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What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:24 pm

I'm working on a little something for Aenea that will kind of bring the in-game seasons into view more than just falling snow and cold streams. I've scripted a simple system that spawns in various non-interactive placeables at different times, then despawns them five minutes after PCs leave the area.

Right now, I'm working on:
fireflies (appearing only during summer nights)
low piles of leaves (appearing only during autumn) - will appear to y'all after another hak update
scattered dustings of snow (appearing only during winter) - after a hak update
wildflowers (appearing only during spring)

Can any of you suggest other little things along the same veins that might be good for automated seasonal appearances? I'm trying to figure out what all to include so I only have to edit each area once to install the system (instead of multiple passes through every outdoor area...again).

I thought about covering the streams and rivers with flat planes of ice, but it makes things like waterfalls and waterwheels look very out of place.  Sad

I'm not putting in so many that they cover an area, but just enough to give a hint as to the seasons.

And no, I'm not overlaying large placeables over trees and such. It's possible (I've done a proof of concept), but would look weird since such placeables would vanish from sight as soon as your PC is 40 meters from the placeables (it's a game engine thing). Also, I'd have to modify a ton of tileset models to accommodate something like that...probably almost as big of a project as Reforged was.  Rolling Eyes

Thanks.


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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by daveyeisley on Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:25 pm

Winter: Sound of chilly winds, grey skies, people bundled up, lots of tracks from foot traffic in snow

Autumn: sound of rustling of leaves, bare trees, people raking, kids playing in big piles of leaves, people kind of bundled up.

Summer: more people outdoors (beaches/parks), beachballs, kids and adults playing/sports, folks wearing less clothes, lots more people travelling

Spring: birds singing, small animal activity
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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:58 am

daveyeisley wrote:Winter: ...people bundled up...
For several actual years now, commoners have spawned in with cloaks during winter.  Very Happy  Not fully bundled up, but wearing at least as much as PCs do to stay warm.  Cool

This is going to be a lot of area editing. I've only been doing close areas for testing (mainly the Northwest Road). It's mainly dropping a lot of waypoints around the area, which the area enter script sees and then spawns in placeables at those locations. The script that cleans up remains and dropped junk after PCs leave an area is responsible for getting rid of the placeables.

I've had to make two new models so far, since even the CEP and Project Q don't have everything I need to make this stuff look exactly like I want it to.

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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:12 pm

Is that a light smattering of snow? Looking good, The Amethyst Dragon!

I'm doing some thinking about the question as well ... but between you and daveyeisley, you covered everything that I initially thought of ...
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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:45 pm

Eric of Atrophy wrote:Is that a light smattering of snow?  Looking good, The Amethyst Dragon!

I'm doing some thinking about the question as well ... but between you and daveyeisley, you covered everything that I initially thought of ...
Yup, just a dusting of snow. Too much and it really shows off the limitations of the game engine (making the grass really stand out as little 2-D clumps) and shows just how little ground is actually being covered by the snow (because it would take many dozens of spots to cover all the ground, and that's just a lot for the game engine to handle).

Plus, with just a dusting, it's not so blatantly obvious when they fade in and out of view when you cross that stupid 40-meter placeable visibility boundary.

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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by Eric of Atrophy on Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:38 pm

snow for the winter, mud for the spring, leaves for the fall, dunno about summer ...
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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:24 am

Spring wildflowers.


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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by The Amethyst Dragon on Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:39 am

So far the Vale and the areas immediately outside of the village have the new system set up. Still trying to come up with a few more things to include so that there's more stuff that changes a little each season.

I am adding pumpkin patches to the system, so they'll only be available to harvest (via harvesting tool) during Autumn (because I like the idea of seasonal harvesting of different things). Plus, piles of pumpkins are something very visible. Smile

I may just have to make a model for a tomato plant to spawn during summer in-game, because growing those in the summer is half the reason I have a vegetable garden at my house (so I can eat them fresh off the plants).

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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by The Amethyst Dragon Yesterday at 2:59 pm

Summer Fireflies in Valorian's Vale



I'm really wracking my brain now to try to come up with any other little things for this. That way, if I need to make any more models for a hak update, I can get them in before I spread this sort of stuff to everywhere in the game.

Ooo...based of Eric's post, maybe I can do water and/or mud puddles when it's raining. I know Tarot Redhand has made a lot of stuff like that, and I probably put it in the CEP.

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Post by The Amethyst Dragon Yesterday at 4:35 pm

Nope. Turns out I didn't put those puddles in. They might end up in the next version of the CEP though.

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Re: What says "a certain time of year" to you?

Post by daveyeisley Yesterday at 8:17 pm

Blowing leaves in autumn? Festivals and cookouts in summer....
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