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Newcomers DBPro Corner / Ragdoll physics and limbs

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captain caveman
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Posted: 14th Dec 2013 00:36 Edited at: 15th Dec 2013 18:22
In order to have ragdoll physics is it necessary to create and object made of limbs? I provide and example of a wobbly snow man WASD commands courtesy of LBFN:

Derek Darkly
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Posted: 16th Dec 2013 18:58 Edited at: 16th Dec 2013 19:00
You can manipulate a mesh in a very basic way with the vertexdata commands (listed under Basic 3D Commands in the help menu.)

I can post a simple example if you'd like, although I'm not talented enough to do ragdoll physics using this method.

D.D.
captain caveman
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Posted: 16th Dec 2013 20:59
it would be interesting to see an example Derek
LBFN
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Posted: 17th Dec 2013 20:57
I consider ragdoll physics an advanced subject. I have Dark Physics, but don't know of anyone getting ragdoll physics to actually work with it (not much else either, for that matter). I don't have Dark Dynamics, but you might want to look at that. Matty H posted a working ragdoll example here:

http://forum.thegamecreators.com/?m=forum_view&t=197129&b=30

I think that if you are looking to manipulate vertices to achieve a ragdoll effect, you will soon realize it is an overwhelming task.

Look on the Dark Physics & AI board for Dark Dynamics.

So many games to code.....so little time.
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Posted: 18th Dec 2013 01:04 Edited at: 18th Dec 2013 01:07
Here is a very basic vertexdata example:



I concur with LBFN - it would (literally) take a genius to come up with a ragdoll system based on raw vertex manipulation.

Once you learn to do animation in an outside app like Blender, Maya, Anim8tor, etc., you could probably just pre-program several ragdoll-type movements for your model.

Personally, I think most ragdoll action looks fake anyway.
When people are tumbling, dying etc, they tend to do more muscular flailing, kicking, etc... ragdoll looks like - well, a rag doll. (The latest games may be better, but I don't keep up.)

Ragdoll even looks dumb in (arguably) good games like Skyrim!

D.D.

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