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  1. [img]http://hutonggames.com/promo/Playmaker_DuelingBlades.jpg[/img] PlayMaker is the best selling visual scripting extension for Unity3D. A powerful visual state machine editor lets you quickly make:[list] [*]Gameplay prototypes [*]A.I. behaviors [*]Animation graphs [*]Interactive levels [*]Cut-scenes [*]Walkthroughs [*]And much more... [/list] More PlayMaker Info: [url="http://www.hutonggames.com/"]http://www.hutonggames.com/[/url] Check out the PlayMaker YouTube Channel: [url="http://www.youtube.com/user/HutongGamesLLC"]http://www.youtube.com/user/HutongGamesLLC[/url] [b]Get 50% off PlayMaker now[/b]: [url="http://www.hutonggames.com/store.html"]http://www.hutonggames.com/store.htm[/url]
  2. [font=verdana, arial][size=3]Also check out these fully working game samples made 100% in Playmaker with NO scripting: [/size][/font] [url="https://hutonggames.fogbugz.com/default.asp?W880"]https://hutonggames....efault.asp?W880[/url] A huge thanks to Mike Hergaarden (M2H), for allowing us to port his excellent C# Game Examples to Playmaker!! [url="http://u3d.as/content/m2h/c-game-examples/1sG"]http://u3d.as/conten...me-examples/1sG[/url] Documentation and more samples are still in progress, but I wanted to get these out there [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png[/img]
  3. [color=#111111][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(254, 254, 254)]The entire series is now online:[/background][/size][/font][/color] [url="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9B594C83CCD81DE0"]http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9B594C83CCD81DE0[/url] [b]Camera Motion and Control with Playmaker and Unity3D[/b][color=#111111][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(254, 254, 254)] coming soon![/background][/size][/font][/color]
  4. Hutong Games is pleased to announce that "Game Design with Playmaker and Unity", 4.5 hours of high-quality tutorial videos by Christopher Orth of Well Played Games, is now FREE on our YouTube channel! These videos are a great way to get up and running with Playmaker, the best selling visual scripting plugin for Unity3D. The first 7 videos in the series are up now, with more coming every day: [url="http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC759306A1E692A10"]http://www.youtube.c...759306A1E692A10[/url] Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get updates! More info on Playmaker: [url="http://www.hutonggames.com"]http://www.hutonggames.com[/url] [img]http://hutonggames.com/promo/Playmaker_DuelingBlades.jpg[/img]
  5. If you're a programmer wondering if PlayMaker is for you, here's a recent asset store review: [quote]I'm a programmer, so I didn't think I needed this tool, but I'm VERY glad I downloaded it. I can rapid prototype my projects without wasting time with the nuances of code. Seeing where my game is visually is such an appealing way to develop. Highly recommended![/quote] Here's a quick overview for programmers: You can control your scripts with Script Control Actions: [url="https://hutonggames.fogbugz.com/default.asp?W44"]https://hutonggames....default.asp?W44[/url] And generic Get/Set Property Actions: [url="https://hutonggames.fogbugz.com/default.asp?W688"]https://hutonggames....efault.asp?W688[/url] You can also create your own custom actions: [url="https://hutonggames.fogbugz.com/default.asp?W166"]https://hutonggames....efault.asp?W166[/url] And use PlayMakerFSMs in your scripts: [url="https://hutonggames.fogbugz.com/default.asp?W329"]https://hutonggames....efault.asp?W329[/url]
  6. The PlayMaker sale has been extended until April 8th! Unity is also running a special until April 8th, offering free iOS and Android licenses! So now is a great time to check out Unity3D and PlayMaker...
  7. [img]http://hutonggames.com/promo/Playmaker_DuelingBlades.jpg[/img] PlayMaker is the best selling visual scripting extension for Unity3D. A powerful visual state machine editor lets you quickly make:[list] [*]Gameplay prototypes [*]A.I. behaviors [*]Animation graphs [*]Interactive levels [*]Cut-scenes [*]Walkthroughs [*]And much more... [/list] More PlayMaker Info: [url="http://www.hutonggames.com/"]http://www.hutonggames.com/[/url] [b]Get 50% off PlayMaker now[/b]: [url="http://www.hutonggames.com/store.html"]http://www.hutonggames.com/store.html[/url] [b]Asset Store Madness:[/b] [url="http://assetstoremadness.com/"]http://assetstoremadness.com/[/url]