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kabod
12-13-2005, 11:27 AM
I have worked with different LW versions from the early Amiga days and can do enough for TV show opens and Flying Logo's etc.
My problem is that I have a son who just turned 14 who is lightyears ahead of me now when it comes to 3D. Last year he taught himself C++ and this year is learning DirectX. I bought him LW8.5 for his birthday and he has already modeled different creatures for some game he is working on. He is asking questions that I can't begin to answer i.e. how do you go from a LW Model or animation to a game??? This might be a simple question and probably entails a ton of plugins but I need to know how to point him in the right direction. Are there books he can read dealing specifically with LW and Gameing or Online Tutorials. Please help an OLD DAD (getting older by the minute) find the answers so I can be his HERO again!

Blessings-
Steve

Lamont
12-13-2005, 03:47 PM
If he is using DirectX, then he can go grab the DirectX Exporter from DStorm:
http://www.dstorm.co.jp/archives/plugins/dx3d/DX3D_132.zip

Or (beating Turbo to the punch) look at the Torque Engine.
http://www.garagegames.com/

kabod
12-13-2005, 03:58 PM
Thanks- I'll look into those...
I feel like I don't even know the right questions to ask. He is really interested in game development and someone told him that C++ was the way to go, so he taught himself that and then he read that he needed to know DirectX so he is learning that as well. He is Homeschooled and very bright (proud Dad talking) but I feel He is just bouncing around without a clear path to his goal...a step by step approach in developing his talents would help but I'm not sure how to help him at this point...

Thanks for listening-
Steve

Lamont
12-13-2005, 08:19 PM
Find out if he wants to be an artist or a programmer. Then I will post a few books and links that should help.

Neuroup
12-14-2005, 04:25 AM
Hello!
In Europe we have something like demoscene [www.ojuice.net http://pouet.net/] there you can find something like demos. Lot of demos are making on Lightwave. I'm also on demoscene and on my www page [www.addict-labs.org] you can find some demos who was made on lightwave. I think that it's very good place for get a practice for coding engines 3D. On demoscene you have a great community who can help your son. Ofcourse this is a good base to be a coder. If you need some extra information about demoscene and how it's look write to me :)

Bye!!

Neuroup
12-14-2005, 04:27 AM
One more thing. I started on demoscene on amiga in this same age like your son and after few years of making 3d objects to demos i get a job in game dev.

kabod
12-14-2005, 08:09 AM
Thanks for the responses...
Right now he is interested more in programming but is developing his artistic side. (The other day I found him engrossed in an encyclopedia studying the anatomy of a horse. A few hours later he had modeled a descent looking horse in LW but now is stuck on surfacing the skin...)

Blessings-

Lamont
12-14-2005, 04:13 PM
Programming... ok send him here first:

http://www.gamedev.net/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672326590/qid=1134601952/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-1355333-7794531?n=507846&s=books&v=glance

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1584503521/qid=1134601952/sr=8-5/ref=pd_bbs_5/102-1355333-7794531?n=507846&s=books&v=glance

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1556220782/qid=1134601952/sr=8-12/ref=pd_bbs_12/102-1355333-7794531?n=507846&s=books&v=glance

MentalFish
12-22-2005, 02:31 PM
I'd say let him do both. The thinking of programming and 3D modeling goes well together, and if he knows both, he will stand much stronger in a competative market. He can potentially be anything from a pure programmer or 3d artist to a technical art director doing both.

warmiak
12-22-2005, 03:48 PM
Hello!
In Europe we have something like demoscene [www.ojuice.net http://pouet.net/] there you can find something like demos. Lot of demos are making on Lightwave. I'm also on demoscene and on my www page [www.addict-labs.org] you can find some demos who was made on lightwave. I think that it's very good place for get a practice for coding engines 3D. On demoscene you have a great community who can help your son. Ofcourse this is a good base to be a coder. If you need some extra information about demoscene and how it's look write to me :)

Bye!!

Whoa, I thought demoscene was long dead. I mean, with all that 3d hardware the days of handcoding asm rasterizes are but a memory :-)