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Python Python Collections (2016, retired 2019) Dungeon Game The Plan

Ben Hedgepeth
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Ben Hedgepeth
Python Web Development Techdegree Student 10,287 Points

How are we suppose to do these challenges?

I don't know even know how to progress from the start? Kenneth just goes through these videos hardly explaining his reasoning. It's very disconcerting because I just can't think this stuff up and just copying what he does adds no value to developing my own skills.

Brett McGregor
Brett McGregor
Courses Plus Student 1,903 Points

Hi Ben,

I have also recently just started the Python courses. I have a background in other programming so I have a bit of a head-start but rest assured it is not "easy" to get your head around some of the concepts.

Could you be more specific with what your problem is? Are you having difficulty with the Dungeon Game?

I can say that I have hit a brick wall myself here with the Python track and I went back and reviewed the earlier course material again to cement those basics. The learning curve gets pretty steep quite quickly so, yeah don't hesitate to go over previous concepts again.

As you say, there is the issue with these type of online courses that you can move through watching videos and passing coding challenges without REALLY nailing the understanding. "Fast is slow" IMO

Regards Brett

Wesley Trayer
Wesley Trayer
13,812 Points

One REALLY usefull resource is the book "Byte of Python". I read it prior to starting Treehouse, but I have since referenced back to it a good number of times. It clarifies a lot of the material in the Python Basics track, and it's free to download.

I hope this helps! :-)

(Though I will note that, at least the copy I have is old, so there are some slight syntax differences in the newer versions of python.)

5 Answers

Youssef Moustahib
Youssef Moustahib
7,779 Points

I agree. I feel things in this course went from 0 to 100 as soon as the letter game section in basics started.

we start with the dungeon game and we're given the random.sample objective. How are we suppose to do that challenge if we're not taught certain things. It states in the instructions that we haven't gone through the function but we'll be ok doing the challenge. How is that possible.

Heather Malloch
Heather Malloch
2,141 Points

I find Google to be a very useful tool when I can't remember/don't know things

Carlos Marin
Carlos Marin
7,997 Points

I went ahead and continued to the next video to see how Mr.Love completed the challenge. then I took a break and came back with the knowledge I gained from Kenneth's example and made my own code.

Page Petty
Page Petty
2,928 Points

I agree. Sorry, Kenneth, but you just don't explain how to do what you want us to do in the challenges!