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So during class yesterday I started uploading content for our content update, I was unable to finish before class was over I so decided I would finish after our Audio class. During audio class though I got a fairly large headache and had to go home. I woke up just over an hour ago and am in the process of finishing the upload.
I apolagise to any one that was waiting for the content. I hope that what you see will make up for the delay.
Contente update complete: Moddb.com
I have started uploading content to the Tikiwiki mod page for our content update today. It will take a while for it all to reach the page as well as for the admins to approve the content so please be patient. I will post again when I am done uploading and just waiting on the ModDB staff to approve.
Now to get the content from the rest of the teams....
Several other students in our project and I stayed all night to work on Tikiwiki. We have class in less than 2 hours, and during that class time we will be making our final push to get everything ready for our content release here on ModDB.
Our goal tonight was play testing and finding those last areas we wanted to focus on during class. We also worked on touching up our maps, updating some art packages, rendering our some quick placeholder intro and loading videos, as well as some other random stuff.
During class our biggest push will be to get our characters working properly. After fixing the material issue our characters where working properly, then someone committed some code somewhere, and now they don’t work :P After the characters we are going to be fixing a few emitter and gameplay issues. Hopefully we will have something decent to show you guys in just a few hours.
Hope to see you all soon, sometime after both posting our content and me passing out under some random desk here at school :)
I made a judgmental call near the beginning of our project that is now coming back to haunt us. When we started modeling our characters I looked at how Epic had done their characters and drew some conclusions. I took these conclusions and passed them onto our character modelers as constraints. For example the poly limit of the characters, I took an average of all the different characters from Epic and passed that on as the constraint.
I also noticed that the resolution for the character textures was 2048:2048, so this is what I informed the character artists. Now for the part that has come back to haunt us. When I looked at the Characters from Epic I noticed that they had two materials, one for the head and one for the rest of the body. I passed this limit on to our character artists as just “you can have up to two materials”. Now, using two materials is just fine. The part that is tricky is that each part of the characters (Head, Torso, Arms, etc.) can only have one material applied to it. Static meshes can have more than one material applied to them and so this restriction never occurred to me.
The even more frustrating part is that if you apply two materials to a single part of a character it looks fine in the editor preview, and the character customization screen. The only time it becomes apparent is in game, you know, the time that really matters.
Here are some picture examples of what was happening with our character materials:
Only one tutorial I read ever noted this restriction, maybe I did not look hard enough in other tutorials, or misread it, or maybe I ignored it. It does not really matter; the fact of the matter is our character artists have just been given a bunch more work.
I am not an artist, so exactly how much more work this will create I am not sure. I do know though that it will more than likely require re-UVing the characters to keep the UV space as optimized as possible. Once I am able to sit down with our art lead I will make another post as to how we will be tackling this problem. I take responsibility for this mistake, and am frustrated that I did not push to have the characters done sooner.
It does not really matter. The fact is we have more work to do. We will overcome this problem and we will come out of this stronger then before because we will learn from not just my mistake here, but all of our mistakes.