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by The Purple Panzer
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: Possible simple feature
Replies: 2
Views: 620

Possible simple feature

Sometimes when I'm editing a map I bounce back and forth between being 'Observer' to see how it looks, and whatever editing environment I'm using. Often it's hard to figure out where an object I see in Observer mode is in the map file. I thought about going so far as to create physicsdrivers for the...
by The Purple Panzer
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: Map concept
Replies: 4
Views: 785

Map concept

I've been using the AirStrike plugin on some maps (Quickshot mainly). It got me thinking - it might be possible to do a map that had the same kind of dynamics as a ship convoy, escorted by destroyers, being attacked by U-boats. Of course this would be 'by analogy', spread out horizontally on the map...
by The Purple Panzer
Sun May 07, 2017 1:34 am
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Mirror imaging
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: Mirror imaging

The only quibble I have with your comment is that I'm not talking about custom meshes, just "meshbox"s and meshpyramids, and other basic V2 map primitives. For my purposes the internals of those things don't need to be mirrored, just their overall positions (reflecting a meshbox with a texture is, a...
by The Purple Panzer
Thu May 04, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Mirror imaging
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Mirror imaging

If I have an object that's defined, e.g. define BuildingWing meshbox... ... enddef Is there any straightforward way of producing it's mirror image? I don't think it's doable just with spins, though I may just be rusty with my mathematics of symmetries. I may test out using a negative scale, which mi...
by The Purple Panzer
Tue May 02, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Blender conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: Blender conversion

(see attached image) I spent about 90 minutes just hacking up a simplified Brandenburg Gate; so far it's undecorated, and I use a transparent bronze-color pyramid on top instead of a statue - who will care? And this has play implications (drivethrough, not shootthrough). I can make it more accurate ...
by The Purple Panzer
Tue May 02, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Prefabs and Map Objects
Topic: 3D object website
Replies: 4
Views: 2071

Re: 3D object website

Blast, did you ever come to a conclusion about their mesh licenses? The textures would be great too, but it sounds like there are some issues hiding there. I suppose we could just ask the site owner to clarify things vis-a-vis BZFlag.
by The Purple Panzer
Tue May 02, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Blender conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: Blender conversion

I understand Jeff; the original .obj file I have is under a Creative Commons license (I *think* it was from here - https://www.yobi3d.com/q/3D-Models/Brandenburg-Gate--Berlin; something I grabbed some time back). That was too big to email you, so I sent you a pointer to the free3D one, which is what...
by The Purple Panzer
Tue May 02, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Blender conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: Blender conversion

Blast, I appreciate the constraint. I may just generate by hand a similar model; the one I grabbed seemed unrestricted, and 3D models I think are more generally serious concerns than just textures - there's physical design work there, or even scanning of existing structures. I *do* recall that the t...
by The Purple Panzer
Mon May 01, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Blender conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Re: Blender conversion

I'll attach it; it'll just be the .obj file, though there's a .mtl file and a number of .jpg textures. If you like I can send everything zipped. Actually, just found out it's too large, either by itself or zipped. If you send me your direct email I can try that; or maybe the size is the main issue. ...
by The Purple Panzer
Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Blender conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 1311

Blender conversion

I have a model in .obj format; if I run the old modeltool, I get an empty .bzw file. I can read it into Blender, but the old Python script fails - perhaps it's just a version-related issue, maybe it's something deeper. (Years ago I invested some time in learning Blender, but I've forgotten it all). ...
by The Purple Panzer
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Help: Map Making
Topic: Aerial spawn problem.
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Aerial spawn problem.

I'm trying something that really ought to work: in this little example, I want the red team to spawn on a block in the air. Here's the map file: box position 350.000000 350.000000 30.000000 rotation 0.000000 size 35.000000 35.000000 1.000000 end zone name Team1 position 350 350 30 size 34 34 40 team...
by The Purple Panzer
Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dialog System Mockup(s)
Replies: 18
Views: 6647

Re: Dialog System Mockup(s)

I like thw "Change Team" mockup a lot. One thought - sometimes players want to play on the same team as specific other players, but they have no way of knowing what team any of those players might be on. Perhaps have a pane to (say) the right-hand side that lists the current players, in their team c...
by The Purple Panzer
Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: image submitter
Replies: 1
Views: 837

image submitter

Is anyone approving images nowadays? I have a few pending.

Tried to connect to the irc channel (on this new machine, which has none of the old channel info), and it seems no one is there - is that the case, or have things just moved somewhere?
by The Purple Panzer
Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Help: Setup / Hardware / Performance Issues
Topic: downloading texture problem
Replies: 1
Views: 1118

downloading texture problem

A very annoying problem has started recently. (I've been working on a new map design now, meaning I run bzfs locally and the client many many times to look at things - no problem there, but this may be a cause). When I go to my quickshot server, I don't see all of the textures - of particular annoya...
by The Purple Panzer
Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why are there only like 30 people playing BZFLAG at one time
Replies: 60
Views: 14087

Re: Why are there only like 30 people playing BZFLAG at one

For some reason I hadn't seen this thread before - interesting reading. From a purely empirical perspective, major version changes seemed to correlate with a drop in player count. By 'major' I mean changes that won't let an existing, older client play on a newer server. I think these changes were ve...
by The Purple Panzer
Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Oculus Rift
Replies: 3
Views: 1856

Oculus Rift

I've had the early developer's version of the Oculus Rift for a while; it's got plusses and minuses. I was reading a Wired article (http://www.wired.com/2014/05/oculus-rift-4/), and saw this, which to me at least suggests that something like BZFlag might be ideal: "The gamer fantasy of VR tends to i...
by The Purple Panzer
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: Game Releases and Versions
Topic: Theme Suggestion
Replies: 35
Views: 12121

Re: Theme Suggestion

I don't think that's fair - I know I'm two-blocked with other work, including volunteer work in different groups. And you never know - someone becomes inspired, maybe has the software to lay down and combine multiple tracks, and spends an evening coming up with something. I don't think anyone was sa...
by The Purple Panzer
Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: Gnu Emacs mode for world files?
Replies: 4
Views: 3369

Re: Gnu Emacs mode for world files?

I've attached the main emacs lisp file; I'm not sure this is the last/most recent, because I don't use it anymore (one server used to). The maps are relatively simple, like the original Quickshot maps. It was named main.el, but the bboard won't allow that extension, so I changed the "el" to "txt".
by The Purple Panzer
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: Gnu Emacs mode for world files?
Replies: 4
Views: 3369

Re: Gnu Emacs mode for world files?

I've heard nothing. I should mention that I did write some map generation code in emacs lisp; it was the first random mapgen stuff for my 'quickshot' map sequence. I did it because the unix server it ran on had emacs, and you can use emacs in batch mode - essentially a command-line invocation of ema...
by The Purple Panzer
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:01 am
Forum: Game Releases and Versions
Topic: Theme Suggestion
Replies: 35
Views: 12121

Re: Theme Suggestion

I might suggest (tongue firmly in cheek) the classic "PanzerLeid" - Wikipedia has a bit on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzerlied . Amazingly it is still used by the Chilean military, the French Foreign Legion, the Italians, the Germans, the South Koreans, and (again according to Wikipedia...
by The Purple Panzer
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:47 am
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: Hand-Made in the .bzw file
Replies: 15
Views: 5010

Re: Hand-Made in the .bzw file

I used to do lots by hand - I created a template that you can print that lets you sketch a map and read off the coordinates. If you like you can grab it here: http://www-swiss.ai.mit.edu/~bentz/bzflag/maptemplate.pdf I often will print this out just to sketch ideas. (At the bottom of the sheet, whic...
by The Purple Panzer
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: General Map Making Discussions
Topic: Gnu Emacs mode for world files?
Replies: 4
Views: 3369

Gnu Emacs mode for world files?

I was bringing my Gnu Emacs files (various modes, etc.) up-to-date (every release seems to change a variable or function or two), and it got me thinking: has anyone ever written a mode for BZFlag world files? For version 1 map files it would of course be pretty simple, maybe some keyword highlightin...
by The Purple Panzer
Tue Aug 28, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Forum Suggestions, Questions, and Issues
Topic: Messaging: distribution lists?
Replies: 11
Views: 4832

Re: Messaging: distribution lists?

That's a simple and reasonably elegant solution; didn't know it was doable. I mistakenly just assumed that the PM machinery verified each address as it was entered!
by The Purple Panzer
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Forum Suggestions, Questions, and Issues
Topic: Messaging: distribution lists?
Replies: 11
Views: 4832

Re: Messaging: distribution lists?

That answer makes complete sense - thanks.