Every couple of years I end up in the same spot, lost, overwhelmed, unmotivated. 6-12 months later I repeat the cycle, rebooting and starting again. I've done this for roughly ten years...
This round is different. This one is powered by DevOps and GitHub.
Why is this one so different?
First, I've separated the logic into a separate project, and it's open source and on GitHub for anyone to use. Using .NET Standard 2.0, and C#, I'm able to write unit tests that validate that this project is working as expected. As it's all just C#, no graphics are being rendered, the tests run extremely fast, nearly 200 tests in less than half a second. I calculate paths, chance to hit, field of view, etc, without a graphics engine. These automated tests are a crutch when I walk away for a day, week, or several months. I know that when I return, I have a series of tests to tell me when I break something else.
This also allows me to measure code coverage - the percent of code that has a test. My code coverage is very high, 99.61%, when 70-80% is typical.
Additionally, I can visually see my maps and situations in 2D using ASCII. I can render these data structures in 3D with Unity3D relatively easily, but seeing it in 2D gives me an easy debug mechanism.
I also have a detailed log to help me with debugging. Human readable, important as I am a human.
More is coming, I've just started to integrate this in Unity3D, and I know there will be more breaks in development, but now I know I'm chipping away at a system I can always pick back up again. I start a turn by calling my battle logic, all of the movement calls return a list of moves and if their are any interrupts - and in general, it's making the 3D part of this, much, much easier to manage