Combat AI Scripts



  • I've got a suggestion for what each of the character's AI should do.

    HECTOR: 1/2 of the time attacks the nearest enemy, 1/2 attacks his last attacker.
    MELEAGER: 3/4 time attacks last attacker of the player, 1/4 his last attacker
    TIMON: Heals you, then himself, then pelts his last attacker or the most damaged enemy with mystic arrows.
    AETHON: Any ideas?

    I want to see what people think. This is a kind of brainstorming thread and if anyone wants to put forward different ideas I'll put them in and release it in a package in the Addon Files list.

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  • It would be nice to do something like that but the game can only handle so many commands. I'll tell you what is done instead of your ideas and what could be done.

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    HECTOR: 1/2 of the time attacks the nearest enemy, 1/2 attacks his last attacker.

    Generally Hector merely attacks the strangest target

    However the script can be programed for Hector to attack nearest most of the time but defend you when your health goes 'wounded' or 'critical'

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    MELEAGER: 3/4 time attacks last attacker of the player, 1/4 his last attacker

    Generally Meleger is programed to attack the nearest target while maintaining point-blank range even when he's ccritical.

    However the script could be programed for Meleger to defend you when your helth is not 'fine' but to attack nearest when it is.

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    TIMON: Heals you, then himself, then pelts his last attacker or the most damaged enemy with mystic arrows.

    Generally Timon pelts the nearest and weakest foe with mystic arrow anyway. But the 'healer' Script doesn't seem to work properly (healing enemies and shrubs).

    However a good programer could work out the kinks in the 'healer' script and combine it with the normal-thus fixing the problem and meeting your ends.

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    AETHON: Any ideas?

    Generally Aethon is given the "missle' script in which he tries to keep an optimum shooting distance for his prjectiles. However he usually ends up in impossible possisions (i.e. on top of a mountain)

    It might be possible to fix the bugs with Aethon's script but you're better off giving him a pair of sharp, short swords.

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  • I'm trying to remember what I had... it's been a few years.

    I think I had "berserker" scripts for Hector and Meleager, basicly:

    • if not critical, attack nearest enemy, else
    • if user not critical, keep distance of > 5 from nearest, else
    • If user's last attack > 1 square away, attack nearest, else
    • attack user's last attacker

    Timon's was less straight forward, as not really suitable for normal melee combat. Here's roughly what I planned for him, in this order of priority:

    • If your health is ____, heal (you want the average healing for low-defense characters to be almost but not quite to full. With stronger characters only heal if critical)
    • If his health is ____, heal
    • If party member's health is ____, heal
    • Some sort of backpedelling for enemies closer than 2 (maybe only when attacked)
    • If mana is full, mystic arrow on toughest
    • If ranged weapon equiped, attack nearest

    Also, Timon is the hardest but most important to level (in my opinion), so I made a seperate script to level Timon. This is much more mana-draining than the last script, and is basicly designed to steal kills. Basically, it is the same as the last script only with an added branch between health checks and backpedeling:

    • If weakest enemy is critical, mystic arrow weakest

    This gives Timon almost all the kills, but he will go from full mana to empty quite quickly.

    As for Aethon, I've never asked him to join, but I could look into it. Over a year ago I was thinking about uploading the scripts somewhere and the ideas behind them (such as the importance of Timon as healer in fitting in with the rest of the party, assuming you have atleast Hector and Meleager). If anyone is really interested, I could probably figure something out when I get back to school. I noticed that Slayer's site doesn't have anything about scripts...and a few other things that I think it should ;P

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  • Theo: submit the scripts to the add-ons section of Ambrosia's cythera site... would be a good contribution, and they'll host for free.

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