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 Post subject: Re: Commander Keen - 2D Platformer with an extra D thrown in
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:26 pm 
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I did fix that, but im now running into a whoooooooooooooole lot of animation blend issues. I might post some vids later tonight to show you what I mean

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 Post subject: Re: Commander Keen - 2D Platformer with an extra D thrown in
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:59 am 
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Heres some updates for you. Moving along with the project, ever so slowly. Unfortunately I dont have as much time as I would like to dedicate to work on this.

Heres a video of where im currently at:



Change Log:
Added weapon projectile with proximity rigidbody impulse (when the bullets explode, they push around simulated objects in the scene).
Added Mouse scroll wheel zoom feature.
Fixed blending issues.
Known bugs:
Bouncer(NPC) still has a mind of its own and is unpredictable and just flat out sh@*.
Proximity impulse also effects subsequent projectiles, this will often force bullets back towards the player, or off in some random direction.
Animations still look like @rse.


Heres some fail captures of stuff that just.. doesnt go as planned.

Ragdoll extravagananzaaaaa:
This isnt so much a fail, in fact, I thought it was quite cool. I was debugging problems with ragdolls not aligning correctly, when I got it working right, this was the result (by "working right", i mean aligning correctly)



This weapon sux!:
When first implimenting the blaster projectiles, I couldn't get set an initial force because of other reasons, the result was zero-gravity floating green blobs that explode if you hit them too hard, or bang them into something. This actually gave me a cool idea for a weapon I think would be kinda cool for a Platformer.



Animation Blending Fail:
This one plagued me for ever. The upper body and lower body animations just wouldnt blend properly, it took me ages to solve because it wasn't replicatable, it happend randomly. The animations kept getting out of sync, which make Keen walk like an 80 year old man with a dodgy hip replacement.



Neck Fail:
Trying to impliment an additive head controller, so I can make keen look at stuff in the scene that is controlled programatically. The result, broken neck and out of sync animations.


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 Post subject: Re: Commander Keen - 2D Platformer with an extra D thrown in
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:55 pm 
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awesome work laz. we looking at a summer release?!!? what about multiplayer?!?!?! you'll need a female character for multiplayer... get your girly friend to model her! instead of a pogo stick she can have a scooter! n her weapon is a overcharged hairdryer!

can you make a grappling hook?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:48 pm 
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Hey man, cheers. At the rate im going ill probably have a solid build to release around.. 2013. Hah. :( Nah, I dunno. And Im not gonna do a mulitplayer. If I do a mulitplayer it will be with my own IP.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:29 pm 
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This is my favourite thread. I love seeing updates :D

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:15 pm 
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Awesome work dude. Good to see lots of problem solving going on!

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:31 am 
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Lots of problems, not so much solving. But im getting there.

Heres the Garg from Keen1. I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with this guy yet. His original plan was to be one of the many enemys Keen faces. But when I was playing with the rig I though he reminds me of a faithful dog. Maybe Ill make him Keens pet, who knows.

These things were particularly nasty in keen 1. If you just touched it you would die, then again most of the enemys were like that in keen1. Im quite happy at the turn around of this guy, less than a day to get it from nothing to animated. Haven't done any texturing, I can do that later.

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Heres a really rough walk cycle, hes actually moving forward, but thats just the global control moving.


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Cool walk cycle, his eyes should sway.

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Is it just me or do his toes dip below the ground as he walks? Also, he feels a little light on his feet. When his heel contacts the ground, does his other foot lift up from that frame? If so, that is why he looks light. Otherwise he just needs both feet touching the ground at the same time for a couple of frames before one leg lifts off the ground.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:05 pm 
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Yea his toes sure do go through the ground, hes legs are too stumpy to lift them high enough. He does feel quite light, ill try fixing his feet, see what happens. The garg from keen1 actually walked sideways, i might try that instead, although that was just a limitation of the tech at the time im sure. But it might make more sense. Maybe he needs to hop rather than walk.

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 Post subject: Re: Commander Keen - 2D Platformer with an extra D thrown in
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This thread is getting messy. But heres the result of farting about in the trax editor, just a linear blend between two anims at the moment. There will be many in between when I actually finalise my plans for this char.

PS. Dont startle the GARG.


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Hahahahaha... he looks craziest at the transition. Awesome.

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haha this is looking pretty sweet! love your characters.. good work Laz lol


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 Post subject: Re: Commander Keen - 2D Platformer with an extra D thrown in
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Laz wrote:
This thread is getting messy. But heres the result of farting about in the trax editor, just a linear blend between two anims at the moment. There will be many in between when I actually finalise my plans for this char.

PS. Dont startle the GARG.


I feel like the motivation for the change from walk to run is unclear. right now the clip is walk-run, may be needs a moment to show the startle, so walk-startly-run

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