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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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Express Restart

Hi there,

is it possible the create an Express Restart button, similar to the Express Stop / Start?

Because currently if I want to set a new Game I always need 4 clicks like:

Express Stop -> Play this game now -> Create -> Express Start

And an Express Restart could be create the same game with same options and same players.

4 clicks does not sound big, but if you do this often it's little bit annoying.

Thank you

Cheers,
Trompetenhut
01/12/2020 7 comments

List of Approved Games

Hi,
I'm thinking of joining the Developers crowd and helping out with making a game, but it's hard for me to judge which games are possible 'to make'.
I saw the list:
https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/1149 ... mes/page/1

and I saw that some games are approved by their creators/publishers to be digitised on BGA (like Yedo), but I can't even tell if the Most Wanted ones are good to go.
Is there some list somewhere showing which games (ranked by Most Wanted) are approved?
I would love to implement Power Grid or even something simpler like 7 Wonders Duel.

Thanks :)
01/11/2020 2 comments

Reorganise player panels

Hi everybody and happy new year :P

For my game I have set a custom player order that is different than the one proposed by BGA.
So I need to reorder the player panels in JS so that it reflects that custom order.

However, when I try to do this in the setup function, the dojo.place instruction has no effect.
For instance, this:

CODE: Select all

dojo.place('overall_player_board_2273382', 'player_boards', 'last');
has no effect (2273382 being my player id in Studio): the player panel has not moved.

But when I put that line of code somewhere else (or even in the dev console of the browser), it is executed properly.

Do you understand why I can't do it in setup and what could I do to solve this?
Thanks a lot for your help :D

Woodruff
01/05/2020 1 comment


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