Applied Intelligence

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 1161–1175 | Cite as

SpringBoard: game-agnostic tool for scenario editing with meta-programming support

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Abstract

Although we have recently seen an increase of good, free game engine editors, general purpose scenario (level) editors are still lagging behind in terms of functionalities and ease of use. Using them to create game scenarios can be difficult as they often expose general engine capabilities instead of limiting the toolset to fit game-specific requirements. They often require programming skills to use, which introduce additional user skill requirements, and configuring them for a specific game can be equally difficult. In this paper we have developed SpringBoard, an open source scenario editor for games using the SpringRTS engine. Extending it to support game and level requirements is achieved with multi-level meta-programming, while still providing a system that is integrated with the GUI editor and therefore intuitive to use. Our meta-programming system has support for trigger elements (events, functions and actions), custom (composite) data types, scoped data access, higher order functions and actions, and data synchronization mechanics. This novel approach allows us to have the full expressiveness of the underlying programming language, while exposing a user-friendly GUI that consists of terminology familiar to the domain expert.

Keywords

Scenario editor Level editor Game creation tool Meta-programming 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Iwate Prefectural UniversityTakizawaJapan

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