Page 237 - Rising Tensions

24th Jan 2018, 8:00 AM in Holiday In the Fog
Page 237 - Rising Tensions
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MagicMixture 24th Jan 2018, 8:00 AM edit delete
MagicMixture
Dude, I saw something a little creepy. When Odd completely devirtualized, you can still see his shadow. I don't know why, but little stuff that shouldn't be there unnerves me a little. He also starts devirtualizing as the kankrelat is charging its laser.

Don't think that I'm badmouthing the animators for this. Usually this stuff is unnoticeable because it happens so fast. I would actually be interested in how they did the 3D animating for this show. It's really fascinating.

Oh, do you want me to talk about the page? Well, what are your thoughts?

Life Points
Odd: 0 HP DEVIRTUALIZED
Aelita: 12.5 HP

Transcript

Rachel: This is complete bullshit. How is Aelita so damn powerful when she’s not even a proper psion?
Taylor: <inhale> Okay, listen good here.
Rachel: I’m listening real good.
Taylor: . . . Aelita is linked to the supercomputer, allowing her to alter the terrain however she wants.
Taylor: That link also allows her changes to remain in the first place.
Madeline (quietly): <wheeze>
Rachel: This is still bullshit. Since she’s so low leveled, she should use regular constructs.
Madeline (quietly): <wheeze>
Madeline (quietly): <wheeze>
Taylor: I’m the GM. I approved the abilities. As you said.
Madeline (quietly): <wheeze>
Stein: Are you okay, Madeline? You’re breathing heavily.
Madeline: Ngh-!
Andy: Hey, roachy! Think you can shoot faster than me?
Andy: Let’s test it out!
Taylor: . . . Sure.
<ROLL>
<ROLL>
Madeline (quietly): <wheeze>
Andy: Ha! Got you first!
<DEAD!>
[Odd devirtualizes at the same time the kankrelat explodes. -10 HP.]
Taylor: Just barely.
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Anvildude 24th Jan 2018, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
As a 3D animator myself (well, a student) I think I can explain the shadow.

See, I'm almost completely certain that the devirtualization effect is a 'mask' that is put on OVER the model (or multiple, so you get the wireframe and then the vanish). Wherever the mask is, the computer doesn't render the image of the model. However, that DOESN'T turn the model transparent, and so the raytracing they use to create lights and shadows still sees Odd as opaque.
MagicMixture 24th Jan 2018, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
MagicMixture
Wow, amazing! Thank you for the information! Just what is raytracing?
Cloy552 27th Jan 2018, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Raytracing is one of the ways you can render lighting in modeling software. You basically tell the computer where you want the light to come from and it makes shadows based on that, if you aren't in a hurry you can increase the number of rays so that the computer can make a better shadow.
MagicMixture 27th Jan 2018, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
MagicMixture
<stares in awe>
So cool.
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