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Is there a decent tutorial on how you use lups and ceg's? I want to get away from the built in effects but after looking in zero-k I can see an increadible array of differnt things and not much in the way of explanations on how you put things together...
I tried to build effects in steps. eg for an explosion first do some black smoke via http://springrts.com/wiki/CEG-Classes#CSimpleParticleSystem (CSimpleParticleSystem is basically some particles that get thrown in a direction.) For smoke the particle speed should be slow and they should drift upwards: set the parameters to archive that. (needs some experimenting)
Then you might want to add some fire sparks to the explosion. So just c&p the smoke part, and change some parameters. eg increase the speed and change the color -> tada, now it is fire.
At the end maybe add a groundflash thing (glowing circle on ground) for shockwave.
And this way you build the whole effect. It is VERY cumbersome though. Not really difficult but time consuming. After a while one might get a feel for it but I ended up randomly editing numbers until it was closeenough.jpg If you try to tweak too many things at once, it gets hard to keep track of what changed.
Did you try car's ceg spawner? It is in toolbox: viewtopic.php?t=27268 Allows you to browse cegs of other games, then you can open the file and see how they did it. (personally did not find that insightfull because it is basically staring at seemingly random numbers)
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