CustomTanks

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Overview

This feature is intended to allow players to add some level of customization to tank avatars

Idea

Instead of making the tank be a single hard coded model, the tank can be built up out of a number of predefined "parts" put together in a user specified order. The ordering info will be sent to the game server and out to all other clients to allow the remote representation of each players tank layout.

This gets around the problems that full model uploads have, inappropriate models, and invalid models. Also there does not need to be an "approval" process for models, and maintains a consistent art style for the game.

Servers can disallow specific parts if they wish. And a global update system could be created to add new parts as they are created, or limit specific parts/textures to specific groups ( league flags, developer parts, etc..)


Part Categories

Parts will be broken up in to three categories, Base, Turret, and Rear Option, Top Option. The Base and Turret parts will be required, while the two options will be optional.

Bases

Covered

Covered

Normal "covered" treads like we have now

Open

Open

Norm "open" treads like we have now

Big Front

Big Front Concept

Treads where there are 2 rollers to the front of the tank and one in the rear.

Double

Double Treads

Each side has small front and rear treads with a gap in the middle of the body

Triple

Each side has a thinner set of double treads with a third tread outside the gap to the bounding box.

Squish 8

Squish 8 concept Metal Slug like tank

Open treads that get pinched in the middle by an armor plate

Hover

Jets at each corner.

BigWheel

Large off-road wheels instead of tracks

Half-track

Wheels in the front, treads in the back.

Batman

Image from a popular science article on robot tanks

Large rear wheels to edge, smaller front wheels in an "inside fork" configuration

Turrets

Long Smoothbore

Current

Long Split

Turret with mussle break

Double

a pair of smaller barrels

Quad

4 machine gun style barrels

Offset

Barrel offset to the side, sci-fi style

Square Long

Sci-fi squared off barrel

Square Short

Like above but shorter.

Short

More Futuristic turret design

Round short barrel, no brake

Pug

super short wide barrel

Rear Options

Cans

Fuel cans

Bundle

Tarp with shovels.

Minigun

Gatling cannon.

Missile

Box of missiles

Empty

Nothing

Radar

A radar dish, which could be removed in the case of -noradar

Top Options

Mostly small team and group flags.