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  1. Hmm...the mega-corporation thing could work well, provided I don't come across as a complete libertarian bigot.  Possibly the idea of corporations evolving into kingdoms?   Thanks for the recommendations, but I'm not aiming to create this level of science fiction, and the games are quite dissimilar to the roguelike genre.       Perhaps I should have specified that I'm not aiming for full-blown galactic civilization science fiction.  It's still high fantasy in terms of being set on a parallel Earth.
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    Realtime non-raytraced curved mirrors

    I would avoid trying to find a solution that works for massive mirrors in one fell swoop, and split up large mirrors into smaller, simpler surfaces that can get away with texture coordinate distortion for curvature.
  3. I'm currently designing a roguelike that aims to capture the high fantasy gameplay concepts and present them in a very different setting.  This futuristic setting stars a world that is populated not by dragons and magic, but by machines and technology.  Some concepts I've already envisioned in this new setting are: Mythical creatures such as dragons, giants, and other assorted monsters are now represented by a network of sentient, biomechanical entities Different humanoid races like orcs and elves are "modern" humans with biomechanical or mutant characteristics Magic is replaced with electromagnetic, nanotechnic, or chemical weapons and tools (possibly separating these disciplines?) Undead creatures are machines or cyborgs controlled by a necromancer, or hacker Potions are very similar, instead being injected rather than ingested Dungeons are abandoned underground facilities (including actual prisons) Melee weapons are relevant because armor technology has surpassed firearm technology Arrow and bolt weapons are railguns/coilguns; ammo is large but able to penetrate armor, unlike conventional bullets   Things I've picked out but haven't been able to translate yet: Treasure (chests) Deities and worship (maybe just keep this?  but how would I explain the effects) A relatively small population and medieval social structure   If any of you guys could come up with ideas, especially for those concepts outlined at the bottom, it would be really helpful.  Thanks!
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    Good design of a VertexBuffer class

    I would separate the vertex buffer itself from the vertex attributes.  This will decouple the vertex buffer from a program, and allow you to spread attributes across multiple buffers.
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    Good habits for game development

    Try to work out what features you want to implement before anything else.  Start with general ideas and work your way down to specific features and requirements.  Once you have all of your features in a list, you can start to design your architecture to implement these features, making sure to find solutions to dependencies between them. (this can be the hardest part!)   Don't bother with any pseudo-code after you've finished the architecture, as you've got all the elements needed to begin coding the actual game.  When you do this, make sure to always write code that doesn't depend on a feature you haven't implemented yet.  This should help you keep your game testable and cut down the amount of coding you need to do in between new builds, which will keep you motivated.
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    Layering animations: interpolation

    I would use an additive rather than a modulative approach to animation layering. Each frame, the skeleton will be reset to the bind pose. Then, the whole skeleton will be transformed by the lower-body animation pose. You can then transform the skeleton by additional poses to add on a shooting animation, a waving animation, and so on. In this way, the upper-body animations won't affect the root bone as long as the pose keeps the root static.
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    Game Mods and Multiplayer

    I know that the client and server need to exchange files somehow, but what is the best way to know how and when to do this? You don't want the server sending every data file to the client... What you describe above is often referred to as game state data and not necessarily "content". In networked games, the server's simulation will need to be synchronized with the client's simulation. There isn't much in the way of a standard practice here other than the notion that you want to minimize your bandwidth footprint, transmit multiple packets of data in one delivery if possible and with client-predication in place, carefully being able to interpolate between latency differences of state transmission to avoid the rubber-band effect so game play is relatively smooth. [/quote] Well, you know what I mean. But in order for client-side prediction to work, the client and server need to be using the same physics data (collision hull, friction, restitution, etc.) which may have been changed on the client machine.
  8. I can think of how this would work visually, but not the steps needed to produce the transform matrix. What I see is an orthographic frustum with the "near" side squished vertically to make a trapezoidal prism.
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    Game Mods and Multiplayer

    You're right, I didn't factor in the differences in client-side vs. server-side simulation. Your mods wouldn't affect other players, but if I was to use client-side prediction, I'd still like to be able to get everything synced up. As well, the server may have added entities that the client may not have on its computer, so the problem of downloading the content still stands.
  10. I'd like my game to support both multiplayer gameplay (in a client-server architecture) and content modifications. This presents a problem: what should happen if a player tries to connect to a server that loads different content? Anything in this game can be modified or added, including scripts and entities. The easiest solution is simply to reject that player if his content doesn't match. This would be done by comparing checksums of all the client files with the server files, and, if they don't match, that player is not allowed to connect. There are many drawbacks to this system, because a player can easily get himself locked out of online play if he accidently modifies a file associated with a published mod or the vanilla game. There's also the solution in which the files are compared to the server and then downloaded if they do not match (or if they do not exist at all). This is the more attractive of the two, at least in my case. What is the best way to manage this? Should each server create its own local mod on the client's machine?
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