Disclaimer: I''m a wild eyed newbie when it comes to the current state of graphics theory.
I have seen "Particle Systems" mentioned in several articles and messages I have read as I try to base myself in the current state of affairs. Usually with something like: "... but it doesn''t matter, we''ll all be using Particle Systems soon." The Gauntlet Project is using a particle system.
Unfortunately, I haven''t been able to find any good description of what a particle system is and how it is used. I''ve tried searching through the articles here (A Search on "particle" in the resources doesn''t seem to return anything..) I tried doing web page searching. Nada.
Anyone have any pointers to some backgrounder material on particle systems?
I''m newbie in the FX field too and I want to learn about particle systems just like you.. A few days - weeks?- ago someone posted this address: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/6774/Particle.html
There you''ll find some info on particle systems and links to other places. Check it out and if you get to know how to do particle systems, well, let me know!!