D's screenshot dump
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Author:  Damien [ Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:08 pm ]
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First tests with the grass model:

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Outdoor test:

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Image 4 - looks bad from a distance at this time, especially from a higher location

The FPS dropped to a 30-40 but keep in mind that there is no optimization, the church is made from detail brushes entirely and the grass model doesn't use LOD yet. More than 60000 polygons are drawn at a single frame.

It seems that you can use misc_gamemodel for md3 models only. Since I used .ase, I had to go with the misc_model. This will be fixed later.

Author:  gonzo|Uncle Bionic [ Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:35 pm ]
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What can I say?
That looks awesome!

Author:  Alpha Red [ Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:36 pm ]
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Nice job, looks great!

Author:  merlin1991 [ Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:46 pm ]
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looks nice, only from above OUCH :P

Author:  Baal [ Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:21 pm ]
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Look's good.

What's your hardware, btw?

Author:  Damien [ Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:53 pm ]
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Core2Duo 2.8GHz
Geforce 8600 GT

Running with Win7 64bit :X

Author:  Baal [ Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:59 pm ]
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Ah, 8600. There's the fps drop. But that's pretty good for W:ET (regarding that map with all the grass on it). I bet 50-60fps is reachable with new vid cards and similar CPU ghz. I would love to see something like obj_urwald, but with more foliage.

Author:  WingZero [ Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:02 pm ]
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Hey hey lookie we can have official TC:E weddings. Ring the bells!

Author:  Karate Explosion [ Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:56 pm ]
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if it's not opposite marriage I can't approve

Author:  ED SOLO [ Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:25 pm ]
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Thats looks great, hard to believe its a 1st test, Top job :)

Author:  Vengeance [ Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:39 pm ]
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so does this mean wing and lady will finally get married?

Author:  WingZero [ Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:05 pm ]
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means you and jokester can get married officially on TCE.

PS :D kex can be the ringbearer, baal plays the piano, hunker the father of Jokester, etc.

Author:  Vengeance [ Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:48 am ]
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not jokester i wanna marry hunker...

Author:  Diane [ Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:52 am ]
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That's really romantic, folks - but out of respect to Damien's work, can we please stay on topic? ;)

Author:  Damien [ Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:41 am ]
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Baal wrote:
Ah, 8600. There's the fps drop. But that's pretty good for W:ET (regarding that map with all the grass on it). I bet 50-60fps is reachable with new vid cards and similar CPU ghz.
Well, I'll do my best to make it run as smooth as possible on my PC without reducing the quality.

I didn't do much work on the grass. I should tilt the planes so they don't dissapear when viewed from above, add some variety to the height, make sure it gets affected by distance fog, maybe make it higher res (currently it's 256x256), add more grass blades per texture and make them thicker so mipmapping doesn't screw it up completely. Then there's the LOD models creation and custom texture(s) too...

In the meantime, here are some new screenies (click on them for a bigger image):



The trees are ~400 polys, at this time they don't affect the FPS so I'm not planning to create lower poly versions for LOD. BTW, when I say trees, I mean one tree copy-pasted a few dozen times. :)

Due to their size, they look better from a distance but I need to make them affected by fog as well.

The trees are created with a great tool called Tree[d] and I've also "borrowed" it's textures.
Then they are imported in Blender (if you need to do some retouching) and exported to .ase.


A quick (and dirty) update:

I've modified the transparent shaders, they're a lot cleaner now and affected by fog, finally. The grass isn't mipmapped anymore so it's visible across the map.

There is a performance boost of 10 - 15 FPS' which is a big deal considering it was running @20 FPS in the last one.
Turning of AA (4x) adds another 10FPS but like I said earlier, I won't be relying on crippling the graphics quality.


As you can see, I forgot about the trunk, it still isn't affected by fog. :P

You might argue that the colors look washed out now but that's because of the agressive fog which comes with the used skyshader so here's how it looks without it (something in the middle would work nice):


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