Hopefully people won't tell me to go to the dev group since it's not exactly a
development question at this point.
I was thinking silly thoughts about using a linked list/graph to implement a
dungeon. Probably a lot of things that are possible with a graph could be
done with teleportation tiles, though, assuming that the view of the dungeon
doesn't allow one to see the entire dungeon. More things are possible when
the entire dungeon cannot be seen at once, but is the inability to pinpoint
exactly where one is (without magical aid) annoying?
To be completely honest, the whole reason I started to consider a graph was
that I wanted to have dungeons with ceilings and floors with variable heights
(to allow for flying monsters and monsters that move along walls and
ceilings). I haven't quite worked out all the details, though. The other
thought was that I wanted to keep everything ASCII based since going with 3D
graphics would be taking the "easy" way out. A 3D array would not make for
very large dungeons, probably, so some sort of linked list is probably the
only really feasible solution.
Tunneling was a thought that was irritating (as far as linked lists are
concerned). It would probably be preferable to connect into an existing
tunnel or room rather than going into hyperspace, but I guess there might be
a use for hyperspace. Any thoughts on this one?
One of the irritating things that occurred to me was that if going north and
then east is different from going east and then north, what should someone see
looking northeast? The LOS/FOV might be the most annoying thought, actually.
I've noticed that usually it's usually obvious when a two dimensional array
is used for the data structure of a floor map. Those kind of floor maps
often seem "densely packed"- which is not necessarily a bad thing. Do long,
winding tunnels have any purpose other than making running a necessity? The
only thought that I had was that having long tunnels allow levels to possibly
look a bit more different from each other. On the other hand, if everything
is closely packed together, there's not much advantage to using linked lists.
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>Hopefully people won't tell me to go to the dev group since it's not
>development question at this point.
But... Why not go to the dev group? I mean, I don't care if you do
or don't, but there would probably be more people interested in your
>I was thinking silly thoughts about using a linked list/graph to
>dungeon. Probably a lot of things that are possible with a graph could
>done with teleportation tiles, though, assuming that the view of the
>doesn't allow one to see the entire dungeon. More things are possible
>the entire dungeon cannot be seen at once, but is the inability to
>exactly where one is (without magical aid) annoying?
Well, it could be done if each node was sufficiently big, like a
screen or half a screen or something. You could follow the old Infocom
text adventure style, where there would be exits, and each would link to
some other node.
>One of the irritating things that occurred to me was that if going
>then east is different from going east and then north, what should
>looking northeast? The LOS/FOV might be the most annoying thought,
You wouldn't be able to display more than just the node you're
working with. And don't let your players look around corners.