Well, when I started looking at logic usage that started to be the largest factor. If you have 6 players and 100 Actors in total, thats 6 * 100 checks per update. Which is a lot if its dict checking etc.
In terms of creating a new actor, what happens if a client joins after the actor is created? I'm used to just having some check on the other side to see if we have the player registered otherwise we create it. Would you suggest that when the server evaluates the replication for the new client it invokes a create function on the client? I'm not really wanting to add RPC functionality beyond the scope of the actors themselves (using directed methods mentioned before) so I would imagine the client would simply deduce if the actor existed and if not create it. The reason I asked this question was because I originally believed that the WorldInfo class did not derive from Actor and So I wondered what sort of black magic was taking place to match the instance on the server to the instance on the client. I think I shall let that wait for now. (the replication of world info).
Another question about reliability. can I confirm that whenever a reliable packet is attempted to be sent to a peer, it stores it in a reliable buffer, and checks the ACK packets to see if it got there, else it will resend it. If there is not enough bandwidth, it will ramp up the netpriority until it forcibly enters the outgoing queue. How does this deal with out of order delivery? I've yet to notice any signficant packet loss in my experience, so I've never worried considerably about order of packets, but if you resend a packet it then creates an out of order sequence on the receiving end. Should I drop the packet but ACK its receipt?
Also, I updated my post above to reflect my evolving thought processes! I shall quote it here, if you would be as kind as to read it!
Continuing on. The main issue that I face is that UnrealScript is built on top of the engine, and so it doesn't need to define entry points to certain functions like collisions and physics updates. Therefore I believe I need to create an interface layer between the various aspects of my Game Engine and the networked "game" that exists separately to this. For example, defining a network role as Simulated will not be implemented as any functional movement code. Therefore I have to define that myself. This means that I will need to keep a history of "states" of the actors for each game tick to allow for extrapolation using EPIC
I was reading into Unreal and I realised that they send the inputs, and expected outcome and predict between confirmation. At the moment I just send the inputs and skew the time so that it matches closely to when the inputs are received. I think that the first method would be better because then it allows me to avoid guessing and get fewer prediction errors, but at the cost sending three floats every network tick to the server. Does anyone have any ideas if this is a better method? It seems like I've been thinking about movement code wrongly and this is actually how most people do this. I would also send the time taken to process the inputs, but this of course opens the possibility for speedhacking. Are there better solutions?
Also, some other questions about Unreal network attributes.
Aside from bNetDirty there is also bNetOwner and bNetInitial. These are only available inside the replication block according to the documentation, and so I assume that bNetDirty is available outside. My hunch is that because attributes are reliably transmitted, if they are told to be replicated because they are dirty, they will eventually get to the other side. So, bNetDirty can be set to False immediately after replication because reliability is just a delay in when attributes arrive. Why is it then that bNetInitial is only set False when it receives an ACK? Because if its reliable, the initial attributes will eventually get to the other side? It seems contradictory to me.