to use curves, splines etc to get the effect I want. Is there a drawing tool out there that will allow ...
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Infinite loop during A* algorithm

The A* algorithm is used by enemies to have a path to the goal. It's working but when sometimes I placed a tower in a grid (randomly) it produces a stack overflow error. The A* algorithm would iterate ...
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How can I optimize this flood fill algorithm?

I'm creating a sprite and animation editor like this one. I'm having performance issues with my flood-fill algorithm. Basically, I open an image with the different modules that are part of a frame of ...
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How Does Ultima 7 manage different floors in 2d

In U7, you can move among floors without the function "tranport" the player to another place, as for example the first ff ones. How can it tell whenever the character is moving from floor z to ...
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How do you construct a node map for pathfinding in a non-tiled 2D environment? [duplicate]

A* and Dijkstra's pathfinding algorithms work by navigating a node map. In a tile-based 2D environment, these nodes could easily be inferred to be the literal x,y positions of the map. For example, ...
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Pathfiding for groups of agents

How can we refine this path search method to make group movement more elegant? I'm trying to make a RTS-style game, using a 2d tiled gameworld. I have implemented an A* pathfinding algorithm which ...
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Group arrival steering

I've got group movement implemented pretty much like this: http://www.red3d.com/cwr/steer/CrowdPath.html Basically, that's combining path following and separation. It works nicely as long as units ...
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A* pathfinding for an isometric map

I am making an isometric tower defense game in XNA and trying to implement the A* pathfinding algorithms for my enemy AI. I am quite new to programming, especially AI and pathfinding, so please excuse ...
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A* PathFinding Poor Performance

I'm getting poor performance in-game due to my path-finding algorithm. The farther I get from my NPC, the worse the framerate gets. Ok, I updated my code and implemented the openList as a min-heap ...
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Verify which bubble is connected to top using DFS

I am working on a bubble shooter game in this game i have implemented searching using DFS as suggested in this link, and this is working fine. Update Here is my code for DFS ...
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How to play character animation when using A* pathfinding

Hi I am trying to make racing game. In which I am using mecanim animation system to animate my character. Here are the conditions for the animation to play Speed --> 1 Run Speed --> ...
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Walk to nearest attackable range node

My game has 3D environment which is partitioned in 2d cells(nodes). I have implemented A* for path finding. Now I am just breaking my head to how to implement the algorithm to move the hero to the ...
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Fastest pathfinding for static node matrix

I'm programming a route finding routine in VB.NET for an online game I play, and I'm searching for the fastest route finding algorithm for my map type. The game takes place in space, with thousands ...
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Multi-tile agent path-finding algorithm?

Suppose we have a uniform rectanglular grid as shown below. The a is an agent, o is obstacle and g is goal. What are the options of handling multitile agents (e.g. dragons or tanks)? . . . . o . ...
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Coordinate based travel through multi-line path over elapsed time

I have implemented A* Path finding to decide the course of a sprite through multiple waypoints. I have done this for point A to point B locations but am having trouble with multiple waypoints, because ...
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Sample Projects/Source for Navigational Meshes

Anyone aware of any sample source code that contain Navigational Meshes? I'm aware of recast navigation (which is a little bit too complicated). - Written in C++. Preferably C# but C++ is ok.
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How can I better implement A star algorithm with a very large set of nodes?

I'm making a game with nodejs in which many enemies must converge on the player as the player moves around a relatively open space (right now it is an open field with few obstacles, but eventually ...
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Should pathfinder in A* hold closedSet and openedSet or each object should hold its sets?

I am about to implement A* pathfinding algorithm and I wonder how should I implement this - from the point of view of architecture. I have the pathfinder as a class - I think I will instantiate only ...
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Discovering path through unknown territory

Let's say all the AI knows about it's surroundings is a pixel-map that it has which clearly shows walkable terrain and obstacles. I want the AI to be able to traverse this terrain until it finds an ...
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Path tables or real time searching for AI?

What is the more common practice in commercial games; path lookup tables or real time searches? I've read that in many games path lookup tables are pre-calculated and baked into each map, so to ...
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Level design: compute minimum time between two items for player traversal

Do any game toolsets offer a means of computing the minimum time it would take a player to move between two objects (or positions, more generally) in a level? I'm not asking about how one would go ...
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Best way to implement mouse-based movement in MMOG

I want to design an MMO where players click the destination they want to walk to with their mouse and the character moves there, similar to Runescape in this manner. I think it should be easier than ...
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Map building - Tower Defense

Before diving too deep into my question, let it be known that I am learning as far as java script goes and figured a simple Tower Defense game would be an excellent way to learn things. So I have ...
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How to determine where on a path my object will be at a given point in time?

I have map and an obj that is meant to move from start to end in X amount of time. The movements are all straight lines, as curves are beyond my ability at the moment. So I am trying to get the ...
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World-map navigation and path-finding

I'm designing a 2d RPG where you navigate on a overhead map. The terrain is mostly open with big parts of inaccessible terrain such as mountains and rivers. The player navigates short distances at a ...
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Path finding in grid for objects that occupy more than one tile

In a grid-based game I am working on, I want to add objects that occupy more than one tile of the grid. Are there any algorithms or techniques to find paths for this kind of objects?
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What tools are available for creating 3D collision and pathfinding data?

What is the process of creating geometry data to assist on NPCs movements and such on a 3D world to avoiding having them from going through the ground, etc? Are there specific modelling programs that ...