Wave Function Collapse

Wave Function Collapse is a procedural content generation algorithm that uses an extension of constraint solving. For example, a cell’s possible values might be constrained by the cells adjacent to it, or there might be a global limit like only allowing one boss room and 2-4 treasure rooms per floor. This is not to be … Read more

Influence Maps, Ants, and Flocking

An influence map is a grid-like data structure where each cell carries information about its surroundings. This is typically in terms of threat or safety, whether that be cover or line of sight on a target, squad cohesion or separation, range of potential attacks, or even emergency evasive action against incoming attacks. This makes it … Read more

Flow Fields

Flow fields are a technique applicable when many units need to pathfind to the same location. It is an extension of traditional pathfinding algorithms, but instead of only calculating one path per unit it calculates a path for every cell on the grid, reusing information from other known paths. This has a high immediate cost, … Read more

Platformer analysis: Generating graphs for pathfinding

Overview To create this algorithm, I first looked at how NavMeshes work. We can’t add all possible points on the mesh, since those are effectively infinite, so instead we simplify polygons into single nodes, and connect those that have a common edge. After processing this with our pathfinder, we can interpolate the details. Simplifying this … Read more

Devlog: Dialogue system in Unity

Whether in games or more traditional media, it’s hard to tell a story without any verbal or written interaction. Oxford Languages defines a conversation as “a talk […] between two or more people.” To decompose this into something more technical: A conversation is a sequence of exchanged words between two or more participants. Unity provides … Read more

Devlog: Physics-based character controller

Like many systems, the systems by which a player moves have facets and layers of complexity, built on a layer of physics such as gravity and collision response. For the most basic implementation, the collision response facet is matched by a movement facet that turns input directly into in-world horizontal motion, after scaling by some … Read more