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Object-oriented, second attempt (a roguelike in Python #4)

It’s been a while since the first attempt, but better late than never, here is I think an at least better organized object-oriented roguelike demo. There are a few main differences with the first attempt; my goal here was to do a better job of separating the game logic from the game state, and the view on the screen from the working of the game itself. I’ll just run quickly through the whole thing:

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more detours into scrolling (roguelike in Python #3.5.a.i)

Maybe it seems like I’m obsessed with scrolling, but bear with me. After Ludum Dare and PyWeek I’m getting back into the roguelike demo. I knew that the scrolling code was kind of a mess. I won’t bother reposting it here (you can see it here), but basically it was a few if statements for each axis inside a for loop, all to determine where to place the scrolling view on the map and where to draw the focus of the view (typically the player).

Looking at it tonight I realized a few things. First, I definitely don’t need to check where to draw the view focus inside the for loop. And second, I don’t need to determine where to place the scrolling view on the map inside the for loop either!

All I need to know is where the view should be placed. Then the for loop can just start from there. In addition, the placement of the view focus is made much simpler by using basic addition rather than a few if statements.

So here’s the new update method for the scrolling code:

    def update(self):
        self.cells = []
        self.left_view_frame = min(max(0, self.thing.x - self.width//2), world.level_width - self.width)
        self.top_view_frame = min(max(0, self.thing.y - self.height//2), world.level_height - self.height)
        x_left_offset = min(self.thing.x, self.width//2)
        x_right_offset = max(0, (self.width//2 - (world.level_width - self.thing.x) + (self.width % 2)))
        self.view_x =  x_left_offset + x_right_offset
        y_top_offset = min(self.thing.y, self.height//2)
        y_bottom_offset = max(0, (self.height//2 - (world.level_height - self.thing.y) + (self.height % 2)))
        self.view_y =  y_top_offset + y_bottom_offset 
        for i in range(self.height):
            self.y = self.top_view_frame + i
            for j in range(self.width):
                self.x = self.left_view_frame + j
                self.cells.append((self.x, self.y, j, i))

One note about the (self.width % 2) (which applies to y as well) — thanks to Grishnak at the Doryen Library forums I’ve added this fix for the case where the viewport is an even number of cells wide or tall. I was adding one before, as I normally use an odd-sized viewport.

pong #2


PyWeek just wrapped up and with it my second game, open. There are some amazing looking entries there. Between this and Ludum Dare I’m probably set until 2010.

People say that when you start making games you should make games with the scope of Pong or perhaps Tetris. I feel that’s where I’m at right now with these last two (well, probably not to Tetris yet). I’m happy though not to have made an actual Pong or Tetris (OK, I have made Pong, but it was basically a type-in). I feel like I’ve learned a lot making abandon and open, that I wouldn’t really have learned making a clone of some existing game. So, make your Pong and your Tetris, just understand what that means for you.