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If anyone wants a minor plug in done, can you please email me because I want to get some experience doing plugs, but nothing too difficult...

My email address is supremebeing99@hotmail.com

Don't email the link at the top of the post because I can't get to that email at the moment.

Thanks

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If you'd like to get experience making plugins, I suggest you make some plugins. Just make a few little modifications here and there...

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Yeah, I've done that...

I can do everything except graphics, which is really annoying me. I can't even make graphics work that I already have spďn files for, after I've put them in with resedit.

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Originally posted by pp0u20e8:
**Yeah, I've done that...

I can do everything except graphics, which is really annoying me. I can't even make graphics work that I already have spďn files for, after I've put them in with resedit.**

Nova is sporadic about loading spďns that use PICT resources. Fortunately, all you need to do is pop a valid spďn with PICTs through (url="http://"http://w00tware.ev-nova.net")EnRLE(/url) and it'll make a nice little RLED and/or RLE8 resource for you.

As for making graphics, there are a host of free programs available that you can use. Strata 3D is pretty powerful in the right hands, and there's a free version of it available at (url="http://"http://www.evula.org/ewan")Ewan's Lair(/url). (url="http://"http://www.povray.org/")POV-Ray(/url) has a good renderer, but (last time I checked, anyways) it has no graphical user interface. There are other free 3D apps too, but I won't mention them here. (Try searching this board for things like "free 3D software")

Of course, if you have a few hundred to a few thousand dollars laying around, you can always buy something professional like (url="http://"http://www.lightwave3d.com")LightWave(/url), (url="http://"http://www.aliaswavefront.com/")Maya(/url), (url="http://"http://www.maxon.net/")Cinema 4D(/url), (url="http://"http://www.electricimage.com/")Electric Image's Universe 5(/url), (url="http://"http://www.hash.com/")Animation: Master(/url), (url="http://"http://www.discreet.com/products/3dsmax/")3ds max(/url)*, etc., etc.

*3ds max is windows only.

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(This message has been edited by MadFax7 (edited 04-12-2003).)

RLEs are better to use than PICTs anyway, because they use less memory in the Nova engine.

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Try making a host of new outfits which really stretch the imagination - just a heap of cool stuff that you can by in certain places - then post it on the Nova ddons page, boom instant success.

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I can make all the normal graphics work, like the side and front view, and the target view, but they're all photoshop pics. The spďn file is a resedit file, and I tried putting it into EnRLE, but I just get 2 files, neither of which I can do anything with!

Grrr!

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Can't help you with the graphics problem, as I know buggar all about it.

Something I suggest you do is make say, 5-10 missions for your favourite government, add a few outfits and change a few systems. It's only a small project, and it can really give you experience, even if you don't release it. Just do a couple of those plugs and you'll soon be making 50+ mission packs and the like.

What I suggest you DON'T do is add a system, a station and a few ships using existing graphics. That will not be welcome, it will taint your credit as a good plug maker and won't do anything for experience. If you can do everything as you claim, a few missions shouldn't be that hard. If you want to go further, put something of your own into it: a plot twist, some new characters or whatever you can think of.

Another thing I always found helpful was the good ol' mercenaries. Just make a system (or use and existing system) with a station in it, and make a new mercenary government that will work for anybody. That way, you can have missions that are totally broad-based, ie you don't have to fight any one government, since you only work for money. Have a few bounty hunting assignments, and contracts from the Federation, pirates, Wild Geese or whomever you choose.

If you ever need any help with anything, mail me at pistman1@yahoo.co.uk
Also, if you're interested, I'm making a few plugs which need some help and little touches. If you want to help me out on one of those, just tell me and I'll find something for you. It's all experience, and practice makes perfect.

Hope this all helps, matey.

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(This message has been edited by pistgavin (edited 04-13-2003).)

Thanks pistgavin, sounds like a good idea. I'll do that. Also I agree with the new planet/system thing. It really annoys me when people post a new plugin which has only got like a new planet on it, which doesnt really do much and doesnt affect the game at all.

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