Tutorial Basic Object Implementation: A Tutorial

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Tutorial Basic Object Implementation: A Tutorial

  1. mollygos

    mollygos Super Community Manager IV Arcade Edition Starbound Developer

    Hey! I wrote up a quick tutorial showing you how to implement a basic animated object in Starbound. If people are interested in this, I'll try to make more. :) You can find a .PDF of the tutorial here.

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    • dhxmg

      dhxmg Scruffy Nerf-Herder

      Cool, thank you so much for this!
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      • Annoctatio

        Annoctatio Pangalactic Porcupine

        Wow, will this seriously be this easy? :D
        • Supergeek

          Supergeek Scruffy Nerf-Herder

          This is very cool, thanks Molly.

          We need a way to copy these around so we can share objects easily! Like put all the files for an object into .zip or .jar files.
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          • mollygos

            mollygos Super Community Manager IV Arcade Edition Starbound Developer

            You can always do that!
            I mean, the way the objects are edited now, you'd just need to stick the object's folder and the icon's files in a .rar and upload it with instructions to drop the files in the right places.
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            • Annoctatio

              Annoctatio Pangalactic Porcupine

              I already can imagine the amount of modpacks for this game. I can imagine developers faces when they say;
              "We made an game with almost infinite replay value, then multiplied it with infinity."
              • Supergeek

                Supergeek Scruffy Nerf-Herder

                I'm just thinking, considering how easy modding will be, it would be a great boon to be able to just put mods into a \mods folder, and then be able to enable/disable them easily by moving the zip files out, instead of having to go into different subdirectories to root out the mods you want to disable. Maybe even a Mods page with checkboxes in the launcher.
                • Alpha_Squad

                  Alpha_Squad Cosmic Narwhal

                  I sure will appreciate the API once it is in place. From what I can tell from this it makes me think that modding vehicles in is going to be a nightmare.

                  From your tutorial, I have a few questions in response:
                  1) Is it possible to use different sizes of frames for different frames of an object?
                  2) What unit of time is "animationCycle" in?
                  3)Can you elaborate on spaceScan? (such as how increasing and decreasing its value will effect the item in question)
                  4)How will I get my item naturally generated into the universe?
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                  • darkparadise

                    darkparadise Big Damn Hero


                    They will probably implement something like that when they work on the modding API. But i am sure that will be much more robust and able to do much more.
                    • Ordona

                      Ordona Forum Administrator

                      Theoretically, that could happen before the game is even out now (object-wise, anyways). :p
                      • Katzeus

                        Katzeus Wiki Administrator Forum Moderator

                        Really cool stuff, thanks Molly!
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                        • skaree

                          skaree Astral Cartographer

                          You shouldn't really have to worry about that. Just make the "smaller" frame the same size but with more transparent space.

                          If the gif is an indication it looks like '1.0' = 1 second
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                          • Illmad

                            Illmad Subatomic Cosmonaut

                            Is this a way we could mod our own items into the game? Is it also possible to set a crafting recipe for it?
                            • brazzk

                              brazzk Master Chief

                              That looks promising. Easy modding is pretty much one of the main reasons why I've spent countless hours playing and "fixing" Paradox's grand strategies.
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                              • EddyOkapi

                                EddyOkapi Industrial Terraformer

                                Game's not out, yet, we alreayd got a tutorial for that; that makes me giggle. I'm glad it'll be as simple as simply recopying some coding already there which should make it far easier and accessible.

                                I'm curious as to what program is recommended for these changes. I'm sort of total noob about these things here. <A>;
                                • skaree

                                  skaree Astral Cartographer

                                  In Molly's second image she suggests Notepad++ for the coding bit. For making png files you if you don't have gimp or photoshop you can simply use Pixlr.
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                                  • EddyOkapi

                                    EddyOkapi Industrial Terraformer

                                    Oh wow, I somehow missed that part when reading the whole thing. <A>;; Disregard my idiocy. Thanks!
                                    • Alvin Flummox

                                      Alvin Flummox Existential Complex

                                      Interesting read, thanks for posting this :) Going to be extremely simple to make basic item mods then!
                                      • StarshiyLeytenant

                                        StarshiyLeytenant Scruffy Nerf-Herder

                                        Very nice! This makes me excited for modding now :3
                                        • skaree

                                          skaree Astral Cartographer

                                          So now that we have the resources to mod will there be a "Modification" sub forum in either the "Starbound" forum or in the "Starbound > Fan Works" section? I think it might also be rather cool to have a "Modder" badge for people supplying quality mods... the icon could be the gear in your post.
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