Making Connect 4+ Browser Games
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Making Connect 4+ Browser Games

Creating "Match 3+" Mechanics for Phaser.js Gaming Frameworks v3.x.x & v2.x.x

About the Book

Discover how to create online Connect 4+ games using the methods in this single chapter from the Phaser Game Starter Kit Collection. When you finish this tutorial, you will have a production pipeline to create as many different "connect 4-in-a-row" games as your imagination can dream of!

You'll also get bonus content, download examples, and source code references on how to do every single thing in this game design workbook, so you can copy and paste any examples into your own productions and then modify those resources for your own purposes. General Game Licenses are included in the purchased book.

I would like to guide you in creating several styles of Connect 4+ and "four-in-a-row+" game mechanics. We will use the game mechanics, mechanisms and the development methods discussed in Phaser Game Prototypes. By the end of this workbook, you should have a fully functional Connrvt 4+ game (with "artificial intelligence") - not just a copy of my game, but your very own product using your own gaming assets. There is a supporting website where you can download the bonus content included with your workbook's purchase.  

This extraordinarily comprehensive guide will teach you how to: 

- Use the Phaser JS Gaming Framework! either v2.x.x or v3.16+.

- How to integrate "Connect-4" game mechanics into other game genres such as RPG adventure, and story plots!

- Use your game as a "Progressive Web Application" or "Single Page Web Application" for any device.

- Analyze current business demand for this game's genre, how and where to deploy it.

- Automatically generate various game board features.

If you have any feedback or suggestions please join our email listing or participate in the forum for this course!

About the Editor

Stephen Gose
Stephen Gose

Avatar is an adorable cartoon sketch of my wife. 44th anniversary this coming Sept 1!

Stephen Gose, Ph.D. Information Systems (honorary) (and second-generation German) is a retired Professor Emeritus with a 41-year career as a certified network engineer, and "Certified Cisco Academy Instructor" (CCAI) since 2002. He is listed in the Who's Who for Information Technology for his directly-related work for the Internet backbones found in the Caribbean, Netherlands, Israel, and Russia. He was awarded "Letters of Appreciation" from AT&T, the German, Israeli, Dutch, and Russian Governments. Steve has nearly three decades of international "teaching and conference lecturing" in both Local-Area and Wide-Area Networks, network security, Internet backbones, software engineering, and program/project management. He is a retired US Army Signal Corps Officer. He earned, in 2014, the ITT Technical Institute's "Instructor of the Year" out of 8,000 instructors across 144 campuses throughout the USA. 

He graduated from Grand Canyon University with his first B.A. in Religions and Music Education, then a B.S. in Business Admin. from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A in International Management from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing his Th.D. He has served as a licensed minister since 1972 and as a missionary to Okinawa, Japan. He earned the US Army Chaplains Outstanding service award in 1983. 

In his spare (?) time, Steve enjoys creating online casual games and managing his online gaming business. 

My driving theme: "Always stay humble and kind"

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Table of Contents

    • Distribution Permission
      • Supporting website
    • Disclosures
    • Disclaimer
    • About this Workbook
      • Links and References
      • Workbook Content
      • How to Read & Use this workbook:
        • Viewing this eBook:
        • Who should use this workbook?
    • Your newly obtained skills …
    • Game Design Resources
      • Game Studio - Book Series
      • Game Studio - Online Courses
      • “Making Browser Games” - Books Series
      • “Making Browser Games” Series - online Courses
      • Programming Courses
      • “Walk-Thru Tutorial” Series - Online Courses
  • Making HTML5 Games
    • 1 Introduction to Game Design
      • 1.1 Game Genre Defined
      • 1.2 Game Tools & Generators
      • 1.3 References From
    • 2 Standard Project Setup
      • 2.1 Standardized File Structure
      • 2.2 Barebones Set-up
      • 2.3 Web Server Required - Batteries not included!
    • 3 Starting a Game Project
      • 3.1 Step 0: Review your competition and their games
        • Game Examples
      • 3.2 Step 1: Create your “front-door”
      • 3.3 Step 2. Create your “Game Shell” & Phases
        • Network Impact
        • Gamer’s Local Activity
      • 3.4 Select a JS Format
        • ES5 Format
        • ES6+ Format as “FAT Arrow” Function
        • ES6+ Format as “Phaser.Class”
        • ES6+ Format as “Phaser.Scene”
  • Part II: Making “Connect 4+” Browser Games
    • 4 Connect 4 — Core Game Construction
      • 4.1 Game Project Overview
      • 4.2 Our Goal
      • 4.3 Connect 4 Genre Description
      • 4.4 Historical background
      • 4.5 Game Mechanics (GM) - Logic & Rules
        • Game Genre Commercial Components
        • Rule Variations
      • 4.6 Game Mechanics (GM) - Data Structure
      • 4.7 Game Recipe™ Featured Ingredients
        • Game Genre Components
      • 4.8 Design Considerations:
        • Gameboard Development
        • Game Disc-Tokens
        • 2-player or “AI-bot”
        • Using “AI Design”
      • 4.9 Doing the AI-thing!
        • Sample Resources
        • Deeper Dive: A.I. in Connect4 & Go
      • 4.10 Step 3: Create “Play.js”
      • 4.11 Step 4: Create Supporting functions.
      • 4.12 Conclusion
    • 5 Phaser v3.16+ Code Review
      • 5.1 HUDRow input Button functions
      • 5.2 Creating the Game Grid
      • 5.3 Toggling Players’ Turn
      • 5.4 Game Over Testing
        • Controller
        • Horizontal Checks
        • Diagonal Checks
        • Vertical Checks
      • 5.5 HUD Banner Display
    • 6 Phaser v2.x.x Code Review
      • 6.1 Play.js Deconstruction
      • 6.2 Play.create Essential Function - Line 43 to 130
      • 6.3 Play.selectCol() - Lines 144 to 191
      • 6.4 HUD Mouse functions
      • 6.5 Validate “4-in-a-row” Winning Conditions
      • 6.6 Declaring a Winner
      • 6.7 Anticipation of Change - Play.js version 2
        • Other problems for your bespoke solution?
      • 6.8 Conversion Process
    • 7 Game Shell - The CMS!
      • 7.1 Generic Main.js
      • 7.2 Generic Boot.js
      • 7.3 Generic Preload.js
      • 7.4 Generic Splash.js or Language.js
      • 7.5 Generic Menu.js
        • Sample CMS page — Credits.js
        • Deeper Dive: Using JAMStack as an SSG …
        • Deeper Dive: Static Site Generators (SSG)
      • 7.6 Inside each Game Phase
    • 8 Plug-in Enhancements
    • 9 Conclusion
    • 10 Bonus Development Content
  • What’s next?
      • 10.1 Game Distribution & Marketing
        • Introduction: 8-Step Deployment Method.
      • 10.2 Book Review Protocol
      • 10.3 Tell the world about your game!
  • Appendix
    • More Resources
      • JavaScript Garden
      • Additional Appendices
      • Other resources:
      • Selling your Game Assets
    • Appendix: Online Game Development
    • Appendix: Making WebXR Games!
    • Appendix: Phaser III Plugins
    • Appendix: “How to Start a WebSocket”
      • Testing Your Browser
      • WebSocket Protocol Handshake
        • Deeper Dive: WebSocket API
      • Sample Source Code: Client-side WebSocket
        • Step #1: Game index page
        • Step #2: Generate Event handlers
  • Appendix: OLOO - Safe JavaScript
      • Deeper Dive: JS Delegation (aka “Inheritance”?)
      • The old way
      • Objects Linking to Other Objects (OLOO)
      • Compare your code
      • Object.create
      • Exercise Lesson 9:
      • Game Singletons
      • Deeper Dive: Object Manipulation objects in ES5/6
      • Lesson Summary
      • Resource References:
  • Notes
  • Answers to Exercises
      • Appendix: OLOO - Safe JavaScript

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