# Tagged Questions

The algorithmic generation of content at runtime, as oppose to the manual placement of preset content and assets.

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### Using a permutation table for simplex noise without storing it

Generating Simplex noise requires a permutation table for randomisation (e.g. see this question or this example). In some applications, we need to persist the state of the permutation table. This can ...
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### How to divide hex grid evenly among n players?

I'm making a simple hex-based game, and I want the map to be divided evenly among the players. The map is created randomly, and I want the players to have about equal amount of cells, with relatively ...
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### What's the simplest way to determine the size of an empty space between rectangles?

I'm working on a dungeon generator and I'd like to be able to connect rooms through other rooms. What I currently have set up is two dictionaries and a map (an int array.) The first dictionary holds ...
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### Cube worlds, instancing vs mesh generation

For a Minecraft type game, what are the pros and cons of hardware instancing the terrain vs generating a mesh of vertices based on what's visible? The terrain is dynamic so cubes will be added/...
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### Placing nodes in a graph in a random but readable way

I'd like to create a simple map from vertices and lines - you know, like a usual graph. A tree, to be precise. To select the location of the next point that comes from one, I use a simple circle-...
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### Smooth Biome transitions with tile map?

I'm using a simplex noise system to generate height maps for an "infinite" 2d world map. It works perfectly - I can define which tile belongs at which height value, etc. However, I'm trying to add in ...
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### What GPU culling techniques are appropriate for voxel spheres other than octrees? [closed]

I'm creating a dynamic smooth-voxel based world in the shape of a sphere. Right now my current approach is to spherize a cube, generate voxel terrain on each of the six patches, and then use octrees ...
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### Perlin Noise for generating terrain in a 2D side-scrolling game. Is there a way to make variations in noise's amplitude?

For example if my generated levels look roughly like this: But once in a while I would like to have the "amplitude" rise say 10 times than the rest of the level, so that it would look something ...
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### What concepts are used to procedurally generate video game content using music like in Audiosurf, Beat Hazard & Symphony?

I'm curious as to how video games like Audiosurf, Beat Hazard and Symphony procedurally generate content using music. What are the common concepts used to accomplish this? And in what way is the music ...
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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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### How can I clean up and smooth out procedurally generated terrain?

I am experimenting with procedural content generation, and starting with generating terrain from fractional brownian noise. The terrain produced looks fairly realistic, but has many artifacts and ...
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### How does Simplex Noise work? [closed]

Are there any good resources and step by step tutorials on Simplex Noise? I have been Googling on it for a while now but I really can't find any good ones. I kinda understand the theory behind it but ...
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### storing procedurally generated roguelike world into zones

I am currently developing a 3D roguelike game which will take place in a very large world. The world is generated by procedural algorithm supplied by external script in run time. To speed up rendering ...
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### Mapping heightmap to spherical clipmap

How would you map the points on a spherical clipmap to a heightmap? My coarsest clipmap has an outer radius of PI and an inner radius of PI/2. My coarsest heightmap goes from -PI, PI on the x axis and ...
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### Procedural Dungeon Generation: Is there a simple algorithm to make sure all of these rooms get connected using minimal corridors?

Is it possible to get a hive-like structure, connecting all the rooms without having too many corridors? (Too many being 3-4+ corridors coming from a single room) Below is the output of how my rooms ...
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### Roguelike corridor creation; Connecting rooms

I have a simple Tile[,] that I populate with Rooms. Now I need to connect the rooms with a single tile wide corridor. At first I used A* to hook up the rooms but that, of course, get's the best path ...
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### Reducing overdraw cost: does triangle ordering matter?

I'm working on a project with procedural geometry, and will potentially have lots of opaque faces overlapping within the same model. Imagine an onion's layers. My understanding is it is better to draw ...
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### Procedual terrain generation and biomes/predetermined variation

So I already have some (currently 2D possibly 3D later) simplex noise generation going, and with some experimenting I can make a map for plains, hills, mountains, etc The problem now is I want to ...
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### generating random block-based worlds with 3D noise

I want to create a 3D block-based infinite world. For any block, I want to be able to compute its block type. 3D perlin noise is the usual building block of such a world. If you ask the 3D noise ...
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### Procedural river or road generation for infinite terrain

I should say paths, not roads as I'm thinking more medieval-like. Also, not looking for realism. The answer I'm looking for will be to fit into the mold I describe rather than realism. I am looking ...
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### How can I create an extending chain like the hookshot in Zelda in Unity?

In the Zelda games, there is an item called the hookshot. It is a small mechanical apparatus held in one hand that acts similar to, but not the same as the gun. When it is triggered, the hook at the ...
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### 2D and 3D Perlin Noise Terrain Generation

I'm using 2d perlin noise to generate a heightmap and then adding 3d perlin noise to the heightmap to create overhangs and ridges. But it's not turning out like I would like it to. There are too many ...
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### How can I stop Substance's runtime texture caching?

Procedural textures with the Substance Engine seem to update very quickly if you turn off caching, modify one exposed variable at a time, modify it frequently, and even then only after you've ...
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### Manipulating Perlin noise output to create different ore veins in different depths

I am developing a simple project using Java, for Android. It is a side-scroller with a procedurally generated, infinite world. Most of the generation will be working on underground but I expect the ...
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### Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that I can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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### Character movement on a 2D tile map

I'm working at making a HTML5 game. Top down, closest thing I can equate it to is the gameboy zeldas, but open world and no rooms. What I have so far is a procedurally generated map in a multi ...
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### Manipulating Perlin Noise

I've been learning about Procedurally Generated Content lately (in particular, Perlin noise). Perlin noise works great for making things like landscapes, height maps, and stuff like that. But now I am ...
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### Procedural dungeon generation. No corridors, color key doors

I am curious how dungeons like the one in Runescape dungeoneering skill are generated. They basicaly have a 10x10 grid. So theres 100 rooms total. There's starting room and exit room. And each one are ...
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### How to make sure a game can be completed

I'm not sure what the correct term for what I'm looking for is described, so apologies if this is a duplicate question. But is there a term/algorithm for making sure a game is "completable" with ...
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### 2D Terra(ria)in generation - Accidental noise

I'm currently trying to implement terrain generation as described on the following page: http://accidentalnoise.sourceforge.net/minecraftworlds.html. But I have issues understanding how to interpret ...
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### What methods are there for representing 3D terrain?

I'm making a terrain system which needs to be procedurally generated and would like to know my options. So far I know of: Height-field terrain, Vector-field terrain, and Voxel terrain. Is there ...
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### Best way to go with 3D dungeon crawler generation [closed]

I'm trying to prototype a little 3D dungeon crawler. That is, the same system as any rogue-like : A map with little rooms, linked by hallways. But in 3D. The world is still in blocks, but I can go ...
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### How to blend biomes with procedural terrain

I'm working on a terrain generator. Through multiple noise functions, I'm able to create many kinds of terrain I like, but I'm having a bit of difficulty joining them together in a seamless fashion. ...
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### Moving camera along generated terrain?

I'm generating my terrain on the GPU, using diamond square subdivision (no height map involved). How can I anchor the camera's position to always be on top of the generated terrain? Thanks
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### Generating a grid of cubes in 3D space [closed]

I am trying to generate a grid of cubes in 3D space and It aint workin... All im doing is for looping YXZ (in that order) (nested for loops) then im doing cubes[x][y][z] = ... (new Location(x,y,z)) ...
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### Using random numbers with a bias

I appear to be awful at describing the question so I'll try and describe the problem. I want to add a random amount of heads to my creatures but I want to be able to determine several things. a) The ...
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### A Simple Method To Create Island Map Mask

I'm searching for a nice and easy way to generate a mask for an island map with C#. Basically I'm using with a random heightmap generated with perlin noise, where the terrain is NOT surrounded by ...
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### Space Shooter “level” generation

I'm currently working on a 2.5D space shooter and there will be a survival mode in the game. I'd like a few suggestions on how to tackle the enemy generation problem. This is not procedural ...
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### Legality, implementation, and viability of using the BSP map format in a procedurally generated XNA game? [closed]

First off, this is not a "which technology should I use" type of question, but rather a question about the viability (And legality, and how to implement) BSP maps into an XNA game. The legality part ...
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### Improving my Roguelike Dungeon generator? [closed]

I am looking to find improvements upon my Roguelike Dungeon generator. I find it is not 'roguelike' enough, with dungeons just looking like a mess more than anything. What would improve my generator(...
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### How to simulate early politics? [duplicate]

I'm making a historically accurate game where the player can interact with past times and shape the future. The entire game is scientifically generated with math and real physics. (no, it won't have ...
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### Random Zelda-style map generation

Im trying to randomly generate a map of rooms connected by doors, and I've succeeded in generating one using this code: public void generate(GameContainer gc) { rooms = new ArrayList<Room&...
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### Atmospheric scattering sky from space artifacts

I am in the process of implementing atmospheric scattering of a planets from space. I have been using Sean O'Neil's shaders from http://http.developer.nvidia.com/GPUGems2/gpugems2_chapter16.html as a ...
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### Making Procedurally Generated Top-Down Landscapes Interesting

I'm working on a game with a procedurally generated world. Ideally, I'd like to generate landscapes as beautiful as Minecraft's worlds are. Minecraft has chasms, and waterfalls, and mountains, and ...
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### Create Random Platformer-Gameworld

Evening. I created a xna-game like the iOS Platformer game "Banana Kong". The level-layers are currently saved as XML files. Example: <level> <layer1> <tile type="0" x="...
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### Methods of procedural terrain generation that can work using DirectX 9 (SM2.0)?

I'm working on a simple game / fun project that I want to be largely procedurally generated. At first I started by using boxels (Similar to Minecraft, but not textured) for the terrain and it came out ...
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### How to generate houses procedurally in a voxel world?

I am developing a mod for the game Minecraft, a block-based voxel game. As part of the mod, I want to create a procedural house generator that will be generated based on specific needs/desires, such ...
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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 ...