This would normally be my first post on a new forum, but since I used that one up on a reply already… Well… it’s my second this time
Just joined this forum after having spent some time checking out Panda3D and at least one game using it (Pirates of The Carribbean Online).
I’m an aspiring game designer who’s working to get his butt off the ground and actually do something about it, rather than sit around thinking about it a lot.
Got a handful of different games I’ve been working on, in terms of initial design, ranging from an “old-school arcade-style” shooter type, to a rather large RPG, whose story and design I’ve been working away at (though not consistently) for several years now.
While I don’t know yet if Panda3D would be the appropriate engine for the latter project, I do think it can more than sufficiently handle the former, and a couple other smaller ones along the way.
I’ve wanted to learn Python and want to be able to at least work with and understand an engine enough to get some ground-work going for a prototype. I would, of course, require a team to do a full-on game project; I have no delusions of being a one-man-studio.
So, after some research on devmaster.net, I decided to check out Panda3D. I’ve read nothing but good about it, like what I’ve seen - both in terms of screenshots and my own experiences playing PoTCO - and have been impressed with the friendly and helpful nature of these forums (a place that can be hostile, to say the least, for other engines I’ve looked into; especially for new users who dare to -gasp- ask questions).
So here I am.
Now that said… I sit here with “Learning Python” from O’Reilly books next to me and this nifty 3D engine on my computer.
My next question is…
Where would you more experienced developers recommend starting? I’ve seen several people mention that they came to Panda3D in much the same state as I am now - being new to Python and to P3D. So your feedback as to what route you took could be helpful as well. I’m usually pretty good at making my way through things once I get started, but sometimes just need some help making that first step… to make sure I’m starting on the right foot.
Reference to any particular tutorials, websites, books, etc you have found are especially helpful or such would be awesome.
Thank you for the time and look forward to posting some of my results on here to share them with y’all somewhere down the road.