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Recursive node-based pathfinding

In the image below, I have a set of nodes with splines connecting them together.

These nodes are basically just empty blueprints with a C++ parent class that manage the spline connections whenever a change is made in the editor.

In the character class, I've implemented the ability to raytrace (or "shoot to choose") a node.

When a node is chosen, the player is placed on the node closest to his current location.

The goal of this project is to try and figure out which paths are valid ones to take to reach the chosen node, starting at the node the player has been placed at. I am NOT just searching for the shortest path, I'm searching for all valid paths to the target node.

The problem I'm having is implementing a recursive function which does exactly that. The closest I've come was starting at NodeA, choosing NodeC2, and having the function return NodeB1 and then a bunch of empty values.

Here's the code that I've written so far:

 struct NodePathData
     NodePathData(ANode *Node, int32 PathIndex) : Node(Node), PathIndex(PathIndex) {};
     ANode *Node;
     int32 PathIndex;
 TArray<NodePathData> appendix;
 bool FindPathRecursive(ANode *From, ANode *To)
     for (int32 i = 0; i < From->ConnectedNodes.Num(); i++)
         auto node = From->ConnectedNodes[i];
         if (node == To || FindPathRecursive(node, To)) {
             appendix.Add(NodePathData(From, i));
     return From == To;
 void ATestCharacter::FindAllPaths(ANode *Target)
     auto currentNode = GetNearestNode(); // Not shown here, but trust me it works
     FindPathRecursive(currentNode, Target);


Can anyone help me out?

Again, I'm not looking for Dijkstra's or an A* algorithm here, just trying to assemble valid pathing data.

Product Version: UE 4.11
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asked Apr 29 '16 at 11:49 PM in C++ Programming

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