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Project: The Berg

Adding atmosphere and a mini-map

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Greedy Goblin

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After some extensive refactoring of my messy code (it's still a mess but at least it's refuctored mess now) I decided to add a bit of atmosphere to the game by adding some fog... which also, quite conveniently, hides the edge of the terrain geometry so you don't see it 'popping' in.  😂

I also built a mini-map class to display in the top-left corner of the screen.  Again, easier said than done.  I had no idea how to go about creating HUD elements with ThreeJS... no... idea!  I mean, I've literally only just picked up ThreeJS so I have very little idea what I'm doing with it (disclaimer: I did once upon a time spend considerable time with XNA and the Sunburn rendering engine so I'm not a total noob to 3D rendering).  I eventually decided to create a separate ThreeJS renderer, scene and all that gubbins just to render the mini-map... possible overkill?  Yeah well, so what... it works.

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Next I need to make the player/camera follow the terrain.... aww what?... how does that work when using a displacement shader (??!?)... the terrain vertices ain't baked in man!  Next blog....


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