Hi Dark, Like I said it all depends on the game in question. Yes, if we are talking a simple table top RPG type affair the math isn't a big deal. You are going to mainly be doing stat calculations which are not all that complex. Diddo for any kind of card or board game.
Now, if someone wanted to write a game like Nascar Thunder they are going to have to know some physics and higher math to pull off a simulation like that. a person could fudge it, but the more math and physics a developer adds to the game the more realistic the game will be. Sometimes there are just aren't any replacements for the proper skills and experience for more technically advanced games like racing sims, flight sims, space sims, whatever. Which was my point. The types of games a person could create largely depends on A, the developer's personal skill level at the time, and B, how willling they are to learn something new. Plus the developer's personal interests as well count alot for the types of games we might see from him/her. For instance, I've never been much of a baseball fan. My interest is so-so. However, I've been a fan of wrestling since I was at least 5 years old. So based on that information I'm much more likely to produce a wrestling game rather than baseball just because that's where my interests are. Diddo for some of the concepts Jeremy has been demonstrating in his games. Swamp is a great game conceptually and I definitely don't have any complaints about it. However, I confess I like playing alone, am not big on on line game play, so even though I know what can be done using an online server I'll still primarily focus on games designed for off line play. That's just because that's what I personally like. Cheers! On 11/18/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote: > Hi tom. > > the mathematical point is absolutely true about 3D games, and also games > that simulate any sort of physics, such as sports, racing or flight sim > titles. > > However, from what I've gathered it should stil be possible (especially with > bgt that handles a lot of the variables as standard maths), to create > something relatively detailed without going into that sort of thing. > > For instance, eventually I'd love to write my own turn based, textual rpg > with exploration and a detailed combat system (I already have a system in > mind in fact). In a system such as D&D, all the calculations are essentially > to do with probability and randomness, and most could be pretty easily > understood, indeed sinse D&D is a tabletop system, the calculations have to > be easy enough for gms' and players to make on the fly during a game. > > the most complex thing involved would be the ai of computer opponents, but > if I understood coorectly this could be worked out by a simple series of > if/then statements, eg, if player enters the staggered condition, vampire > will attempt to grapple, and if grappled vampire will attempt suck blood on > the next turn. > > Even a 2D map entombed style with locations to search, objects to find etc > shouldn't be too hard to work out sinse your only dealing with a lot of > objects that change coordinates and initiate actions at various points. > > I admit that as a relatively experienced rpg nut, I probably have an > advantage here in viewing systems, stil, it might be good if some developers > with bgt thought numbers first reaction later, sinse it's far easier to > create an interesting game by simple number fiddling than it is to create a > real time game without the maths and angle calculation to back it up. > > I also will confess, I'm a great believer in the philosophy, if you really > want to learn something you can! > > to illustrate, I have no desire whatsoever to learn to speak italian, stil > less German. However once I am required to sing in either language, sinse I > want to do a good job and have clear words, i've had to learn a fair degree > of pronunciation, and indeed will probably do an Italian speaking course at > some point just to make certain i'm understandable (unclear singers who just > fudge their way through all the words are a dislike). > > This is a case where something I wish to do, namely sing requires this > knolidge, so I'll learn it! > > If I go into programming, well it'll be time to grapple with the > mathematics, should I wish to create something that requires it, sinse I > would much rather spend my btime learning the necessary information to do > what I want, than try and fudge my way through without it. > > this is indeed why i always insist on a phonetic translation of whatever I'm > singing and a word by word account so that i can get the emphasis right, and > also why I would spend my time learning the correct matheematics if I > decided to try making for example a 2D platform game. > > Beware the grue! > > Dark. > > > --- > Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org > If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to > gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. > You can make changes or update your subscription via the web, at > http://mail.audyssey.org/mailman/listinfo/gamers_audyssey.org. > All messages are archived and can be searched and read at > http://email@example.com. > If you have any questions or concerns regarding the management of the list, > please send E-mail to gamers-ow...@audyssey.org. > --- Gamers mailing list __ Gamers@audyssey.org If you want to leave the list, send E-mail to gamers-unsubscr...@audyssey.org. 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