[ZScript] A* Pathfinding

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[ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby dodopod » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:37 pm

This mod enables A* pathfinding through a network of Nav Points. In order to use it, you'll need to place Nav Points at all the intersections of your map. Connections between Nav Points are generated automatically. Then, create an actor descending from Pathfinder, and use the A_Star function where you would normally use A_Chase. There is a monster and a demo level included (type `map maze` in the console). I recommend using it with `am_cheat 2` so you can see the monster navigating the maze. This is just a prototype, so it isn't terribly optimized, and still has a few problems. Feel free to use or modify it, as long as I'm credited.

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Update v0.2

Postby dodopod » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:03 pm

This update changes pathfinding so that it occurs through a navigation mesh built automatically from the level geometry. At present, the algorithm requires all reachable sectors to be convex polygons, though it tends to work even if they're not. In order to enable pathfinding, inherit an actor from Pathfinder. In addition to a 'See' state, it must also have a 'See.Plan' state. Then add these two action functions:

A_Chase2(StateLabel meleeState = 'Melee', StateLabel rangedState = 'Missile', StateLabel planState = 'See.Plan')

Makes the monster chase its target as long as they are in the same sector, or it has an up-to-date path to its target. Goes in the 'See' state.

Params:
  • meleeState: The state to jump to when the monster decides to perform a melee attack.
  • rangedState: The state to jump to when the monster decides to perform a ranged attack.
  • planState: The state to jump to when the monster doesn't have a path to follow.

A_Star(StateLabel meleeState = 'Melee', StateLabel rangedState = 'Missile', StateLabel seeState = 'See')

Creates a plan to reach the target, or waits if it's unreachable. Goes in the 'See.Plan' state.

Params:
  • meleeState: The state to jump to when the monster decides to perform a melee attack.
  • rangedState: The state to jump to when the monster decides to perform a ranged attack.
  • seeState: The state to jump to when the monster finds a path.

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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby Major Cooke » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:13 pm

Heh, pretty nice. Shame this doesn't work for maps like this.
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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby Nash » Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:35 am

Wow, this is interesting!

What would be cool is to see the navmesh build around solid actors (for things like static mesh decorations), and to see chase movement that is velocity-based instead of step-based (so that the monster can smoothly rotate in more than 8 angles and not have stepped movement). :D
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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby ZippeyKeys12 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:27 am

Nash wrote:What would be cool is to see the navmesh build around solid actors (for things like static mesh decorations), and to see chase movement that is velocity-based instead of step-based (so that the monster can smoothly rotate in more than 8 angles and not have stepped movement). :D

It'd be better if there was a virtual function called (or first-class functions) that you could control movement from. Then you could decide between the base movement, steering behaviors or whatever your heart desires. Also objects should just be avoided with basic obstacle avoidance like ORCA or RVO, otherwise actors may hit each other in movement or even when one is static.
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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby Armaetus » Fri May 03, 2019 3:15 pm

How does this handle with mods that alter monsters? Would be interesting to see Oblige generated maps using this..
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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby Drake Raider » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:51 pm

Sorry to necro, but is there a way to make this universal at all?
I was thinking adding a generic tnt1 A_Star state to Actor, and replacing A_Chase's definition with that of A_Chase2, but I don't know enough about zScript to know if it works that way. Sure would make maps like Eternal Doom III great with custom monsters mods.
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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby Nash » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:32 am

@dodopod: how do you set this up with doors? It seems to not do any planning at all as soon as I cross into and beyond a door sector. I've tried all the door specials. Also doesn't seem to plan successfully if there the ceiling is too low (but still passable/walkable). I am trying this with v0.2.
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Re: [ZScript] A* Pathfinding

Postby Cherno » Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:44 pm

I only ever used the initial version (no use for a nav mesh), and I just dug into the code which ios fairly easy to understand, and edited the way connections are made between points to my liking. For example, I aded a linetrace function.
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