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T3ED or DarkRadiant?

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From what I understand, T3ED is rather hard to get into - it relies on jumping through some hoops to design levels, and still carries forward some critical issues which can't be fixed. However, I have never tried to make a mission with it, so this is all based on what others have said.


Dark Radiant has been a very pleasant experience:

  • It has a good learning curve: you can learn to make a simple, reasonably good-looking mission within a few weeks.
  • It is intuitive: the editor is straightforward to use, and has seen several upgrades which make it easy to use.
  • It scales up: from small, simple mission to fairly grand affairs, it can accommodate different level sizes and levels of detail. You can create BSP-based (brushwork) architecture, use premade architectural modules (a bit like like LEGO pieces), or combine the two.
  • It comes with an expansive asset library. By now, the range of textures, models and AI has become fairly impressive (although it is mostly humans and undead).
  • Once you understand the basic rules, asset creation is not a big hurdle (note that generally, textures are easier than models, and models are easier than fully rigged custom AI - making those require skills which few people have).

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Actually, T3Ed feels like really easy to get into, thanks to UnrealEd 2 interface and tight controls. But if you dig a bit into it, that's where problems start to appear. At this point it's really inflexible when it comes to custom content (3dsmax 5.1 is a must, good luck finding a copy). Also player movement is really bad.

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Some stuff is harder, like writing your scripts and materials in notepad.




Downloading (then learning how to use) a cracked copy of an ancient version of 3DS Max is an easier way to import custom materials than simply exporting them to open formats and writing a simple text file in the editor of your choice?


I guess if you know 3DS Max inside and out then this might be a more pleasant experience for you, but the ease of importing custom content into the Doom 3 engine was precisely the reason I abandoned T3Ed in the first place.

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You forgot to mention that it has to be launched in win XP environment (so VMware and such) :) Definitely not easier :)


But, if you are coming from any other engine, like Unreal, Crytek and such, importing assets there is done with user interface. In-engine material editors and asset importers are a normal thing since, roughly, early 2000s? Same goes for scripting, which even in T3Ed is done by using simple If->Then->Else syntax and modular commands, via user interface (even if it rarely works :)).


Editing models in notepad and writing shaders and scipts by hand is super ancient and super error prone. It can really discourage a newbie, as it takes too much time (as opposed to seconds via UI based system). But even with that it is faster and more accessible than T3Ed, there's no doubt about it.

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