FAQ Index

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For the moment our FAQ lives in a Google doc, and we're working to move this content onto the wiki (with some additions and improvements). Please see the following index for quick access to individual questions and answers. If you need further assistance, please see How to Obtain Additional Assistance at the end of this page.

Activities & Applications

Arcade

How do I download projects and/or play them on the arcade? (question 7)

What Java settings are require to run AgentSheets applets? (question 21)

Java applet codesigning experiment (question 29)

Also see the Troubleshooting section below

Frogger

How can I implement a “Super Frog” that has multiple lives? (question 18)

PacMan

Why will the ghosts sometimes not chase the Pacman on a very large worksheet? (question 27)

How can I make the ghosts in a Pacman game run away from the Pacman when it uses a ‘power pill’? (question 16)

How do I implement automatic game ending detection in Pacman? (question 9)

How do I make portals that the Pacman can enter in and pop out in another part of the game? (question 10)

Space Invaders

How do I make the Space Invaders aliens move? (question 11)

Tutorials

Where can I find tutorials on the Scalable Game Design Wiki? (question 13)


Teaching / Supporting SGD

Also see the Troubleshooting section below

Instructional Strategies

What are typical ‘next steps’ for students to pursue after initial game design activities? (question 26)

Administrative Issues

Finding the user and project numbers in AgentCubes Online (question 32)

Downloading roster files from the Scalable Game Design Arcade (question 31)

How can I find my personal teacher page on the Scalable Game Design Wiki? (question 17)


Software

Installation

What IT considerations are there for installing and running AgentSheets and AgentCubes? (question 23)

Why do I get a Repeated Request to Register Software? (question 1)

Using AgentSheets

Where can I find the AgentSheets reference manual and other documentation? (question 20)

How do I save the “new worksheet”… (question 5)

What are some noteworthy “Dos and Don’ts” (question 12)

Can I rename an agent or agent depiction? (question 14)

Can I align worksheet windows so that they perfectly overlap on the desktop? (question 15)

How can I generate, plot, and export data to a spreadsheet? (question 19)


Troubleshooting

Java

How do I download projects and/or play them on the arcade? (question 7)

What Java settings are required to run AgentSheets applets? (question 21)

Java applet codesigning experiment (question 29)

Can I align worksheet windows so that they perfectly overlap on the desktop? (question 15)

Rosters

I have trouble viewing student rosters in Firefox. What should I do? (question 22)

Performance

Why is my project’s performance so very slow? (question 8)

Can AgentSheets slow down when using ZOOMIT on Windows? (question 28)

Projects

Resolving problems uploading projects to the Scalable Game Design Arcade (question 30)

When I open Bridge Builder and other Files, why are many files “greyed out” and unselectable? (question 3)

What causes “Broken” Project Files? (question 2)

What does the error message “Invalid Project File” mean and what can be done? (question 24)

How can I recover an AgentSheets project with a corrupted project file? (question 25)

I can’t find my old project files. Where did they go? (question 6)

Why do I get a “Project file missing” Error Message when I try to run a downloaded project? (question 4)


How to Obtain Additional Assistance

If you have a question that isn‘t covered in the FAQ or you require further information, please see our Whom to Contact for What listing. But first, if you’re observing unexpected behavior in AgentCubes Online, try these quick tips:

  • Use your browser’s page refresh function
  • Leave the project editing interface and then return to your project
  • Log out of AgentCubes Online, log back in, and reopen your project