Design Notes

A Hairy Situation

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Embarrasing Motion Capture coming!

The female model now is "rigged" -- which means it has bones. I am still pretty new to 3D, so all that "having bones" means to me is that it must be able to become... SKELETAL UNDEAD. But at least the undead will have hair. (Which just looks silly in most cases... undead warriors and their silly toupees!) In the picture below, Yergen has been working on the hair. On the right picture, we turned the mesh on so you can see the geometry of this hairstyle. Just like in AQWorlds, hair will load seperately so we can have an unlimited number of hair styles. Of course, this is trickier in 3D, because a single hair can consist of 5 different files (mesh, UV map, Normal Map, Bump Map, Specular Map.) Notice that the entire mesh is not filled in -- this is because the texture has transparency... allowing us to do some really creative things! (Like invisible hair?)

To Hair Is Human

We now have a Green Screen Room at the Secret Underground Lab. Tomorrow or Friday we will be using it to do a motion capture test with a live actor to animate the female character. We were thinking Kiara or Beleen.... or perhaps, um, Thyton :-P  Then a GREAT idea popped into my head, "Hey guys! How about we film it and post it on the design notes! You know... so you can see the real person on the left of the screen and the 3D model mimicking their actions on the right!" At which point Kiara gave me a super serious dissaproving glance that made me reconsider my next request for dancing and doing jump backflips. To be fair, the green floor of the green screen room is 100% pure concerete. I would never ask anyone to do anything I would not do myself (except heart surgery, having babies, and taxes) so maybe I should injure myself in an attempt to push mo-cap to the limits too?  What do you think -- should we make a video?

Friday the 13th is THIS FRIDAY!

It is weird that the "superstitiously unluckiest day of the year" (which is happening 3 times this year) is one of our gaming communites most celebrated holidays. You guys are so strange! (Good to be with you.) We have special events taking place in both AQWorlds and DragonFable. I wonder how many people know how this whole thing started... and how it created Chuckles? Would you like to hear the story? If so -- how much caffine would you like me to consume BEFORE telling the story. (Choose 1 for one cup of coffee. Choose 2 for a 5-hour energy and a cup of coffee. Choose 3 for a design notes post from the Hospital.) Please post your vote "on the Twitters"!

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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: u guys should make a video. BATTLEON!
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Awyra
Awyra: Should post the video. :D Also, good work.
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1supermiguel
1supermiguel: YES YES! PLEASE DO!*O*
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Maelstrom64
Maelstrom64: cool! Can't wait to hear more!
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StormComet
StormComet: It's a hard choice between 2 and 3... But I'm leaning more for 3 ;)
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Rasdor the Bloodthirsty
Rasdor the Bloodthirsty: Make a video!
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Zokon
Zokon: Video sounds great, and that model looks fantastic. Keep up the good work!

~Zokon
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Vonklaisy
Vonklaisy: I loved the idea of ​​artix about film the tests. I expected more from the armor, as the wallpaper of the site shows

you are awesom: D
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Inferno Dragonlord
Inferno Dragonlord: 13 is my lucky number! (I know amazing right) And 3 because I don't have twitter.
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abeehiltz
abeehiltz: always good to have behind-the-scenes footage, and maybe outtakes too
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MrPyro
MrPyro: oh yes plz to the video and the real friday 13th deals with the Knights Templars down fall from favor with the church
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Atherionus1337
Atherionus1337: OFC YOU SHOULD DO AN VIDEO !!!!!!! :)))))))))))))))))))))
That would be awesome.....i already seen greeen BG a few times in making of (insert movie title) but never an AE making of...............................

PUHWEEEEEEEEEAAAAAASE !!!!!
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Ultimumlord
Ultimumlord: The hair looks much better!!!!!!!!! (*thumbs up to Yergen - I'm sure it will only get better :)

Can't wait to read your firday the 13th story.
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Alroc
Alroc: OMGSH YES, I wanna see those video's! Make them happen no matter what the cost :D
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Silent Doom
Silent Doom: Seems legit.
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rob360
rob360: You should post the green screen bit in the DNs, it would probably be a bit funny.

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Sage of Balance
Sage of Balance: Definitely, I would like to see the animation process of a 3D model. I have seen the making of a 2D model but never that of a 3D model, so yes you should totally do it. :D
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Athysin
Athysin: Oh gosh, the puns -.-"
Though I shouldn't be talking >.>
Invisible hair? Sound, uhh, interesting...
The model looks even better now, though she's looking a bit UNARMED
Get it? Err, nevermind

Video please! That sound pretty cool
I'm sure dancing in a concrete room won't be THAT bad >.>
Ah, good ol' Chuckles XD
For some reason I feel like most people will choose 3 >.>
Well, I'm sure hospitals have very comfortable beds...
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Fireway
Fireway: I'd like to see the video of the person and game person copy the action sounds like fun
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Nylis
Nylis: Video - yes, VERY VERY dangerous stuff - no, and 2
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Kinzvlle
Kinzvlle : Yes you should make a video. Speaking of video`s the one you posted on the side is just plain weird.
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Aroninia
Aroninia: I have a suggestion for you guys at the underground lab...
Could you please put a button at the top of the page that brings us straight to the Pre-Registration site?
It would be a whole lot easy than scrolling through the posts until we find one with a hyperlink to that site...
Thank youz!
P.S. The hair looks awesome already! I can't wait to see the future styles!!! :D
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Solo Xz
Solo Xz: You should do the video XD, it would be nice to see you guys working on the body motion for the characters.
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: Congrats the hair looks so much better now!
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: I think a video would be a awesome idea, but it would depend on you guys. If you are hating the idea then it is ok. :D
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TemporalMaster
TemporalMaster: Yeah, make a video for us.
That's will be fun. xD
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Tokuban77
Tokuban77: Sure, make a vid. Also, I want to know about Chuckles. And oh yeah, I choose number 3. I will die in a good place (not in my house and having cup of coffe or cup of coffee and 5-hour energy when I die). Better to die in a hospital XD
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SamX
SamX: I'm really excited about making the 3D model move! Anyway, do you guys have some one that can do martial arts and gymnastics? it would be awesome if you use them combined.
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reallysillydude
reallysillydude: MAKE A VIDEO but I can't view youtube videos so it would be nice if you could do it in another format too. I can't see Youtube videos because my family's Family Safety program blocks it.
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: he said post ur votes on twitter not here lol. but if u dont have a twitter account thts understandable. if u didnt read my tweet i say 1 or 2, but moslty 1 because 2 doesnt sound healthy
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Grimhowl
Grimhowl: Perhaps Von Krieger should be the one in the video dancing around while a female character mimics his movements? Could be interesting...A video is an excellent idea. A most excellent idea.
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Uzaak
Uzaak: Not sure it is even close to being a final version (really, being a developer I understand nothing is ever final until it goes live), but maybe it would be good to post a couple images of the female model so people can help with ideas. Ie I have a feeling the right arm might be disproportionate. As that is only a partial image I can't really put my finger on it. Also, the armor seems too glued to the body, like skin paint. Again, perhaps this could be changed.

The video idea is pretty cool, but Artix, please hold back and don't kill go berzerk against any bones you see. Those are computer stuff, which can never be killed, ergo, no undead threat. Attacking may affect the project progress... though you'd be holding mo-cap and working digital bones on a Friday the 13th. ROFL.
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Slayerz
Slayerz: Do the video, no matter what the cost, it will be worth it.
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draconiceclipser
draconiceclipser: I think you should both be in the video. Try not to injure yourself, but if you do, try to make a witty comment before you pass out so it sounds cooler in the retelling.
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Kodix 101
Kodix 101: Why is the Oversoul website address still contain "artix" in it? And why is Oversoul being advertised on the AdventureQuest HOMEPAGE!?! I thought Nulgath was your sworn enemy!
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dooooooom lord
dooooooom lord: For some reason the 3/4 view of her reminds me of Katniss from the Hunger Games movie. I think it's the eyes.
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GD
GD: Just a little thing but I think her lips look a little close together... Almost like she is gunna kiss someone... Maybe it's small but I think it looks good otherwise. Great job!!!
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SoulAllyHanna
SoulAllyHanna: Looking better, I must say! As a 3D artist myself, I must say: I am impressed!
Can't wait to see the video *Dark, Sally like, giggle*
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Necroflame
Necroflame : To be honest the eyes kinda funny. Hope its one of the eyes in the characters customization.
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Morpomex
Morpomex: I like how she is comming along i don't see anything wrong with it I can't complain..... (because i can not draw very good) lol.... well i think it looks AMAZING...... keep up the good work..










:-)
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: For character eyes, can you have a set of eyes that are like Vocaloids? I still want ananime based game or option at least.
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shihan01
shihan01: make the man ..... please
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Satro1
Satro1: ITS AWESOME! ITS MUCH BETTER THAT AQ WELL ATLEAST THE HAIRSTYLE IS SHE LOOKS SO HOT AND SEXY KEEP UP THE GR8 WORK!
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Rogue kinsley
Rogue kinsley: oooh i just cannot wait for this!!! :DD
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ux300
ux300: minha conta hero smarsh nao pega alguem sabe como recuperar, se alguem for br.
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Kyle Isaac
Kyle Isaac: what..... no eye blinking, (or winking) :|
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