I have implemented a system which uses the number pad buttons to both move and turn to face simultaneously (having to change the image for the piece) and also a turn on the spot Ctrl + number pad direction (also changing the image of the piece)
This makes movement trails disappear each time the image changes (effectively becoming a new piece each move). It is something I can live with myself; but I do appreciate some players will prefer the instant acknowledgement of correct move distances…
That said the number pad is also unavailable on most laptops; and so I will be cutting the number of players.
I was thinking of adding another move system on the normal arrow keys:
The two systems would have to be kept separate (or cause undesired problems); but would allow laptops and move trails if required.
Question being: are there any other examples of movement systems that I could be missing; and which ones do people like or are familiar with?
You’ll conflict with with VASSAL’s use of arrow keys to reorder pieces within a stack. Those keystrokes are actually configurable via the StackMetrics component (I believe you need to edit the buildFile to change them.)
Another common set of keys for movement are the ‘vi’ (or rogue) keys: j-down, k-up h-left l-right.
That was quite straight forward but not exactly what I want to achieve. My pieces have images with transparent areas, so you can see the basic piece beneath and you do not seem to be able to select a specific layer at the touch of a specific key.
The visual effect I am trying to achieve is to turn to face the direction you are moving in (but while retaining move trails) and to be able to turn on the spot 8 directions touch of a button, not rotate incrementally.
As I say, I have achieved it; but it won’t work on laptops and the Movement trail doesn’t work.
On Thu, October 9, 2008 4:38 pm, Jeffrey Brent McBeth wrote:
‘b’ is on the other side of an ergonmic keyboard split to all the others
in that setup. It’s a real pain to use. If we’re only pushing it as an
alternative for laptop users with no numpad though, I don’t think that’s
(I’m picturing a laptop now with a keyboard that kind of pops up of the
base, splits in half and swivels outwards…)
‘cat > newstuff.java’, then you can use ctrl-d and save a keystroke or two.
I took some time out because it was doing my head in; but cracked on today and it clicked.
qwe movement directions, with shift + qwe etc for turning on the spot
example w sequence
1)Move 40 up
2)reset to blank layer
all move keys have the same reset to blank command so previous layers are all reset whichever is pressed.
I knew there was a way of doing it, I just had to persevere.
One problem though has arisen in that the blank counter being default means it shows as a blank in the pieces selection box at the top. I do plan to make saves of the individual missions with pieces set up; but for the casual user it may seem that the content is missing…
I think a scaled down version of the basic image that would be covered by the layers during play would sort it out…