Penny, in colour

19th January 2011 – 9.43 pm

Everyone else is doing it, I don't want to appear square. I've played around the with new character creator. It slowed my machine down to a crawl, and took about an hour before I was happy with the result, and that was with surprisingly limited options. Not many options to change how you look beyond cosmetic adjustments, so I am stuck with my nose, but at least a range of haircuts and clothes, along with lighting options, can create enough variation to give an independent look.

I found the animation to be a bit distracting. Every time I tried to turn my avatar around the head turned to look my way, defeating what I was trying to achieve. And trying to take a portrait photograph whilst the avatar shifts and blinks is like working with children or animals. I would think that, when trying to make subtle changes and capture the ideal image that will stay with your immortal capsuleer life, discarding the flash of animation to give a docile model to work with would be best.

Niggles aside, I am pleased with the results. I am also pleased I realised that out of a choice of four possible captured portraits I needed to highlight the one I wanted as my actual portrait before saving. And I am especially pleased that I only had to do go through the process the once, particularly as the client hung when I hit the 'save' button. I eventually forced the client to quit, reloading it with a sigh of relief as my portrait greeted me.

  1. 5 Responses to “Penny, in colour”

  2. 'so I am stuck with my nose'

    Sorry I've I'm getting the wrong end of the stick but you can change the shape of the nose by clicking directly on the model and dragging... same with bum, tum, legs shoulders, cheeks, lips, etc..

    By Marc on Jan 19, 2011

  3. Ah-ha. I thought I tried that, but maybe at the wrong point in the creation process. Thanks for the tip!

    Maybe I'll take another look, with the second chance we're allowed.

    By pjharvey on Jan 19, 2011

  4. If you need to or want to redo your character you can, CCP is offering some opportunity to redo or make changes. May have to submit a petition to do so. However I think on login news there is a CCP message post about it also.

    I must be square them. I have yet to touch the character creator tool as yet though have logged in and out OCR a dozen times.

    By Ardent Defender on Jan 19, 2011

  5. Yeah, we're getting the opportunity to touch up our characters on Friday.

    My laptop has a hard enough time running the character creater as it is. Combined with my frequent disconnects (for some reason, the client actually has to be connected to the server to create a character) and I have to undergo a very vexing process. My first try took me 1.5 hours to get it EXACTLY RIGHT (it runs really slow on my machine), at which point the client crashed on the last save.

    I'm glad we get to polish up our portraits soon.

    By Nathan J. Fealko on Jan 21, 2011

  6. Yeah, a free opportunity to try again is nifty. I'm not sure I want to mess with perfection, though. We'll see.

    By pjharvey on Jan 21, 2011

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