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  1. I think they were finished up. There are raptors in the Monster mod. https://www.moddb.com/mods/bf2-human-vs-monster-mod
  2. https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/Using_Click_Team_Installer_with_Battlefield_2/2142_Mods
  3. Graphic artifacting is the problem that is preventing older versions of 3dsmax (anything that is 32 bit) from being used on any Win OS newer than XP. I have found some claims for solutions, but everything I have tried does not solve the problem. It might reduce the chance of the problem happening, but it always comes back. Basically, this makes 32 bit vesions of 3ds max useless as anything but to export models. This video shows the problem:
  4. With the NAW updater, it will be easy to add once it is ready
  5. I am now testing a GUI version of the Navmesh tool for BF2/2142. The code has has been updated from PYthon 2.7. I(which is now obsolete) to Python 3 as well. I will write a tutorial for it that will step the user through using this tool to create a navmesh from a test map.
  6. I think I finally have it all figured out: - Directx9 is required - the helper tools need to be set up for backwards compatibility - make sure you have working versions of the helper tools Expanded Tutorial here: https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/Getting_the_latest_3ds_Max_BF2_Tools_to_work
  7. Apparently, I have been overthinking the problem of getting the 64bit versions of 3ds max to export and possibly other functions that use the the 32 bit exe files. In the folder: \Program Files\Autodesk\3ds Max [ver]\Scripts\bf2\bin\release There are 4 files: bf2Materials.exe HMParts.exe mergeTGAColors.exe SceneParse.exe Select properties of each file and set compatibility to XP SP3 for each one. Now they will run correctly as 32 bits app with the 64 bit version of 3ds Max.
  8. Thanks for the tutorials. I will work on uploading the picture tutorial to the BF modding Wikia: https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/Classic_Battlefield_Modding_Wikia
  9. Thanks for the tutorials. I will work on uploading the picture tutorial to the BF modding Wikia: https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/Classic_Battlefield_Modding_Wikia
  10. For future reference, I have created/collected/updated tutorials for collision mesh Hierarchy and setup. My main focus was AImesh set up and exporting, but since the Aimesh is the collision3 and the collision meshes have to be set up and exported together, with the collsion3/Aimesh only need to navmeshing, these tutorials are useful for all collision meshes: https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/How_to_set_up_3dsmax_collision_mesh_schematic https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/AIMesh_Hierarchy_Editing https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/AImesh_Export_3dsmax https://classic-battlefield-modding.fandom.com/wiki/How_to_create_Collision_Meshes
  11. That may be a work around for new installs, but Autodesk products are notoriously problematic for trying to reinstall to a different folder. I will try that out the next time I have a clean system . I found where the global variable is being set that has the location to the tools folder. The variable is: g_bf2ToolsLoc It is set in the plugin folder in bf2_mat_staticmesh2.ms: if not g_BFisGmax then g_bf2ToolsLoc = (getDir #scripts) + "\\bf2\\" What I am thinking is that g_bf2ToolsLoc could be searched for \Program Files\ and if it exists change it to \Program Files (x86)\ A batch file could be kicked off to copy the tools over to the \Program files (x86) if they don't already exist. That, I can handle. I have scripted in other languages, I just don't know enough about max script. The 3ds Max help does not have many examples, so it's not exactly easy to follow. Its also hard finding examples online.
  12. There has long been an issue with getting BF2 plugins to fully work with 64 bit versions of 3ds Max. There are also issues with getting them to work with newer Operating Systems such as windows 7 & 10. Autodesk, the parent company of 3ds Max does not support any 32 bit versions on Windows 10 and 32 bit versions have graphic artifact issues with Windows 7 and newer Operating systems (7, 8, 10), even when run in compatibility mode for Win XP and using alternate graphic options. Project Reality forums have a running thread with updated 3ds Max Plugins which will only partially work on newer versions of 3ds Max. The big problem is that export will not work properly. The export functionality uses two helper programs: sceneparse.exe and BF2Materials.exe. What I have figured out is that the export process stops when it tries to run sceneparse.exe and BF2Materials.exe. The 3ds Max plugin script exports the model into .dat and .mtl files. Sceneparse and BF2materials then help to convert these into the BF2 model files used by the game. These tools are located in the scripts folder of 3ds Max. For the 64 bit version, this is installed under \Program Files which is for 64 bit apps. That is the main problem, since these helper tools are 32 bit tools and need to run from a 32 bit safe folder, such as under \program files (x86) folder. The tools will run manually in the \program files ( X86) folder but not under the 64 bit location. There are probably other 32 bit helper tools with the same issue used with the 3ds Max plugin script. The solution is to make sure there is a copy in \Program files (x86) and change to the script to run them from there. I just don't know 3ds Max script well enough to make those changes yet. Also when sceneparse.exe is run manually from a command line, it provides a tremendous amount of information on the object that is exporting.
  13. Restored the tutorial with images, but I do not have the download tools https://classic-battlefield-modding.wikia.com/wiki/How_To_Modify_The_BF2_Flash_Menu
  14. Does any one have a copy of this tutorial with the images?
  15. Tutorial restored: https://classic-battlefield-modding.wikia.com/wiki/Build_a_Long_Wooden_Bridge
  16. I mirrored this tutorial here with the missing images: https://classic-battlefield-modding.wikia.com/wiki/Stair_Gradients
  17. If you have ever run into this problem you know it can be complicated. If you have never run into this situation, one reason you may want to is if you are trying to create an AImesh or edit a navmesh for an object bundle. Object bundles don't load into 3ds Max. You can import each part, but then you are trying to line them up one by one. That will work for small bundles where you can easily figure out how each piece lines up. But if this is a complex object bundle with a lot of pieces or if it is difficult to figure out how they line up, then this can be a frustrating problem. Once common example would be a bridge made of overlapping sections. Since they overlap, it can be difficult trying to match the exact overlap when importing into 3ds Max. Then what if the sections are rotated and overlapped. In that case it gets a lot more complicated. I wrote a script that will convert each object in an object bundle into static Object format. It adds a position and rotation line for each object in the bundle and sets each object to layer 1.Download the Python 2.7 script here: (you must have Python 2.7 installed to be able to use)https://classic-battlefield-modding.wikia.c...ts_into_3ds_MaxNote: You would use the imported objects in 3ds Max as a placement guide.
  18. Well, I am working on restoring a number of tutorials that are no longer available, as well as creating an indexed mirror for existing tutorials. I was getting frustrated trying to keep track of all the tutorials that I have collected over the years and then trying to find stuff online. Most of the tutorials online are missing images because they were hosted on an image sharing site, which only keeps photos for a limited amount of time. Even with the working tutorials,the download links are probably missing. I am using Wikia, because it allows the images to be hosted locally on the site, it is easy to update, anyone can contribute, and it does not rely on any one person to maintain the site. I Started working on updating tutorials for creating singleplayer, and then expanded it to all areas. The only problems are that since it is Ad supported, there are a large number of ads and that all small images are text wrapped, which can be an issue when using a lot of images or the image sizes have to be increased to prevent the wrapping. http://classic-battlefield-modding.wikia.com/wiki/Classic_Battlefield_Modding_Wikia If anyone has a tutorial that is no longer available, please contact me. I have placeholder for tutorials that I have but have not uploaded yet.
  19. I am using the term static loosely as in an object that is not a PCO. I just don't want it a PCO, so any suggestions are welcome. It is set as a bundledmesh just like Devilman said: GeometryTemplate.create BundledMesh eu_titan_exterior_main_backCollisionManager.createTemplate eu_titan_exterior_main_backrem collision eu_titan_exterior_main_backObjectTemplate.create Bundle eu_titan_staticObjectTemplate.saveInSeparateFile 1ObjectTemplate.mapMaterial 0 metal 0ObjectTemplate.hasCollisionPhysics 0ObjectTemplate.physicsType 3include eu_titan_static.tweak[\code]Remdul create a collision mesh importer for max which is on his BFMeshView site: http://www.bytehazard.com/bfstuff/I will have to look for BF2 shader wrapper, I think I have it on an external hard drive somewhere. I will track down and load up the missing textures.
  20. Corona, Thanks for the great info. I PMed you links. Devilman, Bots navigate through complex structures better as statics than PCOs. They try to interact with the object instead of going through it.
  21. At the time of the post, I was listing the challenges, not actually trying to accomplish it. The lack of a proper editor and debugger makes it difficult to work with the BF2142 game engine and therefore there are not a lot of modders willing to work on it. The problem requires a diverse skill set, which I did not have at the time. SatNav released a navmesh plugin for the Titans a few years back. Using SatNav's work, EzpickNZ navmeshed wake 2142 to include a static Titan, with bots able to go into the Titan. But he did not have the skills to figure out the whitewashed texture issue. Now, that I have picked up some 3d modeling skills I was looking into how to fix the texture issue. I now have the skills to fix up the navmeshes in 3dsmax. So, out of all the issues, many have been resolved.
  22. Good deal on the parts that are already staticmeshes. That will make it a little easier. In addition to including the Titan in a navmesh for Wake 2142, I also need it to create a navmesh for a Titan boarding map with two Titans either back to back or docked to some sort of platform in the sky. But, the since the Titan is too complicated for an AImesh, my idea is to use a navmesh version of the titan to weld it onto the generated navmesh from wake 2142 using 3dsmax or Blender. But for a titan in the sky, where there is no generated navmesh to weld anything onto, everything is created in 3dsmax. Then the question is how to position the hand crafted navmesh into the map correctly without a generated navmesh as the guide. I believe the solution is with the static import tool for lightmapping in 3dsmax. Apache Thunder gave me this idea when he showed me a video of how he creates his BF1942 maps in 3dsmax using this tool. BF2 has the same capability. All I have to do is to create a navmesh stand-in for the Titan or any other object that I want to import into 3dsmax. In turn, the 3dsmax import script with do the object placement conversions between the BF2 coordinate system and 3dsmax. All, I need to do is to replace the static mesh with the object navmesh portion and when imported, the statics will be imported as a navmesh and the they will just need to be welded together. The only thing that I have figured out yet is why the textures are looking whitewashed.
  23. Thanks Devilman. Since the Titan is made up of many parts, I was hoping that I would not have to convert each from bundledmesh to standardmesh, but it looks like there is no easy way to do this. No worries on the python code, as this won't be for a standard Titan game mode anyway. I want to be able to place a flag in the Titan core room and have the bots be able to get to it. The purpose of this project is more than just getting bots to move around on the Titan, it's part of a proof of concept on a workflow idea to create navmeshes for complex objects. If this idea works with the Titan, it will work for just about anything. So, I have converted the back part of the Titan into a staticmesh and got in game. Image link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_o_kOaz7RpTN0dJY3pNSVM4Szg/view?usp=sharing As you can see the issue now is that it's all whitewashed. Tracking down and fixing the texture will be the next problem to solve.
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