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BGA Studio
(for web developers)

• You are a web developer fluent in server side (PHP, SQL) and client side (HTML, Javascript) languages

So this presentation looks easy and fun to you.

• You want full access to the BGA development stack to develop complex games (but we still advise you to start with something simple for your first game!)

Check the documentation and tutorials to get started!

BGA Sandbox
(for everyone)

• You want to set your game material on a virtual table with an easy to use "Powerpoint for Board Games" tool, and play with it immediately

Start the Sandbox and build your interface now!

• You have some development experience allowing you to use a simple scripting language to implement the rules

Check the documentation for scripting the rules!

What is BGA Studio?


Getting started

4 slideshare presentations to get ready to use BGA Studio in 30 minutes:

Reference Documentation

This page comes from BGA wiki, and has been written by BGA players community. Feel free to edit it!

What is Board Game Arena Studio?

Board Game Arena Studio is a platform to build online board game adaptations using the Board Game Arena platform.

It is open to any gamer with software development skills :)

BGA Studio website: http://en.studio.boardgamearena.com

Original announcement on BGA forum: http://forum.boardgamearena.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=1973

Discover BGA Studio in 5 presentations

Why, how, what... to start discovering BGA Studio, we prepared 5 "powerpoint" presentations for you:

How to join the BGA developer team?

Please see this page: How to join BGA developer team?

Great, I'm in! ... How should I start?

If you didn't already, check the presentations at the top of this page to get the basics.

Then, you should checkout the First steps with BGA Studio to make sure that runs fine.

After that, we strongly advise you to take one of these game creation tutorials:

Then start editing files and see what happens! ;)

Once you done with tutorials, you can start a real game (or join existing project)

If you have any questions, please check out the Studio FAQ first, then if you didn't find the answer you were looking for, please post your question on the development forum.

BGA Studio documentation

BGA Studio Framework reference

This part of the documentation focuses on the development framework itself: functions and methods available to build your game.

File structure of a BGA game

Game logic (Server side)

Game interface (Client side)

Other components

BGA Studio game components reference

Game components are useful tools you can use in your game adaptations.

  • Deck: a PHP component to manage cards (deck, hands, picking cards, moving cards, shuffle deck, ...).
  • Counter: a JS component to manage a counter that can increase/decrease (ex: player's score).
  • Scrollmap: a JS component to manage a scrollable game area (useful when the game area can be infinite. Examples: Saboteur or Takenoko games).
  • Stock: a JS component to manage and display a set of game elements displayed at a position.
  • Zone: a JS component to manage a zone of the board where several game elements can come and leave, but should be well displayed together (See for example: token's places at Can't Stop).

Undocumented component (if somebody knows please help with docs)

  • Draggable: a JS component to manage drag'n'drop actions.
  • ExpandableSection: a JS component to manage a rectangular block of HTML than can be displayed/hidden.
  • Wrapper: a JS component to wrap a <div> element around its child, even if these elements are absolute positioned.

BGA Studio user guide

This part of the documentation is a user guide for the BGA Studio online development environment.

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New game testing

Hi,

new game, Penny Press, is ready.

I have already asked admins for revision. In the mean time, I would be glad if anyone interested can test the game in Studio!

Gama page:
http://en.studio.boardgamearena.com/#ga ... ennypressa
Rules:
http://asmadigames.com/rules/PennyPress_Rules.pdf
BGG:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148205/penny-press

Im usually online in Studio in the evening, so do not hesitate to invite me (AdamN).

Any remarks and opinions are much appreciated!!

Thanks, Adam
10/14/2018 Comment on this.

[Sandbox] Images repository

Hi everyone,
I uploaded an image that is not working because of a French special character (é) in the image name.
When I try to delete this image while editing the Sandbox game by editing the appearance of an object with the image manager, I got an error message:
"Unexpected error: Bad argument type: image should be a file name (xxxéxx.jpg)"

Is there a way to access directly the images repository of a Sandbox game to hard delete this image?

I could keep up with this wrong name but now everytime I load my game I have an error message "Can't load image: xxxéxx.jpg", which is particularly annoying.
10/10/2018 1 comment

About random and randomness

Dear all,

We performed a full review of the way random is addressed on BGA adaptation.

We found that the situation is quite good, but we think that on this subject we must be absolutely flawless: it happens several times that players criticize BGA randomness, and this is far more easy to answer them with a clear policy on this.

A new section has been added to the documentation about this:
http://en.doc.boardgamearena.com/Main_g ... randomness

The main changes for you are the following:
  • From now, the use of "bga_rand( min, max )" is mandatory for dice. rand(), mt_rand() and random_int() must be avoided.
  • Mysql "rand()" function (ex: "ORDER BY RAND()") should be avoided as it does not provide enough randomness.

Please do not hesitate to ask if anything is unclear.
10/10/2018 2 comments


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