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#51 RPGista

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 09:32 AM

 

It's not very complicated but a little tricky in places. First of all you need the md5 IO script for Blender... I believe the one I'm using is this:

 

https://www.katsbits...php?topic=520.0

 

Setup: You must have one or more mesh objects rigged to an armature as usual. Each mesh object represents a different material, the name of the material on each object represents the texture that material will point to. Additionally every surface on the mesh must be UV unwrapped, whereas the bones must be on the armature layer where the script expects it (layer 5 by default I think).

 

For the md5mesh: Just select both the mesh and the rig, and export to md5mesh. Disable reorient as this seems to mess up the rotation.

 

For the md5anim: On the control armature, select the armature action of the animation you wish to export. Make sure to set the start frame of the scene to 1 and the end frame to the last frame of that animation! Then once again select both the mesh and rig, and export to md5anim. Again disable reorient as this seems to rotate it on its own.

 

If you want an example setup, the ready blend sources of the bow and Xonotic characters are both included in the repository. You can find them here:

 

https://gitlab.com/d...mpoundbow.blend

https://gitlab.com/d.../troopers.blend

Very cool. Will study these. If I get that far, I shall ask for more info on the defs and how to setup the weapons and stuff like that! Thanks for taking the time.


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#52 MirceaKitsune

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 11:17 AM

Very cool. Will study these. If I get that far, I shall ask for more info on the defs and how to setup the weapons and stuff like that! Thanks for taking the time.

 

Awesome... thank you! You can find the defs themselves here, which I simplified to the best extent possible (every file starting with tdmu_weapon):

 

https://gitlab.com/d...er01.pk4dir/def



#53 MirceaKitsune

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 04:23 PM

As I prepare to implement the Combat Knife (Short Sword replacement) and Police Baton (Blackjack replacement) now that the basis of the Compound Bow are there, I figured I'd share another part of the plan that's going to come up soon in my fork.

 

Similarly to vanilla TDM, I plan to have a base story (cities, factions, characters, etc) meant to be expanded upon by each individual fan mission (unless they go with a fully original background which is of course okay). Now that the Xonotic cast was ported and is in usable condition, I've been thinking of how to divide each of the characters into factions. After pondering upon what would make the most sense, who should be the ally or enemy of who, so on and so forth... I've come up with a structure I'm confident will sit well. I figured I'd share it for critique, in case anyone can suggest any changes or better names and the like. First of all the model references, use these with the screenshots above to tell who is who:

  • Umbra / Pyria: The skinny female and the person wearing a thin mask covering their face.
  • Ignis / Seraphina: The male and female humans in the thick suit, both come in masked and unmasked variants.
  • Megaerebus / Erebus / Nyx: The heavily armored cyborgs with round heads.
  • Terminus / Termina: The heavily armored cyborgs with pointy heads, as well as hoses connected between their limbs and torsos.
  • Gak: The green aliens with flat faces and antennae, they come in masked and unmasked variants.
  • Draconi: The yellow aliens with horns that look like humanoid lizards.

So without further delay, this is how I decided to divide them into groups and factions so far:

  • Umbra:
  1. Description: The Umbra was created as a secret government agency, typically specialized in top level espionage and assassination missions. Upon discovering evidence of government corruption, members of the faction slowly rebelled. Today only a few Umbra exist, hiding in the shadows and plotting to take down the government.
  2. Alliance: Pro-government (if the action takes place in the past) or anti-government (if the action takes place in the future). If the action takes place during the time of the revelations, the Umbra betray the government and change alliance during the mission. Neutral toward Draconi, may be persuaded to form an alliance. The player is part of this faction, all Umbra are the player's colleagues.
  3. Models: Umbra, Pyria
  4. Color: White
  • Police:
  1. Description: The city police force, occasionally hired as guards by government agencies in areas of special interest. Responds to the government, by which it is tasked to maintain public order and enforce curfew hours.
  2. Alliance: Strongly pro-government. Sides with or against the Umbra and player based on their stance toward the government (see above). Will always attack Draconi, except for traitors who choose to serve the government. Some local police forces may rarely desert against the government upon proof of corruption.
  3. Models: Ignis, Seraphina
  4. Color: Blue
  • Terminus Troopers:
  1. Description: The Terminus project is the result of a government experiment, who's aim was creating an army of superhuman soldiers. Their very existence is a secret and known only by a select few. They are tasked to guard secret government bases and objectives, as well as carrying out secret military operations and territorial occupations. Due to high expenses and the medical implications of the procedure, relatively few Terminus troopers exist.
  2. Alliance: Strictly pro-government. Sides with or against the Umbra and player based on their stance toward the government (see above). Will always attack Draconi, except for traitors who choose to serve the government. Always aids the police, with the exception of police forces that desert against the government.
  3. Models: Terminus, Termina
  4. Color: Red
  • Cerulean Guard:
  1. Description: Cerulean Guard is a security firm for hire, allowing groups to hire their specialized troopers as guards to defend their locations. Favored by the government, Cerulean Guard is subject to strict regulation and typically hired only by lawful firms and rich people. Their troopers are partially augmented, using older technology from the Terminus project called Erebus, which was released to the company by the government upon being obsoleted by newer augmentation technology. They are the competitor of Transgenic Security, although they typically serve rich and / or lawful groups in contrast. Note: The name Cerulean was chosen as a tribute to DeusEx - The Nameless Mod, which contains a faction for hire called Cerulean Security.
  2. Alliance: Independent, each group serves the faction it was hired by. If ever given freedom of choice, they are most likely to side with the government.
  3. Models: Megaerebus, Erebus, Nyx
  4. Color: Cyan
  • Transgenic Security:
  1. Description: Transgenic Security is the largest corporation dealing in genetic engineering. They produce semi-sapient creatures with high physical strength, which are sold to other groups who use them as security guards or to establish private armies. The company isn't seen well by the government and operates at the limit of legality, being the favorite choice of shadowy organizations in need of mercenaries thanks to lax legal requirements and cheap prices. Their only successful creature remains the Gak, after the company's failure to produce a stable Draconi (see below). They are the competitor of Cerulean Guard, although they typically serve poor and / or unlawful groups in contrast.
  2. Alliance: Independent, each group serves the faction it was hired by. If ever given freedom of choice, they are most likely to side with the Draconi.
  3. Models: Gak
  4. Color: Lime
  • Draconi:
  1. Description: The Draconi were genetically engineered by Transgenic Security, and intended as a newer and improved version of the Gak. Due to their higher sapience and increased intelligence, the Draconi soon realized they're being used as slave guards by the humans, and decided to rebel and form their own faction. Upon taking over several Transgenic Security laboratories, Draconi have been able to continue their own production and create improved versions of themselves. The race has vowed revenge against both Transgenic Security and the government, although they harbor no ill intent toward ordinary civilians and groups that don't aid the government. Draconi are considered a public safety hazard and are actively hunted down by police, who are often overpowered by the creatures and unable to face them. Draconi usually live in poorer parts of the city, or the sewers and obscure alleys around the richer parts.
  2. Alliance: Anti-government, will also attack all police. Neutral toward other factions, will usually not attack unless provoked. Occasionally makes alliances with other anti-government groups, and may be persuaded to join the Umbra and player in the right conditions. On rare occasions, some Draconi may betray the group and work as special forces for the government (alongside Terminus).
  3. Models: Draconi
  4. Color: Gold

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#54 MirceaKitsune

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:11 PM

It appears the combat knife got finished earlier than I expected. It's now available on Git, offering a new model for the same functionality as the short sword (attack from 4 directions, parry, etc).

 

https://www.blendswa...ends/view/74407

 

Last on the list as far as new weapons are concerned (for the time being) will be the police baton. Since this one is so simple, I think I'm going to model and texture it from scratch. It can be expected around next week, especially since I can reuse the knife animations and won't have to make new ones again.

 

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#55 MirceaKitsune

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Posted 14 February 2018 - 05:41 PM

The police baton has now been implemented and is available in Git master. It replaces the blackjack, currently offering the same functionality under a modern aspect.

 

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#56 MirceaKitsune

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 05:37 PM

Since I'm going for a detailed interactive world, I decided I'll want at least 4 melee weapons available. As the defs and animations were already done and all I had to do was make a copy and swap the models, it took me only a day to implement 2 extra variants. Normally I'd have considered even more melee objects, however I'm still using the idTech 4 weapon catalog which is limited to 16 definitions and there will also be 8 arrow types for the Compound Bow, thus I'm sticking to 4 until later when a grid inventory may be implemented.

 

Git now features a Baseball Bat (alternative to the Police Baton) and a Crowbar (alternative to the Combat Knife). The bat + crowbar will be the melee set of thugs and militias, whereas the baton + knife will be the arsenal of police and troopers. Currently there are no differences between the variants, but I plan to tweak the settings to make each one slightly unique. The binds are defined as follows:

  • def_weapon1 baseballbat
  • def_weapon2 policebaton
  • def_weapon3 crowbar
  • def_weapon4 combatknife
  • def_weapon5 nano_simple

The crowbar model was made by me whereas the baseball bat was created by Duion, both licensed CC0:

 

https://www.blendswa...ends/view/66593

 

Obligatory screenshots below. The next step is to tweak the new weapons and do potential cleanups, then I should be able to setup a new HUD. Once that's out of the way, I may begin considering porting my old City map for Xonotic, which I'll be using to showcase the mod using an original FM.

 

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#57 Petike the Taffer

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:17 AM

Cool little additions, Mircea, even if many of the current models are placeholders.

 

Do you need any help with concept art or similar stuff ? Or do you have everything already worked out ?



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:13 AM

Cool little additions, Mircea, even if many of the current models are placeholders.

 

Do you need any help with concept art or similar stuff ? Or do you have everything already worked out ?

 

Thank you! That part I am fine with: I will primarily port models from Xonotic, BlendSwap, OpenGameArt, etc... I'm not a good artist myself, but what exists there is enough to find a good set of models to build the mod with.

 

What I'll greatly need help with will be original scripts: The mod will be modifying or building upon some of the functionalities of vanilla TDM, and many of those things I don't know how to do. I'll want a few daring changes in the end... such as an augmentation system, weapon modding, a grid inventory (similar to Minecraft / DeusEx), an AI for bots that can shoot (can be based on the Steambot), and of course the interactive screens from Doom 3. For now I'll be working on more assets, and once there's enough to establish a theme the time will come for that part.



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:27 AM

Thank you! That part I am fine with: I will primarily port models from Xonotic, BlendSwap, OpenGameArt, etc... I'm not a good artist myself, but what exists there is enough to find a good set of models to build the mod with.
 
What I'll greatly need help with will be original scripts: The mod will be modifying or building upon some of the functionalities of vanilla TDM, and many of those things I don't know how to do. I'll want a few daring changes in the end... such as an augmentation system, weapon modding, a grid inventory (similar to Minecraft / DeusEx), an AI for bots that can shoot (can be based on the Steambot), and of course the interactive screens from Doom 3. For now I'll be working on more assets, and once there's enough to establish a theme the time will come for that part.


Daunting, but sounds like you have a real plan.

Will there be a stun pistol (perhaps like an advanced taser, maybe even with secondary melee) or a fletchette/dart pistol, in addition to the bow ? I think those sorts of small ranged weapons could fit the hi-tech espionage context rather well.

 

What sort of tools, gadgets and devices will you have in the mod, besides weapons ? Will you keep some form of lockpicks and stun bombs, maybe introduce a jammer or something ? I think having a few well-defined gadgets that help with infiltration, stealing data, etc., would be rather important when you'll have more time to focus on what the style of missions will be like.



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 11:48 AM

Is this different to the thing freyk is working on?



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:56 PM

Daunting, but sounds like you have a real plan.

Will there be a stun pistol (perhaps like an advanced taser, maybe even with secondary melee) or a fletchette/dart pistol, in addition to the bow ? I think those sorts of small ranged weapons could fit the hi-tech espionage context rather well.

 

What sort of tools, gadgets and devices will you have in the mod, besides weapons ? Will you keep some form of lockpicks and stun bombs, maybe introduce a jammer or something ? I think having a few well-defined gadgets that help with infiltration, stealing data, etc., would be rather important when you'll have more time to focus on what the style of missions will be like.

 

In a first phase, I'm re-implementing the original TDM tools in modern variants. This is almost ready as is shown in the screenshots above.

 

Later I hope to have a system where weapons can be defined with multiple ammo types, as well as upgraded from terminals. I'll then port the TDM arrows (water, fire, moss, etc) as bullet types for various weapons (pistol, shotgun, machine gun, etc). This will be quite the trick to achieve, but that's the model I intended since a few years ago when I first planned the project.

 

The goal is to have a cyberpunk version of TDM. Gameplay wise, the main differences will be that it may focus a little more on hacking, items and inventory, as well as being designed for slightly longer campaigns rather than short one-time missions (though both will be welcome).

 

Is this different to the thing freyk is working on?

 

My mod is currently separate, yes. I might take inspiration from some of the ideas in his version of the mod, but for now I'm going with my own assets and approach. We are discussing how to collaborate on the common goal of a futuristic TDM mod, but for now I myself need to be clear of where my version is going and what I'm going to get done on my own first.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 03:49 AM

Its a discussion about using tdm's noncommercial license vs gpl license (for the assets and code).

And about the name, i dont care.


Edited by freyk, 27 March 2018 - 03:53 AM.






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