Attach It Granny!

Ramp and I have been working on getting a bit more out of Granny then we have done in the past.  From what I hear, Granny is a pretty robust animation system, plus it works pretty well as a data exporter.  Playnet has primarily used it for the animation system, so we have concentrated on that portion of it.

We think we have a way to include multiple versions of a mesh in a single granny file as long as they have a separate root model (models include bones and “helper” objects as well).  All “models” could then have their own animation track-groups that should allow us some flexibility with physical attach points within any given animation.  This would also allow us to incorporate several different versions of game mesh objects for customization and attach purposes.  We can eliminate the need for multiple mesh files and hopefully clean up some weird render anomalies that occur in the first person view of the game.
If we ever move towards a more character centric player option, this will allow players to choose different, heads, equipment, and maybe even uniform details and display those with less code and more art.  Another bonus with this is that all of a single weapon’s needs (animations and meshes) would be satisfied with a single file…thus cutting down on the data bloat that comes from 7 years of development.

We just wished their documentation was a lot better.

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  1. Comment by HoriTomoOveve | 10/23/08 at 10:13 am

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    A few moments later…

    “Dad we took off our clothes and we are in the bed, what do I do?”

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    A few moments later…

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    A few moments later…

    “Dad, I’ve got my foot in the toilet, what do I do?”

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