# 3d Player Controls

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ok i have a test program i am developing in C++ with D3D 8.0 for now since i have some experience with it. Currently the player is the center of the screen the camera follows behind and the player can go forward or backward < absolutely + or - to Z location > and rotate left or right. The problem is i cant seem to figure how to get the player to go relatively forward or back based on which way he is facing. The camera follows even when i manual set the player position left or right < like a side step > but i cant even find how to get the acceleration to be applied in the orientation of the player. any help or links will be apretiated.

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can someone please help me with this? this is my first posting here but i have been looking for some time. i just need some assistance getting the player to move cause once i have that i have motion for all objects.

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1. Generate direction vector from the rotation in y axis of the player by

D3DXVector3 vecDir = D3DXVector3( cos(fRotY), 0, -sin(fRoty) );

2. Update the position according to the direction

posPlayer += vecDir * fSpeed;

you will find your player moving in that direction

Hope this helps u
alok

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How do i get a 3d vector from a yaw and pitch angle?
i tried adapting this same 2d system using a -sin for the y axis but
the player only gets 90 degrees of accuracy bcause they
never stop moving forward

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 How do i get a 3d vector from a yaw and pitch angle?i tried adapting this same 2d system using a -sin for the y axis butthe player only gets 90 degrees of accuracy bcause theynever stop moving forward
In addition to using sin(pitch) for the y component, try multiplying the x and z components by cos(pitch). (This is assuming that you want the player to be able to move up and down rather than only in the xz plane.)

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I actually got xz movement.
change in x = speedZ * sin( yaw )
change in z = speedZ * cos( yaw )

i can now move anywhere in my map and turn and everything. So far i dont know how to do the change in y. I even managed to get my camera to follow in a cirlce around the player using the same formula to get the x,z coords based on the players movement and the camera's distance and yaw.

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I have separate rotation and translation matrices for the player to position them in the world. What I do is take a vector for a point straight ahead of the player that is the distance away that I wish to move them, then apply the rotation matrix to that vector to get the movement component.

In my game world, the X axis points east-west, the Z axis is north-south, and the Y axis is up/down. This code is for Managed DirectX with C#:

// rotation of playerMatrix rotationMatrix = Matrix.RotationY(angle); // speed is in units/sec, elapsedSeconds is for this framefloat distance = speed * elapsedSeconds;// player starts off facing north, positive ZVector3 moveVector = new Vector3(0f, 0f, distance);// apply rotation matrix to distance calcmoveVector.TransformCoordinate(rotationMatrix);// move player position (plus sign doesn't show for some reason// so I wrote out <plus>)playerPosition = playerPosition <plus> moveVector;

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I like that, let me work that over in my head and on paper a bit. I am, gooing to be rewriting my object and mesh code soon so i prolly will implement it like that since it is much easier than what i am doing now i think.

But now i have a new problem. I have x,z movement and have y <height> clamping to the terrain for simplicity < you can fly and hover and jump but still are clamped > but i need a smooth way to rotate the character to face his target location.

I can get him to move to a target location but i cannot get him to turn there first.

like i want to be able to select a spot on the ground and have him turn then run there.

[Edited by - TAlchemist on June 10, 2005 11:57:39 AM]

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Hey jgoemat, i understand how you position and move yourself in space but how do you control player orientation for rendering. right now i have a vector i call rotation and i use the x,y, and z components as the radians for a rotation matrix

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