Programming and Gaming (2)
by, 10-28-2009 at 08:20 AM (1509 Views)
Ok, so you're probably wondering. "Why is Freejack talking about programming?"
If you recall from the prior postings, I started with computers because of gaming so programming is integral to and supports my gaming. Without gaming, I might never had started programming and I wouldn't be here today (or perhaps not at this point anyway).
Today, I'll give you a quick run down of where I am now, in the 21st Century.
You recall my Computerized Dungeon Master. It has a listing of characters with light and time management. It also popped up relevant tables for whatever class you were. So a Thief would pop up a thief table if I needed it.
When I got back into gaming, Shadowrun was the reason. I unpacked gear getting ready to sell and when I opened the Shadowrun box with all my books, I just couldn't sell it and here I am.
But it has been a while since I gamed and I was really a DM with AD&D. While on dumpshock, I found a link to pavao's site and the cheat sheets he has available. They really helped get me started with the more complex tests. Melee, Ranged, Drone, Matrix, and Astral combat along with a few of the more complex tests.
While I liked the sheets, they were lacking in one thing that would help a newbie like me: page references. It's all well and good to have a cheat sheet but nothing explained what "DP" meant. I had to hunt around until I found it (Damage Points). As I hunted around, I wrote down page numbers in the margins. I also found a couple of minor mistakes.
Ah but I like to program too. So while I was using the sheets, I was thinking back on TCDM. One of the things I did with TCDM was learn new programming languages.
I incorporated the modifiers as checkboxes or radio buttons, added fields for character (both attacker and defender) stats, and even added page references to back up the program.
It worked real well. I know a bit more about combat especially and other tasks (spells and matrix work). But about this time I started thinking about the next level. I needed a quick comparison page because of the new Runner's Companion with Karmagen options and whipped up this page.
Back to my idea. I wanted to create a Commlink program. Just a program that simulates the commlink. I have several ideas for it and it's just about time to start poking at it.
Next though is I wanted to create a test sheet. This sheet would list out all the tests you make in Shadowrun all nice and neat, with page references and such.
But of course I need to be able to enter character stats. Ahh again, back to TCDM.
First off I created a few data files which have the sample characters from the book. Then used a script to create the main page and populate it with the character data. Then started adding in the Skills, Attributes, and Qualities.
Then the Commlink.
I got a little wrapped up in creating the commlink section. The programs are listed. I snagged some graphs for the lights and created a bogus computer screen startup based on my computer knowledge.
The Shadowrun Game Manager
No it doesn't fully work. With the mysql work I'm doing, I'm also thinking on the next phase of the program.