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35336 No. 35336
So I've been working on this project for a little over a month and I've made enough progress to justify making a thread about it here.

Right now I'm working on the first phase of the project, which involves making a new playable pony race within Skyrim. So far I've managed to set up a very basic NPC race that has it's own custom skeleton and uses KP-ShadowSquirrel's meshes as a placeholder for now. It isn't playable at the moment as every time I select it in the player race menu the game crashes instantly.

I've managed to get weapons to place themselves on different parts of Twilight's body the same way swords always appear on the left side of the hip on a normal character, and I got her to turn her head towards me when I get close to her. I also found out how to get her to play an animation whenever she walks, and I'll be working on getting other animations to work as well.

I'll be looking for a good character designers/concept artist as well as a 3D artist, animator, and texturer to help replace all this stuff after I get a proper workflow set up, but for now, I don't want to start recruiting people just so they can sit around waiting for me to figure out how to get their stuff in game.
That being said, If you have experience as any of these and you don't mind waiting, then please post a comment with a link to some of your work. Just keep in mind that I've already had to through several iterations just to get to my current skeleton, and it's likely to take several more changes to make this work the way I want it to.

Please ask any questions if you have any.


I do hope I'm presenting this well enough.
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>> No. 35338
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35338
Forgot to mention one thing. I'll keep it short.

I hope to progress toward turning this into a total conversion mod. If you don't know what that is, you can read about it here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod_%28video_gaming%29#Total_conversion
>> No. 35341
so what about you "long term strategy"?
are you going to change skyrim in a beutiful land of colors and harmony? or will the mod and ponymodels be more grimdark?
>> No. 35355
>>35341
I haven't had much time to think about what the world of Equestria will look like in the game. I'm hoping I'll be able to find a couple of concept artists to help me out with that. As for the tone of the game as a whole, I don't think it will be too grimdark or too "colorful and full of harmony." It'll definately be somewhere between the two, and will likely vary throughout different quests.

The character models however, I already have a pretty good idea how I want to look, and I think "a bit more edgy" might be a good way to describe it.
>> No. 35740
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35740
I got it set up so that I can now play as a pony using console commands. I still can't select them in the player race menu without the game crashing though.
I've been going a bit slower for the past few weeks as classes have really started to pick up, but I'm getting closer to having this all figured out.

Still looking for a concept artist and 3D artist to make character models that fit the existing style of Skyrim better than the models I've been using. An experienced animator or two would also help this project move along much quicker, especially when you consider the mind boggling number of animations that the vanilla races in Skyrim have.

Anypony interested?
>> No. 35741
>>35740
Man, I'd love to work on concept art for you, but I'm really busy with my own school projects... I think there's a lot of Skyrim/MLP art out there though, why not try looking around /art/ to see if anypony would be interested to do concept art?
>> No. 35747
>>35741
As obvious as that sounds, I haven't tried looking in that board yet.
>> No. 35801
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If you look closely at this image... you'll see Twilight staring right at you.

Now that I know how to get her into the race menu I can move on to getting her to talk. And I'll be making a recruiting thread in the art board once I can get some things organized and planned out. I don't want to run into this completely unprepared.
>> No. 35879
Looks great! Keep on rockin'!
>> No. 35920
Would love to help but don't know a thing about this stuff. So the only thing i can offer is this comment.

Keep it up :)
>> No. 35934
Looks great, keep it up!
>> No. 39346
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  It's been too long since I've updated this. I've made a lot of progress and I'm just about ready to start accepting applications to join this project.
But for now, have a couple of videos to show off.

This one demonstrates a couple of dialogue moods I got to work in the game by converting some of the pre-made face morphs that are available in the 3D pony pack into working .tri files. (these are what store all data that controls things like face animations as well as allowing you to customize your character's face at the start of the game)
Unfortunately, to get face customization without having to spend at least $300 on FaceGen software( here: http://www.facegen.com/products.htm ) I would need every single face morph possible to be hand made. And from what I can tell, there are a lot of face morphs.
If you want more info on morphing, you can take a look at the video at this url: http://youtu.be/j0nJ-JotIqk

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm tired. I'll post more stuff later. I'll start recruiting after I have a basic design document outlining what I want the introduction to the game to be like.

If you have any questions, please ask. I'd be happy to answer any you have.
>> No. 39348
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  >>39346
Ok, since the video I embedded into that post isn't showing up, I'll try that again.
If it still doesn't show up, then it can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56RYCXnyk0g
>> No. 39349
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  >>39348
Oh...

I see.
Here's another video then.
>> No. 39372
That's not half-bad. If I had Skyrim I would give this a go once it was finished.
>> No. 39374
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39374
Might I say that I'm incredibly impressed by how far you've come since you first got here? Heck, I remember you started from practically nothing and now you have a series of impressive videos.

It's really too bad that there are very few 3D modellers and artists available. Hm...
/g/ has a couple of modders who are always posting their L4D2 and TF2 work. Threads like this, for example: >>/g/96348

Maybe it would be wise to contact some of these modellers and ask if they're interested to join you?

Concept artists should be a bit easier to find, if you still need them. /art/ has a lot of artists, obviously, though once again you'll have to email the artists seperately.

Good luck! Seriously, I really want this project to go well for you. Now that you have all these video's and work to show, I think there are quite a few people interested in joining you.
>> No. 39375
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  >>39374
Thank you! I can't tell you how much it helps when I see people who are interested in this.
There are a lot of places that I've been scouting while trying to find people who have the skills I'm looking for who might be interested in this project. The nexus modding forums might be one of my best bets at getting help from people who are already experienced with Bethesda's modding tools while places like ponychan will be full of people who are probably going to be more interested in a my little pony mod.

(Here's the video without a failed embed)
>> No. 42963
can we keep this going?
>> No. 43140
>>39375
unfortunately I'm just a pixel artist, and I can not help you in anything, just give my spirits, have a pony as a companion, fight monsters with her and talk with good voice acting, follow you everywhere ... is the dream of every brony I hope you keep working hard and find people to realize this wonderful project!
>> No. 43744
>>43140
Please finish this mod!

Last edited at Tue, Feb 5th, 2013 11:36

>> No. 43751
>>43140
I would like to offer motivational support in getting this mod completed. As a brony, this mod has already won a place in my most preferred mods list.
>> No. 43891
Hey how it goes? i love this project and will be amazing if you can tell us all of the updates of the project, if you need help search in Equestria Daily!
>> No. 44517
I still have not given up. If you read this, please know that this mod is still wanted. Many people will have given up after so long without an update from the developer, but not this brony. I will never give up on a good project.

Last edited at Sun, Mar 24th, 2013 11:46

>> No. 44522
I think no one has given up, I am quite sure that this mod is one of the most anticipated for the whole community, I hope the author continues with strength to go on, to me is one of the projects that I hope with more enthusiasm
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