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I'm new here and trigonometry is still a bit complicated for me. I'm not quite sure where to start on this, so sorry I can't really be specific, but I've been wanting to make a field of view.

I have no idea how to tell the game which squares to check for vision and how to block vision. As a newcomer to all this, what do I need to learn?

P#28775 2016-09-18 22:08 ( Edited 2016-09-22 17:39)

Learn how to translate between polar coordinates (magnitude and direction) and cartesian coordinates (x/y). Then use that to set up a range to check within.

(Note: I am not that good a coder (yet), so there probably is a better way, or more advanced way.)

P#28778 2016-09-18 22:33 ( Edited 2016-09-19 02:33)

If you just want something simple like link to the past, then you could only draw stuff near you and leave the rest black. Maybe do a second pass further away/dimmer for fanciness. Heck, if you want a super simple/cheap way, just use clip() to only draw in a box near the character. (and reset the clip when you draw the UI etc)

If you want moving diagonal lines as you pass corners, then you're going to be casting rays, and manually drawing shadows or lit areas. I won't pretend to have real advice, but there is a game that does crazy-awesome shadows. Also, here's an explanation of the pseudo-3d ray-casting cart if you want a peek at some methods and shortcuts used for that kind of stuff.

P#28780 2016-09-18 22:56 ( Edited 2016-09-19 02:57)

You might want to start reading at the Field of Vision article on the roguebasin wiki. IIRC recursive shadowcasting is at the sweet spot of simplicity and speed.

Here is my FOV code from my lil roguelike WIP, to give an idea of the algorithm.

function cast(d,lo_slp,hi_slp,oct)

  -- distance, height from player
  -- to map xy
  -- flips/transposes per octant
  function dhtoxy(d,h)
   local x,y=p.x,p.y
   if band(oct,0x1)>0 then d=-d end
   if band(oct,0x2)>0 then h=-h end
   if band(oct,0x4)>0 then 
    return x+h,y+d
   return x+d,y+h

  if d>16 then
  local mapx,mapy,lo,hi
  local in_gap

  for h=lo,hi do
   if is_opaque(mapx,mapy) then
    if in_gap then
     -- reached end of gap
    if h==hi then
     -- end of gap

function do_vis()
  for oct=0,7 do
P#28789 2016-09-19 05:09 ( Edited 2016-09-19 09:09)

Thanks for your responses. I've noticed I will have to figure out how to draw angles. I think this is the scary obstacle I'm stuck on, so I could have some suggestions on how to practice doing that so I can make something like field of vision.

P#28837 2016-09-19 22:56 ( Edited 2016-09-20 02:56)

One of the easiest ways to block vision from walls or other obstacles I have seen was in Ultima /// for the Apple ][.

Here is a chart to explain what I saw:

White represents the player, BLUE represents an obstacle, and RED represents the tiles that are blocked from vision.

As you can see, anything that matches the player's X or Y creates an easy triangular field block.

Anything ELSE only creates a single diagonal line of blocked tiles spreading outward based on the position of the player.

Using this, you can indeed walk through doors and see only the contents of the room you are in while the room you left is shadowed from view.

This method is especially useful if you leave the player in the center of the screen and merely scroll the map around him.

P#28838 2016-09-19 22:59 ( Edited 2016-09-20 04:15)

So I've gotten the hang of taking a variable and utilizing it to draw an angle. I'm wondering if there are any other exercises I should do before tackling FOV proper, or if this is sufficient enough to do something like shadowcasting, or shadowcasting.

P#28963 2016-09-21 16:53 ( Edited 2016-09-21 22:25)

DarkMatt, there is the classic Metal Gear Solid if you have not seen it. They use a cone of vision for the bad guys.

Mei Ling explains it well here:


Another game release was made, much simpler, for the Gameboy Color. Despite not having a cone of vision, I found in playing the game that the guards in there were very intuitive and if you got in their line of sight, even diagonally, they would sound the alarm.

P#29053 2016-09-22 13:39 ( Edited 2016-09-22 17:39)

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