As you’re probably aware, we recently debuted OpenMW 0.12.0. to gamers across the world. It was delayed by bugfixes and documentation, but not nearly as much as some of our previous versions. We are very proud of it, but as the saying goes, “There’s no rest for the wicked,” and this first post-0.12.0 week proved quite productive for the team! So let’s talk about this week’s news.
The website received two new features thanks to Lgro. The first is the link on the top right of the page that says “#openmw”. This will take you to our irc channel at freenode. The second new feature is a button that swaps languages for the news section. These both continue our trend of lowering barriers for user engagement with the team and our community.
Up next, Werdanith finished cleaning up the soundmanager which allows for the addition of new features! Scrawl got right to work and successfully added water and rain sounds. Werdanith is in the planning stage for enabling sound effects for picking up items.
Gus continued his work on dialogues, a task made possible after Zini got dialogue scripts working. This is good news as dialogues are one of the main feature for version 0.13.0
Our leader Zini has taken two new tasks. The one that interests me most is item equipment. Once it is implemented the current “underwear party” you’ve seen in the 0.12.0 demo video will come to an end, and NPCs will begin dressing more modestly as we finally see jhooks1’s fine work on animating clothes (robes were especially tricky).
Meanwhile jhooks1 continues refining the physics system and already the changes are extensive. J’s using the physics of Project Aedra (another Morrowind reimplementation) as a model and should soon have a solution to the issue of players falling through floors.
Pvdk continues working on the launcher. A regression on linux platforms has been addressed and will soon be fixed. Also the launcher will no longer spawn unnecessary consoles on windows platforms.
Corristo is also active, but his engine work is not visible to end users, but are indeed necessary.
K1ll and BrotherBrick are preparing an Ubuntu ppa for openmw. Lot’s of work have gone into making it work correctly and risk free, but it’s almost done for all you Ubuntu users out there.
The OpenMW team is proud to announce the release of version 0.12.0! Release packages are available on our Download page. This release notably includes NPC and Creature animation, though no A.I. has been implemented, so animations must be activated through console commands. Please review the following:
Good day to you all!
OpenMW 0.12.0 has been in feature freeze for a while now and is currently being packaged up neatly for your consumption and joy. Thank you packagers! It will likely be available in a matter of days, so just hold on another 48 hours…
Testing and fixing packages on our three supported systems has eaten up a lot of time, but exciting work has continued on OpenMW 0.13.0. Its progress has been so remarkably fast that I dare say development is going smoother than ever before.
Scrawl has finished work on the sky for now. Weather effects are limited since they composed of particles and we haven’t implemented particles just yet. The sky looks very impressive, just like in Morrowind. Once again, I’m very happy with the progress in this area. It was a fast, smooth and elegant job and the result is a beautiful working skybox (we kicked cealum to the curb!). Take a look at this screenshoot.
And now! Quote of the week:
I have only the tiniest understanding of what you guys are talking about. Let me be more clear by “understanding” I mean it’s like waking up in a UFO and overhearing two aliens speak to each other about some an amazing glowing device in the room. You know they are having a discussion about said device because occasionally one or the other points at it. It’s like that level of comprehension…
ElderTroll expressing his feelings on the forum thread where the massive work being done by Yacoby and Scrawl on terrain rendering is discussed. These two are doing a truly fantastic job. Yacoby had a succesful idea for a workaround for vertex colours (quote: “OMG! I don’t believe that it’s working!!!!!!!!!!1111oneoneoneeleven”) which had not been working previously, but which are needed for terrain rendering. Meanwhile scrawl implemented terrain material, which improved performance.
It brings me great happiness to say that terrain rendering is finally feature complete. Its inclusion as an enabled feature in OpenMW depends on the release of Ogre3d 1.8 as we can’t put an unstable lib as requirement for a stable OpenMW. The wait for Ogre 1.8 gives the team the ability to do performance improvements like shortening loading times and generally polishing it for version 0.14.0.
Werdanith the brave has started exploration of the Dwemer ruins containing the soundmanager code. The code was not touched for aeons and is in pretty bad shape. The situation is similar to that of the rendering refactoring that happened a while ago ─ without refactoring no new features.
Jhooks1, our Isaac Newton, continues his work on physics. That’s another 0.14.0 task and with its release months away, I’m very hopeful that the major kinks will be sorted out.
Also, the above post should be free of the most scandalous spelling and grammar mistakes thanks to ElderTroll who volunteered to correct the news section. A number of users on forum said the errors are charming and adorable, but those compliments come from a bunch of ugly nerds. So sorry guys (which certainly most, if not all, of you are), but I don’t care about your opinion 😛
This image is from yacoby. You can see terrain and sky enabled. It’s amazing!
The 0.12.0 is near. Actually only package testing has left, well unless something goes wrong again. Lgro had a lot of struggle with libboost ─ it worked in different ways depending on version. Finally solution has been found and to this point It seems that morrowind path finding finally works as it should.
Scrawl started to work on skybox and weather implementations and soon after got very good results. So good that actually Zini started to think about moving skybox to openmw 0.13.0, even if weather still will be unfinished just because sky looks awesome on its own and most certainly It will be ready on time. I must say that I’m very happy since We finally can get rid of cealum that didn’t do what morrowind sky needs to have and is a fps-killer.
Sadly no chance for terrain rendering in 0.13.0. Water+Terrain+Sky would be so awesome, but It won’t happen before 0.14.0.
Jhooks1 is digging in few places and sometimes findings are ugly. Remember Project Aedra physics? Ultimately it seems that the problem cannot be solved by simply tuning few values. It looks like we are about to see a lot of recoding in our physics implementation.
OTOH jhooks1 was also messing with animations, and maybe finally the performance stopper was found. Needs testing. Meanwhile you can see this video…
Also it’s worth to mention that another crashing bug was solved. Heart in the Akulakhan’s Chamber is different then all other creatures and that proved to be a little nasty. But it’s fixed now. Bravo Jhooks1!
Dudes on IRC channel (our IRC channel is on freenode) say that it’s not advertised enough. Well, ok. So here is just a short compilation of memorable quotes from the channel:
|werdanith| interesting, sitting on the couch, watching on TV journalists arguing about exactly how !@$!$# we are
|pvdk| gus: never got into that, I did install gentoo though
|pvdk| back in the days, 14 years old, me and a friend, printed the whole install guide
|Sir_Herrbatka| Did anybody thought about using their skybox code?
|Sir_Herrbatka| It seems to work the same way as morrowind one
|pvdk| Sir_Herrbatka: well i thought about it right now
|pvdk| i thought: lets steal it!
|pvdk| steal their skies!
|Sir_Herrbatka| and? 😉
|Sir_Herrbatka| they have a pretty water too
|pvdk| nice! let’s steal that too
|raevol| some of my favorite things come from finland though: linux, korpiklaani, vodka…
|werdanith| vodka is finnish?
|raevol| probably not originally
|raevol| but they make good vodka
|Yacoby| it is trivial for the loss of productivy it brings
|pvdk| yeah need another vid card for it though
|pvdk| haha how so?
|Yacoby| I can “work” and watch a film 😛
|swick_| i got skyrim run in wine 🙂
|swick_| running on lowest settings and in a 800*500 resolution
|swick_| did not event know the resolution exists :/
|werdanith| scrawl: gus might know
|gus_| scrawl: 42
|Yacoby| I know a guy who ran arch testing on his server
|pvdk| Yacoby: wow…
|Yacoby| for the lols.
|Yacoby| it was sometimes up for entire days
|Pjstaab| why freenode?
|Pjstaab| all the cool people are on chatspike
|pvdk| wow hi Pjstaab
|pvdk| chatspike didn’t want us
|pvdk| they said we werent cool enough
|Sir_Herrbatka| NPC Activation only works on each npc’s lower body.
|Sir_Herrbatka| openmw is perverted by design?
|pvdk| Sir_Herrbatka: hehehe good pickup line to use on a pretty girl
|pvdk| Sir_Herrbatka: “Let me activate your lower body girl”
|pvdk| or something like that
|Sir_Herrbatka| try and share report about resoult
|pvdk| maybe i will 🙂
|pvdk| “openmw got me laid!”
|Sir_Herrbatka| I would put this on blog
|Sir_Herrbatka| would be very good PR
About openmw 0.12.0 (almost) straight from zini (The Coder Supreme):
Regression #1 (back and okay button in race window): The bug went away after the window manager refactoring. Slightly suboptimal, since we still don’t know what has caused it, but since the code that caused the bug is probably not in the codebase anymore, this is acceptable as a fix.
Can’t get it into 0.12.0 though (merging it into 0.13.0 was nightmarish enough). It looks like we will have an unfixed regression for this release.
Regression #2: (Crash when activating collisions after cell change) Very suspicious workaround. Shouldn’t work, but it does. Not entirely happy, but it seems we have no other choice than going along with it for now.
Regression #3: ( Running with –new-game will teleport to a strange location when leaving the initial location (imperial prison ship) Fixed. A slight oversight on my part during my work on cell handling; with disastrous results though.
Regression #4: (After exiting an interior and re-entering it light coming from light type objects is not rendered.) Fixed recently.
We also have 3 new (non critical) regressions:
Most of the configuration system is finished now too thanks to lgro. Since all major problems are now fixed I can say: The last commits before openmw 0.12.0! (?)
Jhooks1 says that He might found the solution for the problem with falling trough floor. That would be awesome but needs a little more insight.
GUS is still on dialogue GUI task. addTopic script instruction now works as well as greetings. Still much to do, like executing scripts in dialogs.
BrotherBrick created wikipage with instructions about testing for novice, I hope that It can be filled with more info soon. Here is the link: http://openmw.org/wiki/index.php?title=Testing
Did you visited http://crystalscrolls.sourceforge.net webpage? There is a new version released!