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What function should I use to add velocity to a pixel, so that it propels itself towards an actor?


Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:53 pm
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Add the corresponding vector to the velocity of the pixel. Like, get the difference between the target and the pixel's position, set the magnitude of that vector to something that you want, and then just add it to the pixel's velocity.

That's how I'd do it though, I guess it depends on what you want.


Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:32 pm
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Well ♥♥♥♥. That sounds simple enough.


Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:48 pm
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Yeah, you can use AddForce(...) or AddAbsForce(...) if you want but I think they're more expensive (and not as intuitive) since they have to go through some engine calculations, and the end result is probably exactly the same since in this case.


Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:27 pm
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For smooth consistent homing, I have something like this:



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function Create(self)

   self.adjustTimer = Timer();

   self.turnAmount = 120;

end

function Update(self)

   ...

   local dist = SceneMan:ShortestDistance(self.Pos,self.target.Pos,,SceneMan.WrapsX); -- assuming a target is already assigned

   local adjustedTurnAmount = self.turnAmount*(self.adjustTimer:ElapsedSimTimMS()/1000); -- adjusting the turn amount based on MS time in between frames

   local adjustVector = Vector(adjustTurnAmount,0):RadRotate(dist.Magnitude);

   local oldSpeed = self.Vel.Magnitude;

   self.Vel = Vector( self.Vel.X + adjustVector.X, self.Vel.Y + adjustVector.Y ):SetMagnitude(oldSpeed);

   ...

end



More or less how the (current) Nucleo Swarm and the Micro Pulsar work. Since scripts run every frame, simply adding to the projectile's velocity will make it not turn consistently in relation to in-game time, so the above script snippet adjusts the sharpness of the turn based on how much time there is in between frames.


Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:41 am
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After getting rid of an extra comma in 'local dist' definition, changing SceneMan.WrapsX to SceneMan.SceneWrapsX and fixing the typo on ElapsedSimTimeMS... according to the console, you can't call "ElapsedSimTimeMS" on a timer.

Is this a new thing or maybe a larger misconception?


In the meantime, I'll take a further look into the Micro Pulsar script.


Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:25 pm
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Try .ElapsedSimTimeMS


Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:08 pm
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Oh of course, because it's a property... but the result is still the pixels twitching and then orbiting the target.

Is it possible that there's a value in the .ini code interfering with it?

EDIT: changed self.turnAmount to a lower value, should work now, maybe
EDIT2: doesn't work


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self.adjustTimer:Reset() after local adjustedTurnAmount definition.


Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:01 pm
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I could say that I sort of knew that that was missing... but I forgot


Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:13 pm
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Hurp.

Change :RadRotate(dist.Magnitude) to :RadRotate(dist.AbsRadAngle)


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Works now. thx


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