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  • #58618
    AvatarVlastan
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    As somebody know, i started contributing the project with my 3d works.

    I am planning to continuing making building models, ships and other props that are needed.

    Today i was thinking that planets landscapes should need some more complexity by having some objects scattered around the terrain.

    It would be cool for someone to implement a system to procedurally place rocks and trees on ground.

    So, i made my first and simple natural objects hoping that will be used one day in the future…

    (If the system will be implemented, i will return to develop these models in a better way… expect more detail and variety)

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/9418121/vegetation.rar

    Preview:

    nature.jpg




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    #83662
    MarcelMarcel
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    Just what we need. Something else to bring my old computer to its knees. 😆 Actually, the game really needs this. I can display trees in Flight Simulator with no problem. As long as there’s a detail setting for vegetation, etc. this would be a welcome addition. You’ve made a good start. 😀

    #83663
    AvatarSubzeroplainzero
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    Waaa, throw some buildings scattered around the landscape and we might see some quite convincing terreformed worlds. Gotta say, Vlastan.. I’m liking what you’re doing 🙂

    #83664
    AvatarElectricSkies
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    Subzeroplainzero wrote:
    Waaa, throw some buildings scattered around the landscape and we might see some quite convincing terreformed worlds. Gotta say, Vlastan.. I’m liking what you’re doing 🙂

    Seconding that. It would be great to have city-looking clumps of buildings that don’t function as starports. Hopefully if the code for scattering natural landscape models goes in, it will also have support for placing buildings. It would definitely help terraformed worlds look alive.

    #83665
    AvatarCreepyStepdad
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    This has the potential to really bring planets to life.

    One question; if procedural placement of static objects like these models could be implemented, how much more would be required for animals? A simple animation loop and pathfinding ai, coupled with relative scarcity of animal populations most of the time, could breathe a lot of life into the Universe. Of course, I am no programmer, so what seems relatively easy could actually be really difficult, but if we can get trees and other objects placed on the planet, animals seem like the next logical step.

    Don’t mean to thread-jack, just thinking about nature. Great work, Vlastan!

    #83666
    AvatarRob
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    that looks great and some auto generated terrain features would add to the immersion of the sim

    my only reservation is ensuring it doesnt add too much extra pressure on the abilities of the varoius range of PC specs people have

    this said my mouth is watering at the potential 😀

    great work 😉

    #83667
    Avatars2odan
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    The thing with this is these are static models and most of us would prefer to use something else for vegetation.

    For a few months now a few of us have been discussing and drooling over systems such as these:

    http://www.mizuno.org/applet/branching/

    http://iat.ubalt.edu/summers/math/lsystems.htm

    And something really special:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjZc9ayGlaM

    So as you can see some kind of L-system vegetation generator would be pretty amazing. It could also be adapted for other organic life, if that route is ever taken. Plus just think how amazing it could be to adapt the system to generate alien plants.

    But we would still need a system for transforming those calculations into a model and rendering it in the correct place with sufficient speed, and these models could act as a place-holder for that aspect.

    As for rocks, we already have some good code for generating procedural rocks 😉 But no way as of yet to render them as a separate object over the terrain.

    #83668
    GeraldineGeraldine
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    "s2odan" wrote:
    And something really special:

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjZc9ayGlaM[/media]

    <img src='http://spacesimcentral.com/forum/public/style_emoticons//icon_eek.gif&#8217; class=’bbc_emoticon’ alt=’:shock:’ /> Jezus s2odan, if Pioneer ever looked that good one day at the planetary surface level, awesome would be too light a word to use!

    #83669
    MarcelMarcel
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    Jezus s2odan, if Pioneer ever looked that good one day at the planetary surface level, awesome would be too light a word to use!

    Or maybe Noctis V? 😉

    Actually, for procedural trees and animals that work well on my old machine, check out Ad-Astra. I don’t like the “space” flight model, but the trees and dragons and crabs and scorpions look good, and you can blast them and blow them up! 😈

    #83670
    Avatarollobrain
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    fixed textures i guess or procedual generation which is easier in the short term. Perhaps putting those modules into a procedual generator.

    #83671
    AvatarPotsmoke66
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    something i’m afraid of, pines in the whole galaxy…

    that thing went through my mind up and down, guess i’m the kind of “kubrick” type better draw no alien objects/plants

    if you don’t know how they look like.

    at least pines everywhere…?

    you know what i mean not only pines but possibilities in variation will be limited and our imagination is fixed on what we know already.

    i wouldn’t say i didn’t like the tree models, no, i like their simplicity, but i hope you can follow.

    more evil, alien fauna, what will we splatter over the galaxy, deers? (would fit to the pines), crocodiles? (fits to the palm trees).

    no, whenever i thought about it i didn’t came to a cool solution.

    perhaps procedural generated flora and fauna, cool idea somehow, if such can be made…

    at least it would make more sense to me rather procedural generated ships or cities, which will loose identity.

    i allways like to see different styles, modelers have different choices and leave different marks, so you can have your personal favorites.

    anyway before we think about procedural generated props and buildings i like to have the possibilty (except that’s already given) to seperate earthlike from hostile and perhaps by some other conditions (atmosphere, temperature, alience, tech. state).

    would be cool imo, if you could tell, “this is a imperial desert planet in a low degree of technical developement” or “outdoor ice and water world” just by looking at the architecture.

    #83672
    Avatars2odan
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    Quote:
    anyway before we think about procedural generated props and buildings i like to have the possibilty (except that’s already given) to seperate earthlike from hostile and perhaps by some other conditions (atmosphere, temperature, alience, tech. state).

    would be cool imo, if you could tell, “this is a imperial desert planet in a low degree of technical developement” or “outdoor ice and water world” just by looking at the architecture.

    Its a planned change so we’ll have that eventually, Robn was tinkering with something in this area recently so he’s likely the one that will add this feature of city gen.

    🙂

    So finally we would only have outdoor ports on habitable worlds and the proper kind of structures for asteroids ect…

    #83673
    Avatarollobrain
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    mutli colored trees would be cool

    #83674
    Avatarfluffyfreak
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    ollobrain wrote:
    mutli colored trees would be cool

    I remember reading an article once that said an early Earth would have looked very different to the one we know because early vegetation, fungi and slimes would probably have used a different chemical than chlorophyll which would have given them a purple colour instead of green.

    #83675
    MarcelMarcel
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    There must indeed be some very exotic looking vegetation in the galaxy, considering that we have this on Earth!

    http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/09/most-alien-looking-place-on-earth.html

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