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Badspot
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« July 24, 2012, 01:22:40 PM »

Instead of fixed maps, the new version of Blockland will feature a set of environmental controls that can be adjusted by any admin on the server. It's a bit like a more robust version of adjustable plate.  

Here's a video of it in action.



There are two tabs: simple and advanced.

The simple tab lets you pick a skybox, ground texture and water.  Default light settings are loaded from the skybox file.  Skyboxes may have fixed lighting or have a day/night cycle attached to them.





The advanced tab allows you to adjust all of the lighting setting manually.  



The following settings can be adjusted:
  • Enable day/night cycle (on or off)
  • Day length (1 to 86400 seconds or 0 for paused)
  • Day time offset (for adjusting time of day manually)
  • Day cycle file
  • Sun azimuth (position around the horizon)
  • Sun elevation
  • Direct light color
  • Ambient light color
  • Shadow color
  • Top and bottom sun flare textures
  • Sun flare color
  • Sun flare size
  • Visible distance (20 to 1000 meters)
  • Fog distance
  • Fog color
  • Sky color (multiplied on top of current sky texture, use white sky texture for solid colors)
  • Water color (again, multiplied on top of water color)
  • Water height
  • Underwater color (color of screen overlay when you are underwater and color of splash effects)
  • Water scroll X and Y (flowing water effect and force)
  • Ground color (multiplied on top of texture)
  • Ground scroll X and Y
  • Vignette color (shaded border around edge of screen)
  • Vignette multiply (alternate blending method for vignette)

You can really give things a completely unique look and feel by adjusting these settings






Additional notes:
  • You do not have to reload the map to change the environment.  Settings are applied in real time and synced to all clients.
  • This works on both listen servers and dedicated servers.
  • Skyboxes, ground textures, water textures, sun flares, and day/night cycles are all packaged as add-ons - so it is easy to make your own.
  • All environment textures are added to the file manifest, so clients that connect to your server will download see all custom textures.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2012, 08:31:15 PM by Badspot » Logged
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otto-san

« July 24, 2012, 01:23:11 PM »

this is pretty hot :D

edit:
since it seems that the sliders change the sun as they're slid, does this mean that there's a way to change suns without having to re-make them now? or am i just dumb and there was one all this time
« Last Edit: July 24, 2012, 01:25:42 PM by otto-san » Logged
Munkey

« July 24, 2012, 01:23:35 PM »

looks awesome
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DontCare4Free

« July 24, 2012, 01:24:05 PM »

Interesting.
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shyGriff

« July 24, 2012, 01:24:10 PM »

WOW
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Cookiez664

« July 24, 2012, 01:24:21 PM »

Wow this is amazing!
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heedicalking

« July 24, 2012, 01:25:25 PM »

cool. this looks amazing

soon to come: people who thought this was v21 release
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Monkeyboy

« July 24, 2012, 01:25:39 PM »

jaw dropping awesomeness
« Last Edit: July 24, 2012, 01:31:14 PM by Monkeyboy » Logged
Trymos

« July 24, 2012, 01:26:56 PM »

wow
sexy.
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shyGriff

« July 24, 2012, 01:27:05 PM »

cool. this looks amazing

soon to come: people who thought this was v21 release
i did at first when i saw new posts in development
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IkeTheGeneric

« July 24, 2012, 01:27:37 PM »

Can't wait for the update :o
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AQuietBadger

« July 24, 2012, 01:27:53 PM »

Woah
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jes00

« July 24, 2012, 01:29:31 PM »

Ooh!

I can't wait till V21!
« Last Edit: July 24, 2012, 01:34:03 PM by jes00 » Logged
RaR

« July 24, 2012, 01:29:53 PM »

This makes me want v21 than i already did! I cant wait!!!
 Praise
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Electrk

« July 24, 2012, 01:29:56 PM »

I love you so much
« Last Edit: July 24, 2012, 01:32:39 PM by Electrk » Logged
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