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Gaming Discussion / Re: Minecraft, Part 2
« Last post by HoundofDarkness on April 21, 2018, 03:29:24 pm »
Well, I've actually been on the server but it was super quiet.  So... If I can come back I hope you'll be on at the same-ish time.
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General Discussion / Re: The Expanse (tv series)
« Last post by Luis Dias on April 21, 2018, 03:08:43 pm »
First two episodes of this season are killer. I'm impatiently waiting for the third one!
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The Babylon Project / Black Screen on certain missions
« Last post by Seawolf on April 21, 2018, 02:08:21 pm »
So, wanted to start the "Infestation" Campaign, and a black screen comes up. I can see my HUD and dialogue and all, but everything else is black.
Any help?
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Mission & Campaign Releases / Re: RELEASE: Freespace 3 the search For bosch
« Last post by PIe on April 21, 2018, 01:25:37 pm »
I'm not sure anyone ever noticed this but Rhymes pointed it out on a stream:
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I'm afraid I will disappoint you, but from what I can see this model is utterly unsuited for the FS2 engine. For one thing, I see modelled-in panels, which are completely over-the-top for a fighter, and a significant hurdle for downrezzing it. The horrible smoothing also speaks for a potential host of manifold issues.

I know this is not what you want to hear, but attempting to import a third-party model into FS2 is a recipe for disaster.
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Well, for one, I'd worry more about dropping the polygon count before UV mapping it. It would allow the UV mapping procedure to be far more easier and will save performance. Your pictures reveal a polycount of over 200,000 which is, in my book,'reserved' only for large warships with detail. With something as small as a fighter, you'll want to keep polygons at less than 10'000. Reasons for this is that fighters are generally placed in bulk during missions, such as squadrons and wings; and the detail placed upon them is generally unidentifiable at even the closest of ranges.

3 wings of highly detailed, 200k polygon fighters would heavily strain both your PC and the Freespace 2 engine, or may even crash them both altogether.

My advice is to do what I did with Tan.j's Battlestars; reduce polygons to an acceptable standard for the engine and fix the model in places it requires. You will also be able to identify places that can do without detail and learn techniques that will help your modelling in the future. I learnt more from trying to convert high-poly models than I did from creating them.
That's my advice on the issue.

I'm still trying to learn blender. How would I reduce , say... The number of faces or so . that helps reduce polycount right? Like can I select a part of the ship and use a button that reduces the polycount?
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General Discussion / Re: 2018 HLP Book Club
« Last post by The E on April 21, 2018, 11:27:10 am »
The series in question is the Honor Harrigton series by David Weber, a nice light reading with political intrigues, spaceships going boom, a protagonist that is very good at her job but always gets in the worst situation possible because politics and has an empathic bond with a sentient six-limbed alien cat.

Here's a piece of advice, should you decide to stick with the series: Absolutely, positively stop reading after either Ashes of Victory or At All Costs. The series takes an absolute nosedive after that, as Baen stopped doing editorial oversight on Weber and he started to use dictation software to write (Shadow of Saganami is, imho, the only exception here; that book is actually decent).
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General Discussion / Re: 2018 HLP Book Club
« Last post by Det. Bullock on April 21, 2018, 11:14:20 am »
After a year and a half or so of complete burnout during which I've read only a couple of Star Wars tie-in books (Ahsoka and Catalyst, both rather good, especially if you like to know more lore about the kyber crystals) some time ago I decided to try the kindle app for the smartphone my family decided to saddle me with (frigging touch screens...).
Since I had heard there was this nice military sci-fi series whose first two ebooks were free I ended up buying the remaining books on the app one at a time in the last few months.
The series in question is the Honor Harrigton series by David Weber, a nice light reading with political intrigues, spaceships going boom, a protagonist that is very good at her job but always gets in the worst situation possible because politics and has an empathic bond with a sentient six-limbed alien cat.
Of course the author seems to be a bit obsessed with telling how much socialism is bad, but fortunately the enemies aren't depicted as strawmen, mostly, and kind of eases up on that by book 8 (that I'm currently reading right now).
There are also some rather ponderous infodumps here and there that sometimes seem a bit lore for lore's sake though and that might not be everyone's cup of tea.
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Site Support / Feedback / Re: Post-server move issues
« Last post by jr2 on April 21, 2018, 07:56:03 am »
Under Installing FreeSpace Open, Knossos needs to go in there soon, if not now with a (beta) tag on it.
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General Discussion / Re: 2018 HLP Book Club
« Last post by 0rph3u5 on April 21, 2018, 06:27:20 am »
I don't find the time to read as much fiction as I want to recently either - in part because the ammount of non-fiction I have cram for my thesis and papers (esspecially stuff like Architecture and Literature of which I don't actually have any in-depth academic knowledge, so I actually have to work to put out a 2.0*-grade paper) *German academic grading system has a kind of "inverse scoring", so 1.0 is the best grade you can get and 4.0 is lowest passing grade.

So, I started cheating a bit last semester and decided to enroll in Literature classes for the languages, I speak relatively well.

First book of the year comes in that vein: Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger (1987)

The book is written form the perspective of Claudia Hampton, a fictional historian who was born in the late 1900s, and at first reads like the manuscript of an autobriography or final book of hers, until for the first time the perspective shifts to the world outside her mind and you learn that she is at present in a nursing home and that both her health and her mental faculties are declining due to her advanced age (the book never quite gives the time of its present but e.g. Claudia having a grandchild is mentioned at one point).

With a few exceptions of interludes in the present day, the story continues as Claudia's recollection of the events of her life; Not in a chronological fashion instead it is organised as a narrative that at first serves a train of thought about the nature of her work, but soon the autobiographical examples take over and her recollection of these structure it going foward.

The non-chronological nature of the account plays well with the idea that memory is not systematic and gains inflection by the act of recollection. The present day interludes, which are accompanied with shifts in perspective, contexturalise Claudia's account through observations from or about characters in her recollections (e.g. her daughter).

One of the book's biggest strong suits is how it handles the framing of history has a narrative, esspecially the interplay between Claudia rejecting the orthodoxy of the "great white men"-theory by styling herself as an exceptional woman.

The biggest drawback is that despite being organised into chapters, the shifts in persepective and style come and go with little warning. While they all have their place and serve a purpose upon revisitation, these shifts make it really difficult as casual read.



Starting this semester's syllabus, I am playing hard and loose here with the definition of a book: Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener (1853)

Narrated by an unnamed Wall Steet-lawyer the short story follows the events that are set in motion by the hire of the name-giving character.  Most of what happens is not only disruptive to the law-firm in minor, yet impactful ways and infused with a slight surreality that it calls into question if Bartleby is in fact real and/or human. While the notion that something supernatural is at play is openly dismissed, the question of the nature of Bartleby as a person remains at play until the end....

...of which, I would prefer not to report. ;)

The short story is actually quite funny at parts (though you won't laught out loud) but, as it is the nature of absurdist texts, quite thought-provoking. Esspecially now in a time where the political narrative of the "forgotten men and women of [country X]" is used a lot.



Next up on the list: Wilhelm Raabe: Die Akten des Vogelsangs (1896)

(For those who don't speak/read german, the title translates to "The Files of Birdsong", "The Files on Birdsong" or "The Files regarding Birdsong", depending on grammtical inflection. And yes, this syllabus is building up to a work from Kafka.)
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