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Welcome to the BAT - Getting Started / FAQ / Resources / Help thread.
This new thread replaces all of the functions of the previous BAT - Mega FAQ, BAT - Troubleshooting & General Discussion, 3ds Max - Troubleshooting & General Discussion, and BAT4Max V.5 threads, and adds the Getting Started guide.
This forum's moderators are: @Jasoncw@JP Schriefer@MushyMushy@T Wrecks@Toothless Stitch@elavery@Terring
Below are links to the different sections of this thread.
1. Getting Started Guide
This guide will... guide... you through installing all of the programs needed in order to BAT. (under construction)
2. FAQ (2.A. Export Problems, 2.B. Preview Render Problems, 2.C. General Problems, 2.D Installation Problems)
Answers to the most frequently asked BAT questions. If you have a question, check here first.
A list of links which you might find useful.
If you need help, and you weren't able to find a solution to your problem in the FAQ, you can post about your problem in this thread and someone will try to help you. Over time, an archive of questions and answers will develop, which you will be able to browse through to see if someone else has already had the same problem as you. This thread is the right place to post questions for anything BAT related.
For those who use multiple versions of 3dsMax for the past years, sometimes you may get confused about what version was your file done in. I found this tiny program called 3DS Max File Version that lets you know just that. It is pretty straight forwards.
The program is hosted in Scriptspot.com
The SC4 BAT - Open Discussion, and Lot Editor and Plug-In Manager forums are in the process of being merged! The new forum is named the SC4 BAT & Lot Workshop.
We believe this will have several benefits:
In the last few years, there has been a great growth in lotting and lot development threads. Yet those development threads are tucked away into a subforum. This will bring more visibility to lot development threads, and it will make it easier for people to visit their favorite development threads, whether they're BATing or lotting threads. BATing and lotting exist in the same custom content continuum. Every BATer also has to do lotting tasks. Many lotters BAT their own props. Some people make substantial BATs with elaborate lots, which blur the line of whether it's a lotting project or a BATing project. Having everyone together might even inspire more collaboration! The forums are slower nowadays, and combining the two forums would make one single more vibrant forum. What will happen to the old lot forum? First, every single lot development thread, no matter how big or small, will be moved here, along with any other substantial threads. They will automatically be sorted chronologically with the BAT threads.
In the near future the old lotting forum and the threads remaining within it will stay where it is, and if there's a particular thread that you feel should be moved over, you can ask a moderator either through pm or posting in this thread, and we can move it. Then, the old lotting forum will be moved to an archival section of the website. At that point, if you remember a thread that you'd like to be moved, you can still ask a moderator to find and move it over for you. We're not moving every single thread because most of the threads in the lotting forum are "quick question" type threads, which would drown out the BAT and lot development threads.
While we're merging forums, we'll also be reorganizing the stickies.
"BAT - Getting Started Guide / FAQ / Resources / Help" consolidates the existing Mega FAQ thread, the troubleshooting threads, plus a new comprehensive getting started guide (still under construction). It's pretty ridiculous that there are three different threads for posting BAT problems in. The old troubleshooting threads are still valuable resources and they are linked to in the new thread. But while they have a decade's worth of BAT problems and solutions, a lot of it is outdated, and the thread overall is cumbersome. As questions and answers are posted to this new thread, it will become a more relevant and easier to browse body of knowledge.
For lotting, a new sticky will be made in the same spirit. In the meantime, you can find links to the old lot forum stickies in the spoiler tag below:
I don't know how long it will take us to get everything into its final state, but hopefully it won't be too long!
So I've been messing around in an attempt to come up with what I'm calling a New Age/Occult Pack of buildings - tarot and palm readers, psychics, and new age bookstore and occult shop. It doesn't seem like anything like that has been done on the STEX, and I thought it would add a little flavor to some of the lower wealth commercial areas.
I'm aiming for CS$ for the smaller, more modest ones - the psychic, the tarot reader, and the palm reader. Perhaps CS$$ for the bookstore and shop, since they're a bit more substantial, two-story, and could be considered less seedy. Ultimately, I'd love to add some form of NIMBY effect, since a lot of these types of businesses (particularly those one story psychic type shops which look like they're run out of someone's front parlor) are considered undesireable by some folks.
Here they are in day and night view - I'm hoping to add and/or revise some of the signage, and the lighting has just barely begun, as I've just been getting the models and textures together.
And while we're talking about lighting, I have a few lighting and window questions which you guys will probably be able to answer...
- how do you do neon?
- how do you do an illuminated sign? (not so much neon as plastic or another translucent material lit from behind)
- what manner of lighting is more effective than just adding "nitelite" to the front of the windows? I find that works great for smaller windows, but anything large it looks like a cheat...
- on large windows with printing or signage in them, how you light them as well as retain the silhouette of that lettering or signage?
Any input is appreciated. And thanks for all those folks who downloaded Andy's Gun Works (my first BAT) from the STEX...hope it pops up in your low wealth commercial district soon!
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