[MUD-Dev] Re: Hex-grid mapping

Nathan F Yospe yospe at hawaii.edu
Wed Dec 2 11:44:25 New Zealand Daylight Time 1998


On Tue, 1 Dec 1998, James Wilson wrote:

:On Tue, 01 Dec 1998, Jon Leonard wrote:
:>On Tue, Dec 01, 1998 at 07:51:24PM -0500, James Wilson wrote:

:>Would you have been happier if I'd drawn my hexes like this?
:>
:>        / \   / \   / \   / \
:>       /   \ /   \ /   \ /   \
:>      | 0,2 | 1,2 | 2,2 | 3,2 |
:>      |     |     |     |     |
:>     / \   / \   / \   / \   /
:>    /   \ /   \ /   \ /   \ /
:>   | 0,1 | 1,1 | 2,1 | 3,1 |
:>   |     |     |     |     |
:>  / \   / \   / \   / \   /
:> /   \ /   \ /   \ /   \ /
:>| 0,0 | 1,0 | 2,0 | 3,0 |
:>|     |     |     |     |
:> \   / \   / \   / \   /
:>  \ /   \ /   \ /   \ /

:>Those are really hexagons...  And the six neighbors have the coordinate
:>deltas I specified.  The fact that they don't look pretty in ASCII graphics
:>says little about the math.

:>That they're best stored in memory as a two dimensional array doesn't change
:>how the geometry works.  Two of the "corner" diagonals are as adjacent as the
:>"sides", and the other two diagonals are farther away than with a square
:>geometry.

:>The underlying mathematics are that if you try to do coordinate geometry with
:>axes 60 degrees apart, the distance function changes to d=sqrt(x*x-x*y+y*y),
:>and the lattice points wind up being the centers of packed hexagons.

:nevertheless there are eight neighbors of each node, not six. perhaps he doesn't
:care about that.

There are six valid neighbors. sqrt(x^2 - xy + y^2) has six solutions of
value one - meaning six neighbors. I've used this myself, when working a
hex-mapped structure. Far simpler. And the guy who showed it to me is an
extremely good combinatoric mathematician. He's finishing a PhD in math,
at Stanford, no less, and when he showed me this, he couldn't resist the
urge to prove to me that it was, indeed, the *theoretical* best solution
to the problem, not just a nice one.
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University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept of Physics, second year senior (joy)
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