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MaxisCactus


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Readme Notes for Asymmetry Feature

We've added the ability to make your creations asymmetric in the editors! Hold down the "A" key while the mouse is over a limb or detail. The asymmetry icon appears on the cursor to indicate asymmetry is enabled.

Click and drag the part to a new location, it will separate from its normal symmetric partner and be free to move around the creation on its own.

Supported editors

• Creature Editor
• All Creature Outfitters
• All Vehicle Editors
• UFO Editor

Controls

• A + Click : Make a part asymmetric
• A + Drag : Move part asymmetrically
• A + Mousewheel : Scale part asymmetrically
• A + Drag from Palette : Create a new asymmetric part
• Control-F : While an asymmetric part is selected, will "flip" that part (for example will turn a left hand into a right hand, and vice versa)

Notes:

• Once a part is asymmetric, you don't need to hold down the "A" key for manipulations.
• Once a part is asymmetric, it cannot be converted back to a symmetric part.

Budget Notes

Note that when you drag a part from the palette the money taken from your budget actually buys you two parts instead of one. Therefore if you use asymmetry to sell only *one* of those parts, you won't get any money back. Only when you sell the final part from the original pair of parts will you get the money back.

Along the same lines, it costs nothing to copy an asymmetric block that has been orphaned in this manner. In order to accomplish this, the editor internally keeps track of links between asymmetric parts.

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MaxisChecker


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Hey everybody...phew! We did it, and shipped asymmetry! We tested it a lot, but it's a complicated feature in how it interacts with everything, so let us know if you find any problems with it. For example, we think there's still a subtle bug when dragging "hybrid" assemblies (meaning partially symmetric, partially asymmetric) across the sagittal plane in the vehicle editors, but we couldn't get a good repro for it and it seemed pretty rare. We're definitely interested in hearing about it if you can find a clean repro case for it, or any issues you have. We're also interested in hearing if you think it's the bee's knees, too. :)

I thought I'd put a few images up from while we were developing it. Here's the first screenshot we sent out to the internal team mailing list when we got it working again:



Here's another cool guy I made...the spine was shrunk down to just the part with the yellow stripe so I could get most of the guy off to the right:



Here's a screenshot of some of our debugging information while we were hunting bugs. We had a ton of problems with hybrid limbs, but I think we got most of them ironed out:



And finally, here's a remake of a guy called Combover, originally made years ago when the editor supported asymmetry early in development, by a team member named Grue (really). I think he's totally awesome, and is kind of the unofficial mascot of asymmetry for me:



Make sure you read the readme above, especially the Budget Notes part. We worked hard to get the economy working correctly, but it might be slightly nonintuitive at times, so you might want to make some test guys and see how it behaves before embarking on your asymmetric masterpiece.

Have fun!

Chris

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WOW! Awesome! I just logged in and saw a patch was available...

EDIT: http://www.spore.com/patch/ for a complete list.

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Never let it again be said that EA/Maxis doesn't listen to us little folk!

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU

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Asymmetry... wow...

Does this mean we can use Grox parts in adventures now?





MaxisCactus


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GhidoranX wrote:WOW! Awesome! I just logged in and saw a patch was available...

Anything other than asymmetry?


Get the detailed list of fixes and features here.
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LETS MAKE STUFFF PPPLLLL
I want millions of stuff with it

THX YOU MAXIS

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Bwahaha! Outfitting is going to be SO much better now!



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And to think only 6 months ago the community (misguidedly) wanted Chris hecker's blood... now they want his babies

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Wow, I totally wasn't expecting in-game asymmetry this soon! Awesome.

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Thank you Maxis!

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