Start of with something you can put on paper. Once you got that working you can think about how to make your idea fit on paper. If you really can't I would suggest you to redesign your idea.
I have very advanced complex combat system that is too much complex to have on just paper.
I need to prototype it.
you should use a 2D array for that.
So i need to make a grid kindof like chess has.
Well first step is to make it top down with no perspective. The difference between that and isometric 3D is one matrix a checkbox and moving the camera. So I see no reason why you should bother with that before you got your grid working.
IM USING UNITY! and will use c#.
I want it to be in 3d too with isometric or 3rd person camera.
You shold take the simple soloution and use ONE plane with ONE texture on top of it. This can be limiting if you want randomized maps or animated tiles. But for now you should just make the game work with one static image.
But I need help with how i will make the play field.
So how do i make this tile based grid? (guessing its coreect lingo.)
You got plenty of coding to do right now, so don't bother with this quite yet. You'll have plenty of time fiddleling with the right approach later on, but don't waste time on this now.
I want each tile to be seen graphically too.
So i need to have a texture for what each tile looks like with a nice border.
then I import the texture to unity and assign it to material.
then i create a plane that i assign this material for.
Then I will have 1 tile so far.
Edit: your ONE texture should contain several tiles.
Cube or plane really dosn't matter! The best way to create a 3D grid, is to calculate the mapping between mouse clicks and coordinates in your array. Whether you use planes or boxes or teapots for each tile should not be relevant to your logical grid.
Now what's the best way to create a 3d board tile based grid?
maybe its better to not use plan but instead cube?
use on variable to hold a refrence to the selected character. If the variable is empty/null assign it with the next clicked character. Else move the characters logical position to the desired tile, and use a coroutine to animate the movement (with slerp or something).
So i want to be able to move my characters from one tile to another by either being able to click on a tile and it moves there or by for example using arrow keys to move one tile ahead.
Figure out a way two people can play the game on one computer. You can always play with AI, but AI is NOT simple! At least not if your game concept can't be written on paper ;)
also, the game i want to make should be multiplayer.
but im newbie at networking.
so i think for the prototype i will just make enemy npc controlled with simple AI?
Yes Unity takes care of the file name - don't change it from explorer - and Mono Develop or Visual Studio have ways of automatically renaming variables and classes. I think it's on F2 - otherwise just right clcik the variable or class name you want to change, and select rename/refactor in the menu.
Also, in unity..
If i have given a name to a file on projects tab like for example a scripts file or a scene file a name..
Is there an easy way to rename it later? because the codes and everything that uses that file will then have the old file name?
Hope this is usefull
Big time thanks to everyone who reply.
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