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Hello everyone, I am an Information Technology major about to graduate in a year or so and a gamer since I was a kid.

For our graduation we are to complete a development project on our own.
The project I want to propose and start working immediately (since I have about a year left to complete it) is a CRPG game.
The two options I consider creating it with are either Jmonkey or Ogre.

We have been taught the Jmonkey engine in previous courses and I find it quite well constructed and easy to follow. It also is well documented as far as I have seen and has a community built around it.

As far as programming skills go, I have advanced beginner to intermediate experience with Java. I believe.

Ogre, seems to be another good option. I don't have much C++ experience aside from a course in C though.

My first experience with programming was at a yong age, about 12-13, and I had practiced it throughout the years with a few languages such as basic, visual basic and pascal, until college.


I want my game to be a proof of concept, something like a set of functional mechanics. I don't plan, at least initially, to enrich it with interesting story or graphics.

Considering the time frame of a year during which I have to work at times full time and at other not (because of other courses for the next semester) and considering the technical capacities of these two engines along with the documentation that they can provide,
Which one do you suggest I should use for my project?


A few specs of my project are the following:
I will probably be using a locked, slightly angled third person camera. (same perspective as Alien swarm from Valve, if you have played it)
Right now, I believe turn based to be the best option.
It will have an inventory system,
dialogues
interrelated quest system

thanks in advance, Andy. Edited by Geckinator

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[quote name='Geckinator' timestamp='1352196075' post='4997951']
I want my game to be a proof of concept, something like a set of functional mechanics.
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Start your project with the engine you're more familiar with, which seems to be jmonkey. Ogre is a open source engine, often a synonym for[i] 'works most of the time, rest needs to be hacked in somehow, documention is not available or obsolete'[/i]. Sure, this is not the rule, but a major danger.

I would look into [url="http://www.unrealengine.com/udk/"]UDK [/url]too, which is a hi-professional engine with very good tool support and you can use it for free (ensure to read the license). Edited by Ashaman73

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I was thinking that choosing an open source engine, like ogre and jmonkey, would be a better choice, since aside from wanting to accomplish specific goals mechanics-wise, I also want to learn how to code better and potentially understand the engine that is behind my game.
That is why I didn't consider UDK.

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I suggest jMonkey because you are already familiar with it and comfortable with Java. If you chose OGRE you would be using a less feature rich engine -- OGRE provides only rendering, while jMonkey offers some other features -- and using a language you are less familiar with, which is not really an effective use of your time.

You have limited time and need good grades, so it's to your advantage to stick to your strengths.

Hope that helps!

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hmm yea, thanks guys. I think I will follow your advice and stick with jmonkey. It's probably the more sensible choice. I can always learn C++ later some day.

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Exhaust your current abilities and technology before moving to another language. Java is your base for the next year with jMonkey.

Good choice! [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.png[/img]

Clinton

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