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How to create a hexagon world map in PHP from a database for a browser based strategy game

I'm trying to create a hexagon world map for my PHP browser based strategy game. I've created a table in my database with the following data per row: id, type, x, y and occupied. Where type is the ...
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Understanding Perlin Noise

I'm toying with Perlin Noise after some work with Diamond Square. I followed the implementation by Hugo Elias that basically, makes a series of functions with x,y as input to throw each coordinate ...
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How relevant is PHP today for browser games?

I was the lead developer of 2 moderately successful browser games quite a few years back, and plan on working on a new game soon. At the time, I wrote them in pure PHP (no template engine or anything ...
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Calculating Experience Points earned after a battle

I'm developing a simple text battle game and having some issues calculating how much XP should be earned after a battle, theres a few factors that i want to consider: 1) Players should of course earn ...
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Securing HTTP data from a JavaScript game to server

Suppose I am doing a JavaScript game, and I wish the game to update the server if the user has successfully completes the game and his outcome. How should I ensure that the request came from the ...
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Separating logic and data in browser game

I've been thinking this over for days and I'm still not sure what to do. I'm trying to refactor a combat system in PHP (...sorry.) Here's what exists so far: There are two (so far) types of entities ...
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Javascript and PHP for real-time multiplayer?

I'm wondering if combining Javascript clientside with PHP/mysql serverside is a good idea for HTML5 real-time multiplayer (small scale) browser games? My technical knowledge is very limited, and even ...
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Text-based game using JavaScript and/or PHP

I'd like to make a simple text-based game using either JavaScript or PHP. Ideally I'd like to be able to render ASCII text in a kind of blackscreen "console" style (think console roguelikes such as ...
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Securing JavaScript / PHP game data

Followup to securing-http-data-from-a-javascript-game-to-server. I'm working on something similar, in that I have a PHP backend and a JavaScript frontend, which plays around with the HTML5 canvas ...
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PHP Browser Game Question - Pretty General Language Suitability and Approach Question

I'm developing a browser game, using PHP, but I'm unsure if the way I'm going about doing it is to be encouraged anymore. It's basically one of those MMOs where you level up various buildings and ...
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How to implement a component based system for items in a web game

Reading several other questions and answers on using a component based system to define items I want to use one for the items and spells in a web game written in PHP. I'm just stuck on the ...
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Browser-board-game and server push

I want to start developing a browser game. Not for success, just for the sake of doing it and learning something from it. Now, a point where I have serious problems figuring out how to deal with it ...
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What platform should I use for a master server?

We are making a small FPS, and want people to be able to play it online and fetch a list of all servers from a master server. We only have experience in C#, and we have already written a master server ...
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Control diamond square algorithm to generate islands/pangea

I generated a height map with the diamond square algorithm. The thing is i do not manage to create islands, this is, restrict the height other than water level range to a certain value in the center ...
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Facebook Game database design

I'm currently develop a facebook mafia like PHP game(of course, a light weight version), here is a simplify database(MySQL) of the game id-a <int3> <for index> uid ...
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Will running cron jobs every minute a good practice?

I'm trying to create a browser-based game (made in PHP, MySQL, Js, HTML, and CSS) that is heavily dependent on user's actions being carried out after a certain amount of time passed whether online or ...
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Advice on a PHP RPG System

I am looking to make a php/mysql/javascript based rpg on a site. I am trying to figure out the best method when it comes to items, quests, etc. For instance should I make classes for each item type ...
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How can I randomly generate arbitrary “rules” for a creative card game

My friends and I in school play this interesting card game, which we call 'the game without rules' (ironically, of course). The game is like this: in the beginning of a school year, we start with one ...
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Drag and Drop Team Selection

I have a Fantasy F1 Website, currently users select their teams using dropdown menus. It works OK but isn't as user friendly as I would like. I would like to implement a drag and drop type of ...
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Game based on Ajax polling for 12 players

I am planning on writing a small browser game. The webserver is a shared server, with no root / install possible. I want to use AJAX for client/server communication. There will be 12 players. So ...
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PHP city-sim castle layout

I am currently contemplating the layout system for my php based game but i've run into a couple of worries. So my idea is a 9X9 grid where the center 3X3 are inner castle. The inner castle will be 6X6 ...
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Web application interacts bi-directional with server program?

I want to write a web application to play chess against the engine Crafty. I'm not new to PHP and javascript, but must learn how to interact with a server process : how can a web application and/or ...
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how to implement pvp(text based rpg in php/mySQL)

I'm creating a text based rpg in php/mySQL and I've come up to a dead end in regards implementing the pvp aspect of the game. First off is this even possible in php/mysql? If so, how would I go about ...
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PHP Browser Game Private Messages?

First off, I'm asking this question here because gaming and messaging are intimately connected. Why win if you can't gloat? Nevertheless, I won't be offended if this needs to be moved to overflow. ...
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How to display a hierarchical skill tree in php [closed]

If I have skill data set up in a tree format (where earlier skills are prerequisites for later ones), how would I display it as a tree, using php? The parent would be on top and have 3 children. Each ...
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PHP and Javascript/HTML5 Collaboration [closed]

I've recently been working on a fairly complicated game. I've stored information with local storage, but that allows the player to edit it, and does not transfer from computer to computer. The two ...
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How can I keep track of a battle log on a web game?

Recently I started working on a Web turn-based PvP RPG game. Now I'm working on the battle system but I encountered some issues: How can I keep track of everything that happens in the battle? It ...
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Calculation of a fight with many entities

User A can have many entities A Entity is a object that has properties such as health, attack, defence, agility, stamina, etcetera. When User A want to attack User B with x entities I am looking ...
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How do I generate a 2d grid-based map without screwing it up?

I'm relatively new to the mechanics of game development - catching up fast, but there are still some things that escape me. For example: generating a fully-accessible map on a 2d grid. See the ...
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How to decide who wins a race?

I'im thinking of building a text-based browser game. A racing game.like F1 or rally. users can set-up a car. thinks like tyres, fuel, driver,brakes. every attribute gets a value. the part where i ...
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Multiplayer card game using PHP/Ajax and mysql

I am designing a map game, using PHP and MYSQL. I don't know how to make the players who sign-in to the website to see other players who are also connected to the site and be able to chat with one ...
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How to figure out a users earnt exp based upon calculating the difference by user and player by x?

How would I figure out a users earnt EXP based upon calculating the difference by user and player by x using this format? If the user is 60 levels less than me, I would get 0 exp (as that's just ...
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What tech will enable a script to run after a certain amount of time elapsed following a user's action?

I'm trying to experiment in creating an MMO browser-based game using PHP, MySQL, Javascript, HTML5, and CSS. There is this certain functionality that I want in my game that I'm having trouble with. ...
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How to handle a player's level and its consequent privileges?

I'm building a game similar to Mafia Wars where a player can do tasks for his gang and gain experience and thus advancing his level. The game is built using PHP and a Mysql database. In the game I ...
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php multiplayer game - server&client model

I'm working on a simple round&web-based multiplayer game. The idea of the game is very simple: The players get an array of audio files which they listen to and write the transcripts for in 5 ...
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Architectural advice - websockets javascript/php integration

Myself and a friend have started making a game, he's likely to be using impact.js for the user interaction etc, but we need multiplayer functionality so some form of websockets for TCP connections ...
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Passive skills and items

I'm making a small text browser RPG game using PHP, MySQL and Java Script (and jQuery). All the items are saved in the MySQL database. Every now and then a character have to make a skill roll (Talk, ...
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hexagon tiles to square tiled map

in a previous question asked here:how-to-create-a-hexagon-world-map @Tim Holt has provided code that does the job that i'm wanted to do, the only difference I would like is to have it as squares ...
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PHP battle script

I have custom built as a little personal project a website coded in php that is a MMORPG. It is at the minute just a personal private project but I am stuck as what to do when it comes to users ...
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How can I secure a high score table? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent cheating on global highscore tables? So, I create a game in Flash and I want to keep a hi-score table for people to compete in. After a player has ...
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Using an engine to create content with PHP - but how should it happen?

I need to create an engine that will allow me to add content to a website. The website is a browser-based game. This is a verbose engine that should be able to handle many different aspects of the ...
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For making an online multiplayer browser-based game, what tech would be more efficient to use? [closed]

I asked a partial question on stackoverflow, and then realized that this would be the place to get a better answer because this is the game dev website, and you all may know more than the programmers ...
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Web Card Game , MySQL vs SQLite performance wise

Been thinking of creating a js/PHP/MySQL game, with multiple players / games happening concurrently. Is there any chance SQLite might be faster for something like this than MySQL? Keep in mind that ...
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SQl, noSQL, and Doctrine with Symfony 2.0

I've had the idea of creating a webgame for a while now, and as it becomes more and more accurate i started playing around with Symfony 2.0. First question : it seems that it is recommanded to use ...
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What's the best way to keep battle log in a browser based game written in PHP?

I've searched for it, but I couldn't find any question about this. I'm working on a game where PvP fights are possible. The game is written in PHP/MySQL. What I want to implement is to save all the ...
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Send request for Turned Based Battle

I want to create a turn based battle system for Pokemon online rpg! I will some how implement the coding of the battle..but I want to know how can a user send request for a battle to other user? If ...
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How would one outline an alpha transparency layer in javscript and/or php? [duplicate]

I simply want an outline/edge detection of the character/item/object that is selected or doing something. I'm seeing lots of versions of this question for different languages, but I would appreciate ...
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Structure examples for web-based chat for web-based game [closed]

What would be the best tools to use to create a web based chat/messaging system ? for client we have : Browser (any JS solution - preferably without using flash like in jsocket) for server we have : ...
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What strategies can I use to update the visuals of my game to be more modern? [closed]

I'm making a browser strategy game. Now my problem is that I have a feeling that my design is dated. For now I have only used background colors and borders to make things look nice, but I have ...
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Build / Destroy function design & security checks

I'm working on a browser based strategy game. For the moment I'm working on the build/destroy functions and I have a couple of questions about this. The main question is do you have advice on how I ...