Term 'character' in games is usually associated with complex interacting game entities which represent either player itself or non-player entities (NPC).

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Character and Weapon animation interaction

If I have two models, for example: some character, and a bow, how do I work with them together in 3DS Max to animate them both (for example, when the character shoots an arrow with his bow, the ...
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How are character creators/customizers done in other games?(Reference images inside) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What techniques could I use to give players the ability to control certain features, e.g. fatness? How are character creators(usually seen in RPGs) done? Such as, the ...
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In MMO game, how to handle user characters, who are offline?

In my medieval MMO game, players have their own character, that represents themselves inside game. Like a King. Players could have cities and armies, but King acts as main driving force. Then it ...
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How to use rigid bodies for characters?

First off, I am making a game similar to SSB, which relies heavily on physics, even though it is a sidescroller. I am currently using Unity. In Unity there are "character controllers" which are used ...
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How to make a customizable 3D character with maya for a flash game [closed]

i'm working in a 3d flash role-playing game with alternativa 3d engine. My game requires the main character to be customizable, for example, the player must be able to add a mustache, a hat, a tie, ...
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What kind of system can I use to balance an RPG?

I'm developing a 2D RPG game, like Zelda. I've developed a first version, for studies. Now, I'd like rewrite it in better way The character has strength, agility, willpower, constitution, dexterity ...
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Should there be a limit to how many in game models there is for a 3d MMORPG?

I was considering building a character creator/customizer program that would enable a player to create their own 3d model based off of a series of preset body parts. i.e. A player could choose to add ...
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MySQL - Storing Character Inventory

What is the best way of storing the character's inventory (consisting of each item having a value for type and quantity). The only methods I can think of is to use the "text" type of field then parse ...
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How to animate a character from a sprite sheet?

I'm making an online game, and I had been using a blank square as the character until recently. Now I want to add a real, animated character. I downloaded a free sprite sheet which has 12 (3x4) ...
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Suggestion for C++ reinforcement learning library to control flocking algorithm

I am looking to use reinforcement learning to adaptively modify the weights involved in a flocking algorithm (i.e. 'boids'). Searching google revealed several libraries, but I don't know anything ...
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What NPC gets attacked first when attacking an NPC party in an RPG?

Let's say I am in a battle with four trolls, and I have the highest initiative, so I attack first. Should I randomly choose a troll to attack? Proximity to each troll does not matter (it is not a ...
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What solutions are available for 3d character creation/editing in games?

Many RPGs and MMOs offer a system for creating a character model, with varying levels of customization. Are there any open source libraries for this? Any libraries which can be licensed? Has anyone ...
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Character Stats and Power

I'm making an RPG game system and I'm having a hard time deciding on doing detailed or abstract character statistics. These statistics define the character's natural - not learned - abilities. For ...
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Are any 3D-design skills required for game development?

God knows I am no graphics designer! Aside, I'm a good developer with much experience. So, my quesiton is the following: Are any 3D-design skills required for game development? If no, how to write ...
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How to manage dependencies between tile map and units

I have a 2D tile-based strategy in the works. I'm wandering how to handle the relationship between the map and the units on the map. Given a tile coordinate I'll need to be able to get the unit ...
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How can I implement Offline Skilling

An example of offline skilling would be EvE Online. Your character (pilot) does not gain skills by getting experience. Instead, your character gains skillpoints towards a skill you are training ...
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Examples of interesting implementations of character stats? [closed]

I've got this BBG going ( http://ninjawars.net ), and the character stats currently are simplistic. I'm looking to add a few stats to the current 1/2 (strength and maximum hitpoints, essentially). I'...
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Where can I find md2 models? [closed]

I already went through Planet Quake. Where else can I find them?
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Self-righting agents that have fallen over

I need insect-like agents that have fallen/rolled on their back/side to naturally re-orient themselves. The agents are modeled as simple cuboids in the physics engine (Bullet) to approximate an ant-...
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Is there a free source for flat/32-bit character avatars to build off of? [closed]

I'd like to use some pixel characters as a base for tweaking into characters for my browser-based-game http://ninjawars.net . (In other words, I take a base template and I modify it with colors and ...
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Character Animation Architecture

Can anyone explain the general architecture typically used for 3D character animation? Are movements like walking and falling scripted against the skelton, and simply executed on input? If so, is ...
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Game Characters vs Characters in other medias

How do a characters designed for a game differ from characters made for books or movies? When a book or a movie is converted into a game, what are the differences and similarities that have to be ...
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Methods for character design

When one begins the character design process, what are good starting points? Are there well known methodologies or systems to help in this process? How does the design process work in game industry, ...
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What are the makings of a good Character

What properties make the main character of a game such that players can easily identify with it? Can the same set properties be used when designing the NPC characters players interact with, or should ...