Learning Game AI Programming with Lua

Leverage the power of Lua programming to create game AI that focuses on motion, animation, and tactics

Learning Game AI Programming with Lua

David Young

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Leverage the power of Lua programming to create game AI that focuses on motion, animation, and tactics
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ISBN 139781783281336
Paperback352 pages

Book Description

Game AI can be easily broken up into a number of components such as decision making, animation handling, and tactics, but the balance and interaction between each system strikes a balance between good AI and bad AI.

Beginning with an introduction to the AI sandbox, each new aspect of game AI is introduced, implemented, and then expanded upon. Going forward, you will learn to utilize open source libraries such as Ogre3D, Bullet Physics, OpenSteer, Recast, Detour, and Lua to create an AI sandbox with an entire codebase available to expand and step through.

This is done through a step-by-step approach, from learning to move basic shapes to fully animating your soldiers. By the end of the book, your AI will be able to navigate, pathfind, manage animation playback, communicate, and perceive their environment.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with AI Sandbox

What You Will Learn

  • Create an animation state machine to drive AI animations within Lua
  • Build and find paths on navigation meshes
  • Write and debug Lua scripts within a full-scale Lua IDE
  • Develop decision logic with behavior trees, state machines, and decision trees to build modular, reusable AI
  • Manage short- and long-term knowledge representation with blackboard data structures
  • Add sensory perception to give AIs the ability to see and hear
  • Develop high-level tactics with multiple AIs based on influence maps

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Chapter 1: Getting Started with AI Sandbox

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