Sunday, August 14, 2005

Quantified Judgement Model

I've been busily writing an article for Game Gems 6, entitled QJM Engagement Analysis. QJM was invented by T.N. Dupuy and even though the model is fairly simple (mathematically!) it still allows for some insanely interesting simulations. I played around with the Lanchester equations a bit and they seem so contrived; for example forces that engage have to have the same unit composition? What!?? Nonsense. The QJM system allows for different unit compositions, weapon compositions, technical compositions and also includes alot of "variable" behaviors that we need in computer games development.

This system is also plug and play - which means you do NOT have to use all the variables; you just have to be consistent from one force to the next.

Believe it or not - after playing the majority of turn based strategy games and rts's over the last 2 decades, a lot of computer games programmer use a model like this whether they know it or not.


Saturday, June 25, 2005

Military Thought, Hex Games and Fun Krieg!

Here's some material that I've been doing research from for my current game. Being a programmer, you maybe suprised that I read something other then technical books. but you can't make fun games if all you read is super advanced 3d quaternion math, so I indulge myself in research that can help me develop of fun foundation for a game.

Books I've just picked up and are using for my current research:
1.) Connection Games.
2.) Hex Strategy.

Books I've been reading lately include:
1.) Numbers, Predictions and War.
2.) Attrition.
3.) Supply War.
4.) Understanding War.
5.) Grenadier.

Recently finished:
1.) On Clausewitz.
2.) Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought.

I'm a student of military thought and a lot of my games research involves digesting material from books such as : A History of Military Thought (Gat), Anything with Clausewitz in the title (On War, Masters of War, Understanding War, Clausewitz and modern strategy, On Clauswitz is exceptionally good and Clausewitz and the State.)