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Mastering Roblox Coding

By : Mark Kiepe
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Mastering Roblox Coding

By: Mark Kiepe

Overview of this book

Roblox is a game platform with over 47 million daily active users. Something unique to Roblox is that you’re playing games made by other gamers! This means that you can make your own games, even if you have no experience. In addition, Roblox provides a free engine that allows you to create and publish a simple game in less than five minutes and get paid while at it. Most Roblox games require programming. This book starts with the basics of programming in Roblox Luau. Each chapter builds on the previous one, which eventually results in you mastering programming concepts in Lua. Next, the book teaches you complex technologies that you can implement in your game. Each concept is explained clearly and uses simple examples that show you how the technology is being used. This book contains additional exercises for you to experiment with the concepts you’ve learned. Using best practices, you will understand how to write and build complex systems such as databases, user input controls, and all device user interfaces. In addition, you will learn how to build an entire game from scratch. By the end of this book, you will be able to program complex systems in Roblox from the ground up by learning how to write code using Luau and create optimized code.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: Start Programming with Roblox
Part 2: Programming Advanced Systems
Part 3: Creating Your Own Simulator Game

Creating data stores

In this section, we will look at how to design our data stores. In Chapter 8, Building Data Stores, we made a base DataManager in the Creating a DataManager section. We will use this base version for our game. However, there are still a few things we have to change. First, we must figure out which data we will save in our data stores.

Getting keys for our data stores

When we look at the requirements for our game, we can conclude that we need to implement a key for the following items:

  • Money
  • Orbs
  • Speed upgrade multiplier
  • Orb upgrade multiplier
  • Rebirths

For money and orbs, we will obviously use number as the data type. However, what about the others? You might think of storing the multiplier value for the upgrades and rebirths. This could be something like 1.1 for a 10% bonus. While this might be your initial thought, this is a bad practice. Rather than storing the effect, you should store the number of rebirths, for example,...