As usual, I’m running out of time. It’s not my fault today, however. I’ve spend like 2-3 hours of the time I wanted to spend working tutoring people about stuff and chatting. I also spent 1 hour in Tremulous after I came home. So, I’ve only had like 1 hour to work, no time to eat, and no time to play Fire Emblem . (Mind you, I already work 8 hours a day + 1 hour to walk.)
Anyway, this is the limited work I did today:
As you can see, since yesterday, I have put in sails, angled one of them a bit, added some cords, and some more poles. There is still a lot I want to add. The ship is starting to take shape. It’ll be ship shape in no time.
Also, Lambdanaut has improved his globe generator. It now makes triangles that are almost all the same size. He’s done nice work here. The next step is adding heightmapping to the globe to make the islands. It’ll take some work, but should be cool. There are some algorithms that Lambda is investigating that should help decide where the islands go and what shape they are.
Risujin has been doing me a great favour in the meanwhile.
(His coding/writing has been slow lately because we convinced him to try out a different (and more efficient) keyboard layout. He’s settled on Colemak after some searching. It should be considerably easier to pick up than Dvorak (my layout) because about half the qwerty keys are in the same places.)
Anyway, the favour he’s been doing me is creating more or less a new file format for animated meshes. What he is doing is taking the .OBJ exporter than Blender uses and modifying it to also export animations, not just static meshes. This means some of the work is done for him, but it is still pretty tricky. The end result should be that we have a new format that we can use. The current selection is somewhat grim. If you remember from before, we settled on .OBJ for static meshes. Blender does a good job there. Now, hopefully, we can do animated meshes as well, with a similar format. Thanks, Risujin.
Anyway, sorry if this post has been messy and not particularly grammatically sound. It’s been a rough day in terms of distractions, and I want to catch a late dinner for once. At least Vim takes care of the spelling for me.
Keep up with the posts. I know your busy, but I like reading these little progress reports.