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Re: Project Diary: Serious F1
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2015, 01:37:46 AM »

I've been forced to take a bit of a break by my wife atm, on account of needing to do some decorating! (meaning my spare time is generally not laptop based, so i have been watching a few old Grand Prix's as research!)   However, i am considering a lot of the time what's next for the game....
I may need to take an enforced break myself soon.  Had a CT scan on my spine and the results are far from good.  Already had two operations a long while back which gave me an extra twenty years of relief, but looks like the chooks (Aussie for chickens) may have come home to roost.  Oh well, "Such is life" (attrib. Ned Kelly just before they hanged him)...

The concept of breaking the AI work up into manageable chunks also takes a lot of the load off.  In some cases you may be able to break it into sequential chunks so that when an object gets its 'share' of the Vbls it only executes one chunk at a time for the next two or three Vbls in a row (to preserve continuity) then 'rests' for the next ten or so Vbls.  Eg. a chunk each for 'where do I want to go?', 'what's in the way?', 'anything special happening?'.  It all depends on how intense the AI will be and will probably involve a lot of 'suck it and see' to get the timing right.  Obviously the physics takes precedence over everything else - collisions, etc.  But there's really no limit as to how you mix and match the AI chunks to be executed each Vbl.  It just needs a bit of planning and some algorithms to handle the counters and to prioritise the list(s).  Strongly recommend you get the hang of linked-list structures for the data - AMOS makes it a doddle with 65,000 odd banks available and all the memory manipulation instructions.  There's even some simple linked list code available in amos.library, but it's probably easier to handle in AMOS itself and not much slower.  If I ever get free of the AMOS Pro bug-fixing, help updating and upgrading I'd love to get involved  ;)
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Re: Project Diary: Serious F1
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2015, 09:05:58 PM »

sorry to hear about your scan bruceuncle. I won't pry into the details, but i wish all the best for you mate.


On the topic of the game i (we??) *have* to solve the layers problem. I've been looking at other games of the same type:
http://hol.abime.net/hol_search.php?N_ref_genre_quickmatch=88

Every one of them travels behind objects, and it really adds to the look/feel of how these games work.

I've made  a 2 colour layer image in the hope of find a solution.... drawing the bobs on a screen, then removing sections with blitter copy of the layer or something but it never produces the right result. I thought maybe i would have to use Paste Bob but that brings everything to a grinding halt!!
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Re: Project Diary: Serious F1
« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2015, 09:26:16 PM »

*if* i can find a fast way to do a screen copy, with colour 0 as transparent, i might have a solution. Does anyone know if this is possible?
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Re: Project Diary: Serious F1
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2015, 09:36:24 PM »

*if* i can find a fast way to do a screen copy, with colour 0 as transparent, i might have a solution. Does anyone know if this is possible?

Colour 0 used as transparency for screens, bobs or...?
I'm not sure if it can be done with screens without using dual-playfield, unless you can find a way to copy the data onto specific bitplanes rather than all of them.
It's definately doable with bobs and sprites.
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Re: Project Diary: Serious F1
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2015, 12:50:09 PM »

You could have a small screen offset to allow for a bigger than single screen but wouldn't require super fast super smooth scrolling that way you get the best of both worlds

Just a thought also using hardware coordinates is a great way to speed up scrolling especially on the vertical plane
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Re: Project Diary: Serious F1
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2015, 08:30:40 AM »

Scrolling screen is not really priority atm, but could work with nice small sprites to be a bit like Super Skidmarks.


Found an interview with Jihn Croudy, one of the coders behind Indy Heat.

http://www.codetapper.com/amiga/interviews/john-croudy/

He explains how some bitplane masks were used for the "behind" items and the "collision" mask, just as I have been trying to do.

I will maybe try and rip some fresh graphics from the game to see if there are specific ways he has used the colours etc
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