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Old 26-03-2009, 05:41 PM   #151
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I was looking through some of the other forums' WIPs this morning. Only a couple stood out to me....but there are so many its impossible to go through them all. Maybe we could set up a "recon" thread where we post links to the best entries the other forums have to offer. This is especially useful right now since there is no central entry system yet. Even with the entry system it would be nice to know which ones are worth looking at.
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Old 27-03-2009, 03:08 AM   #152
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...Maybe we could set up a "recon" thread where we post links to the best entries the other forums have to offer.
I like the idea of the Watch Dog thread. Someone has posted the link for the GameArtisansspy thread.

Looking at entries is good for ideas on presentation. On the other hand, I don't like to look at threads before I have laid out a final concept of my own.
This way it doesn't feel like I'm stealing bits and parts from other artist.
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Old 27-03-2009, 01:04 PM   #153
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Ok so I'm totally in the zone when I'm working and I think to my self, Hmmmm I wonder what gets everyone else into that space where time and space has no meaning? I tend to get there with some old friends that I have blaring through my Headphones......IRON MAIDEN!!!! and some live after death, I love having the roar of spitfire engines reving up as I start my day and to hear those inspirational lines form good ol Churchhill, they even apply to this event.... We shall fight in the fields and the streets, We shall fight in the hills....WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER!!!!!

So my query is what do you guys do to get to that place?
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Old 27-03-2009, 02:35 PM   #154
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I start by sketching and playing rock classics, especially Led Zepplin it reallly gears me up and takes me to dream worlds of Roger Dean. The most rewarding has to be when I turn the dial to classical music. There's something about Mozart, and Bach that really focuses my attention to my work. I have filled sketchbooks by doing this, and I know the root of alll this comes from my childhood lessons of learning to play the violin. As a father now I use my childrens playful ways to see the fun in projects it helps, is my "anti-writers block".
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Old 27-03-2009, 02:50 PM   #155
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Old 27-03-2009, 04:21 PM   #156
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Old 27-03-2009, 04:32 PM   #157
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Personally I listen to soundtracks. Anything by Hanz Zimmer (dark knight, last samurai, kung fu panda), the battlestar galactica soundtrack is also cool (although the main theme is in a lot of the tunes so it can get a 'tad' repetitive in places....um, the ghost in the shell tunes are cool too...if a little weird.

I don't know about if it gets me in the zone, per se, but it certainly makes for good listening
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Personally I listen to soundtracks. Anything by Hanz Zimmer (dark knight, last samurai, kung fu panda), the battlestar galactica soundtrack is also cool (although the main theme is in a lot of the tunes so it can get a 'tad' repetitive in places....um, the ghost in the shell tunes are cool too...if a little weird.

I don't know about if it gets me in the zone, per se, but it certainly makes for good listening
speaking of soundtracks the HALO and Gears of War soundtracks are also good source of inspiration
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For the second year now, I am using the GuiltyGear soundtracks to keep the motivation going; but stay away from the vocal tracks!
It's heavy guitars with a baroque like virtuoso influence. YouTube sample link

Music with no vocals is definitely a most since the focus is on the mood of the song and not on it's meaning.
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Old 29-03-2009, 09:05 AM   #160
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Totally got a question; do we have to set up anything on the official D-War thread? I'm pretty sure that we have to do the thumbnail thing and link to our WIP threads here on 3DTotal, but it's the 29th and there's still nowhere to do it. It says it was supposed to open on the 20th, but got delayed due to GDC (perfectly reasonable excuse, what with the mindblowing announcement of Onlive).

http://www.gameartisans.org/contests/dw/4/soon.html

I just wanna make sure that that's still something we gotta do, and that it can't be done yet. Don't wanna forget something important like that...

Oh, and as for headphone fodder, I usually listen to foreign music for the same reason Sebiomegas listens to soundtrack tunes. If I can't understand it, than I can't get distracted thinking about/singing along to the lyrics

Asian Kung Fu Generation, Uverworld, Puerto Rican Power Orchestra and Daft Punk are constantly on my playlists, though I also listen to Pandora.com, so I'm not quite sure what I listen to sometimes. I trust the internets to tune me into new music
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Old 29-03-2009, 02:52 PM   #161
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yep, you still need to setup your thumbnail page that links you from the war site to your thread here, but like the site says, the thumbnail page is delayed.
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Some good music listed here , there is a lot I have never heard of but plan to check out. Perhaps some of it will migrate to my own playlist.
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I am confused about the rules....

Do these models need to in fact be able to run in a game... like do they need to be rigged and animatable... or are they just statues? For example.. if you make a flaming sword... do you just model the flames in freeze frame.. or do you need to make the flames in a way that could exist in a real-time engine.. though shaders or animated maps etc etc?
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its hard to explain, the easiest way to get an idea would be to look at older war characters and see how they went about making thier characters.

But if I just had to explain, I would say make it for a game, but use the rules given. Meaning, make it so if you wanted to animate it later, you could, as for flames and what not, oppacity maps are your friend.
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but i do not have to rig them and write DX shaders and stuff if i want glows and what not?
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