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  1. Not a bad idea at all. For the moment, I need to keep it really simple - but long term - that is where I will go with it.
  2. [quote name='Nypyren' timestamp='1334531363' post='4931576'] In C#, any variable with a 'reference type' (i.e. the variable's type is a class or string) could be considered 'handles'. In C#, the code inside a method can 'see':[list] [*]Variables that got passed to the method. [*]Variables that got created in the method. [*]Member variables of the class that contains the method. [*]Public Static (or "global") variables inside any class. [/list] There are several possible ways to make your two classes 'share' data:[list] [*]When you 'new' a class, you can pass data via the constructor. [*]If you have a reference to a class, you can assign to any of its public fields or public property setters. [*]If you have a reference to a class, you can call any of its public methods and pass your data as an argument (SiCrane's example). [*]You can make your data 'public static' and then any class can access it directly (try to avoid using this unless you have to). [/list] Examples: FormInventory inventory = new FormInventory(player); // Passing it via the constructor. inventory.Player = player; // Using a field/property setter. inventory.SetPlayer(player); // Passing it to a method. var player = Form1.Player; // Accessing it via a global (public static) field/property. (This code would be written in FormInventory's methods) [/quote] I think my big problem is - VB.NET let me get away with alot of bad tricks to make this work. C# seems to be pretty strict - OOP or nothing. It's going to take me a while to re-learn the proper way.
  3. Thanks for all the reply's, I'll read these through and make sure I understand. And yeah... the Inventory needs to see the player's inventory, so it can display the player's inventory. I've done the inventory this way.... player.hasSword = true player.hasShield = false player.qtyFood = 5 player.gold = 5 (The inventory item's are variables in the player class - for simplicity sake)
  4. NPC interaction - need help with Game Design

    Sorry guys, thought the Beginners section might have been the place to post this. I'll know for next time. Thanks for the advice... Zael nailed it I think.... "[color=#282828][font=helvetica, arial, verdana, tahoma, sans-serif][size=3][left][background=rgb(250, 251, 252)]separate this logic from the game code (SQL, XML, Lua, somthing)"[/background][/left][/size][/font][/color]
  5. I've never heard of handles, maybe this is why I'm having trouble doing this. I will try to to figure this out, thanks SiCrane.
  6. I'm having trouble understanding OOP in general, but specifically in C#. If I have a player object created on my main form... (Form1), how do I talk to that same player object in another form? ie: FormInventory. Hopefully I've worded all that ok.
  7. NPC interaction - need help with Game Design

    Should I condense this- and try to ask again? Did I over complicated what I'm asking?
  8. Hey Everybody, First post, love the site/forum so far. I've been working on a RPG / Interactive Fiction game for a few years now - mostly to teach myself programming. I've got it working in VB.NET, and now I am porting it to C# (So I can learn C#). The problem is - though it works in VB.NET - I'm sure I was not doing it right. It's a complex thing to try to explain, as I'm trying to build what seems like 'AI' in to the NPC's, something like you would see in Skyrim.... but here goes... My game is basically a 2D first person, simply RPG. The problem I am having getting my head around, is the NPC's. In the VB.NET version, I was able to make it work, by creating a single NPC class, assigning it variables and methods, and then - when a situation was too much to be put in the class method, I was linking to a Method which would handle anything else an NPC could do. ie: If an NPC was named "batman", for example, I could easily have batman.eat() , batman.sleep(), batman.die(), etc. Where is got complicated - was when I need batman specifically do something no other NPC could do. (And my game has 50+ NPC's). ie: I want Batman to ask The_Joker "What do you know about the Riddler?". The reason this is complicated is, I want to give many options of dialog based on the state of the game... so... for example.... (I handled all the conditions based on hardcoded IF statements, in the game - which, is probably the wrong way to do it). 'Batman Method If command = "What do you know about the Riddler?" then [color=#008000]'The joker won't talk about this at all, if you haven't previously completed Quest#002[/color] If quest002.completed = false then Messagebox.Show("I don't know what you are talking about") : Exit Sub [color=#008000]'The Riddler object had actually died earlier in the game / Joker heals a point, as time has passed[/color] If Riddler.dead = true then Messagebox.Show("What? Didn't you hear? He died!") : Joker.Health += 1 : Exit Sub [color=#008000]'He has already told you that / your actually making him angry for having asked again[/color] If Riddler.locationKnown = true then Messagebox.Show("I already told you that - why are you asking me again?") : Joker.Mood -= 5 : Exit Sub [color=#008000]'The joker is too healthy, he won't talk / and actually heals a point now that time has passed[/color] If Joker.Health >= 80 then Messagebox.Show("I don't have to answer that") : Joker.Health += 1 : Exit Sub [color=#008000]'The Joker is hurt enough, that he will talk / and the Riddler object set's it locationknown bool to true[/color] If Joker.Health <= 30 then Messagebox.Show("Ok, don't hurt me anymore, I'll tell you where he is!") : Riddler.locationKnown = true : Exit Sub [color=#008000]'This is what would happen if no other conditions above worked[/color] Messagebox.Show("This isn't a good time to do that") : Exit Sub End If So basically... (I hope that's not too confusing)... the way I've done it... a result of a command, has 3 parts: A condition A Message (Or dialog) And things that get changed at the end..... Joker.Health += 1 , etc. I have a feeling I am doing this wrong, and maybe I'm asking too much, to be trying to create a system in which any object in the game (a location, an NPC, the player, a quest, etc) can affect any other object in the game by referencing it. Would anyone care to give this some thought, and tell me if I am doing this wrong? Or tell me how I can do this better? This stuff is all currently hardcoded into methods. (Thousand's of lines). It kind of sucks every time I setup a new line of code, because I have to consider the current state of anything relevent, and then return the results - all hand coded. I guess some of my questions are the following... 1. Is there a better way to allow each and every NPC to be able to have their own personality, without having to have a separate "MISC" method for each. 2. Should this "data" part of my game be somewhere other than typed into the game... ie: XML, SQL, etc ? Any other idea's on how I can do this better? Thanks in Advanced. Matt
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