So I have TGF(I know, sorry), and i want to make an RPG where you can customize the look of your character (i.e. Hair syle, hair color, Body style, skin color.... How do i do this? Do I create a diffrent sprite for every possible combination the player can think of? Do I somehow combine the parts into one object? Or do I have to do the pain in the but thing of loading every body part seprately then make events that hold them together? Any one with help of some kind will be glady listened to and cherished in my heart forever.
Separating the body parts is definitely the way to go - that way, you can just draw out each item individually rather than have to deal with every possible combination (which even with a small number of items would just become completely unmanageable).
To make sure that the parts don't separate when you move, make sure all the events that move your character are further up the event list than those that set the positions of the extra objects - or alternatively, use an invisible collision detection object and set all your objects continually to its position.
i think the easiest thing is to not use the built in movement system. That way you can make, for example, 5 objects (one for hair, body, etc.). Since active objects can have 32 directions, you can make a different piece for every direction. Then, since you would be using a custom movement system, you can just store the different directions in variables and have the objects' directions according to these variables.
Are there any examples out there? I think Phizzy made something, but I am also looking for an easier way to create a custom character with maybe 6 layers of custom goodness. It will be using it for an up and coming (...haha!) online battle game.
Each thingy would be saved to a file sever side, but please help! Haha! I need it foe show...
Well, what I did for a project I was working on which has been abandoned for a while now, was make the weapon the character holds, an image. An active image so that you can rotate it. And it did so, perfectly. I didnt need many animations to make the sword slash or anything cause it would move in harmony with the character. There was this thing i had to do to get the angle of the sword from the character's hand: http://www.create-games.com/forum_post.asp?id=202646 <---
Other than that, what you can do is make images and set them at different locations of the character's body. hmmm...come to think of it, i donno if tgf has an active image object oops.
I think the best thing would be to get mmf2 and liji's extension to change hue/ sat/ and lightness of your actives. Also, you can have a lot more animations per object in mmf than in tgf. And because of liji's extension you wont have to make different colors for each object, it will be done at runtime.
I created a different object for each hair/outfit/head and put them all on different layers, including an entirely different object that went to the back of the hair from the inside shape, just so if the head-shape didn't fit the top of the hair, it wouldn't be transparent behind it...
It took me about a month to export all the animations, but it was worth it. Luckily, you'll develop a system where the hair doesn't change over animations when it comes to position, but merely the direction it's facing, considering it's an RPG-type game.