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Animated Ships

Post by Thargoid » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:22 pm

As a few of you already know, I've been playing around of late with some new ideas. One of them is what can be done with more animated ships (without the aid of shaders in my case).

First example of that was my Stellar Serpents OXP, but now I've got another little demo, in this case one that adds some butterflies to the game. Not quite in keeping I know, but they look nice with their flapping wings.

So I thought I'd offer the demo OXP as a showcase of what can be done, and perhaps as encouragement to anyone else who might feel like playing around with the idea. Examples could be X-Wing style attack foils, ships which react to things like high temperature or low energy by changing shape or indeed all sorts of other stuff.

Anyway enough waffle, for those who would like it, the butterflies OXP is here.

Note this is a slightly tidied-up version of the one I posted into the wasps thread yesterday, as the model there had a couple of rough edges I wasn't so happy with so I've re-mapped it. Plus I thought it should have its own thread rather than tagging along in KW's.

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Post by Switeck » Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:47 pm

A big carrier-type ship could have a clam-shell door to its hanger bay.
It'd open quickly, launch/receive a ship, and then close.
That'd at least make it harder for the player to sneak in. :lol:

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Post by Commander McLane » Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:33 pm

Switeck wrote:A big carrier-type ship could have a clam-shell door to its hanger bay.
It'd open quickly, launch/receive a ship, and then close.
That'd at least make it harder for the player to sneak in. :lol:
What about a revolving door, then? :wink:

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Post by DaddyHoggy » Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:23 pm

Cor, we could have ships that close up when attacked! (A bit like the solar collectors in Total Annihilation used to do)
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Post by JazHaz » Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:55 am

DaddyHoggy wrote:Cor, we could have ships that close up when attacked! (A bit like the solar collectors in Total Annihilation used to do)
And stations too?
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Post by Killer Wolf » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:58 am

I can't find the butterflies :-(

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Post by Eric Walch » Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:27 pm

Killer Wolf wrote:I can't find the butterflies :-(
Have you looked here?

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Post by Thargoid » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:36 pm

Killer Wolf wrote:I can't find the butterflies :-(
There's a link in the first post of this thread (or just click >>> here <<<).

Both butterflies and goliath are also now linked from my wiki page, under the demo OXPs category. But as they are just demos at the moment I don't want them to have full wiki pages.

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Post by Killer Wolf » Mon Aug 09, 2010 7:57 am

no, i meant i can't find them in game. i thought they might be normal trader stuff or whatever but i've seen none ~ giz a clue?

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Post by Thargoid » Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:42 am

Single ones have a trader role at 0.1 weighting, and swarms at 0.02. Just be patient, they should appear eventually. But as they are unarmed and not the strongest (by design both) they won't last long against any pirates who may be around...

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