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

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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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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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Pathfinding using nodes/waypoints without connecting them?

I've been doing some research on pathfinding lately because I want to code a game modification for a game (won't say which exactly) and what I've done is defined a huge list of 3D vectors where a ...
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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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Tile walking algorithm for already known set of walkable tile?

Suppose I already have a list of tile that specify which tile the character can move to, and these tiles are clustered around the character. If I want to produce a path (maybe not shortest, but just a ...
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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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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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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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Logic to path finding checking

I'm a little stuck on the logic to how i use my path finder efficiently in my game. This is basically how the game works: Building generates goods "Factory" > AI transports goods to "Warehouse" ...
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Pathfinding for units of variable size

I'm using a grid map for a top-down RTS, and using a* for pathfinding. Specifically, I've found one implementation which is heavily optimised, and I've been using it for a while, but now I've realised ...
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How do I implement group formations in a 3D RTS?

I managed to get pathfinding work for a single unit, and I managed to avoid agent-agent collision, but now I need to be able to send a group of agents to some location. This is my set-up so far: ...
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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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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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Pathfollowing with acceleration - centripetal force

I'm implementing A* waypoint pathfinding with some twists. One of the problems I'm encountering is because I do not change velocities of the agents directly but rather I do so through forces. Which ...
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Grouping units in world space

I figure that I intend to generate, for group orders, one optimal path, and then use a flocking algorithm to "glue" the units together as they all follow this one optimal path. However, a naive ...
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Pointy top hexagonal A* pathfinding

I'm trying to create a game with a hex based map with the points at the top. I have most of it working, however the path finding is being a little awkward. The heuristic I'm using is called euclidian ...
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c# xna move Image using two Vectors?

initially image placed (0,0)th position and where ever i touch that is end position. Now i got Start Position(0,0) and End Position(200,200). i want to move start to end vector using angle. If ...
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3D RTS pathfinding

I understand the A* algorithm, but I have some trouble doing it in 3D to suit the needs of my RTS Basically, in the game I'm making, there will be agents with different sizes of OBB collision boxes. ...
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Efficient path-finding in free space

I've got a game situated in space, and I'd like to issue movement orders, which requires pathfinding. Now, it's my understanding that A* and such mostly apply to trees, and not empty space which does ...
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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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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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How do I make A* check all diagonal and orthogonal directions?

I'm making a turn-based tactical game and I'm trying to implement the A* algorithm. I've been following a tutorial and got to this point, but my characters can't move diagonally up and left. Can ...
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How to spawn a character at certain point and walk to a set point

I am making a game where I have a background image of a neighborhood. Each location has a different number of customers that are generated to walk on sidewalks. They all walk to a specific location ...
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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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A* and Space partitioning

I'm planning on implementing A* in my game for pathfinding, I understand the basics of how the algorithm works but I was wondering, other than finding the start and end nodes Are there any benefits to ...
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trouble in making a game questions?

all i've a little trouble understanding some concepts while making game please give your suggestions on my questions. I have a animated sprite image this i want to move this image according to given ...
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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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A* Pathfinding Problems

I'm trying to implement the a* pathfinding algorithm in my game. I've looked at dozens of tutorials but I can't seem to get it right. My code is below, and It's not working... does anybody see ...
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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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Multidimensional Pathfinding Algorithms

When trying to program hostile AI units for a war strategy game using pathfinder methods, do programmers ever have one algorithm for the unit to move and a separate algorithm for the unit to actively ...
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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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How can i use A star pathfinding algorithm

How would i implement an A star algorithm for a game that i'm making on the android in java? i'm looking for a pre-made A star API in java with classes and methods to call. i don't want to have to ...
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How can I change the path a sprite is following in real time?

Is there a common way to implement a character following path that is issued and replaced in real time? For example: the character follows a path issued, and while it's on that path, if a new path is ...
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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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Copying section of map array

I'm experimenting a bit with pathfinding. I'm using Javascript. I have a map array as follows: mapArray = [ [0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0], [1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0], [0, 1, 0, ...
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Is precomputed pathfinding still relevant?

Context Old Lucas Arts (ScummVM era) point and click graphic adventure games used precomputed pathfinding. Here's a rough outline of the technique. Step 1 The floor in each room was divided into ...
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How do you do AI path following within a 2d physics engine like farseer/box2d?

I'm in the process of moving a 2d top down game I've been working on into a proper rigid body physics engine like Farseer. Up until now, I had just hacked together my own physics code where needed. ...
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A* navigational mesh path finding

So I've been making this top down 2D java game in this framework called Greenfoot and I've been working on the AI for the guys you are gonna fight. I want them to be able to move around the world ...
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Pathfinding in multi goal, multi agent environment

I have an environment in which I have multiple agents (a), multiple goals (g) and obstacles (o). . . . a o . . . . . . . o . g . . a . . . . . . . . . . o . . . . o o ...
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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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Good baseline size for an A* Search grid?

I'm working on a grid based game/prototype with a continuous open map, and are currently considering what size to make each segment. I've seen some articles mention different sizes, but most of them ...
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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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Stuck with A* implementation [closed]

I have implemented some A* code in C# using this JavaScript code. My C# implementation is the same as the above javascript code. But I'm unable to get it to work properly, e.g pathfinder blocks ...
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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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How do I get AI Agents to move along a curve?

Currently my very basic AI framework has agents that move along a a jagged path made up of a series of points. They do this by simply moving their position from one point to the next. When they ...
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Dynamically creating astar node map by triangular polygonal map

My game's map format uses a bunch of triangles to make up the platforms and terrain in 2d. Right now I can set up a 2d array of nodes for the astar algorithm that basically is a bunch of rectangles ...
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Basic A star implementation tutorial [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pseudo-code examples of A*? Hey guys Iam making a TD game and now I am stucked in implementing A star algo. I know there are many 3d party softwares but they are ...
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Pseudo-code examples of A*? [closed]

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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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 ...