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« Reply #165 on: September 23, 2018, 10:04:21 AM »

POM is parallax occlusion mapping(It's usually bundled with self shadowing when applicable). Basically, POM lets you apply a surface map that the game will render in quasi-3d, despite the surface actually being flat. There might be a more efficient alternative in hardware tesselation, but I don't know enough about it to say. Here's a vod of it implemented in jmonkeyengine.
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« Reply #166 on: September 23, 2018, 10:37:00 PM »

Mythruna already used parallax mapping.  Steep parallax mapping is just a flag but costs a lot and didn't provide much advantage.

Once one has already made their textures in such a way to reduce the parallax artifacts (it can't make pixels so there is always some ugly stretching for large relief) then the difference between them is minimal.

I guess in the video he's using standard parallax at the beginning and steep at the end but it's hard to tell.  The artifacts I'm talking about are the things that make the corners look like they have a satin finish or something.  I guess the steep flag does more lookups in the texture to avoid that.

Still, it's just a flag on the material.  It would already be available in the newer Mythruna engine where the materials were defined in config... except I forked the standard JME materials way back and never merged these newer features.

All of this is worth looking at.  It's just that on blocks, it always messes up at the corners/edges.
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« Reply #167 on: September 24, 2018, 02:25:53 PM »

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All of this is worth looking at.  It's just that on blocks, it always messes up at the corners/edges

I can confirm. It's definitely subtle, too, like you said, but having had a taste of it it's hard to return to 'flat' textures, even with pbr and normal maps.
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« Reply #168 on: September 24, 2018, 04:27:56 PM »

Just note that many of the Mythruna textures already use parallax mapping... just not steep parallax.  The rock texture, cobble, etc. all should have bump maps as well as normal maps.  If you toggle the render settings you should see them flatten out and get bumpy again.
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« Reply #169 on: November 01, 2018, 09:55:01 PM »

Is it just me or do the bot posts tend to be made directly after legit users post?
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« Reply #170 on: November 02, 2018, 12:53:08 AM »

Is it just me or do the bot posts tend to be made directly after legit users post?

Nah, I think it's because if a user posts something then that sends me a notification... and if I don't come read the post right away then the forum won't send me anymore notifications.

Normally I see the spam notifications and come delete it right away.  We get plenty of spam with no recent real posts.

So you guys are more likely to see the spam if someone has posted recently... but the spam amount is still a handful a week or so.
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« Reply #171 on: November 02, 2018, 07:47:28 AM »

So what you're saying is, active users contribute to the spam. ;c
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« Reply #172 on: November 02, 2018, 08:00:37 AM »

So what you're saying is, active users contribute to the spam. ;c

No, I'm saying active users make the spam more visible to you guys.  I see all of it anyway.

I guess we average 4-5 spams a week.  I usually remove them before you guys see them because I get an e-mail right away when they are added.
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« Reply #173 on: November 02, 2018, 08:01:31 AM »

If you want to stop and think about how 'evil' spam really is, think about what else I could be doing with the time I spend removing it from the forum and banning users.  :-/
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« Reply #174 on: November 02, 2018, 12:02:59 PM »

I could help stem the tide if you're at all interested. I still check the forums almost daily despite how barren it's been lately, and given your state of affairs, your time is a good deal more precious than mine. I think I'll get email notifications set up on here regardless.
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« Reply #175 on: November 02, 2018, 01:13:25 PM »

Well, one of the important things is to ban them so that we don't keep getting spam from them... and I don't feel comfortable giving out that level of admin capability.
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« Reply #176 on: November 08, 2018, 10:40:55 AM »

Here's a video exploring a lab about 2 miles under the earths surface. It has some interesting tidbits about the effects of being deep underground that might be neat to explore as gameplay mechanics.
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