OpenArena is a community-produced deathmatch FPS based on GPL idTech3 technology. There are many game types supported including Free For All, Capture The Flag, Domination, Overload, Harvester, and more. There are 17 unique player models to choose from and 12 weapons.

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This is the very first in hopefully a series of weekly updates. This edition covers: New logo, specular lighting, and player models.

Posted by leilei on Sep 5th, 2009

OpenArena Progress Report #1


OpenArena 0.8.1 was released almost last year in October 2008 and things haven't really been steady since. For one thing, i'm left as the only player modeler and animator remaining, and there has been no new player voice contributions since 2007. This makes progress slow and tiring and worst of all, lacking in morale to continue.

So to counter this, I hope to speed things up by driving hype for the next release by showing what things that have been accomplished since the last release.

Now with more fat and calories

For 0.9.0 we're trying to give things a more sleeker 'reboot' in the style. Josh redesigned the OA logo to be more compact, visible in longer ranges and smaller sizes, and looking more round. It is the logo you see in the news post itself, as well as here:

This logo will replace the current logo in the next release. It's cool.

Ooh, shiny ones

One graphics feature we've been trying out is specular lighting. The engine has had it for over 10 years, but it was hardly implemented in any of the games. It's not normal mapping or gloss, but it does bring out more volume than just a standard diffuse light. This is no special shader modern cards only can support - in theory, the 3dfx Voodoo card sleeping up in your attic should be fully capable do this. It should not bring slow down, as any multi-texture capable card should go process the specular in one pass, as it's the second layer of the skin.


One of the big goals of 0.9.0 is to remake two female player models - Major and Ayumi. The big faults of these models is that they're poorly rigged, poorly animated, and poorly skinned. Super bright Major runs with rigormortis and Ayumi does what appears to be picking her nose by breaking her own shoulder while having a unconvincing wig for hair. Despite these bugs, they're very popular models to use online, and since my efforts on them years ago were a crappy one, i'm stuck by myself to redo those as well as create some new male characters for 0.9.0.
Sorceress was meant to be a generic female mesh and rig for all 3 of these models, but she came with a host of her own problems involving animation. This last section is probably a bit of a personal rant and plea, but I just suck at animation, or at least have a big weakness for the shoulders and elbow joints. :) Due to the license (GPL v2) I can not use third-party motion capture data or any other external animation that's available, so my 'scavenge options' are zilch.

If you use Blender and can animate humanoids no problem, feel free to contribute and help me out.

Coming Up Next Week: Promotions! And MAPS

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ChrisPage Sep 5 2009 says:

coincidence in order of news posts, there definitely are some logo similarities ;)

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TheHappyFriar Sep 5 2009 replied:

The generic "all half life 1/2 mods use a slightly changed hl 1/2 logo" vs "the halo behind the 'A'". I give the OA logo more credit: it's not someone else's work. ;)

like the spec maps, nice. :)

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leilei Sep 10 2009 replied:

beats directly deriving q3's logo, the most ive seen that changed is either color cycled or the middle bit nudged

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pvt.Johnson Sep 5 2009 says:

Nice to see OA is still being worked on, don't give up!

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Phalxor Sep 6 2009 says:

oa is the best, keep on truckin

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MDaveUK Sep 6 2009 says:

HMM I wonder where they got the specular engine code fix from ... :P

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leilei Author
leilei Sep 7 2009 replied:

Definitely not ZEQ2 as this effect works in standard Q3 v1.32 too

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MDaveUK Sep 7 2009 says:

The fix I'm talking about fixes it so the lighting direction used for the specular isn't using some hard coded value, but rather the lighting information from the map and light entities. Something Q3 1.32 hasn't fixed ;) For animated model entities anyway. Which I recommend using if you haven't already.

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leilei Sep 8 2009 replied:

but then if I 'fix' it then the specular won't appear on their sides :(

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