[MUD-Dev] Re: Combat intelligence

Niklas Elmqvist d97elm at dtek.chalmers.se
Tue Jun 30 19:25:06 New Zealand Standard Time 1998


On Tue, 30 Jun 1998, Ling wrote:

[snip]

> Here's some thoughts I read off usenet somewhere (rec.games.design?) -
> this is for working out where the battlefront is and to give the AI a
> general idea of what's where why:

This is a much-discussed issue in primarily comp.ai.games, a newsgroup
with a very high signal-to-noise ratio. Recommended.

[snip..]

> I think this may give you something usable.  Important locations should
> have an attractor on them, and likewise repellers for horrid locations
> (for that particular unit).
> 
> Reading the above, it's like common sense but I suppose this is the sort
> of thing you'd wanna instil into something that takes you literally.

This sounds very much like a technique introduced some time ago at
comp.ai.games called "Influence Mapping". Check out the thread at
<URL: http://www.cris.com/~swoodcoc/influ.thread.html> for a very detailed
discussion on this. By the way, Steve Woodcock's AI pages at 
<URL: http://www.cris.com/~swoodcoc/ai.html> provide some very interesting
pointers to information about AI in general.

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