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DarkOne
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November 22, 2010 07:29  

Here is an ongoing list of links to tools and information that can be used in creating games or any other program. Please feel free to donate to this thread by posting your links, and I will compile them to the first post. I want to try to keep this list to free or relatively cheap tools/programs if possible.

Game Engines and Tools

Unreal Development Kit (Unreal 3 Engine): http://www.udk.com

Construct (Open Source 2D game engine): http://www.scirra.com

Unity 3D (Unity engine): http://www.unity3d.com

3D Rad (Free 3D game engine): http://www.3drad.com

Blender 3D (Free 3D modeling tool): http://www.blender.org

Wings3D (Free 3D modeling tool): http://www.wings3d.com

Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program): http://www.gimp.org

Paint.NET (Free image/photo editing and creation tool): http://www.getpaint.net

Panda3D (Free 3D Engine): http://www.panda3d.org

Orge3D(Free 3D Engine): http://www.ogre3d.org

PyGame (2D Python game engine): http://www.pygame.org

SpaceScape for those space skyboxes: http://alexcpeterson.com/portfolio/spacescape

SyPanorama by Frecle: http://www.frecle.net/cloud/skypanorama.zip

Sculptris by Pixologic (known for ZBrush): http://www.sculptris.com

Truespace 7.6 (3D modeler by Caligari): http://www.caligari.com/downloads.html

DeleD: http://www.delgine.com/

Gile (Lightmapping by Frecle): http://www.frecle.net/index.php?show=giles.download

PaintShop Pro X (LEXAR Promo Edition): http://www.4shared.com/file/G2kLYHfz/Co ... _LEXA.html

- Supports NVIDIA's normalmap plugin: http://developer.nvidia.com/object/phot ... ugins.html

- Supports LunarCells plugin for those awesome planets: http://www.flamingpear.com/lunarcell.html

RPG Game Maker: http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/

Free Stuff - (ie: music, backgrounds, sprites, fx, sample code, art)

http://www.opengameart.org/

http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/tut ... efault.htm

http://www.spriters-resource.com/commun ... ?tid=13868

http://www.squidi.net/pixel/index.php

http://freegamedev.net/wiki/Free_3D_and ... _resources

http://www.lostgarden.com/search/label/ ... 20graphics

http://forums.tigsource.com/index.php?board=37.0

Useful Tutorials

Amit's Game Programming Information: http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~am ... eprog.html

Reddit Gamedev: http://www.reddit.com/r/gamedev/

Reddit Programming: http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/

Reddit Coding: http://www.reddit.com/r/coding/

Tales of the Rampart Coyote (Indie developer blog): http://rampantgames.com/blog/

Cliffski's Blog: http://positech.co.uk/cliffsblog/

Jeff Vogel (Bottom Feeder Blog): http://jeff-vogel.blogspot.com/

Other Communities - (ie: websites that have a load of info on game development)

http://www.devmaster.net/

http://www.gamedev.net/


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shadmar
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November 22, 2010 13:03  

Some more freebies :

Truespace 7.6 (modeler by Caligari) http://www.caligari.com/downloads.html

DeleD (modeler) : http://www.delgine.com/

PaintShop Pro X LEXAR promo edition

(legal full version sponsored by LEXAR with some promo nags after close) : http://www.4shared.com/file/G2kLYHfz/Co ... _LEXA.html

- Supports NVIDIA's normalmap plugin : ( http://developer.nvidia.com/object/phot ... ugins.html ) and

- Supports LunarCells plugin for those awesome planets : ( http://www.flamingpear.com/lunarcell.html )

SpaceScape for those space skyboxes : http://alexcpeterson.com/portfolio/spacescape

SyPanorama by Frecle : http://www.frecle.net/cloud/skypanorama.zip

Sculptris by Pixologic (known for ZBrush) : http://www.sculptris.com

Gile - Lightmapping by Frecle : http://www.frecle.net/index.php?show=giles.download


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Braindead
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November 22, 2010 13:51  

some more links:

    [*:24b4x6ys]

Amit's Game Programming Information: This is a very nice collection of links covering allot of subjects you will have to deal with when making a game, ranging from AI logic to Game Design to Shortest Route calculation. This should be bookmarked by anyone designing games.

[*:24b4x6ys]RPG Maker: I know that the people who come to this site and want to make a game probably won't be using this but it is a very good game engine when you want to make a jRPG, so imho it deserves mention.

[*:24b4x6ys]Reddit Gamedev: A very good place to ask questions or just look around. All topics concerning game development can be found here. Also programming and coding

[*:24b4x6ys]I find that reading blogs from indie gamedevs is quite inspirational. Knowing that you're not the only one that struggles from time to time can help, and sometimes they touch on unexpected subjects in ways that are just plain insightful. Also a good way to pass time when you're at work. My favorites are The Rampant Coyote, Cliff Ski and Jeff Vogel

I might find some more links, and I'll ask around a bit.

Oh, I almost forgot the most important link for anyone wanting to make games, namely this one. :geek:


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SolCommand
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November 28, 2010 06:55  

Darkone, nice job compiling this list of links, I am sure many people will find it extremely useful !

Thx for taking the time man !


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Braindead
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December 17, 2010 07:54  

Got a one more:

    [*:gjwuphu2]

Tile Based Games: As you can tell from the title this one is largely for tilebased games, but it covers allot of topics for it (I dare say almost all). Language is Flash BUT the info is easily translated to your language of choice...


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farcodev
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December 17, 2010 11:59  

another useful one:

http://www.designersnotebook.com/Columns/columns.htm

:geek:


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Pinback
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May 20, 2011 22:07  

Few site which might be of use.

Free textures

http://www.texturemate.com/

Some 3d/texturing tutorials

http://cs.elderscrolls.com/constwiki/in ... D_Modeling

Tattoo is a free Bodypaint like programme not had a go at it yet.

http://www.terabit-software.co.uk/

An another open source Bobypaint like programme

http://crackart.org/

Good place for paint brushes for Gimp/psp ect.

http://www.deviantart.com/

Makehuman an opensource version of poser.

http://www.makehuman.org/

If you want some inspiration, then have a look at.

http://www.cgsociety.org/

http://www.scifi-meshes.com/forums/

http://www.blenderartists.org/forum/


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Geraldine
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May 21, 2011 06:05  

Here is a link to NASA's 3D resources site for those who want to make models inspired by todays technology http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/index.html

Also some have asked me in the past about paper models, so for fun here is another NASA link for those http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/papermodels.cfm


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Pinback
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May 27, 2011 22:20  

Nice open source paint prog My Paint.

http://mypaint.intilinux.com/


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leksimus
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February 21, 2012 10:17  

Dont forget 3d games studio at: http://www.3dgamestudio.com/ This package comes with lots of cool stuff and it has a really active user community iirc.

leks


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shadmar
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February 23, 2012 10:23  

Hexagon 2.5 Pro

Bryce 7 Pro

DazStudio 4

All free until feb 29th ($800 worth) - http://www.daz3d.com


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DarkOne
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February 23, 2012 17:48  

Thanks for the heads up on the Shadmar, are these fairly easy to use or are this programs only for advanced users?


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leksimus
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February 24, 2012 08:33  

There is also these two little gems for the modeling side of things:

Art of Illusion http://aoi.sourceforge.net This is a really cool, VERY powerful and completely free 3d modeling program in the vein of 3ds MAX. It has a well written manual, boat loads of good tutorials and is actively supported by it's creator. If your like me and are more familiar with the 4 view 3d modeling environment (as opposed to blender) then this one and my next one are definitely for you.

And second: http://www.openfx.org/ I haven't used this one as much but it's similar to AoI above, But again it's completely free and under active development.

On a side note, AoI has one of the most advanced procedural 2d and 3d texturing systems I've ever seen in free software. So given em' a try and see how you like em!

D1: I used Bryce years ago in college, as I recall the 3d art world (at that time in that school) was fairly devided between 3ds Max and Bryce, but I remember it being fairly complicated to use (as was 3DS MAX) as there were classes for both programs.

Leks.


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mikehgentry
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December 24, 2012 09:55  

Here is a link to NASA's 3D resources site for those who want to make models inspired by todays technology {C} http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/3d_resources/index.html {C}

...

I think this may be a different collection:

 

http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/models/


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