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xavram
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Automatically determine flank

Post by xavram »

I am going to put in the time to see if Maptool can automatically determine if Flanking (D&D and Pathfinder standard rules) is in effect given that Maptool knows who is attack and who the target is.

It strikes me that there is ALOT to this, especially when you start taking into account things like different sized tokens or weapons with a longer reach.

So I was wondering, before I burn the midnight oil figuring this out...has anyone already solved this problem? And if so, can you share some code so I can see how you skinned this cat?

Thanks!

bubblobill
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Re: Automatically determine flank

Post by bubblobill »

Bone White wrote some code for determining flanking angles.
Check out viewtopic.php?f=20&t=19856&start=15#p228859

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Re: Automatically determine flank

Post by xavram »

Not quite what I'm looking forward, that link is for actual, math angles.

What I'm looking for is...

Standard grid, no facing for tokens.
Token A is to the left of Target...token B is to the right of Target.

How can Token A know that its target is being flanked by Token B?

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Re: Automatically determine flank

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Here are a couple imperfect solutions (for example, none of these takes reach into account):

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=14915

I'm fairly certain that I still, principally, use that code in my attack macros with a check-box for a manual override to apply flanking for outliers. But this is something that's been around for a decade (heck, I had to go in and edit the the post to use the bbcode CODE support since the spoiler tag we used to use back then is no longer supported)...

It looks like Alias may have improved on it with this (though I can't comment on that specifically):

viewtopic.php?f=20&t=22327


It's too bad that MT doesn't have something more integrated though. Calculating flanking is one of the slower parts of attack macros and its lack of support with regard to "flanking reach" is a pretty significant drawback.

Who knows, maybe some newer devs will consider taking a swing at optimizing this process. ;)
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Re: Automatically determine flank

Post by bubblobill »

You can get the PC tokens within a defined range of the target;

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[h: allies=getTokens('json', json.set('', 'range', json.set('', 'token', target, 'distancePerCell', 0, 'upto', x)))]
[h: allies=json.remove(allies, attacker)]
You can get the attacker's and target's locations using;

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[h: originX=getTokenX(0, target)]
[h: originY=getTokenY(0, target)]
[h: attX=getTokenX(0, attacker)]
[h: attY=getTokenY(0, attacker)]
For a square grid, the flanker needs to be diametrically opposed.

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[h: flankingX=2*originX-attX]
[h: flankingY=2*originY-attY]
Loop through the nearby PCs to see if they occupy the space;

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[r, foreach(ally, allies), code:{
	[if(getTokenX(0, ally)==flankingX && getTokenY(0, ally)==flankingY): getName(ally)+'is flanking the target.';'']
}]
Throw in some tests for reach, state, etc. and adjust accordingly and you have flanking detection. If you are not using snap-to grid then you would need to get co-ordinates in pixels instead of cells and test for a range.

Written as a UDF isFlankedSTG(attacker, target):

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[h: attacker=findToken(arg(0))][h: target=findToken(arg(1))]

[h: allies=getTokens('json', json.set('', 'range', json.set('', 'token', target, 'distancePerCell', 0, 'upto', 3)))]
[h, if(json.contains(allies, attacker)): allies=json.remove(allies, json.indexOf(allies, attacker));'']

[h: originX=getTokenX(0, target)]
[h: originY=getTokenY(0, target)]
[h: attX=getTokenX(0, attacker)]
[h: attY=getTokenY(0, attacker)]
[h: flankingX=2*originX-attX]
[h: flankingY=2*originY-attY]

[h, foreach(ally, allies), code:{
	[if(getTokenX(0, ally)==flankingX && getTokenY(0, ally)==flankingY): return(0, 1);'']
}]
[h: macro.return=0]

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Re: Automatically determine flank

Post by metatheurgist »

Or you could just eyeball it and say "Yeah, that's flanking". This scenario is where I think you're running into diminishing returns. Don't forget you need to check for all the abilities that negate flanking.

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Re: Automatically determine flank

Post by xavram »

bubblobill, I'm actually working on a solution that's very similar to what you've outlined...but man, the issues of different sized tokens is really making things hard! We'll see how it goes!

thanks for suggestions all!

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