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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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 Protocol

I've been thinking about a multi player RTS game. The part that I can't seem to get around is keeping unit movement synced. If I move unit A to spot XY, I have to communicate that back to server that ...
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2D tycoon games vs. 3D tycoon games

I fully accept that this could be just me, but I can't help but notice that I have never become addicted to any 3D tycoon or city-building games but I have become addicted to many older 2D tycoon ...
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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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How can I create gradiented Fog of War?

I'm creating a top down 2D RTS game for educational purposes. Currently, I'm really just copying Starcraft's design/ideas. I've decided I should probably implement Fog Of War too. My expectations: ...
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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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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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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 should I implement units' enemy “awareness”?

I'm using Unity3d to develop a RTS/TD hybrid prototype game. What is the best approach for "awareness" between units and their enemies? Is it sane to have every unit check the distance to every enemy ...
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Properties of good RTS level design?

I saw the general level design question but not much of it applies to building good solid levels for RTS games. Where can i find information on rules and mechanics of RTS level design?
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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 ...
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Manage a large number of independent actors in real-time

I am working on a large scale real-time strategy game - ideally with thousands of units active at once - but I am having trouble managing all of the units at once without it becoming astonishingly ...
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Need help choosing the right networking approach/platform for an RTS

I have been thinking for a while about making an online 2D RTS-like game. (2-6 players in a match, up to 50-60 units, no AI). The key thing here is that I want the game to be playable in a browser, so ...
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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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Persistent game where you program your own bot(s) [closed]

I'm looking for an online game with a persistent world where you are allowed to code (and add) your own 'players' (it can be in any language / script). A sort of RTS but for bots. Does that even ...
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Which for basic RTS prototype: Unity or Torque? [closed]

I'm wanting to test my hand at writing an RTS (something I've never gotten very far with), and so I'm looking for an indie engine that would give me the most success with a quick setup that I can then ...
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What are some good methods of implementing RTS-style Box selection?

I'm scouting around for different methods of implementing a typical RTS box selection. This is for 3D game - so I'm looking for methods for finding units within selection box in 3D world. Here is a ...
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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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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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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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Free AAA RTS engine SDK?

I'm currently trying out the various free SDKs out there (Cryengine3, UDK, Source) however all of them are mainly designed for FPS games. I was wondering if there are other AAA 3D engine SDKs that are ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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RTS game diplomacy heuristics

I'm reimplementing an old 4X space-rts game which has diplomacy options. The original was based on a relation scoring system (0..100) and a set of negotiation options (improve relations, alliance, ...
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RTS Engine or DotA-like game [closed]

Is there any good documented and simple Game engine for RTS games, especially for building DotA-like game? I know I can use Crystal Space, Irrlicht or another Game Engine. But I need most similar ...
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Mental Image of the engine behind an RTS like SimCity/Settlers, what is it?

Disclaimer: I'm first a programmer and then an RTS gamer. This means I'm a complete and utter newb in terms of patterns, best practices and glossary of technical terms on the game dev world. Since I ...
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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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Is there a library or a framework that handles networking in an RTS? [closed]

I'm aiming for making a(n) RTS game with networking so instead of doing tedious stuff like networking I wonder if there is a library/framework that will save me the effort. I intend to make that game ...
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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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Scrolling the camera when the mouse cursor gets to the edge of the screen

I was wondering if you could help me: In XNA I have a hexagonal map, and the size of the map currently exceeds the size of the window. There is already code in place to move the 'camera' around the ...
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Help me get my 3D camera to look like the ones in RTS

I am a newbie in 3D game development and I am trying to make a real-time strategy game. I am struggling with the camera currently as I am unable to make it look like they do in RTS games. Here is my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What maps sizes did old 2D RTS games like C&C and WarCraft support?

I'm looking for the size (in tiles) of the maps for the old 2D games Command and Conquer and Warcraft 1 and 2.
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Map file format for Real-time strategy game

I am planing to create a 2D RTS game on iPhone using cocos2d, besides the tile map, any other suggestion for storing the map details for the game? Would be nice if a GUI editor is also provided.
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Framework suitable for 3D RTS ala Homeworld?

I would like to make a game that amalgamates Homeworld and Freespace with inspirations from the novel Ender's game. This is probably not a new idea, but I haven't seen anything that did anything like ...
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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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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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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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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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RTS game engine for iOS/iPhone

Anyone know any free or non-free RTS engine that can be used for iOS game development?