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

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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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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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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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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 does Dwarf Fortress keep track of so many entities without losing performance?

In Dwarf Fortress you can have hundreds of Dwarves, animals, goblins, etc in game at any one time, each with their own complex AI and pathfinding routines. My question is how does this not produce ...
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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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How to find which dirction to move in a 3D space [closed]

In my game you are controlling a person walking(X and Y) and they can: Rotate view - -180 to +180 Move a direction - Forward, Backwards, Left, Right. I want the Move to get closer to a goal ...
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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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How to handle entity path-finding and movement in a large networked world?

Considering the image above with tiles split into 32x32 boxes, I have an entity which is marked to 'aggro' nearby players that come close to it. I'd like this monster to ideally chase the player (and ...
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How to make my characters turn smoothy while walking on a path(list of coordinates)?

I have a list with coordinates - output from A* algorithm - and I would like to make my characters smoothly follow this path with rotations. So I have something like A and I want to get C How can ...
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A* mouse movement javascript top-down game

Im trying to implement a* path finding for my character movement in my game. The game is written in javaScript along with jQuery in a canvas. I have read up on A* so i believe i understand what it ...
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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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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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Efficient path-finding on 2D tile-based multilevel map

It's a question I've been thinking about for some time... How do you effiently find a path on a 2D tile-based multilevel map? The map I use, for example, is 2048 on 2048 tiles wide. It has 14 levels ...
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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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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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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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Dynamic obstacles avoidance in navigation mesh system

I've built my path finding system with unreal engine, somehow the path finding part works just fine while i can't find a proper way to solve dynamic obstacles avoidance problem. My characters are ...
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Estimating costs in a GOAP system

I'm currently developing a GOAP system in Java. An explanation of GOAP can be found at http://web.media.mit.edu/~jorkin/goap.html. Essentially, it's using A* to plot between Actions that mutate the ...
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Detecting if an object is following a path

I am attempting to take GPS data and track it on a map and see if it follows a given path. I have the path as a set of points and the GPS data streams in as a similar set of points. I am attempting to ...
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Prevent collisions between mobs/npcs/units piloted by computer AI : How to avoid mobile obstacles?

Lets says we have character a starting at point A and character b starting at point B. character a is headed to point B and character b is headed to point A. There are several simple ways to find the ...
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Pathfinding for fleeing

As you know there are plenty of solutions when you wand to find the best path in a 2-dimensional environment which leads from point A to point B. But how do I calculate a path when an object is at ...
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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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Making an AI walk on a NavigationMesh (2D/Top-Down game)

For some time I have been working on a framework which should make it possible to generate 2D levels based on a set of rules specified by level designers. You can read more about it here as I won't go ...
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Influence Maps for Pathfinding?

I'm taking the plunge and am getting into game dev, it's been going well but I've got stuck on a problem. I have a maze that is 100x100 with 0,1 to indicate if its a path or a wall. Within the maze ...
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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 select a random node [closed]

I need to know if it is possible to select a random node or select a node itself because I'm doing a zombie AI and I need him to randomly move, and I wanted to know if it's possible to do it and how.
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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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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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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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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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XNA RTS A* pathfinding issues

I'm starting to develop an RTS game using the XNA framework in C# and am still in the very early prototyping stage. I'm working on the basics. I've got unit selection down and am currently working on ...
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Is finding graph minors without single node pinch points possible?

Is it possible to robustly find all the graph minors within an arbitrary node graph where the pinch points are generally not single nodes? I have read some other posts on here about how to break up ...
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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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Pathfinding and BSP with Box2D

I'm looking into implementing AI in my 2D side-scrolling platformer, and I'm looking into using algorithms such as A*. For many kinds of pathfinding, we need some sort of grid or systems of nodes or ...
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Direction of the bullet - how to have something else than left, right, top, bottom

I'm making a simple shooter game using canvas and javascript. The current code can be seen here. To know which way I want the bullet to be shot, I simply have a direction property that can have 4 ...
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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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jQuery game - collisions

Please take a look at the picture below: It is and attempt in creating a "game" only with the DOM and jQuery. The blue boxes are "obstacles" and the user can move his pointer (not drawn in screen ...
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unity pathfinding [closed]

I have the navmesh and all set up in my unity project but as is I only know how to give it a target to go to, what I want is for it to randomly walk around my scene any help is greatly appreciated
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How can I locate empty space next to polygon regions?

Let's say I have the following area in a top-down map: The circle is the player, the black square is an obstacle, and the grey polygons with red borders are walk-able areas that will be used as a ...
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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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A star algorithm implementation problems

I’m having some trouble implementing the A* algorithm in a 2D tile based game. The problem is basically that the algorithm gets stuck when something gets in its direct way (e.g. walls) Note that it ...
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A* Start path finding in HTML5 Canvas

I'm trying implement A* Start path finding in my games(which are written with JavaScript, HTML5 Canvas). Library for A* Start found 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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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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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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Javascript A* path finding

I am trying to learn A* path finding. I am using this library - https://github.com/qiao/PathFinding.js But there is one thing I don't understand how to do. To find a path from player.x/player.y ...
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Grid pathfinding with a lot of entities

I'd like to explain this problem with a screenshot from a released game, DROD: Gunthro's Epic Blunder, by Caravel Games. The game is turn-based and tile-based. I'm trying to create something very ...
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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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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 ...