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Submitted by Anders Hammervald, posted on December 11, 2004

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These are a couple of screenshots from Dawnspire, a fast-paced tactical RPG being developed by Silent Grove Studios. Our team consists of six people, two programmers and four artists/animators/designers who have been working on this in our spare time for about a year and a half, unfortunately it’s a scarce resource but we’re slowly getting there =).

The graphics engine is DirectX 9 only and uses vertex and pixel shaders for just about everything. Our target system at the moment is a 2GHz PC with a Radeon 9700 Pro level graphics card.

Some features:
  • Diffuse / Bump-mapped terrain built from a height map. Supports up to four texture layers per node and vertex coloring.
  • Diffuse / Bump-mapped objects with specular highlights.
  • Projected cloud layer on terrain, objects and creatures.
  • Hemisphere lighting for ambience.
  • A mix of Stencil Shadows (using double sided stencil and extrusion on the GPU) and “decal” shadows.
  • Skeletal animation
  • Animated grass and trees that bend in the wind.
  • Animated bump-mapped water (currently only reflecting the sky, in the future we plan to have it reflect pretty much everything).
  • More information about the game and the team can be found at

    / Anders

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    December 11, 2004, 02:23 PM

    really beautiful stuff, and in your spare time? wow!
    How much time do you got to spare? ;)

    Joakim Hårsman

    December 11, 2004, 05:54 PM

    Great shots! Good art and I think you succeeded with making the fog/aerial perspective match the skybox really well, although that might just be you lining the camera up well for the shots :). How do you do the hemisphere lightning, basic ambient occlusion or just a directed two-tone ambient?

    Nice two see some fellow stockholmers on here as well.

    EDIT: I checked out the other shots on your site and from the village scene with the windmill it just looks like standard fog...

    Michel Stol

    December 12, 2004, 09:02 AM

    Looks amazing, especially considering this is a spare-time project. Keep it up!


    December 12, 2004, 09:13 AM

    Quality stuff!
    Have you found a publisher yet?

    Also, I see that you are located in Haninge. Did you go to Fredrika Bremergymnasiet?


    December 12, 2004, 09:28 AM

    Oh. How very well done!


    December 12, 2004, 09:53 AM

    Five out of the Six of us actually did =)


    December 12, 2004, 09:57 AM

    We use simple two component ambient contribution based on the normal, we use a fixed color from the sky and an interpolated ground color based on the materials closest to the creature / objects position.

    It's standard fog all the way, so nothing fancy in that department.


    December 12, 2004, 12:38 PM

    That's great! Finding artists who can work with you for extended periods of time is really hard.

    I think the bricks on the bridge crawling up the hill look weird though; they're all skewed rather than being stacked up.

    Brian Smith

    December 13, 2004, 12:16 AM

    This looks awesome! Can't wait to play.

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