What follows is a full cg recreation of the fictional spaceship Serenity, from the 2002 tv-series Firefly and 2005 film of the same name. It is rendered on the antiquated Quake III engine, via the LucasArts game: Star Wars: Jedi Knight Jedi Academy. (See below for download details).
it is my baby.
Everything you see below, (including most of the textures and shaders) were hand crafted in GTK-Radiant, an open-source level editor for the Quake III engine over the course of the last 6 years (on and off). It features over 300 custom textures, 150 shaders and 130 unique .ase models (also designed in Radiant).
I gathered a whole host of source materials, 75-90 reference stills, an awesome lightwave model and a set of authentic film blueprints. (Although a newer, more comprehensive set was just released last year). This allowed me to accurately recreate the outer part of the ship to a reasonable degree of success.
Unfortunately, and despite my best efforts, this Quake III Serenity suffers from the Tardis effect. I had to split the map into two parts; the upper and the lower, to fit everything in. To solve the problem of traversing between the two, I added a seamless teleport script that renders the transition (almost) unnoticeable.
The map features all the locales seen in the tv-series and film, as well as a handful of customised secret areas and passageways that I designed myself.
To add replay value I conjured up a secrets system, whereby, for every two hidden areas that are found, one main part of the map is unlocked as a reward. This system unlocks the med-bay, explosives room, the side airlock and main hangar door, the shuttles and the navigation cycle script.
The navigation cycle script is something I added right at the last minute. Once all 10 secrets are unlocked, the player has the ability to navigate through a choice of 5 skyboxes, each simulating a different area of the 'Verse.
1. The Zhu Que Nebula 2. Miranda's Outer Atmosphere 3. Whitefull Sunset 4. Bellerophon after Dusk and 5. The Outer Rim. (Where the Reaver's should be!)
Perfect for role-playing...
I went to town on all the little embellishments and detailing, (which hopefully shows through in my .ase models and brushwork). Keep your eyes open for Jayne's weight bench, Inara's scented candles, Kaylee's customised plaque and Wash's dinos!
There is also the option for the players to activate a secret script, which simulates Serenity leaving the core planets via The Halo, an impenatrable belt of asetoids and space debris. These asteroids pass very very close to the ship, meaning it is more than likely you will be hit by one if you happen to be outside...