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    advice on a long range shooting game

    I usually don't do any games, but I thought it might be fun to first see if I could make just a rifle scope reticle looking down range from a shooters perspective. But I am at a loss on how to actually do it. First I was thinking a transparent image but I don't have photo editing tools at this time. Can I just draw it in VB?

    Thanks for any advice on how to go about this.

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    Re: advice on a long range shooting game

    Yes, you can draw it, and use clipping regions to give you a circle view.
    I posted an example of drawing an avionics type instrument, which uses a clipping region to limit drawing to an area of the face of the instrument. In this case the area was circular, but flat on the left and right edges, so was a combination of a circle and rectangle. Just doing a circle would be that much easier. The example has a "step" mode, where you can step through the drawing sequence and it shows you the commands being done at that step and you can see the results. The instrument is still interactive, i.e. you can rotate and pitch the display while in the step mode, so you can further see how the drawing is effected by the steps that have been executed up to that point. It is attached to Post #3 here.

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    Re: advice on a long range shooting game

    Here's an example of how to do it purely by drawing primitives as shown in the image above:-
    vbnet Code:
    1. Public Class Form1
    3.     Private _scopeRadius As Integer = 50
    4.     Private _scopeCentre As Point
    6.     Private Sub Form1_MouseMove(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.MouseEventArgs) Handles Me.MouseMove
    7.         _scopeCentre = e.Location
    8.         Me.Refresh()
    9.     End Sub
    11.     Private Sub Form1_Paint(sender As Object, e As System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs) Handles Me.Paint
    12.         Dim scopeRect As RectangleF = CreateCircleRect(_scopeCentre, _scopeRadius)
    13.         Dim lineLen As Single = _scopeRadius
    15.         Dim pt1 As PointF
    16.         Dim pt2 As PointF
    19.         Using p As New Pen(Brushes.Black, 2)
    20.             e.Graphics.DrawEllipse(p, scopeRect)
    22.             pt1.X = scopeRect.X + scopeRect.Width / 2
    23.             pt1.Y = scopeRect.Y - lineLen / 2
    25.             pt2.X = scopeRect.X + scopeRect.Width / 2
    26.             pt2.Y = scopeRect.Y + lineLen / 2
    28.             e.Graphics.DrawLine(p, pt1, pt2)
    30.             pt1.X = scopeRect.X + scopeRect.Width / 2
    31.             pt1.Y = scopeRect.Bottom - lineLen / 2
    33.             pt2.X = scopeRect.X + scopeRect.Width / 2
    34.             pt2.Y = scopeRect.Bottom + lineLen / 2
    36.             e.Graphics.DrawLine(p, pt1, pt2)
    39.             pt1.X = scopeRect.X - lineLen / 2
    40.             pt1.Y = scopeRect.Y + scopeRect.Height / 2
    42.             pt2.X = scopeRect.X + lineLen / 2
    43.             pt2.Y = scopeRect.Y + scopeRect.Height / 2
    45.             e.Graphics.DrawLine(p, pt1, pt2)
    48.             pt1.X = scopeRect.Right - lineLen / 2
    49.             pt1.Y = scopeRect.Y + scopeRect.Height / 2
    51.             pt2.X = scopeRect.Right + lineLen / 2
    52.             pt2.Y = scopeRect.Y + scopeRect.Height / 2
    54.             e.Graphics.DrawLine(p, pt1, pt2)
    56.         End Using
    58.     End Sub
    60.     Private Function CreateCircleRect(ByVal circleCentre As Point, ByVal radius As Single) As RectangleF
    62.         Return New RectangleF(circleCentre.X - radius, circleCentre.Y - radius, radius * 2, radius * 2)
    64.     End Function
    66. End Class

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    Re: advice on a long range shooting game

    Not sure what kind of simulation your attempting but if its 3D then some other tips regarding implementing a 3d world to show in your window look into RayCasting which is actually very easy to do and doesnt require that much work, or go one better and look into using DirectX which is also pretty simple after a little practice...

    studying some simple newton physics is also recommended if you want to implement gravity etc to your bullets.

    3D engine in 250 lines (this is almost exactly how i created my first one)


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    Re: advice on a long range shooting game

    OK guys I am back and thank you all for those great posts! I been spending some time researching this and reading all the comments and suggestions and testing out the code posted by Niya above, (very cool by the way!) one question though is there a way to shut off the windows mouse pointer on your code?

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    Re: advice on a long range shooting game

    You can hide the mouse cursor by using:
    ...and to show it again:
    Make sure you don't run either of those more often than you wanted, because they "add up" (eg: calling .Hide twice then .Show once will mean that it is hidden, because there is one more .Hide)

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