Not NaNo Day 1

My GitHub repo is called panda3d-game, because I’d originally intended to use Panda3D as the game engine due to wanting to get to know it better for another project. But I decided to not attempt full isometric right off the bat and rather do top down. Panda3D is a 3D engine, and doing 2D stuff with it was sort of painful.

First Hex Drawn.png
A single hex in Panda3D.

After fiddling with Panda3D, I decided to try out FIFE, but I couldn’t even get the examples running. I set myself a time budget of 90 minutes to get it working, and after I hadn’t, I decided to move on. Which is a shame, because it looks like it’d do basically everything I’d like it to be doing, and more.

In the past, I’ve looked at using Kivy/Kivent to do similar things, but it was a nightmare to get working properly, and after FIFE, I decided I didn’t want to sink more time into it. So I tried out the next choice, cocos2d. I was able to get examples running within minutes, so I decided to dive in further and see what I could come up with.

cocos2d hexes.png
Hexes in cocos2d, there are some alignment issues with them. The tiles don’t mean anything right now and are randomly generated. It sort of looks like Catan.

Within about three hours, I had some hexes displaying. I can’t scroll the view, and they have some alignment issues, but it’s certainly more progress than I made trying to bludgeon Panda3D into doing what I wanted. We’ll see if this ends up being the right choice.

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