OSS MMO (Abandoned)

This page (and sub-pages) are no longer relevant, as we have changed engine design. It is left here for reference.

The devblog is at http://underworldmmo.wordpress.com
(original concept site further down article here: neopangaia.com/ummo)

Server

(Remains to be seen how viable it is ewithout additional expense). The RedDwarf Server/Project Darkstar is dynamic, with highly detailed persistence of all items, objects and data. The unique design of RedDwarf/Darkstar allows massive number of players in one area/world.

RedDwarf Server is Java software designed for latency-critical, massively scaled online applications such as online games. It reduces the technical challenges of scaling, load balancing, data consistency, and failure recovery currently faced by developers of multiplayer games.

Multi-node capability is designed (but not yet implemented) into the server but requires the contracting of  nphos or your own development to work properly. The Open Source server is under development and could be evolved in-house as needed.

The official site for RedDwarf Server is http://www.reddwarfserver.org/

 

Client

Graphics: OGRE
Framework: Gamekit/Ogrekit
Physics: Bullet
Game Logic: Blender Game Engine (Logic Bricks)
Modeller: Blender

The client was chosen for graphical high-definition. For planet rendering,  utilize work from Patrick Cozzi, Eric Bruneton and others researching realtime planet rendering. Considered using WebGL, but decided to keep that for side projects using the same database/data.

The java server allows a variety of 2d and 3d clients, genres and apps to share data.

Patrick Cozzi http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~pcozzi/
Eric Bruneton http://www-evasion.imag.fr/Membres/Eric.Bruneton/

Some comments I read in 1999, by a professor at the University of Edinburgh, affected me deeply. He was talking about how it should be possible, even fair, for a citizen in a planet sized virtual reality to be able to blow up literally half the planet with advanced explosives. He did mention that it would be disastrous for the citizens of the blown up half.. something that would impact a commercial enterprise.

The work of Patrick Cozzi and Eric Bruneton, is in pages  listed below. There are closed source alternatives such as Outerra and even one available in the Unity engine (imersiva).

 

Patrick Cozzi

His work really inspired the idea of building an engine from scratch around the idea of a realtime planet renderer, including other components afterwards. His work also demonstrates alternate rendering techniques for different elements of the terrain/world. The idea of using shaders or procedural generation to actually render terrain without a heightmap underneath. His engine is c-sharp OpenGl 3 and Open Source.

[iframe http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~pcozzi 100% 640]

 

Eric Bruneton

His work is phenomenal, in many cases, even more interesting than that seen in “Outerra” (which is not available for use). Most of the work his team has put out in the field of Realtime Planet Rendering might potentially become open source. At the very least, there are papers for each component.

[iframe http://www-evasion.imag.fr/Membres/Eric.Bruneton 100% 640]

 

Old Production Details 

Physics (Also examine Bullet Native, see below), artificial intelligence, crafting, magic, combat, conversation, these are all elements of any virtual reality that can be wildly different in execution between games, just as so many ways of viewing the world are different between movie directors.

Physics – Bullet Physics is an interesting Open Source SDK for handling realtime physics. It can even gain extra realtime muscle from the GPU via OpenCL.

Digital Camera Tech: Panasonic Lumix GH2, 12mm f2.0, 25mm f1.4, 45mm f1.8 (2X to approximate 35mm so 12mm=24mm etc.)

Server/Workstation: Dell Precision T3500 Xeon Quad Core 4GB – 16GB

Low End Test Box/Per Image/Model/Track Editor: Acer Iconia Tab W500

Video Editor/Non Liner Editor (NLE): Lightworks

Color Correction: DaVinci Resolve Lite

DAW (Digital Audio Workstation): reaper

Sequencer: Hydrogen (Open Source)

Audio Editor: ocenaudio

Client: TBD (Between jMonkeyEngine 3, OpenGlobe, Proland and Unity)

12 thoughts on “OSS MMO (Abandoned)

  1. neopangaia says:

    Engines and DevKits

    Three Rings Open Source Game Code (Spiral Knights)
    http://www.threerings.net/code/

    thread: creating a game engine
    http://www.gamedev.net/topic/601004-creating-a-game-engine/

    Best Game Engines for Indie Game Developers
    http://nuverian.net/2011/01/17/the-best-game-engines-for-indie-game-developers/

    the big list of game making tools
    http://www.pixelprospector.com/the-big-list-of-game-making-tools/

    jMonkeyEngine 3 Documentation (Java based w/ Native Bullet)
    http://jmonkeyengine.org/wiki/doku.php/documentation

    soft body dynamics in bullet native – jmonkeyengine 3
    http://jmonkeyengine.org/groups/physics/forum/topic/soft-body-dynamics/

    Equinox Open Source MMORPG Kit (just here for reference)
    http://devoxstudios.net/community/showthread.php?tid=26

  2. neopangaia says:

    Tutorials

    total beginner eclipse ide and java tutorials
    http://eclipsetutorial.sourceforge.net/totalbeginner.html

    good c++ video tutorials
    http://xoax.net/cpp/crs/console/

    Unity 3D Hack and Slash RPG Tutorial
    http://www.burgzergarcade.com/hack-slash-rpg-unity3d-game-engine-tutorial

    Exporting .bullet files from Blender
    http://www.bulletphysics.org/Bullet/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7820

    Getting Started with OGRE (Open Source c++ rendering engine)
    http://www.ogre3d.org/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=Getting+Started

  3. neopangaia says:

    RedDwarfServer / Project Darkstar

    RedDwarf Overview
    http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Project_Darkstar

    RedDwarf Intro
    http://geekspeak.creatrixgames.com/category/project-darkstar

    RedDwarf Whitepaper
    http://nphosweb.com/how-does-nphos-work/RedDwarfwhitepaper.pdf

    RedDwarf on Sourceforge wiki
    https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/reddwarf/wiki/Documentation

    RedDwarf Client Implementations
    https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/reddwarf/wiki/CommunityClientImplementations

    RedDwarf Netbeans Plugin
    http://nphosweb.com/mwiki/index.php?title=Netbeans_Plugin

    RedDwarf FAQ
    https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/reddwarf/wiki/RedDwarfFAQ

    RedDwarf Server App Tutorial
    https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/reddwarf/raw-attachment/wiki/Documentation/RedDwarf%20ServerAppTutorial.odt

    RedDwarf and Eclipse Tutorial
    http://code.google.com/p/peter-lavalle/wiki/EclipseAndRedDwarf

    NOTES:
    listing of reddwarf standard code and extras
    http://reddwarfserver.org/?q=content/development

    regarding unity reddwarf version number in code
    http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/47649-RedDwarf-and-Unity

    unity reddwarf/darkstar misc information
    (user profile http://jmonkeyengine.org/members/zarch/)
    http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/41217-Project-Darkstar-is-now-Red-Dwarf-Server

    notes from reddwarf volunteer regarding SQL and multi-node
    http://jmonkeyengine.org/groups/general/forum/topic/thoughts-on-an-mmo-framework/#post-169478

    link to info about darkstar/reddwarf with TSL/SSL
    http://linux.windows9download.net/go/3-133912-0-download.html

  4. neopangaia says:
  5. neopangaia says:

    MISC CODE

    Code in Themes functions.php to remove WP logo
    add_action( 'admin_bar_menu', 'remove_wp_logo', 999 );
    function remove_wp_logo( $wp_admin_bar ) {
    $wp_admin_bar->remove_node('wp-logo');
    }

    SCM Music Player by Adrian C Shum – http://scmplayer.net (place in footer)
    replace “!” at the beginning of expressions with “<"
    !!--SCM Music Player by Adrian C Shum - http://scmplayer.net-->
    !script type="text/javascript" src="http://scmplayer.net/script.js" >!/script>
    !script type="text/javascript">
    SCMMusicPlayer.init("{'skin':'skins/black/skin.css','playback':{'autostart':'true','shuffle':'false','volume':'50'},'playlist':[{'title':'Shook (Mob Deep X Sigur Ros)','url':'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVEwemk-TRU'}],'placement':'bottom','showplaylist':'false'}");
    !/script>
    !!--End of SCM Music Player script-->
    >

    Fix Share count: /wp-content/uploads/shareaholic/spritegen/sprite.css
    search for the below code and change the height from 29px to 25px.
    div.shr-bookmarks ul.shr-socials a, div.shr-bookmarks ul.shr-socials a:hover {
    display: block !important;
    width: 60px !important;

    height: 29px !important;

    text-indent: -9999px !important;
    background-color: transparent !important;
    text-decoration: none !important;
    border: 0 none !important;
    }

  6. neopangaia says:

    code regarding sexy bookmarks
    (fix Share count) /wp-content/uploads/shareaholic/spritegen/sprite.css
    search for the below code and change the height from 29px to 25px.
    div.shr-bookmarks ul.shr-socials a, div.shr-bookmarks ul.shr-socials a:hover {
    display: block !important;
    width: 60px !important;

    height: 29px !important;

    text-indent: -9999px !important;
    background-color: transparent !important;
    text-decoration: none !important;
    border: 0 none !important;
    }

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