Real-Time Strategy. A game played live (ie not in a turn-based structure), where the objective is to build a base and conquer other bases.

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Efficient fog-of-war visibility searching

Every game I look into that uses fog of war tends to have the AI ignore fog of war completely. I'm starting to see why. I have a RTS game I'm working on, with lots of units moving around. All units ...
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Fully dynamic KD-Tree vs. Quadtree?

Working on my game, I'm at the point where I need to track all of the units in the world so that I can do nearest-neighbor checks for combat. This is an RTS-like game, with potentially thousands of ...
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Executing commands at the exact same time on 2 or more computers

I have an RTS game, with deterministic simulation, but if I want multiplayer to actually work, I need commands sent between computers to be executed at the exact same time. My game's networking is ...
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Can the different computation power in a multi-player game affect each player's performance?

In case an RTS game allows the clients to perform some calculations such as path-finding after the player clicks the map for a destination, and taking into account the game should be synchronised for ...
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Command Interface design for RTS

Commands may have different target type; like NONE, COORD, UNIT. Some example commands may be: Attack (target UNIT), Move (target COORD), AttackMove (target COORD), Stop (target NONE), UseAbility ...
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RTS Movement + Navigation + Destination

I'm looking into building my own simple RTS game, and I'm trying to get my head around the movement of single, and multi selected units. (Developing in Unity) After much research, I now know that its ...
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Any tips on developing an RTS unit movement collision? [duplicate]

so I am developing an RTS and I am a little stuck at this. I am not talking about pathfinding algorithms like A*. The problem is moving units in bulk and their collision along the way. Can anyone give ...
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unity rts on mobile : how can units find each other as simple as possible

Situation: I have a grid of 100 by 100 tiles. each tile has a list of units that are currently standing ontop of it. in this grid 500 units of team 1 and 500 units of team 2 are randomly walking ...
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Should I use one thread per game object?

I developing a simple real-time strategy game in a small team with no experience, and we're considering using one thread per game object (tank, soldier, etc). Is this a good idea or is it overkill? ...
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Online RTS Game Architecture for Mobiles [closed]

We came up with an idea for a real-time strategy game for mobile devices that can play with other players over a network. I'm trying to plan out the architecture/protocol required for such as system. ...
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game maker stop overlapping buildings

I'm trying to make a game with real time strategy elements, where you can build several different buildings. The problem is that I can't seem to make the buildings stop overlapping. That is too say, ...
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Why are there no sophisticated construction animations in RTS games in general? [closed]

I want to code a small demo to test what degree of detail regarding animations, is possible in modern RTS/building games and which of them have the largest impact on the playing experience. Similar to ...
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Determining the end location for AI movement in groups in a 2D RTS

I have written an RTS game (a demo for a game engine of sorts, actually) in which the user's basic interaction with the game is to select a bunch of soldiers and then right-click on the map to move ...
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Technologies and languages for Browser RTS game [closed]

I am trying to develop a multiplayer rts game. My question here is: which language is best suited for the server side of that game? My very first choices wolud be lower level languages, such as C++ or ...
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How to implement lockstep model for RTS game?

In my effort to learn programming I'm trying to make a small RTS style game. I've googled and read a lot of articles and gamedev q&a's on the topic of lockstep synchronization in multiplayer RTS ...
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XNA moving towards 3D point, RTS style

I looked around to see if this question had already been asked- maybe it has, maybe it hasn't, I don't know. I'm trying to make a 3D RTS game. Right now we're trying to get the basics on the table. ...
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Enemy watched area in games

I need to implement a feature in RTS game where the area watched by enemy is covered with highlight.something similar to "Commandos " I don't know how it's called in professional circles. Any ...
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Generic Class Name for RTS [closed]

Hopefully this will be a nice easy question :- I am building an RTS as a way of learning OOP techniques. Currently the code has the following classes Class MustInherit GameUnit Class MustInherit ...
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Building placement in tilemaps (pattern matching)

I'm building a small rts and in my code I have given my buildings a pattern, much like you would pieces in tetris. In other words I want to place irregular shaped buildings on a map without buildings ...
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Tricks in game mechanics to avoid dealing with network lag compensation?

Implementing network lag compensation is hard, how to avoid it? Maybe it's possible to use tricks and build game mechanics in such a way that lag would be percieved as a non critical or even as a ...
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RTS game unit damage & defense calculation [closed]

How can I model armies attacking each other in an RTS? I know how I would do it if it is an RPG game. Character has few stats that affect damage/defense and then compare it with enemy character and ...
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UDK Fixed AIController / Pawn Height

[I already asked this question on the UDK forums, without much success though.] I'm using a class derived from AIController to control my pawn in RTS-style. My problem is that the pawn does not have ...
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Real-Time-Strategy control structures/achitecture [closed]

I am looking at building a real time strategy game (of at least the framework for one) in Unity, and was wondering what control structures and/or architecture I should focus on using. current ...
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Tweaking Heightmap Generation For Hexagon Grids

Currently I'm working on a little project just for a bit of fun. It is a C++, WinAPI application using OpenGL. I hope it will turn into a RTS Game played on a hexagon grid and when I get the basic ...
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“Unclutter” units in RTS game

For intentional reasons, certain units in the game I'm currently programming don't have any collision detection and response among each other. This enables them to clutter right on top of each ...
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Who should respond to collision: Unit or projectile?

In an RTS if a projectile hits a unit. Who should handle the collision? If projectile handles the collision, it must be aware of all possible types of units, to know what damage to inflict. For ...
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Boat passing under a bridge in a 2D tile based RTS

I'm writing a 2D tile based RTS. And I want to add a 'pseudo 3D' feature to it - bridges over the rivers. I havent't start any coding yet, just trying to think how it fits the collision detection ...
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How to add isometric (rts-alike) perspective and scolling in unity?

I want to develop some RTS/simulation game. Therefore I need a camera perspective like one knows it from Anno 1602 - 1404, as well as the camera scrolling. I think this is called isometric perspective ...
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How do I create a selection rectangle?

I have a basic prototype working with health, resources and units. The problem is: How do I select multiple units? I have an idea of making an rectangle which dynamically extends with the mouse ...
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frame lock networking

I'm developing an RTS game and I want to add multiplayer support to my game. I picked the easiest technique to implement for start frame locking technique. I used server client networking ...
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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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Implementing fog of war in opengl es 2.0 game

Hi game development community, this is my first question here! ;) I'm developing a tactics/strategy real time android game and I've been wondering for some time what's the best way to implement an ...
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Basic/research RTS engine/model [closed]

Does a basic/research RTS engine/model exist that can be used as a basis for further experimentation/research? I'd like to avoid reinventing the wheel if possible. I'm aware of Spring Engine and ...
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How to balance damage dealt by opponents in a strategy game?

Consider the following situation: you are developing a RTS, with different races opposing each other, with different kinds of abilities (e.g. Starcraft). How should I go about in balancing the damage, ...
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Efficient physics and collision detection for RTS

I'm thinking about writing my own RTS game and while I'm more or less clear about how the game engine should work, I need some directions as to how to implement physics and collision detection. Now, ...
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Does a basic game engine prototyping tool exist, for common game types?

There are a lot of classic game engines out there (Real Time Strategy, Turn Based, etc), of which you can find countless variations. All of them have a basic starting point which involves units, ...
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Deterministic Multiplayer RTS game questions?

I am working on a cross-platform multiplayer RTS game where the different clients and a server(flash and C#), all need to stay deterministically synchronised. To deal with Floatpoint inconsistencies, ...
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Draw “vision cone” / targetting element onto game world

I'm wanting to indicate various things using a "pie slice" sort of shape as below. Similar to vision cones in stealth game minimaps, or targetting indicators in RTS type games for frontal area ...
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Client-Server RTS networking with lockstep and lag

The peer to peer lockstep networking model would seem to indicate that everyone's input is delayed the same amount. And so this would indicate that everyone would feel the same lag in response to ...
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Detecting wins in peer to peer RTS games like Starcraft

A typical RTS game is implemented with the standard networking model: peer to peer lockstep. Consider Starcraft 2, given that Battle.net presumably doesn't know anything about the state of game given ...
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Networking for RTS games with lockstep using UDP

Apparently from what I can gather Starcraft 2 moved to UDP in a patch. Now obviously with fps games there is no dispute that UDP is the only way to go. But with RTS games what benefits does UDP give ...
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Creating movement path displays in a top-down 2d RTS

My game is a top-down 2d RTS coded in C# using SFML's libraries. I want that during unit selection, a unit will display it's movement path on the map. Currently, after the path is computed as a list ...
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Communicating between simulation and rendering in RTS

I've been creating an RTS game, and I'm a little unsure about how to deal with the above. Right now, I wish to control which units are visible to which players, and I've run into a little problem. ...
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What data to exchange in multiplayer real time games?

I am a hobbyist programmer and right now I am curious about what data is exchanged in a multiplayer session in real time games like starcraft 2. I did a bunch of searches. I found gafferongames.com ...
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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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How do I fairly distribute resources among factories when resources are near exhausted?

The main resource in my game is mass, stored as a floating point number that changes over time. Resource nodes increase mass and factories drain it. For example, if I have a resource node yielding 5 ...
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Elegant way to handle packet loss in a lockstep P2P RTS?

What's an elegant way to handle packet loss in a lockstep simulation peer-to-peer RTS where only player input data is sent over the network? For example, let's say it's tick 1000 and player 1 sends a ...
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How are “2.5D” art assets created?

By "2.5D" I mean the art style in games such as Roller Coaster Tycoon, Age of Empires 2 or Fallout 1 and 2: Everything in the games appears to be created with a "pixel art"-like tool. Am I correct? ...
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Essentials for building a RTS

I was wondering if anyone had any links to good reads or books in regards to things to think about when developing a RTS game, I would have been reading things like ...