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  1. DasMatze

    The Bricksperience

    A new version is available: http://www.indiedb.c...cksperience-v14 The biggest change is that I use converted LDraw parts now. They sometimes do lack smoothing in some areas but they sped up my workflow enormously. That means I can release new sets and bricks more often. Currently there are 311 bricks. Full changelog here: http://www.indiedb.c...s/v14-changelog This will probably be my last post in this thread as nobody seems interested in it anymore. I will continue working on it though.
  2. DasMatze

    The Bricksperience

    I picked it up again and released a small update: http://www.indiedb.com/games/the-bricksperience/downloads/the-bricksperience-v13 Changelog: - new pieces - new set - display mode added for sets you built - preview images for sets added instead of slow realtime preview Since the savegame format has been changed, it could be that you have to start over. I will continue to work on this. The next big feature will be interaction with the bricks (like doors and windows) in display mode. This should take a while to create.
  3. DasMatze

    The Bricksperience

    As I told you before, you need to recreate each brick as they need to be low poly and they need a custom made icon in a certain style. Importing 3d models and 2d textures is not as easy as importing text files at runtime. Therefore it won't happen. I'm sorry. Also I just discovered this: http://store.steampowered.com/app/332310 - Could this make my game obsolete?
  4. DasMatze

    The Bricksperience

    Good job recreating the train with the few available parts! Could you center it on the world origin, make it playable by adding steps and upload it to the mods section on indiedb.com, please? http://www.indiedb.com/games/the-bricksperience/mods It would help making the game more popular. Currently I'm not working on the game but if more people take note, I'll probably go back importing parts all day.
  5. DasMatze

    The Bricksperience

    Thanks a lot for stress-testing it! 4000 or 5000 part models may be possible but there are two things to keep in mind: a 500 part set takes already 30-60 minutes to complete and when you add steps to the model, all the bricks will have physics which could result in horrible framerates. That's why I wouldn't go over 500 - 600 part models.
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    The Bricksperience

    I created a little game called "The Bricksperience". In this casual game you can build sets virtually from the point of view of a minifig, earn Bricksperience points and spend them on new features. It uses LDR files to arrange the bricks and calculate the steps. Later on the game will have a challenge and you build against the time to earn different amounts of money which you need to unlock the sets and advance in the LEGO timeline. Since it's a game, low poly models with simple textures are required to keep the performance steady. Therefore I have to recreate each brick individually. That means you can only use the bricks that are available in the game in custom models. To see which bricks are available there are two options in the options menu to export an LDD palette as well as an LDR file (more reliable) with all the parts. Currently there are only four sets from 1980 - 1982 and 60 parts but there will be way more. I spent the most of the time creating the foundation for this game and now it's time to fill it with content. DOWNLOAD Known issues: - The menus are ugly - Some menu buttons have no sound effects - Only windowed mode - Requires good hardware Please give it a try and let me know what you think! Thank you! DasMatze
  7. Hi! I'm not a coder but I'm very familiar with the Unreal Engine 4's visual scripting system which I used to create a tool that will help you to convert Rebrickable part lists to LDD user palettes, This is how it looks right now: Features: One-click converting of Rebrickable CSV files to LDD user palettes Features coming soon: Converting decorations (prints) correctly Converting rarely used colors correctly to colors available in LDD Merging mold variations to bricks available in LDD Support for old colors Limitations/Disadvantages: Since it's running on a video game engine, it's quite heavy in terms of file size (102 MB) and requires a modern PC All bricks are placed at 0 0 0 so if you try to open the palette file, LDD will remove all but one brick. Every part of a multi-part brick like power function components will have everything colored in the main color. DOWNLOAD Decide yourself if the relatively large file size is worth the time you may save in comparison to LDD manager's palette process (which is still a great tool!). Right now it only uses Rebrickable IDs for the LDD IDs but that is going to change when I get through each file and check it for mold variations and decorations. The colors IDs have been translated manually which is why I need feedback regarding the colors. Sometimes It wasn't easy to decide which color in LDD is which color on Rebrickable. Is it worth continuing? Let me know what you think!
  8. DasMatze

    MOC Garden Railroad

    Thank you for the comments! I'm glad you like it. I was afraid it's not up to the high standard here on EB.
  9. DasMatze

    MOC Garden Railroad

    Here's my newest creation - a mini railroad diorama! Since this is a diorama of a house and since there is a train in the forum banner, I hope this is the right place (and not train tech). A render of the concept: The finished scene: Without the train: The train in detail: The carriages can hold up to three minifigs each if the hair piece doesn't need too much space. The train is pretty unstable but it is not meant to be played with. The whole train is connected to the scene at two spots. I hope you like it!
  10. DasMatze

    2015 LEGO Trains?

    Yes, Hobby Train V2 please! I wouldn't even mind if they brought the original Hobby Train back instead of a new train as I couldn't get it when it was available. If it's going to be a new train then I hope it'll be something along the lines of the Aerotrain, Trans Europ Express or Koploper. Alternatively it'd be nice if they pick something nice from a more Eastern country like Russia, China, India, Australia or Japan.
  11. DasMatze

    Storage and Sorting LEGO

    I recently discovered this video: At 1:25 he shows the trays and says they're about $1.50 each. I really want to know where he got them. But even if I could get them, I'm not sure what is the right system for me. Fast access is important to me as is movability of the containers. I'd love to get IKEA's Trofast system or the Rotho Systemix system but since I have a hundred different categories, I'd need a hundred different containers == ~750€. Right now I have around a hundred ziplock bags full of parts lying in a display cabinet.
  12. The Technic Volvo, my first Technic set. Then I'll be poor.
  13. DasMatze

    What elements of LEGO are copyrighted?

    Thank you for your replies! It really helps me. The reason I ask this now is I don't want to edit hundreds of models later on and I hoped there might be a clear answer to this question before I start modeling. @Paul B: How would you design some fictional building blocks? Without the studs it'd be kind of boring, even though there are no limitations of where you can build in the game (you don't need the studs and you can intersect pieces).
  14. Hello! I've been spending my recent time with creating a PC game where the player creates houses, furniture and more with building bricks (there's more to it, but that's the main concept). Once this project is finished I'd like to sell it. Since this is obviously inspired by my favorite toy (you may guess which one it is), I don't want to get in trouble with the LEGO company. I sent an email to LEGO where I asked which part of LEGO is licensed and must be changed to avoid identification with LEGO. The answer was: get in contact with a lawyer. Before I do that, I'd like to ask here whether anyone knows what a LEGO clone must not contain. Maybe someone of you is actually a lawyer. Some information about my idea of the bricks for my game: The aspect ration is 1:1 instead of 8mm:9,6mm Due to the other aspect ratio, it's not possible to recreate LEGO models/designs (at least not when they use SNOT elements) The studs are diamond shaped On the bottom there is no complex system, only a stud-shaped hole Figures are not planned for this game - if there will be some anyway, their anatomy will be more human than minifigures Basic shapes can't be avoided but decoration elements will obviously have a different shape Trivia: There is a game called Blockland, which used to be an official LEGO game, if I'm informed right. The creator stepped out of the deal and designed it to look different so there is no problem. Here you can see what it's bricks look like: http://blockland.us/Screenshots.html ... am I fine? Thank you in advance!
  15. DasMatze

    My Constitution Railroad

    Thank you for your feedback! Yep! If only I had the parts I would add rods but no piston action since I didn't want it to be any wider. That's right. The main problem would be the windows and either a train baseplate or small turntables of which I don't have enough. :(