BlenderPeople Development

Tracking the development of the BlenderPeople script suite.

Monday, August 28, 2006

BlenderPeople0.8 Released 

The post title says it.

Duped from the static page...

Not sure if BlenderPeople is for you? Download and read the comprehensive documentation: Blender People 0.8 Documentation

Blender People 0.8, zip file.

Blender People is a suite of Python scripts for Blender that, in conjunction with a mySQL database, allow the generation of large scale crowd dynamics, including (but not limited to) combat scenarios. Included in the distribution are a sample .blendfile, with all the scripts embedded, and the Windows installer for MySQLdb. BlenderPeople0.8 is release under the GPL. This version of BlenderPeople makes use of features not found in the official Blender 2.42a release. Windows users can find the special Blender compile here; OSX (Python 2.3) users go here. Anyone who wants to build their own for their platform can get a .zipped ./blender/source/blender directory here.

If you want a comprehensive list of what it can do, then download the standalone documentation. But if you're too lazy to even do that, then here is a short feature list:

- Arbitrary number of Actors
- User-defined Actor types
- Heirarchical, automatic or user-defined command and control
- Ranged attacks
- Actors can be set to attack, defend, march, retreat, mill, regroup, attack area, etc.
- Cross-platform
- User-defined effectors to simlute the effect on Actors of fire, mud, boulders, force fields, etc.
- Support for Blender's character animation DupliGroups
- Fast (my Athlon XP1800 w/512 MB RAM was clocking 40 seconds of calc time for each 1 second of animation in an 800 Actor simulation).







System Requirements 
Software:Available at:
Blender 2.42a - Character Animation BuildWindows users: graphicall.org
 OS X users: graphicall.org
mySQL 5.0http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/mysql/5.0.html
MySQLdb 1.0(self-installing .exe for MySQLdb included for Windows users)http://sourceforge.net/projects/mysql-python
Python 2.4http://www.python.org/


Don't be intimidated by the requirements list. People have found the documentation to be both complete and helpful, and have been able to get things running on their first try. Trust me, when you set up two 500-Actor armies, let them have at each other for fifteen minutes or so of calculations, then watch the results, it's really fun.

posted by Roland  # 5:55 AM
Comments:
Hi Roland!
It´s great to see such motivated people contributing to the community. Very nice project you have rolling there.

I couln´t find a E-Mail-Adress from you, so could you contact me through "_ruben@web.de", want to ask you some questions. :)

Cheers,
Ruben
 
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