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#1 Dreamcatcher

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 20:12

Remember Zoes previous self from storytime in chapters?

 

dreamfall-chapters-zoe-old-new.jpg

 

I wanted to bring this version of her back in Dreamfall and
so I started working on a mod(how hard can it be?)
As it turned out very hard. I really pushed Dreamview import to the limits.
It took countless hours, but I loved it.

 



there are still some minor glitches in the animations,
but I'm pretty satisfied with the result so far.

 

To install Zoe Casablanca DFC Mod
You need the latest version of df toolbox (dftoolbox-2006-10-30-1.zip) http://pingus.seul.o...mbel/dreamfall/
Unzip the file in the "mods" folder.
Set the path to the dreamfall installation: Edit dreamfall_path.txt or run dftoolbox.exe and click the dreamfall icon.
Run dfmodtool.exe

 

I hope you like it :)

 

Attached File  Zoe_Casablanca_DFC.zip   57.22MB   69 downloads


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#2 Clairobscur

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Posted 19 December 2014 - 20:25

Wow, this is impressive! Great work! :)

I hope your mod will be available for download sometime in the future.



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 15:23

Looks really impressive, a marked improvement on the texturing =)



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Posted 20 December 2014 - 19:40

@ clairobscur: Thank you. I would love to make a zip file with textures and bun files
that works with dfmodtool and give it away.
But as I´ve taken the original model of Zoe out of the chapers Game files,
I can´t, unless RTG gives me permission. I think that is unlikely but would be really cool.

@ freeboprich: The textures are that good because they were made by RTG :D
I just took the model out of the DFC Gamefiles and tweaked it to import it with dreamview.
I only made changes that had to be done to make it work.  

I´m now done with weightpainting. Fixed animation of Lips and fingers.
Eyes are still not perfect but that is because New zoe has old zoes bones.
So the glitches when she blinks are unavoidable.
Weights and bone assignements should now be as good as they can possibly be.
The main changes on the original zoe model I took from chapters:
I erased the lashes meshes. I could not get them to look good.
Zoe has new eyes. without lashes she needed slightly bigger iris and a bit darker white.
(In comparison old zoe had much darker makeup, but I did not change that on new zoe.)
Longer arms. Because I had to fit the mesh to zoes old bones.
I created new UVmap and one big (4k*4k) combined texture for Body face and hair and one big normal map.
They use the body texture of original casablanca zoe so all other models in Game will still work.

Screenshot from blender, old and new zoe:

zoe-old-new-small.jpg

 

Now I´m going to play Dreamfall for a while...while I´m waiting for book two;)
 


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#5 Clairobscur

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 20:06

So now who will make a DFC mod with DF Zoë? :)



#6 Vainamoinen

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 20:36

That comparison really shows what a huge head Dreamfall Zoë had... :)


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#7 khh

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 22:36

I don't think RTG would take issue with a mod like that. I really don't see why they'd mind. It would only add value to the brand.

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#8 Dreamcatcher

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 23:14

Is that a go? I´m just in last round of testing still found some bugs...but it´s very close to finished... maybe today late or tomorrow I´ll upload the zip file...



#9 agirlnamedbob

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 23:28

None of us mods work for RTG, so we can't really give permission for them. ...I don't think they'd have an issue with it, either...? ...But I don't work for them and they're all out of the office right now. 

 

I don't know how much they'll be around the internet over the holidays, but you could always try Tweeting at Ragnar if you're on Twitter. He seems to be on Twitter a fair bit.


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#10 khh

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 23:41

Personally I'd say just go for it. On the off chance they disagree, they'll just ask you to remove it from public distribution.

 

edit: but as Erika said we don't work for them, and can't formally give permission.


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#11 agirlnamedbob

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Posted 20 December 2014 - 23:42

Good point. Like he said, we can always take it down if RTG requests it. 


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#12 Dreamcatcher

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 15:34

It´s done. I added the download to the op.
The last thing I want to do is harm RTG in any way with this.
It's been just a fun project I wanted for myself.

I updated the video, which is already outdated because I fixed
the little dark spots on the teeth in the lower lip corners and some other small issues.
The video is a few versions behind.
Some bones just do not sit exactly where the joint should be.
Thats been the biggest issue, try to fix that with weight distribution.
Some things I just could not figure out.
I tried hard to fix the elbow bending with weightpainting (when Zoe folds her arms)
but failed.
And I still may have overlooked things that can be fixed.

I never worked with bones and weight before and have no experience.

I had to figure things out on the go.

Some senior animator might laugh or cry when he sees it.
Maybe someday there will be an update.
Maybe someday someone (might even be me) diggs into that dreamview code
and make it work with altered bonestructure. That would be a large improvement.
But for now I have to let go. It´s not perfect, but pretty good.
I did the best I could. :P
It´s now RTGs property. They can do whatever they want with it. :D


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#13 Simplex

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 18:01

Now we just need the new voice actress to re-record all Zoe's voiceovers in Dreamfall ;)



#14 Ikon

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 18:16

Wait a sec, isn't it FunCom that has to give permission? I mean, don't they own the rights to DreamFall?

 

And, I guess it must be me but, in the side by side image, I don't see all that much difference in the 2 Zoes. Yes, there is some of course, but I guess I'm a little surprised by how similar they are. I guess I'm just too old; eyes must be failing....


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#15 khh

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 19:06

Wait a sec, isn't it FunCom that has to give permission? I mean, don't they own the rights to DreamFall?

 

And, I guess it must be me but, in the side by side image, I don't see all that much difference in the 2 Zoes. Yes, there is some of course, but I guess I'm a little surprised by how similar they are. I guess I'm just too old; eyes must be failing....

No, Funcom don't have a legal right to stop you from modding their game (nor have they at any point expressed any opposition to it).

 

The assets in the mod are created by RTG, so they're copyrighted. That's the deal.


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#16 Ikon

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 19:11

Ah, I get what you mean. He's using material created by RTG within his mod, so he needs them to OK it being distributed.


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#17 Dreamcatcher

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 20:04

New zoe has three times more faces(three times bigger file for the mesh),
4K body texture. For example she has sculpted fingernails.
You won´t notice if it would have been just a texture.
She is so much more detailed. And we´re not talking about propast zoe.
You see this model of casablanca zoe (zoe_2006 In gamefiles) for a few seconds in DFC
and still she has these incredibly detailed hi res textures
Many things you can´t possibly see in DFC.
That RTG puts so much love and effort in a model
that is visible for just a few seconds in game
and creates a++ textures and content always and everywhere,
details that will most likely never been seen by anyone
amazed me.

Detail of propast zoe:

Spoiler

When RTG said they want to make the best game they possibly could.
That´s been understatement.
 


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#18 khh

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 20:08

:D That's cool

 

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I didn't, no.

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April Ryan is my friend,
Every sorrow she can mend.
When I visit her dark realm,
Does it simply overwhelm.


#19 Dreamcatcher

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Posted 21 December 2014 - 20:17

 

 

 

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#20 CosmicD

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Posted 22 December 2014 - 00:49

I always wondered if the way she was portrayed in that coma interaction was ntentional, the way she looks. Maybe that's like the way she remembers herself. that top kinda looks like an angry version of itself somehow, and maybe that's what it's all about in that vision.


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